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More Americans Want Tough Fracking Regulations

More Americans Want Tough Fracking Regulations | Environmental Change | Scoop.it

American families should not have to trade clean drinking water for dirty energy. There are better solutions.

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Fighting the Rising Costs of Climate Change

Fighting the Rising Costs of Climate Change | Environmental Change | Scoop.it
In acting this week to complete a $60-billion package of emergency aid for victims of Hurricane Sandy in the New York region, Congress came face-to-face with the rising costs that climate change is imposing on the nation.

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Report: Climate Change Has Already Brought Catastrophe to US Wildlife

Report: Climate Change Has Already Brought Catastrophe to US Wildlife | Environmental Change | Scoop.it

Jan 30, 2013

Climate change has already pushed the nation's wildlife into crisis, according to a report released Wednesday from the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), and further catastrophe, including widespread extinction, can only be curbed with swift action to curb the carbon pollution that has the planet sweltering.

Entitled Wildlife in a Warming World: Confronting the Climate Crisis, the report looks at 8 regions across the U.S. where "the underlying climatic conditions to which species have been accustomed for thousands of years," the report explains, have been upturned by human-caused climate change.

“Some of America’s most iconic species—from moose to sandhill cranes to sea turtles – are seeing their homes transformed by rapid climate change,” stated Dr. Amanda Staudt, climate scientist at the National Wildlife Federation.

 

WILDLIFE UNDER PRESSURE  IN A WARMING WORLD -  - National Wildlife Federation http://www.nwf.org/News-and-Magazines/Media-Center/Reports/Archive/2013/01-30-13-Wildlife-In-A-Warming-World.aspx


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Cheryl Bowden's curator insight, October 21, 2013 2:58 PM

As climates change, it impacts the biotic and abiotic landscape.

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Water safety an issue as fracking begins

PARKERSBURG — The safety of water supplies remains an important issue as natural gas extraction related to the Marcellus Shale begins to move into the area, local public service district officials said.


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Fracking wastewater can be highly radioactive

Fracking wastewater can be highly radioactive | Environmental Change | Scoop.it
Editor's Note: This is the first of a four-part series on radiation in fracking wastewater.

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Beyond Pesticides Daily News Blog » EU Report: Precautionary Approach Beneficial to Avoid Environmental Disasters

"The report points out that nanotechnology development has occurred in the absence of “clear design rules for chemists and materials developers on how to integrate health, safety and environmental concerns into design.” While the emerging area of ‘green nanotechnology’ offers promise for the future with its focus on preventive design, it is important that research on the sustainability of materials is funded at levels significant enough to identify early warnings and potential harms, and that regulatory systems provide incentives for safer and sustainable materials.  Regulators and policy-makers have yet to address many of the shortcomings in legislation, research and development, and limitations in risk assessment. EEA concludes that as a result, “There remains a developmental environment that hinders the adoption of precautionary yet socially and economically responsive strategies in the field of nanotechnology. If left unresolved, this could hamper society’s ability to ensure responsible development of nanotechnologies.”

 

Recently, EPA announced plans to obtain information on nanoscale materials in pesticide products and to register nanoscale materials as new active pesticide ingredients. The agency stated it will gather information on nanoscale materials present in pesticide products to determine whether the registration of the pesticide product may cause unreasonable adverse effects on the environment and human health."


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Beautiful, Innovative, and Sustainable: The Future of Green Architecture

Beautiful, Innovative, and Sustainable: The Future of Green Architecture | Environmental Change | Scoop.it

Today, architecture finds itself at a crossroads.

Building materials and new construction, along with the operation and maintenance of buildings, account for a significant sum of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions.

 

Faced with this fact, how are architects to responsibly pursue the act (and art) of architecture without further deteriorating the planet’s environmental make-up or depleting its resources?

What forms of high and low technology can be developed to curtail the injurious side of building?

Can good—or even great—architecture be sustainable?

 

The answer, of course, is yes. The best buildings have always shown a concern for their immediate environs and how they fit in them, whether they were conscious of “sustainability” or not. Now, all architects and buildings are expected to be engaged with sustainable standards, such as LEED titles, photovoltaic cells, or green roofs—all things that these 10 projects have in common. Check out our favorite projects in architecture + sustainability...


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Lauren Moss's curator insight, January 17, 2013 6:32 PM

A curated collection of (relatively) recent sustainable building projects that highlight innovative approaches to environmental design and green building, with links provided for additional information and details.

Paige's curator insight, August 6, 2014 2:47 PM

Green architecture! I've dreamt and have considered going into a field of real estate specializing in the building and selling of eco-friendly homes!

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Natural Gas Released From Fracking, Burned and Wasted

Natural Gas Released From Fracking, Burned and Wasted | Environmental Change | Scoop.it
Gas flaring, the burning of natural gas released from fracking, in the United States is becoming a centerpiece of US environmental and energy policies.
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Another Dangerous Side to Fracking

Another Dangerous Side to Fracking | Environmental Change | Scoop.it
By Patricia Zick @PCZick I don’t usually post on Sundays, but I wanted to share this series of articles from the Beaver County Times. Saturday’s story explores “brine” or wa...
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The Environmental Defense Fund

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The Environmental Defense Fund: Leading the Way - The EDF stands on the principles of sound scientific approaches in researching ecological problems, like climate change, and their possible solutions.
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How Fracking Impacts Local Food

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NATURAL RESOURCES DEFENSE COUNCIL — “Should the moratorium on hydrofracking in New York State be lifted, the 16,200-member Park Slope Food Co-op, in Brooklyn, will no longer buy food from farms anywhere near drilling operations ...

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Bill Palladino - MLUI's curator insight, February 5, 2013 3:59 PM

Food groups taking action against fracking.

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Dairy farms suffer in US shale gas fracking boom

Dairy farms suffer in US shale gas fracking boom | Environmental Change | Scoop.it
The dash for unconventional gas may have brought financial benefits to some, but for struggling dairy farmers in Bradford County, Pennsylvania, the arrival of drilling wells could be the final nail in the coffin.

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Are We Losing The Race Against Climate Change? : NPR

Are We Losing The Race Against Climate Change? : NPR | Environmental Change | Scoop.it
China burns nearly as much coal as the rest of the world combined--and has 300 more coal plants in the works. But China also leads the world in solar panel exports and wind farms, and has a national climate change policy in place.

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Fracking in America

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Energy independence. Two words that became very important in the U.S. politics. For years now, the United States has tried to lower its dependence on foreign oil for its energy needs.
With stability in the Middle East in question, drilling at home has never been more attractive, but it often comes at a cost.
Natural gas extraction – fracking – is being touted as the answer. The way fracking is taking place, there are questions being asked about the process and its implications.
People have been aware for decades that the rock formation known as the Marcellus Shale has natural gas trapped inside it. But it took professor Terry Engelder to figure out how much was there. And what he found shocked everyone.


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Brad Wells's curator insight, October 20, 2014 9:49 AM

Varadraj Chavan, this shows the fracking in America.

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Lots of information!

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Energy Independence!
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Fracking With Bad Water

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The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection published a white paper in January detailing how the agency intends to review proposals from Oil & Gas drillers on the use of Mine Influenced Water (MIW) or acid mine drainage for drilling...


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Ozone hole changes ocean flow › News in Science (ABC Science)

Ozone hole changes ocean flow › News in Science (ABC Science) | Environmental Change | Scoop.it
The hole in the Antarctic ozone layer has caused changes in the way that waters in the southern oceans mix, an international study shows.
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Water safety an issue as fracking begins - NewsandSentinel.com | News, Sports, Jobs, Community Information - Parkersburg News and Sentinel

PARKERSBURG — The safety of water supplies remains an important issue as natural gas extraction related to the Marcellus Shale begins to move into...
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SA values the economy over the environment – Opinion – ABC Environment (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

SA values the economy over the environment – Opinion – ABC Environment (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | Environmental Change | Scoop.it
South Australia's decision to axe successful recycling agency Zero Waste SA, is disappointing. And it's not only from the perspective of recycling. (Terrific piece on a greatly undervalued industry.
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What Can You Do About Climate Change | Great Barrier Reef | Cairns, Australia

What Can You Do About Climate Change | Great Barrier Reef | Cairns, Australia | Environmental Change | Scoop.it
Great Barrier Reef diving, dive, snorkel, small groups, snorkeling, scuba, sail, cairns, australia, yacht charter, adventure, Liveaboard, Vacations, holiday (A few easy tips for saving energy, being environmentally freindly and a few dollars on your...
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Nicholas Stern: 'I got it wrong on climate change – it's far, far worse'

Nicholas Stern: 'I got it wrong on climate change – it's far, far worse' | Environmental Change | Scoop.it
Author of 2006 review speaks out on danger to economies as planet absorbs less carbon and is 'on track' for 4C rise Heather Stewart and Larry Elliott (“@greeneconpost: Nicholas Stern: 'I got it wrong on climate change – it's far, far worse'...
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