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Manus Island human rights inquiry to be assisted by Amnesty International - The Guardian

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The Guardian Manus Island human rights inquiry to be assisted by Amnesty International The Guardian Amnesty International, assisted by the Human Rights Law Centre (HRLC) in Melbourne, has been granted leave to participate in an ongoing Papua New...
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Nationalists Prove Tricky for New Ukraine Government - Wall Street Journal

Nationalists Prove Tricky for New Ukraine Government - Wall Street Journal | LHS Geography | Scoop.it
Wall Street Journal Nationalists Prove Tricky for New Ukraine Government Wall Street Journal KIEV, Ukraine—An assault by members of a far-right party on the head of state television here has sharpened the focus on one of the new Ukrainian...
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Conflict and catastrophe: Gaza's never-ending tragedy - Al-Arabiya

Conflict and catastrophe: Gaza's never-ending tragedy
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And conflict? Diplomats might be excused for not foreseeing the events of 2011, yet with Gaza this is not the case.
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Investors Assail Income Gap as 68% in Poll Say Government Needed - Bloomberg

Investors Assail Income Gap as 68% in Poll Say Government Needed - Bloomberg | LHS Geography | Scoop.it
Bloomberg Investors Assail Income Gap as 68% in Poll Say Government Needed Bloomberg International investors say the gap between rich and poor hampers economic growth and that governments should act to reduce income inequality, according to a...
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Shale gas extraction 'will transform Britain' | Environment ...

Shale gas extraction 'will transform Britain' | Environment ... | LHS Geography | Scoop.it
Exploitation of shale gas and oil may reduce energy prices, but at potential cost to landscape, warns US energy secretary.
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In The Wake Of Brazil's Boom, Prices To Match : NPR

In The Wake Of Brazil's Boom, Prices To Match : NPR | LHS Geography | Scoop.it
Over the past few years, incomes in Brazil rose and unemployment plunged to record lows. But now — as the country prepares to host the World Cup and the Olympics — the numbers are changing. Growth is slowing and inflation is creeping up.
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Coal to stay important in U.S. energy mix: environment agency pick

Coal to stay important in U.S. energy mix: environment agency pick | LHS Geography | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's pick to lead the Environmental Protection Agency told a Senate panel on Thursday that coal will remain important in the U.S. energy mix and that the EPA (RT @afabbiano: Coal to stay important in U.S.
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Pharmaceuticals, other non-traditional chemicals, found in southern California drinking water, scientist says

Pharmaceuticals, other non-traditional chemicals, found in southern California drinking water, scientist says | LHS Geography | Scoop.it
A wide mix of modern chemicals, including popular prescription drugs, chemical constituents of plastics, and ingredients of sunscreen, were found in both raw water and treated drinking water at five water treatment plants in southern California,...
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A Colossal Fracking Mess

A Colossal Fracking Mess | LHS Geography | Scoop.it
From world affairs to entertainment, business to fashion, crime to society, Vanity Fair is a cultural catalyst that drives the popular dialogue globally.

 

Yet the shale-gas boom, driven by fracking, continues on a global scale. Shale land is already being leased in Western and Central Europe while foreign companies buy up land in the Marcellus Shale. A May 25 memorandum of economic and strategic dialogue between the U.S. and China prominently lists an initiative to help China assess and extract its own shale gas as an item of agreement. In Australia, where fracking has been sweeping the Queensland countryside and where landowners have little or no control over their mineral rights, a furor has been growing over the water contamination happening around drilling locations.

 

At the same time, the people who have been burned badly by their firsthand experience with what you might call the New Natural Gas, and who have not gone silent, are spreading their message of acute disillusionment, ecological destruction, land-value decimation, and serious health concerns. As I sit and talk with the members of Damascus Citizens for Sustainability, news reports from the tragic Deepwater Horizon leak in the Gulf pop up from time to time on their computers. The disaster serves as a grim backdrop to our conversation, reinforcing the hazards of pushing forward with experimental forms of drilling whose risks are not well understood.

 

At one point, we see a news alert revealing the likely cause of the Deepwater explosion: a methane bubble. It’s a complication also encountered in land-based gas drilling, and it’s just one of the things Carullo fears could precipitate a catastrophe in the Delaware watershed. “This is exactly what we’re trying to prevent here,” Carullo tells me. “This is exactly what we’ve been talking about.”


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That’s because large swaths of land—private and public—in the watershed have been leased to energy companies eager to drill for natural gas here using a controversial, poorly understood technique called hydraulic fracturing. “Fracking,” as it’s colloquially known, involves injecting millions of gallons of water, sand, and chemicals, many of them toxic, into the earth at high pressures to break up rock formations and release natural gas trapped inside. Sixty miles west of Damascus, the town of Dimock, population 1,400, makes all too clear the dangers posed by hydraulic fracturing. You don’t need to drive around Dimock long to notice how the rolling hills and farmland of this Appalachian town are scarred by barren, square-shaped clearings, jagged, newly constructed roads with 18-wheelers driving up and down them, and colorful freight containers labeled “residual waste.”

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Thousands of Dead Pigs Found in Chinese River

Thousands of Dead Pigs Found in Chinese River | LHS Geography | Scoop.it
More than 2,800 pigs have been dumped into a major river in Shanghai, igniting fears among city residents of contaminated tap water.
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Go Vegan in Scotts Valley to Help the Environment

Go Vegan in Scotts Valley to Help the Environment | LHS Geography | Scoop.it
Eating less meat can help reduce your carbon footprint and help the environment.
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18 National Flags Made From Food

18 National Flags Made From Food | LHS Geography | Scoop.it
ITALY - Basil, pasta, tomatoes     These delicious flags were designed for the Sydney International Food Festival by the advertising agency WHYBINTBWA. It's a fantastic concept that creat...
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UN backs tough new N Korea sanctions

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The UN Security Council unanimously approves fresh sanctions against North Korea in response to Pyongyang's nuclear test last month.
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UN International Day of Happiness 2014: A Probe into How Bhutanese Concept ... - International Business Times, India Edition

UN International Day of Happiness 2014: A Probe into How Bhutanese Concept ... - International Business Times, India Edition | LHS Geography | Scoop.it
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Venezuela Blames America for a Conflict It Knows Nothing About and Has ... - National Journal

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Bears hire martial arts expert as skill development coach - NBCSports.com

Bears hire martial arts expert as skill development coach - NBCSports.com | LHS Geography | Scoop.it
FanSided Bears hire martial arts expert as skill development coach NBCSports.com The Bears saw a lot of improvement on their offensive line last season and they're trying to get even better this offseason with the help of a renowned Taekwondo...
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I just thought this was interesting. A good article about globalization.

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EU outlines 2030 climate goals

EU outlines 2030 climate goals | LHS Geography | Scoop.it
The European Commission has outlined new plans for climate and energy policy until 2030. (Year 12 and 13.
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Toy Or Trouble? 'Mexico Barbie' Has Passport, Chihuahua : NPR

Toy Or Trouble? 'Mexico Barbie' Has Passport, Chihuahua  : NPR | LHS Geography | Scoop.it
Mattel says its "Barbie Dolls of the World" typically come with a passport and "animal friend." It's had to respond to some criticism from this week from some who say the Barbie Mexico doll plays into stereotypes.
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Kent finds Canada’s green record is a tough sell in Washington

Kent finds Canada’s green record is a tough sell in Washington | LHS Geography | Scoop.it
Efforts to inform Americans of Canadians’ environmental leadership hampered by a ‘very well-funded anti-Keystone lobby,’ Peter Kent complains (RT @joycemurray: Whoa!
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Worrisome Levels of Lead Found In Imported Rice | TIME.com

Worrisome Levels of Lead Found In Imported Rice | TIME.com | LHS Geography | Scoop.it
An analysis of imported brands found surprising levels of the metal.
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Borneo Orangutan Population Found, 995 Secret Nests: Wildlife Conservation Society

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A secret population of endangered Borneo Orangutans were discovered, along with 995 fresh nests. (Borneo Orangutan Population Found, 995 Secret Nests: Wildlife Conservation Society: A secret population of end...
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Massive cyber attack targets broadcasters, banks and government in ...

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Massive cyber attack targets broadcasters, banks and government in South Korea. A series of cyber attacks Wednesday targeted major television stations, banks, government offices and… by Emily Senger on Wednesday, ...
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Number of Syrian refugees could triple this year, U.N. warns

Number of Syrian refugees could triple this year, U.N. warns | LHS Geography | Scoop.it
BEIRUT — The number of Syrian refugees, who already total more than 1 million, could double or even triple this year if the conflict continues unabated, the United Nations top refugee official said Sunday.
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The Rise of Mid East, Asia Super Rich is Forecast to Surpass North American and European Billionaires

The Rise of Mid East, Asia Super Rich is Forecast to Surpass North American and European Billionaires | LHS Geography | Scoop.it
By Will Torres | Business Reporter Globalization has brought changes to the playing field, at least with regards to accumulation of wealth. The number of super rich – valued at more than US$30m –...
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Kenya software bug hampered vote

Kenya software bug hampered vote | LHS Geography | Scoop.it
Kenya's electoral commission says a computer bug is to blame for a large number of rejected votes in the presidential election, which has led to disputes and fraud claims.
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