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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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Wind turbines would destroy hen harrier habitat, court hears

Wind turbines would destroy hen harrier habitat, court hears | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
High Court hears legal objections to turbines in Co Tipperary (It will be interesting to see how this pans out for the Hen Harrier http://t.co/r7K7pDVoI9 via @IrishTimes)...
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Map: Here's how climate change could put hundreds of bird species at risk - Vox

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Map: Here's how climate change could put hundreds of bird species at risk
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It also, crucially, doesn't look at the effects of climate change in Central and South America — where many birds spend the winter.
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Tropical forests illegally destroyed for commercial agriculture

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Forest Trends warns that demand for palm oil, beef, soy and wood has fuelled rapid deforestation, especially in Indonesia
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Deep sea fish remove one million tonnes of CO2 from UK and Irish waters every year

Deep sea fish remove one million tonnes of CO2 from UK and Irish waters every year | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
Deep sea fish remove and store more than 1 million tons of carbon dioxide (Deep-water fish remove 1m tonnes CO2/yr in Irish-UK waters.
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The plan to save the rarest fish in the world – that happens to be named after puppies | Running Ponies, Scientific American Blog Network

The plan to save the rarest fish in the world – that happens to be named after puppies | Running Ponies, Scientific American Blog Network | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
The Devils Hole pupfish (Cyprinodon diabolis) is the rarest fish in the world. Found only in a single, tiny limestone cavern in the Devils Hole geothermal ...
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Operation Owl: boxes help save these beautiful bellwethers of biodiversity - The Guardian

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The Guardian Operation Owl: boxes help save these beautiful bellwethers of biodiversity The Guardian It's a voluntary mission to put up owl boxes all across the borough of Woking but it's more than that: owls are a way to encourage local people to...
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Wild brown bears once roamed DARTMOOR

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The animal skin was found in a peat bog on White Horse Hill, Dartmoor, wrapped around artefacts found in the grave, including a woven basket and cremated remains. (Wild brown bears roamed DARTMOOR: Bronze Age princess' pelt ...
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Climate and Civilization Killed Egypt's Animals - LiveScience.com

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Climate and Civilization Killed Egypt's Animals
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But animal bones and images of animals on ancient artifacts reveal what creatures once roamed the region.
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New study shows how conversion of forests to cropland affected climate

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The conversion of forests into cropland worldwide has triggered an atmospheric change that, while seldom considered in climate models, has had a net cooling effect on global temperatures, according to a new Yale study.

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Climate change increases possibility of megadrought in Southwestern...

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Sept. 08 - New study finds increased possibility of severe and long-term megadrought affecting Southwestern United States. John Russell reports.
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How Much Danger Do Ship Strikes Pose to Blue Whales?

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A new study suggests that at least one blue whale population has recovered to pre-whaling numbers, but experts say whales' troubles are not over.
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Food crop wild relatives endangered

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Scientists from the University of Birmingham have released the most complete database that identifies and maps wild crop relatives around the world, vital for future food security.
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Badger cull fail - government throws science on the scrapheap

Badger cull fail - government throws science on the scrapheap | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
England's 2014 trial badger cull starts today - with no independent oversight, and no gathering of essential scientific data.
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Shark cull rejected by Western Australia Environmental Protection Authority - The Guardian

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The Guardian Shark cull rejected by Western Australia Environmental Protection Authority The Guardian Western Australia's Environmental Protection Authority has recommended that the state's controversial shark culling program not be extended,...
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This dragonfly is both messenger and missile

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Country diary: Wenlock Edge: Insects use their bodies in ways that seem mysterious and bear marks that are cryptic, as if their original meaning has been lost
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Fukushima nuclear disaster: three years on 120,000 evacuees remain uprooted

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Japan's 2011 plant meltdown has torn apart close families, leaving elderly relatives isolated and villages uninhabited (RT @Andrewdavid70: Fukushima nuclear disaster: three years on 120,000 villagers remain uprooted
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Human Rights and Gender Equality Vague in Post-2015 Agenda | Inter Press Service

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Artist Takes #Photos of #Clouds and Draws What He Sees on Top of Them #art #clouds #drawing

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  In an ongoing series entitled Shaping Clouds, Argentinian artist Martín Feijoó takes photos of clouds and then draws what he sees on top of them. On his tumblr project page, Martin explains:...

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Earth Science Picture of the Day

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The Earth Science Picture of the Day highlights the diverse processes and phenomena which shape our planet and our lives. EPOD will collect and archive photos, imagery, graphics, and artwork with short explanatory captions and links exemplifying features within the Earth system. The community is invited to contribute digital imagery, short captions and relevant links.
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The Amazing Animals That Only Come Out at Night - Slate Magazine (blog)

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Traer Scott's idea to photograph nocturnal animals came, appropriately, just after midnight.
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Bad news for Obama: Fracking may be worse than burning coal

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New science shows that thanks to methane leaks, gas won't work as a "bridge fuel." (Bad news for Obama: Fracking may be worse than burning coal http://t.co/2fg7Lx9CDb
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Badger cull starts in Somerset and Gloucestershire

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Government says scheme is under way in the two counties to limit the spread of TB in cows
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Birds of North America under threat from climate change – in pictures

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Warming temperatures are reducing the range of several of North America’s iconic birds, including United States’ national bird the bald eagle, affecting over 300 species and pushing many towards extinction
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£20m salt marsh to create wildlife habitat and fight erosion from sea

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Somerset scheme set to absorb high tides and waves but critics say money should have gone on flood defences for residents
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Adenovirus Threat To British Red Squrrels

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Mammal Society and Red Squirrels Trust Wales

Adenovirus threat to British red squirrels


Research published in The Mammal Society's scientific journal, Mammal Review today, Tuesday 9th Sept, reveals adenovirus as a growing threat to the conservation of DECLINING native red squirrels.


The virus can produce lesions in the digestive system with diarrhoea and intestinal bleeding. Disease is however difficult to detect because the characteristic lesions in the intestines decay rapidly after an animal dies and may no longer be visible to an examining veterinary pathologist. Through the use of laboratory tests including screening for viral DNA, it is now known that the virus is associated with significant mortality in red squirrel captive breeding programmes throughout the UK. More than 80% of captive red squirrels screened were found to have the infection.

Researchers also discovered that wild and captive red squirrels can be infected but without developing disease. On Anglesey, otherwise healthy squirrels that were killed by road traffic or other traumatic injury were found to be infected.


To investigate whether adenovirus was found in other woodland rodents, grey squirrels and wood mice were screened. It has been long known that grey squirrels spread squirrel pox virus to native red squirrels and scientists have now discovered that up to 54% of grey squirrels can be infected with adenovirus. It remains unclear whether the virus causes disease in grey squirrels or if they are involved in transmission to  red squirrels. The discovery of infected red squirrels on the Isle of Wight, where grey squirrels are absent, reveals red squirrel infection can be found in areas without grey squirrels. However, wood mice are present here, and this species is also found to carry adenovirus.


Researchers are now focusing upon the role that wood mice may play in the spread of adenovirus and on ways that red squirrel conservation programmes can limit the impact of adenovirus.


Dr Craig Shuttleworth of Red Squirrels Trust Wales said, 'adenovirus poses a significant risk to red squirrels where rodents come into close contact with one another, such as at garden bird tables, forest supplemental feeding stations, or in captive breeding settings. The availability of foods at bird tables and feeding stations often attracts a range of other species including wood mice and it would be prudent to try and limit mouse activity.’


'The situation is further complicated because blood tests do not always reveal the presence of infection in living red squirrels  and where infection produces illness, sick squirrels don't show any obvious external signs and often die unseen in nests and are not discovered."


The Mammal Review paper provides a series of recommendations on trap and squirrel feeder disinfection, and reducing contact between rodent species at feeders or bird tables. It also highlights future research into adenovirus infection including identification of any variation in viral strains found in different mammal species.



1 The Mammal Society: The Mammal Society is a charity advocating science-led mammal conservation, leading efforts to collect and share information on mammals, encourage research to learn more about their ecology and distribution, and contribute meaningfully to efforts to conserve them.

2. Mammal Review: Mammal Review is The Mammal Society's quarterly international scientific journal of mammal research and review studies, covering all aspects of mammalian biology and ecology. It is owned and published by Wiley.

3. Red Squirrels Trust Wales: A dynamic partnership between landowners, community groups and local volunteers working to improve woodland habitats, erect nest boxes, provide supplemental feeding and monitor populations.


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