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Shale gas: make polluters pay for the social cost of fracking

Shale gas: make polluters pay for the social cost of fracking | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it
While the prime minister has shown unequivocal support for exploiting Britain’s shale gas reserves, stating the country should “go all out for shale gas”, more cautious voices point to possible effects…
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"While the prime minister has shown unequivocal support for exploiting Britain’s shale gas reserves, stating the country should “go all out for shale gas”, more cautious voices point to possible effects such as minor earthquakes, contamination of water sources and industrialisation of the countryside.

Besides these, shale gas will contribute to climate change in two ways, from carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions when the gas is burnt, and from the fugitive emissions of underground methane (CH4) that leak into the atmosphere as the gas is extracted. These concerns have led to protests against the drilling of shale gas exploratory wells. Others are more willing to accept shale gas, but as a fuel used only for a few years as the country gears up for a low carbon future.

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The social cost of methane has been much less studied. We know from estimates of Global Warming Potentials – the warming effects of each greenhouse gas – that methane, tonne for tonne, is much more potent than CO2. Initial results from the PAGE09 model indicate that at our present rate of emissions, the best estimate is that the social cost of methane is a little over US$1,500 per tonne. This is why the prospect of considerable methane emissions from fracking has caused such concern."

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BT extends cyber security agreement with MoD

BT extends cyber security agreement with MoD | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it
BT is to extend its cyber security agreement with the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in a deal to expand its cyber defence service...
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Supporting the creative economy report published - News from Parliament

Supporting the creative economy report published - News from Parliament | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it

"The Commons Culture Media and Sport Committee recognises the extraordinary success of the UK’s creative industries but warns that this may be jeopardised by any dilution of intellectual property rights and the failure to tackle online piracy.The Committee also "strongly condemns" the "notable" failure of Google in particular to tackle access of copyright infringing websites through its search engine."

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An UK Parliament report that analyses the current state of the creative economy and the role of big service providers. Also interesting in that it sheds light on politician's current understanding of the debates on intellectual property.

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Pirate Bay ruled to infringe copyright, could be blocked in UK

Pirate Bay ruled to infringe copyright, could be blocked in UK | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it
The Pirate Bay could be blocked in the UK, after a High Court judge ruled that the torrent site and its users are committing copyright infringement.
The case was brought before the court by a coalition of major record labels, including Sony, EMI and Universal. They want the court to force internet providers like Sky, BT, TalkTalk and Virgin Media to block the website. No operators of the Pirate Bay were in court for the hearing.
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