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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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Siberian woolly mammoth genomes tell poignant story of extinction

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Siberian woolly mammoth genomes tell poignant story of extinction - Science Recorder http://t.co/ZK94pwQZeS #gadgetifo
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Study: Long-term exposure to air pollution can damage brain structures, impair cognitive function

Study: Long-term exposure to air pollution can damage brain structures, impair cognitive function | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
Air pollution, even at moderate levels, has long been recognized as a factor in raising the risk of stroke. A new study led by scientists from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Boston University School of Medicine suggests that long-term exposure can cause damage to brain structures and impair cognitive function in middle-aged and older adults.
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The oil and gas boom has devastated ecosystems across the US

Drilling for oil and gas has caused long-lasting damage to ecosystems across Canada and the US, according to a study published today. The findings lend new weight to longstanding concerns over the...
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Senses stirred by blackthorn’s snow

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Country Diary Wenlock Edge, Shropshire: Ephemeral yet eternal, the blackthorn blossom is so emotive it pulls at all the senses
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These Are the Extinct Animals We Can, and Should, Resurrect

These Are the Extinct Animals We Can, and Should, Resurrect | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
Biologist Beth Shapiro offers a guide to the science and ethics of using DNA for de-extinction
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Your Neighborhood Has Its Own Very Special Cocktail of Toxic Air Pollution

Your Neighborhood Has Its Own Very Special Cocktail of Toxic Air Pollution | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
Let's all move to the woods.
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Where the parties stand on the key environmental issues

Where the parties stand on the key environmental issues | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
The environment has clearly fallen down David Cameron’s agenda in the past few years with the kind of Husky-hugging scenes he was involved with in the run-up to the last election inconceivable this time round.
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As climate talks belch hot air, activists are putting their lives on the line | Andrew Simms

As climate talks belch hot air, activists are putting their lives on the line | Andrew Simms | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
Artificial, self-important UN summits could not be further from the frontline of protest, where environmentalists are being killed at an alarming rate
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Insects inspire next generation of hearing aids

When it comes to animals with good hearing, flies might not be the first one you'd think of. The  fly, however, has a unique hearing mechanism that allows it to precisely determine the location of a cricket based on its chirps ... it then deposits its larvae on the cricket, which ultimately consume the poor insect. Scientists at the University of Texas Austin have now duplicated that mechanism, with hopes that it could find use in applications such as next-generation hearing aids.


In the case of larger animals such as humans, the brain is able to ascertain the source of a sound based on the split-second delay between its being detected by the left and right ears. Insects, on the other hand, are so tiny that sounds register on both sides of their body almost simultaneously. Although they're still able to "hear" by sensing vibrations made by sounds, they generally can't tell where those sounds are coming from.


Ormia ochracea is different from other insects, however, in that it has a miniscule seesaw-like structure in the sub-2-mm space between its ears. Even in the four millionths of a second that it takes for a sound to pass through that space, it still causes the structure to vibrate, plus the sound undergoes a slight phase shift.


Like a full-size seesaw (or teeter-totter, if you prefer), any movements the structure makes are amplified by the fact that its two ends simultaneously move in opposite directions. This means that the phase shift will cause one side of the mechanism to dip noticeably lower than the other, thus letting the fly know the sound's direction of travel. According to UT Austin's assistant professor Neal Hall, it's roughly equivalent to a person being able to locate the direction of the epicenter of an earthquake, by analyzing the delay between the tremors being felt by their left and right feet.


Despite remarkable advances in sound analysis in hearing aids, the actual microphone itself has remained essentially unchanged for decades. Current directional microphone technology adds cost, weight and power requirements to hearing aids compromising their design.


But collaborative research between Strathclyde and MRC/CSO IHR at the University’s Technology and Innovation Centre is set to offer an alternative design approach. Dr James Windmilll, of the Centre for Ultrasonic Engineering at Strathclyde, said: “Our research aims to create a hearing aid system that can reduce or control unwanted noises, focusing the hearing aid on only the sound arriving from in front of the user. “Currently, users can tell whether a sound source is in front or behind, but struggle to detect sounds from below or above, such as echoes in a large room.


“We aim to solve the problem using a new type of miniature directional microphone, inspired by how some insects hear sounds. “We will be able to evaluate the problems caused by the distance from which a sound emanates, for example how to separate a sound from a loud source far away, like a train or plane, from a quiet sound from nearby, like a human voice.


“The project will also investigate 3D printing techniques to optimise the hearing aid design so that it works best acoustically in conjunction with the new microphone.”


Strathclyde will design, build and test the new microphones and hearing aid structures. IHR will test their operation as hearing aids, including human trials of the new designs.


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The unusual sex life of the vampire squid - Science /AAAS

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Analysis of museum specimens reveals unique reproduction pattern, suggests long life span
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Mysterious 'supervoid' in space is largest object ever discovered, scientists ... - Telegraph.co.uk

Mysterious 'supervoid' in space is largest object ever discovered, scientists ... - Telegraph.co.uk | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
A supervoid has been discovered in the universe which is too big to fit into current models
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Kharai camels to get protection as endangered species - The Economic Times

Kharai camels to get protection as endangered species - The Economic Times | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
As now Kutch's 'swimming camels' have got recognition as a separate breed of camels, the experts hope that it would help in conservation and research efforts.
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National Bat Monitoring Programme - Bat Conservation Trust

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The Bat Conservation Trust was formed in 1990 as an umbrella organisation for the rapidly growing network of bat groups, providing support, training and advice. BCT now acts as the national voice for bat conservation.
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Tecnología al servicio de la humanidad

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Kermit the Frog Look-Alike Found in Costa Rica : DNews

Kermit the Frog Look-Alike Found in Costa Rica : DNews | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
Already dubbed a real-life Kermit, a new species of frog has been identified in the rainforests of Costa Rica.
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Dear Wellcome Trust: the best of your letters on fossil fuel divestment

Dear Wellcome Trust: the best of your letters on fossil fuel divestment | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
Guardian editor-in-chief Alan Rusbridger asked Keep it in the Ground supporters to join him in writing letters to the Wellcome Trust’s board, asking them to divest from fossil fuels. Here are the best of those letters
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Inuit Wisdom and Polar Science Are Teaming Up to Save the Walrus

Traditional knowledge and scientific study are helping us begin to understand what a changing Arctic means for the marine mammal


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The beautiful animals facing climate change extinction – in pictures

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WWF UK picks out some of the most endangered animals on earth and explains how climate change is threatening their extinction – and why
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Hawaiian Biodiversity Loss Driven by Feral Ungulates

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The activity of feral ungulates such as pigs, goats, and deer has resulted in extensive biodiversity loss in Hawaii. These animals were introduced by the Polynesians as domesticated livestock, and now play a destructive role in the local ecosystem...
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TOM LEONARD: How great almond fad has turned California into dustbowl

TOM LEONARD: How great almond fad has turned California into dustbowl | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
Worth £3.8 billion in 2013, almonds have become California’s second biggest agricultural commodity The problem is that they guzzle water on a monumental scale.
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The cold truth about our thirst for bottled water | Lucy Siegle

The cold truth about our thirst for bottled water | Lucy Siegle | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
The exploitation of a precious natural resource by multinational companies is degrading the environment. Consumers shouldn’t fall for it
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Migrant tragedies will worsen as climate changes push more from homes - Reuters Blogs (blog)

Migrant tragedies will worsen as climate changes push more from homes - Reuters Blogs (blog) | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
The migrant crisis in the Mediterranean is symptomatic of deep dislocation in the Sahel and Sub-Saharan Africa -- dislocation which is exacerbated by climate change.
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Oldest fossils controversy resolved

Oldest fossils controversy resolved | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
New analysis of world-famous 3.46-billion-year-old rocks is set to finally resolve a long running evolutionary controversy.

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Judge's ruling grants legal right to research chimps - Science /AAAS

Judge's ruling grants legal right to research chimps - Science /AAAS | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
Habeas corpus decision could influence other courts
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‘Uncharismatic’ endangered species and the fight for funding equality | Toronto Star

‘Uncharismatic’ endangered species and the fight for funding equality | Toronto Star | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
When it comes to conservation, charisma, convenience and national pride play a role in which species receive funding. Spiders and snakes? Forget about it.
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Russia's leading environmentalist flees to Estonia

Russia's leading environmentalist flees to Estonia | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
Yevgenia Chirikova, a campaigner who opposed a road through ancient forest and previously won prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize, leaves Russia
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