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Fracking May Pollute Groundwater with More Chemicals Than Previously Thought | ScienceWorldReport.com

Fracking May Pollute Groundwater with More Chemicals Than Previously Thought | ScienceWorldReport.com | ENERGÍA Y MEDIO AMBIENTE | Scoop.it

It turns out that there may far more contamination from fracking than once thought. Scientists have found that the oil and gas extraction method known and hydraulic fracturing may contribute more pollutants to groundwater than previous research has suggested.

 

Hydraulic fracturing, more commonly known as fracking, involves inject large volumes of fluids underground at high pressures. These fluids are combined with chemicals that help release gas and oil trapped in cracks in hard rock. The gas and oil is then extracted and the wastewater, in theory, is disposed of properly.

 

That said, there's been a lot of controversy surrounding the practice of fracking. One problem involves flowback, which refers to the fluids that surge back out of the fracked wells during the process. This flowback contains water, lubricants, solvents and other chemicals. Spills have occurred before, and research has linked fracking to groundwater contamination that could have serious health effects.

 

Although past research has looked at fracking, it hasn't addressed one factor that could play a large role in groundwater contamination: colloids. These are tiny pieces of mineral, clay and other particles that can attract heavy metals and other environmental toxins.


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They've lied like the Tobacco industry lied while many died...at our expense.   Hold them accountable and pull the plug please.  Thanks.  I want my taxpayer dollars to go into a safe, affordable, healthy Renewable Energy Economy....not to destroy my planet.

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España vigila puertos y aeropuertos aunque el riesgo de ébola es “muy bajo”

España vigila puertos y aeropuertos aunque el riesgo de ébola es “muy bajo” | ENERGÍA Y MEDIO AMBIENTE | Scoop.it
El protocolo de actuación solo se ha activado una vez por un caso sospechoso en Valencia, que se descartó enseguida
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La población de pingüino emperador caerá a la mitad por el cambio climático

La población de pingüino emperador caerá a la mitad por el cambio climático | ENERGÍA Y MEDIO AMBIENTE | Scoop.it
Un estudio predice un dramático declive en al menos dos tercios de las colonias que tiene esta especie en la Antártida
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Will Climate Change Spark Conflict in Bangladesh?

Will Climate Change Spark Conflict in Bangladesh? | ENERGÍA Y MEDIO AMBIENTE | Scoop.it
A changing climate appears likely to wreak havoc on one of the world’s poorest countries in the coming decades.
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Inversiones chinas el mundo.

Inversiones chinas el mundo. | ENERGÍA Y MEDIO AMBIENTE | Scoop.it
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¿hay recursos suficientes en el mundo para todos s un precio razonable?

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The unprecedented policy issues emerging as melting sea ice opens up new opportunities for deep-sea mining

The unprecedented policy issues emerging as melting sea ice opens up new opportunities for deep-sea mining | ENERGÍA Y MEDIO AMBIENTE | Scoop.it
Our planet's crown of Arctic sea ice may disappear for entire summers by midcentury as the North Pole warms, opening up brand-new opportunities to mine rich stores of oil, gas, and coveted mineral deposits, including rare earth metals used in cell phones. The emerging situation is unprecedented: There ...

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China’s Oil Future

China’s Oil Future | ENERGÍA Y MEDIO AMBIENTE | Scoop.it
China has a nearly insatiable thirst for energy. The investments and oils pursued to meet this demand will have global economic, environmental, and security implications.

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Food Security in Europe in the Age of Global Climatic Change

Food Security in Europe in the Age of Global Climatic Change | ENERGÍA Y MEDIO AMBIENTE | Scoop.it
Since food security has become a growing concern throughout the world, Europe has begun to take it seriously. According to Rita Floyd, that’s why the region’s states are now promoting self-sufficiency, climate-resilient agricultural practices and sustainable consumption.

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LA FUNCIÓN ESTRATÉGICA DE LOS RECURSOS ENERGÉTICOS


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What America Will Look Like Under 25 Feet Of Seawater

What America Will Look Like Under 25 Feet Of Seawater | ENERGÍA Y MEDIO AMBIENTE | Scoop.it
The East Coast could be washed away.

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Stockage d'énergie hydrogène : la plateforme expérimentale MYRTE

Stockage d'énergie hydrogène : la plateforme expérimentale MYRTE | ENERGÍA Y MEDIO AMBIENTE | Scoop.it

La Greenergy Box, système de stockage et de gestion d'énergie développé par Areva, a été installée sur la plateforme expérimentale MYRTE, située sur le site de l'Université de Corse de Vignola à Ajaccio.

Elle vient compléter l'installation existante en service depuis début 2013, en portant la puissance d'injection dans le réseau électrique de l'énergie stockée via l'hydrogène à 150 kW, renforçant ainsi la qualité et la fiabilité du réseau.


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Cutting Back on Carbon

Cutting Back on Carbon | ENERGÍA Y MEDIO AMBIENTE | Scoop.it
Saving the planet would be a lot cheaper than you’d think.

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Attacks on Renewable Energy Policy by Fossil Fuel Interests 2013-2014 | Energy & Policy Institute

Attacks on Renewable Energy Policy by Fossil Fuel Interests 2013-2014 | Energy & Policy Institute | ENERGÍA Y MEDIO AMBIENTE | Scoop.it

Fossil fuel and utility interests, concerned about the rise of cheap clean energy, are financing attacks on pro-clean energy policies, in an effort to delay the growth of a market competitor.

 

The price of a solar panel has dropped more than 60% since early 2011, and the price of wind power is down by more than 50% in the past four years. Approximately 29% of the power added in 2013 in the United States was solar energy. 

 

But, special interests tied to the fossil fuel and utility industries are spreading disinformation about the cost of clean energy. The Koch Brothers and their allies want to continue selling as much coal, oil, and gas as possible — and in their effort to rollback clean energy policies, are spreading falsehoods about the energy market.

 

Why would Koch Industries and other fossil fuel interests want to make clean energy seem expensive? Because they have a financial interest in squashing the market for clean energy.

 

Furthermore, these attacks on pro-clean energy policies are not about "creating free markets" as opponents of clean energy policies, like the State Policy Network (SPN) and the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), claim. It's about manipulating markets to benefit their allies (and financiers) in the fossil fuel business.

 

In a majority of states in the U.S., there is no free market for electricity; individuals cannot choose from which company to buy their electricity or from what source their electricity comes. In many locales, Public Utilities Commissions regulate monopoly utility companies in a closed marketplace.

 

Renewable portfolio standards (RPS) and net metering policies are sparking massive investment and deployment of clean energy technologies. And these two key policies, driving more of the grid to clean energy, are now under assault at the state level from fossil fuel and utility interests.

 

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S. Pacific gas imports to be doubled

S. Pacific gas imports to be doubled | ENERGÍA Y MEDIO AMBIENTE | Scoop.it
The government will double natural gas imports from Australia and Papua New Guinea via the Pacific Ocean over the next five years, as Japan’s major gas import route currently passes through the South China Sea, where territorial disputes are intensifying among neighboring countries, sources said.

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Europa teme que el virus chikunguña se asiente

Europa teme que el virus chikunguña se asiente | ENERGÍA Y MEDIO AMBIENTE | Scoop.it
El continente tiene colonias de mosquitos que pueden servir de vías de transmisión, según el Centro Europeo de Control de Enfermedades
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"La isla del tesoro eólico" El sueño renovable de El Hierro ya es una realidad

La Central Hidroeólica de El Hierro, proyecto que lleva a cabo Gorona del Viento El Hierro, S.A, con el apoyo del Ministerio de Industria, Energía y Turismo,...

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NGA tackles climate change risks with advanced computing

NGA tackles climate change risks with advanced computing | ENERGÍA Y MEDIO AMBIENTE | Scoop.it
The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency this week awarded a $20 million contract to Arizona State University to study the risks climate change poses to national security. The so-called Foresight Initiative, announced June 18, will leverage the university's advanced computing and modeling capabilities to study the impact that climate change could have on critical natural resources, such as water, food and energy.
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Climate change in Spain’s future foreign policy - Elcano

Climate change in Spain’s future foreign policy - Elcano | ENERGÍA Y MEDIO AMBIENTE | Scoop.it
El Real Instituto Elcano es un think-tank de estudios internacionales y estratégicos que analiza el mundo desde una perspectiva española, europea y global - The Elcano Royal Institute is a think-tank for international and strategic studies that analyses world events and trends from a Spanish, European and global perspective

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Deadly twin tornadoes tear through town of Pilger in Nebraska - video

Deadly twin tornadoes tear through a town in the US state of Nebraska, killing a 5-year-old child and injuring at least 16 people on Monday
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Beyond The “Water-Food-Energy-Climate Nexus”

Beyond The “Water-Food-Energy-Climate Nexus” | ENERGÍA Y MEDIO AMBIENTE | Scoop.it
In order to improve our environmental security, should we think of water, food, energy and climate in nexus-like ways? Richard Matthew is skeptical. While ‘nexus thinking’ promises to reduce waste and inefficiency, it could also heighten inequality, instability and the potential for violent conflict.

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The Southern Gas Corridor: Europe’s Lifeline?


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All pipelines to be replaced in Kashagan oilfield after gas leaks - Energy Global

All pipelines to be replaced in Kashagan oilfield after gas leaks - Energy Global | ENERGÍA Y MEDIO AMBIENTE | Scoop.it
All pipelines to be replaced in Kashagan oilfield after gas leaks Energy Global The consortium developing the giant Kashagan oilfield will have to replace the entire pipeline system at the deposit, Kazakhstan's oil minister has announced,...

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Attacks on Renewable Energy Policy by Fossil Fuel Interests 2013-2014 | Energy & Policy Institute

Attacks on Renewable Energy Policy by Fossil Fuel Interests 2013-2014 | Energy & Policy Institute | ENERGÍA Y MEDIO AMBIENTE | Scoop.it

Fossil fuel and utility interests, concerned about the rise of cheap clean energy, are financing attacks on pro-clean energy policies, in an effort to delay the growth of a market competitor.

 

The price of a solar panel has dropped more than 60% since early 2011, and the price of wind power is down by more than 50% in the past four years. Approximately 29% of the power added in 2013 in the United States was solar energy. 

 

But, special interests tied to the fossil fuel and utility industries are spreading disinformation about the cost of clean energy. The Koch Brothers and their allies want to continue selling as much coal, oil, and gas as possible — and in their effort to rollback clean energy policies, are spreading falsehoods about the energy market.

 

Why would Koch Industries and other fossil fuel interests want to make clean energy seem expensive? Because they have a financial interest in squashing the market for clean energy.

 

Furthermore, these attacks on pro-clean energy policies are not about "creating free markets" as opponents of clean energy policies, like the State Policy Network (SPN) and the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), claim. It's about manipulating markets to benefit their allies (and financiers) in the fossil fuel business.

 

In a majority of states in the U.S., there is no free market for electricity; individuals cannot choose from which company to buy their electricity or from what source their electricity comes. In many locales, Public Utilities Commissions regulate monopoly utility companies in a closed marketplace.

 

Renewable portfolio standards (RPS) and net metering policies are sparking massive investment and deployment of clean energy technologies. And these two key policies, driving more of the grid to clean energy, are now under assault at the state level from fossil fuel and utility interests.

 

Click headline to read more including state by state analysis--


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German power exports still more valuable than imports - 100% renewable - Renewables International

German power exports still more valuable than imports - 100% renewable - Renewables International | ENERGÍA Y MEDIO AMBIENTE | Scoop.it
Last year, the electricity Germany exported was 6.3% more valuable per unit than the power it imported – the exact opposite of the narrative that Germany is dumping excess renewable electricity on neighboring countries at low cost. France faces a particularly dire imbalance financial; German electricity is 24.4 percent more valuable..

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LA FUNCIÓN ESTRATÉGICA DE LOS RECURSOS ENERGÉTICOS


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