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Fracking runs high risk of polluting countryside, Environment Agency report warns

Fracking runs high risk of polluting countryside, Environment Agency report warns | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
A study says the controversial mining technique could result in chemicals damaging the environment
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How safe is fracking? And who is doing and saying what?

 

Read the research and sample reports on the impact of fracking with regard to: water,food,microbes,environment,health and make up your own mind.

 

Fracking In Spotlight in Texas As Ample Oil, No Water The Guardian 17 August 2013

http://www.lcsun-news.com/las_cruces-news/ci_23883524/fracking-spotlight-texas-ample-oil-no-water

 

Fracking 'threatens God's glorious'Creation' - Telegraph 14 August 2013

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/10240773/Fracking-threatens-Gods-glorious-creation.html

 

 

George Osborne's father-in-law and the secret frackers of Winsor Castel Mirror 14 Aug 2013 

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/george-osbornes-father-in-law-secret-frackers-2163020#ixzz2bxnkEDZn

 

 

Fracking chemicals may be making oil more dangerous SALON 13 August 2013 

http://www.salon.com/2013/08/13/fracking_chemicals_may_be_making_oil_more_dangerous/

 

Utah Methane Leaks In Gas Fields Higer Than Originally Thought Challenging US Estimates 12 August 2013 Huff Post Green 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/06/utah-methane-leaking-gas-fields_n_3715303.html

 

 

Journalist’s Resource 17 May 2013

Fracking, shale gass and health effects: Research roundup.

 

“…exploiting them could have significant environmental and health impacts, including air and water pollution as well as long-term risks such as cancer and respiratory illnesses…”

http://journalistsresource.org/studies/environment/climate-change/fracking-shale-gas-health-effects-research-roundup

 

 

Insurance Journal 31 July 2013Fracking Tied to Drinking Water Damage by EPA Regional Officialhttp://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2013/07/31/300103.htm

 

grist 24 May 2013

 

Facking accident leaks benzene into Colorado Stream

http://grist.org/news/fracking-accident-frack-cident-leaks-benzene-into-colorado-stream/

 

Guardian 24 April 2013

 

Cuadrilla censured by advertising watchdog over fracking safety claims

Advertising Standards Authority orders shale gas company to tone down claims that it uses 'proven, safe technologies'

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/apr/24/caudrilla-censured-fracking-safety-claims

 

Lancaster Eagle Gazette 16 March 2013

 

Fracking fluid 'spills' into Ohio waterways - a sign fracking should be halted until a safe method is found

http://www.lancastereaglegazette.com/article/20130316/OPINION03/303160027/Fracking-fluid-spills-into-Ohio-waterways-sign-fracking-should-halted-until-safe-method-found?gcheck=1

 

SALON 18 May 2011

 

How gas drilling contaminates your food

http://www.salon.com/2011/05/18/fracking_food_supply/

 

Ecologist 28 January 2013

 

Special report Livestock falling ill in fracking regions, raising concerns about food. http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_analysis/1784382/livestock_falling_ill_in_fracking_regions_raising_concerns_about_food.html

 

 

The Ohio State University Research and Innovation Communications 

 

DNA Analysis of Microbes in Fracking Site Yields Suprises 12 March 2012

 

“They also found that the populations of microbes changed dramatically over a short period of time, as some species perished during the fracking operation and others became more abundant.  One—an as-yet-unidentified bacterium—actually prospered, and eventually made up 90 percent of the microbial population in fluids taken from the fracked well”

http://researchnews.osu.edu/archive/frackmicrob.htm

 

 

Concerned Health Professionals of NY

 

Professional Perspectives on Health Impacts of Hydrofracking 30 November 2012

http://concernedhealthny.org/professional-perspectives-on-health-impacts-of-hydrofracking/

 

The Tribune Democrat

 

Fracking will affect economy, environment. 20 September 2012

http://tribune-democrat.com/local/x354156600/Report-Fracking-will-affect-economy-environment

 

 

Journalist's Resource May 2011

 

Methane and the Greenhouse-gas Footprint of Natural Gas from Shale Formations - See more at: http://journalistsresource.org/studies/environment/climate-change/natural-gas-hydrofracking-greenhouse#sthash.OH9rsvUF.dpuf

 

 

 

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Herbaceous first of a new series of books celebrating the very best in contemporary nature writing

Herbaceous first of a new series of books celebrating the very best in contemporary nature writing | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it

Herbaceous is the fist of a new series of books celebrating the very best in contemporary nature writing. A cross between New Naturalist and King Penguin, the series invites a wide range of authors and artists to choose a particular building, plant, animal, person or landscape, and through this object of their fascination tell us wider stories about the British Isles.

http://littletoller.co.uk/products-page/monographs/herbaceous/

 

Herbaceous  

 

Climate change is eroding the familiar pattern of the seasons, so we turn instinctively to the life cycle of herbaceous plants to guide us through the year. The growing, flowering, seeding and dying back to earth of wild flowers, weeds, herbs and garden perennials sustain and enrich our everyday lives with food, metaphor, joy, anxiety, medicine, stories, beauty and enchantment. Above all, by enabling us to read the changing seasons, plants help us navigate our way in the world.

 

Herbaceous is a journey which follows the colour pulse of plants throughout the year, searching for new rhythms in a changing world. It begins with yellow: the pulse of early insects and the symbol of the returning sun. It is followed by spring’s vernal whites and the hedonist, spirited pinks of summer. Gradually, the strange and melancholy blues of early autumn are replaced by the ripple of seed-setting and a return to the browns of our subterranean winter dreams.

 

Herbaceous is gardening with words. It is a book of audacious botany and poetic vision which asks us to look anew at our relationship with plants and celebrates their power to nourish the human spirit.

 

PAUL EVANS spent many years as a gardener working in rose nurseries, graveyards, historic gardens in Wales and a botanical garden in New York. He is a writer, broadcaster and award-winning playwright, best known for his ‘Country Diary’ in The Guardian and various natural history programmes and drama- documentaries for BBC Radio 4. Paul has also been a performance poet, a nature conservationist, holds a PhD in philosophy, and is currently a lecturer at Bath Spa University. He lives in Much Wenlock, Shropshire, with his family.

 

Published by Little Toller Books on May 12th 2014

210 x 156mm, hardback Price: £12 isbn 978-1-908213-16-7

Jacket over foiled boards,112 pages on 90gsm

Munken paper Jacket and internal illustration by Kurt Jackson


 

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Great apes face extinction: conservationist Jane Goodall - Phys.org

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The world's great apes face extinction within decades, renowned chimpanzee expert Jane Goodall warned Tuesday, in a call to arms to ensure man's closest relatives are not wiped out.
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Intensifying ocean acidity from carbon emissions hitting Pacific shellfish industry

Intensifying ocean acidity from carbon emissions hitting Pacific shellfish industry | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
For more than a century, Bill Taylor's family has used the calm, protected waters of Puget Sound to raise oysters, planting billions of larvae in underwater beds and then harvesting them to ship to some of the finest restaurants in the world.
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Tree Rings Solve Mystery of World Trade Center Ship : DNews

Tree Rings Solve Mystery of World Trade Center Ship : DNews | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
New report finds that tree rings in the waterlogged ribs show the vessel was likely built around 1773, in a small shipyard near Philadelphia.
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Drought in northern Kenya: 'Today you are rich, tomorrow you have nothing'

Drought in northern Kenya: 'Today you are rich, tomorrow you have nothing' | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
Prolonged dry spells push pastoralists to the brink of starvation as food prices soar and cattle raids spiral out of control. Jessica Hatcher reports
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Broody octopus keeps four-year vigil

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A deep-sea octopus has been observed nursing her eggs for more than four years - the longest brooding time seen in any animal.
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Amazon oil spill kills fish, sickens natives

Amazon oil spill kills fish, sickens natives | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
On the last day of June, Roger Mangía Vega watched an oil slick and a mass of dead fish float past a tiny Kukama Indian community and into the Marañón River, a major tributary of the Amazon.
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An ant orgy by Paul Evans author of Herbaceous published by Little Toller Books

An ant orgy by Paul Evans author of Herbaceous published by Little Toller Books | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
Country diary: Wenlock Edge: Do the dutiful workers hear the swifts overhead, waiting to devour the cloud of flying lovers?

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An abandoned shopping mall in bangkok is filled with fishes

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When cook and photographer Jesse Rockwell descended the stairs of this abandoned mall, he was shocked to see the basement filled with umpteen number of fishes.…
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30 Magical Photos Of Children Playing Around The World

30 Magical Photos Of Children Playing Around The World | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
No matter their cultural background, no matter their economic situation, kids will always find imaginative ways to have fun. Their wild imaginations and magical childhood moments, when captured on camera by talented photographers, can make for truly wonderful photos. For better or worse, the children in these photos seem entirely content making their own fun.

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Weitere schöne Fotos (und Artikel) auf der Internetseite: http://www.boredpanda.com/ ;

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 So magical, Children are truly amazing <3

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Study of starling flight reveals message from turning bird sweeps through flock at constant speed

Study of starling flight reveals message from turning bird sweeps through flock at constant speed | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it

A team of researchers with members from several countries working together in Rome, Italy, has come up with a new explanation of how it is that starlings are able to fly in a flock in a way that makes them appear as a single organism. In their paper published in the journal Nature Physics, the team describes how they used high-speed cameras to capture and study flight movement by individual bird members and what they found as a result.

Starling flight is as mesmerizing as it is mystifying—flocks of hundreds or thousands of birds sweep across the sky as if a single organism. The birds flying over Rome in particular have captured the imagination of bird enthusiasts, tourists, film makers and scientists alike. How do individual birds know when to turn and which way? Some have suggested it's a random thing, each bird simply flies making sure not to run into a neighbor. Others have suggested that some birds initiate a turn and others follow, creating a diffusion effect. In this new study, the researchers suggest that none of the earlier theories is correct—they've come up with something brand new.


To get a better look at the birds in flight, the researchers recorded flocks flying over Rome with high speed cameras and then took the results into their lab for examination. They found that turns are almost always initiated by just a few birds, but rather than other birds trying to figure out where to turn too, they instead simply copy how sharply their neighbor turns. This allows for the turn message to propagate through the flock at a very fast constant speed—approximately 20 to 40 meters per second, the team calculated. That constant message transfer speed means that each bird in a flock can respond in as little as half a second, without causing the flock to break apart.


Perhaps even more interesting is that when the researchers applied a spin factor for the turns by the birds, they found that applying it to the flock as a whole allowed for use of the same mathematical equations as physicists use to describe superfluid helium. The researchers believe that's not a coincidence, as there are many examples of physics and math principles that apply to the natural world.


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Largest coal mine in Australia: federal government gives Carmichael go-ahead - The Guardian

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The Guardian Largest coal mine in Australia: federal government gives Carmichael go-ahead The Guardian The Australian environment minister, Greg Hunt, has approved a $16.5bn resources project that will lead to the creation of the largest coal mine...
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Simbirskiasaurus, Pervushovisaurus and their very, very strange nostrils: the ... - Scientific American (blog)

Simbirskiasaurus, Pervushovisaurus and their very, very strange nostrils: the ... - Scientific American (blog) | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
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Two degrees: how the world failed on climate change

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For 20 years, climate policy has centered around one goal: making sure we don't get more than 2°C of global warming. That goal is looking increasingly delusional.


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16-foot Waves Measured in Arctic Ocean Where There Was Once Only Ice

16-foot Waves Measured in Arctic Ocean Where There Was Once Only Ice | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
Researchers get the first measurements of wave heights in the Beaufort Sea north of Alaska, and they're big.
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German Environment Agency calls for rules preventing fracking - Reuters

German Environment Agency calls for rules preventing fracking
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A spokeswoman for the environment ministry said draft laws on fracking would be presented to the cabinet after the summer break.
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Bumps, buzzards and critical species

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Species that have both positive and negative impacts on their environment are giving new insights into how to save those under threat.
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Stunning high-resolution map reveals secrets of Peru's forests

Stunning high-resolution map reveals secrets of Peru's forests | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
Peru’s landmass has just been mapped like never before, revealing important insights about the country's forests that could help it unlock the value healthy and productive ecosystems afford humanity.
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Ontario First Nations prepared to lay down their lives to protect lands: chiefs

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TORONTO - Aboriginal people in Ontario are prepared to lay down their lives to protect their traditional lands from any unwanted development, a group of First Nations chiefs said Tuesday.

Five aboriginal chiefs served notice on the Ontario and federal governments, developers and the public that they'll assert their treaty rights over their traditional territory and ancestral lands.

That includes the rights to natural resources — such as fish, trees, mines and water— deriving benefit from those resources and the conditions under which other groups may access or use them, which must be consistent with their traditional laws, said Ontario Regional Chief Stan Beardy.

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Pollution Reached the South Pole Even Before Explorers

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Humanity's influence on the world reached the South Pole even before the first explorers first set foot on the region's untouched ground, according to a recent study.
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IPCC climate change report's findings must be accepted, MPs say - The Guardian

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The world's most comprehensive report yet on the science of climate change has been strongly endorsed by an influential group of MPs.
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One tenth of bird species flying under the conservation radar | BirdLife

One tenth of bird species flying under the conservation radar | BirdLife | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it

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87 new bird species considered threatened with extinction

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Scientists have added 361 new bird species to the IUCN Red List following a major taxonomic review of non-passerine birds, i.e. non-perching or non-songbirds. Worryingly, 87 of these new birds are threatened with extinction, a percentage nearly double the overall threatened percentage for all birds, which currently sits at 13 percent.

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The Whole Brilliant Enterprise: NASA’s First 50 Years In One Interactive Graphic

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NASA’s history, in its own words (RT @JenLucPiquant: The Whole Brilliant Enterprise: NASA’s First 50 Years In One Interactive Graphic http://t.co/5wKYAVfp8W)...
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Bee research tainted by corporate funding, MPs say - The Guardian

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The Guardian Bee research tainted by corporate funding, MPs say The Guardian UK environment ministers failed in their attempt in 2013 to block an EU-wide ban on some insecticides linked to serious harm in bees and the environmental audit select...
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Fracking: oil exploration already occurs in national parks, says energy minister - The Guardian

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The Guardian Fracking: oil exploration already occurs in national parks, says energy minister The Guardian And where it's being done in a reasonable way without an impact on the local environment, then we don't want to put a stop to something...
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