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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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Nature Writing for print and broadcast by Paul Evans

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Wildlife, Nature, Environment, articles, BBC Radio 4 programmes, writing & features - Paul Evans
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Blood moon rising

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Country diary: Wenlock Edge: As chiffchaffs count the seconds to Easter, the first bluebells are opening into a strange and ominous alignment

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Canadians from coast to coast can view total lunar eclipse this week

Canadians from coast to coast can view total lunar eclipse this week | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it

MONTREAL - If they can stay awake, Canadians from coast to coast will get a chance to view a total lunar eclipse this week — the first of four that will occur nearly every six months.


Total lunar eclipses occur twice a year but are not visible everywhere on Earth at the same time.


The year's first eclipse will begin just before 2 a.m. EDT on Tuesday and will offer ideal viewing for observers throughout the Western Hemisphere.


Andrew Fazekas, a spokesman for the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, says North America hasn't seen a total lunar eclipse since 2011.

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Songbirds in decline – a tragedy for Britain's culture, as well as its environment

Songbirds in decline – a tragedy for Britain's culture, as well as its environment | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
This is the season of songbirds – the nightingales and skylarks whose voices resonate in poetry and music as well as nature. But with their numbers in freefall, could we lose them for ever, asks Stephen Moss
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A comprehensive look at vagrant birds - TriCities.com

A comprehensive look at vagrant birds - TriCities.com | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
A comprehensive look at vagrant birds
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“Rare Birds of North America” by Steve N.G.
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Ruling that scrapped Antarctic whaling gives Japan face-saving way to end program

Ruling that scrapped Antarctic whaling gives Japan face-saving way to end program | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it

TOKYO - The international court ruling against Japanese whaling last week may have given the government a convenient political out.


The Antarctic program was nearly bankrupt, but if the government had overhauled it on its own, it would have incurred the wrath of a strong anti-whaling lobby, and could have been criticized for caving in to foreign anti-whaling activists. Now officials can say the court forced their hand.


"It seemed to me they were anxious to lose," said Masayuki Komatsu, a former fisheries official known for his battles at the International Whaling Commission to defend Japanese hunts. He accused Japanese officials of losing "passion and love" for whaling and not fighting hard enough in court.

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Butterfly survey finds species are recovering from washout summer of 2012

Butterfly survey finds species are recovering from washout summer of 2012 | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
Butterfly numbers bounced back last year after the washout of 2012 which devastated populations. Conservationists have reported a major recovery in five common species Staff at Brocks Hill...
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Forests may play bigger role in rainfall than estimated - report

Forests may play bigger role in rainfall than estimated - report | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
Vegetation probably has a larger effect on climate than previously thought, says CIFOR research
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Dust clouds reveal how quickly stars form › News in Science (ABC Science)

Dust clouds reveal how quickly stars form › News in Science (ABC Science) | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
Astronomers have developed a more accurate way of predicting star birth rates, one of the most fundamental processes in the universe
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Indigenous Leaders Targeted in Battle to Protect Forests - Inter Press Service

Indigenous Leaders Targeted in Battle to Protect Forests - Inter Press Service | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
Indigenous leaders are warning of increased violence in the fight to save their dwindling forests and ecosystems from extractive companies. Indigenous repr
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'Do not kill sharks': Australian survey result undermines world's biggest cull

'Do not kill sharks': Australian survey result undermines world's biggest cull | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
As western state slaughters sharks for perceived threat, Sydney Aquarium visitor survey finds 87% saying the predators should not be killed, and 69% backing human safety through education
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America's Most Endangered River: San Joaquin in California

America's Most Endangered River: San Joaquin in California | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
Several fisheries depend on the river's estuary and are at risk of collapse
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City lights threaten rainforests by deterring bats

City lights threaten rainforests by deterring bats | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
Fruit-eating bats play an important role in forest regeneration, collecting and spreading seeds far and wide. However, human development may be stymying bat-mediated dispersal. In a new study, researchers found that fruit bats avoid feeding in light-polluted areas, which may significantly affect forest growth.
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National Trust response tackling invasive non-native species

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National Trust responds to Environmental Audit Committee findings


On the day of an EU vote on new proposals to tackle the problem of invasive non-native species at a continent-wide level, the Environmental Audit Committee is calling on the Government to revamp the system for controlling invasive species in England and Wales.


Its key recommendations are to work together more effectively, to do more work in identifying invasive species which pose a threat to the UK more quickly; and to introduce an early surveillance system which would then trigger action which would result in eradication.


Responding to the report, David Bullock, Head of Nature Conservation at the National Trust said: "Tackling invasive non-native species needs public agencies and voluntary organisations to work more effectively together, so we're pleased this is a key recommendation from the Committee.  But we also need agencies to be much more innovative in the way they detect and monitor threats.


“Better coordination and more effective detection will become even more important as climate change and globalisation add to the challenges the UK faces."

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Ospreys' return to Cape puts the birds in precarious position - Capecodonline

Ospreys' return to Cape puts the birds in precarious position - Capecodonline | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
Ospreys' return to Cape puts the birds in precarious position
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The utility company, meanwhile, is being watched closely by local residents with a passion for the large birds of prey.
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Kakapo features high on world rare bird list

Kakapo features high on world rare bird list | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
The kakapo has been named one of the most unique and endangered birds in the world.
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Beach closures to protect rare birds - The Denver Post

Beach closures to protect rare birds
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"These are little birds that are really good at blending into sandy shorelines," explained Mike Smith, Conservation Biologist for Colorado Parks and Wildlife in the Lamar area.
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Climate change leaving seabirds with nowhere to tern

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Climate change leaving seabirds with nowhere to tern

One of the UK’s rarest seabirds could become a victim of climate change as rising seas and increased coastal flooding squeezes the UK’s coastline.

 

Little terns, the UK’s smallest tern species, return each April to breed on beaches at fewer than sixty sites around the UK. Traditional colonies at South Gare on the Tees and Donna Nook in Lincolnshire have already been lost due to changes in our coastline and just one nesting site remains in Wales.

 

Predictions of increased coastal flooding and sea level rise caused by climate change could spell disaster for these elegant seabirds. This warning comes as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issue their latest reports on climate change [note 2].

 

Susan Rendell-Read is the RSPB’s little tern project manager “Little terns are very vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. They need undisturbed sand and shingle beaches to nest with a plentiful supply of small fish just offshore. These beaches can be quickly altered by rising seas and floods, making them unsuitable for terns to nest.” 

“In the past, the areas lost to flooding or storms would be offset by new areas of sand or shingle thrown up by the sea. This is now being prevented by hard sea defences and other man made developments. The result, known as coastal squeeze, means beaches are getting narrower and the little terns are quickly running out of space.”

 

“As rising sea levels and storms change our coastline, little terns are forced into fewer and fewer colonies and have to share space with people on some of our most popular beaches, leading to significant problems with disturbance.”

 

A major new five-year partnership including the RSPB, Natural England and the National Trust [note 3] has been established to help little terns adapt to climate change and secure their future in the UK. This partnership, supported by the EU LIFE + programme will lay the foundations for the long-term recovery of the little tern in the UK by protecting and creating nest sites and increasing public awareness and support.

 

An important part of the recovery plan is ensuring that the few sites where little terns continue to breed are protected from disturbance [note 4]. The RSPB and its partners are keen to raise awareness amongst local communities and beachgoers to give little terns space to breed safely and in peace.

Victoria Egan manages little tern colonies for the National Trust at Blakeney National Nature Reserve in Norfolk said “local communities and beachgoers have a vital role to play in helping little terns cope with the increasing threat of climate change. These tiny seabirds need space to breed undisturbed so we are urging visitors to these beaches to follow any directions and advice given on local signs on the beach and avoid entering certain areas while the little terns are breeding”.

Susan added “These dainty little seabirds, no heavier than a tennis ball, have just started returning to our shores after travelling thousands of miles from their wintering sites off the south and west coasts of Africa. We need to make sure that they have the best chance of finding a suitable home when they arrive.”



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Some birds come first -- a new approach to species conservation | Science Codex

Some birds come first -- a new approach to species conservation | Science Codex | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
New Haven, Conn.— A Yale-led research team has developed a new approach to species conservation that prioritizes genetic and geographic rarity and applied it to all 9,993 known bird species.
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Butterfly Larvae Copy Queen Ant To Avoid Detection - Science News - redOrbit

Butterfly Larvae Copy Queen Ant To Avoid Detection - Science News - redOrbit | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
Parasitic butterfly larvae may mimic ants' acoustic signals to aid in the infiltration of their host colonies
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Drought in Brazil drives the price of coffee beans to a record high

Drought in Brazil drives the price of coffee beans to a record high | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
The International Coffee Organisation warn consumers that the coffee crop could be affected for a number of years
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Scientists name world's 100 most unusual and endangered birds

Scientists name world's 100 most unusual and endangered birds | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
'Little dodo', flightless parrot and giant ibis among species ranked by evolutionary distinctiveness and global extinction risk
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Pesky flies use fighter jet manoeuvres › News in Science (ABC Science)

Pesky flies use fighter jet manoeuvres › News in Science (ABC Science) | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
What does a tiny fruit fly have in common with the world's most advanced fighter jets? More than you might think.
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Collateral damage: new findings shed light on the full impact of commercial fishing

Collateral damage: new findings shed light on the full impact of commercial fishing | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
Aside from reducing the populations of the species sought for capture, commercial fisheries are also killing thousands of nontarget creatures such as sharks, albatross, and sea turtles, collectively referred to as “bycatch.” However, the full extent of the problem is only beginning to be grasped.
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A new tiny species of crayfish from the swamps of coastal eastern Australia

A new tiny species of crayfish from the swamps of coastal eastern Australia | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
Hidden in one of Australia's most developed and fastest growing areas lives one of the world's smallest freshwater crayfish species. Biologists described the new species belonging to the genus Gramastacus, after eight years of research in the swamps and creeks of coastal New South Wales, Australia.
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Corporate lobbying on climate change: silence is not neutrality

Corporate lobbying on climate change: silence is not neutrality | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
For companies to be transparent on their position on climate change, they must be clear, consistent, and constructive
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