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UK: Doctors and academics call for ban on 'inherently risky' fracking | Karl Mathiesen | The Guardian

UK: Doctors and academics call for ban on 'inherently risky' fracking | Karl Mathiesen | The Guardian | @The Convergence of ICT, Climate Change & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

Fracking should be banned because of the impact it could have on public health, according to a prominent group of health professionals.

In a letter published by the British Medical Journal on Monday, 20 high-profile doctors, pharmacists and public health academics said the “inherently risky” industry should be prohibited in the UK.

“The arguments against fracking on public health and ecological grounds are overwhelming. There are clear grounds for adopting the precautionary principle and prohibiting fracking,” they said.

The signatories include former chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners, Dr Clare Gerada, chief executive of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society Helen Gordon and former deputy chief medical officer Dr Sheila Adam.

The letter was prompted by a report from health charity Medact, to be released on Monday, which recommended a UK-wide moratorium be placed on fracking. Scotland has already imposed a ban on the industry pending the results of a public health impact assessment. The Department of Energy and Climate Change declined to respond to the letter.

Medact director and report co-author Dr David McCoy said fracking potentially exposes communities to leaks of chemicals linked to cancer, birth defects and lung disease. He also raised concerns over noise and air pollution.


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EU and US want to make chips before China forces the issue | Protocol.com

EU and US want to make chips before China forces the issue | Protocol.com | @The Convergence of ICT, Climate Change & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it
The second annual Trade and Technology Council emphasized the centrality of semiconductor onshoring to U.S.-EU military objectives.
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UN Official Asks Rich Countries to Share Energy Tech on Dire Climate Report | Bloomberg.com

UN Official Asks Rich Countries to Share Energy Tech on Dire Climate Report | Bloomberg.com | @The Convergence of ICT, Climate Change & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it
The World Meteorological Organization’s new report catalogs new records for sea-level rise, ocean temperature, greenhouse gas concentrations and ocean acidification.
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Could Google’s Carbon Emissions Have Effectively Doubled Overnight? | by Bill McKibben | NewYorker.com

Could Google’s Carbon Emissions Have Effectively Doubled Overnight? | by Bill McKibben | NewYorker.com | @The Convergence of ICT, Climate Change & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it
A new report suggests that the money Big Tech companies keep in the banking system can do more climate damage than the products they sell.
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Climate change sets a string of records, from atmosphere to the ocean | NewAtlas.com

Climate change sets a string of records, from atmosphere to the ocean | NewAtlas.com | @The Convergence of ICT, Climate Change & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it
As global warming continues its onward march there are key metrics scientists are watching closely to gauge the degree of change gripping our planet. The latest climate change report from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) shines the spotlight on some of these important markers, detailing…
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Turning Tides: Offshore Wind Farms at Odds with Oregon's Fishing Trade | DailyYonder.com

Turning Tides: Offshore Wind Farms at Odds with Oregon's Fishing Trade | DailyYonder.com | @The Convergence of ICT, Climate Change & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it
Commercial fishing fleets in Oregon are worried that two sites the state is considering for offshore wind energy production will reduce their catch and
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NEPA restoration buoys Gulf Coast enviros' fight with Big Gas | FacingSouth.org

NEPA restoration buoys Gulf Coast enviros' fight with Big Gas | FacingSouth.org | @The Convergence of ICT, Climate Change & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it
With almost 20 new natural gas projects slated to open this year alone in Louisiana and Texas, environmental health and justice activists in the region say the Biden administration's recent restoration of transparency provisions in the National Environmental Policy Act, rolled back by its predecessor, will provide a critical shield for them in their battle with the industry.
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Florida Power & Light to use unmanned drone to survey post-storm damage | PalmBeachPost.com

Florida Power & Light to use unmanned drone to survey post-storm damage | PalmBeachPost.com | @The Convergence of ICT, Climate Change & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it
Florida Power & Light is gearing up to use a $1.2 million unmanned drone to help assess post-storm damage in the middle of the 2022 hurricane season.
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MA: Joint Base Cape Cod Officials Wait for EPA Review of Proposed Gun Range | CapeCod.com

MA: Joint Base Cape Cod Officials Wait for EPA Review of Proposed Gun Range | CapeCod.com | @The Convergence of ICT, Climate Change & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it
BOURNE – The commander of Camp Edwards said Massachusetts Army National Guard officials are waiting to move forward with a proposed machine gun range for Joint Base Cape Cod until an Environmental …
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Great Barrier Reef endures fourth coral bleaching event in seven years | NewAtlas.com

Great Barrier Reef endures fourth coral bleaching event in seven years | NewAtlas.com | @The Convergence of ICT, Climate Change & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it
Rare coral bleaching brought on by abnormal sea temperatures is rapidly becoming the norm on Australia's Great Barrier Reef, which has just experienced its fourth such event in six years. The mass bleaching is said to have affected more than 90 percent of reefs making up the system, and is the…
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AG Commissioner Fried seeks EPA help to prevent 'catastrophic' damage to FL wetlands | FloridaPhoenix.com

Federal environmental regulators should take over wetlands permitting in Florida to prevent “catastrophic” environmental damage where development and sensitive lands are in conflict, says Florida Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner Nikki Fried. At issue is a late-2020 decision, in the final months of the Trump administration, to transfer authority over wetlands permitting from the U.S. […]
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Algae energy harvester powers electronics for a year on its own | NewAtlas.com

Algae energy harvester powers electronics for a year on its own | NewAtlas.com | @The Convergence of ICT, Climate Change & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it
As the number of electronic devices grows, we’re going to have to get creative with our energy sources. Cambridge researchers have now demonstrated how an algae energy harvester can use sunlight to power a microprocessor for over a year without any human help.
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Farming Drives Toward ‘Precision Agriculture’ Technologies | WIRED.com

Farming Drives Toward ‘Precision Agriculture’ Technologies | WIRED.com | @The Convergence of ICT, Climate Change & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it
Although real-world data is scant, proponents say robotics and AI will soon revolutionize agriculture.
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An Elusive Gravity Signal Could Mean Faster Earthquake Warnings | WIRED.com

An Elusive Gravity Signal Could Mean Faster Earthquake Warnings | WIRED.com | @The Convergence of ICT, Climate Change & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it
Tiny wobbles in Earth’s gravitational field could help detect big tremors faster, but they’re hard to tease out from the planet’s seismic noise.
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Can a new concrete mixture help reduce the construction industry's carbon footprint? | NPR.org

Can a new concrete mixture help reduce the construction industry's carbon footprint? | NPR.org | @The Convergence of ICT, Climate Change & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it
A data center in DeKalb, Illinois, is the testing ground for a new sustainable concrete. Is this greenwashing or can new mixtures contribute to reducing the construction industry's carbon footprint?
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US pours $3.5 billion into direct air capture hubs for carbon removal | NewAtlas.com

US pours $3.5 billion into direct air capture hubs for carbon removal | NewAtlas.com | @The Convergence of ICT, Climate Change & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

As part of its ambitions to move to a net-zero economy by 2050, the US Department of Energy (DOE) has been ramping up its plans to facilitate removal of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and drive down the cost of the technology required to do so. These efforts are set to receive a massive cash injection, with the Biden administration announcing US$3.5 billion in funding for a set of regional direct air capture hubs.

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This Is Where Dirty Old Cars Go to Die | WIRED.com

This Is Where Dirty Old Cars Go to Die | WIRED.com | @The Convergence of ICT, Climate Change & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it
The electric vehicle revolution is gathering speed—but what happens to all those polluting cars already on the road?
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In Their Own Words: Coastal Leaders Push Back Against Location of Wind Energy Plants | DailtYonder.com

In Their Own Words: Coastal Leaders Push Back Against Location of Wind Energy Plants | DailtYonder.com | @The Convergence of ICT, Climate Change & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it
There is little doubt that floating offshore wind farms are coming to the southern Oregon coast. The region's small, ocean-reliant communities are worried
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Carbon-Rich Peat Is Disappearing. But Is It Also Growing? | WIRED.com

Carbon-Rich Peat Is Disappearing. But Is It Also Growing? | WIRED.com | @The Convergence of ICT, Climate Change & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it
Scientists have discovered “proto-peat” forming in the Arctic as the Earth naturally sequesters carbon, but it could take centuries to mature.
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California is breaking renewable energy records, but fossil fuels aren't fading | NPR.org

California is breaking renewable energy records, but fossil fuels aren't fading | NPR.org | @The Convergence of ICT, Climate Change & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it
California broke its record for renewable energy when solar and wind provided enough to meet all consumer demand. At the time, natural gas power plants were still on, a necessity for the grid.
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FL: Septic-to-sewer conversion program approved by Marion County Commission | OcalaGazette.com

FL: Septic-to-sewer conversion program approved by Marion County Commission | OcalaGazette.com | @The Convergence of ICT, Climate Change & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it
To reduce the contamination to its aquifer and waterways, Marion County is implementing a septic-to-sewer conversion program, which was recently approved
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Sandia developing micro-grids to power future Moon base | NewAtlas.com

Sandia developing micro-grids to power future Moon base | NewAtlas.com | @The Convergence of ICT, Climate Change & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it
To keep the lights on in NASA's Artemis human lunar outpost, Sandia National Laboratories is developing electrical micro-grids to handle the power distribution from the Moon base's mini nuclear reactors to the various living and support facilities.
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California is breaking renewable energy records, but fossil fuels aren't fading | NPR.org

California is breaking renewable energy records, but fossil fuels aren't fading | NPR.org | @The Convergence of ICT, Climate Change & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it
California broke its record for renewable energy when solar and wind provided enough to meet all consumer demand. At the time, natural gas power plants were still on, a necessity for the grid.
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Self-charging battery generates electricity from moisture in the air | NewAtlas.com

Self-charging battery generates electricity from moisture in the air | NewAtlas.com | @The Convergence of ICT, Climate Change & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it
Half of the solar energy that bathes the Earth in warmth goes into a single process, according to some researchers: evaporating the water that covers some 71 percent of our fragile blue marble. Australian company Strategic Elements wants that energy back, and it's working with the University of New…
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Texas heat wave: Temperatures knock 6 power plants offline | CNN.com

Texas heat wave: Temperatures knock 6 power plants offline | CNN.com | @The Convergence of ICT, Climate Change & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it
With an early-season heat wave searing much of Texas over the weekend, the nonprofit that manages power to more than 26 million customers wants them to turn up their thermostats.
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The Biggest Potential Water Disaster in the United States | NewYorker.com

The Biggest Potential Water Disaster in the United States | NewYorker.com | @The Convergence of ICT, Climate Change & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it
In California, millions of residents and thousands of farmers depend on the Bay-Delta for fresh water—but they can’t agree on how to protect it.
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