Archives For Fracking


1. Ninety-nine percent of the ocean’s plastic is missing

On the hunt. The RV Hesperides tows along a net designed to skim the ocean surface, catching floating plastic particles (inset).

On the hunt. The RV Hesperides tows along a net designed to skim the ocean surface, catching floating plastic particles (inset).

2. China’s Dirty Pollution Secret: The Boom Poisoned Its Soil and Crops

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3. Lead Exposure May Cause Depression And Anxiety In Children

A child plays in a Beijing park. Health threats caused by pollution have become a major concern in China.

4. Study: BPA Can Activate Breast Cancer Cells

Unlike other breast cancers, inflammatory breast cancer may not cause a lump in the breast. Instead, it may cause the breast to be swollen, red, and warm.

5. New York Towns Can Prohibit Fracking, State’s Top Court Rules

6. Fracking study finds new gas wells leak more

 FILE - This July 27, 2011 file photo shows a farmhouse in the background framed by pipes connecting pumps where the hydraulic fracturing process in the Marcellus Shale layer to release natural gas was underway at a Range Resources site in Claysville, Pa. In Pennsylvania’s fracking boom, new and more unconventional wells leaked far more than older and traditional wells, according to a study of inspections of more than 41,000 wells drilled. And that means that that methane leaks could be a problem for drilling across the nation, said the author of the study, which funded in part by environmental activist groups and criticized by the energy industry. The study was published Monday by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File).

7. Exercising when air pollution levels are high can do more harm than good

Exercising when air pollution levels are high can end up doing more harm than good, writes Rachel Jacqueline

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8. Michigan’s arsenic problem is among the worst in the nation. Here’s why that matters.

9. The race to stop Las Vegas from running dry

Amid a brutal drought the reservoir that supplies 90 per cent of Las Vegas’s water is fast disappearing

and desperate attempts to save Sin City are under way

Lake Mead: boaters seen in front of a white

10. Drakes Bay oyster farm denied Supreme Court hearing

A worker hauls traps at Drakes Bay Oyster Co. in Inverness. The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to hear an appeal of a federal order that would close the oyster farm, but the owners say they will continue their fight. Photo: Sam Wolson, Special To The Chronicle


1. Autism risk higher near pesticide-treated fields, study says

2. A year of agonized, unanswered questions

How did a well-trained crew of professional hotshots come to abandon their designated safety zone and walk into a wall of fire?

3. Duke scientists report air pollution controls linked to lower NC death rates

4. Triclosan Under The Microscope

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5. A 1,000-pound BP tar mat found on Fort Pickens beach

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6. How Rupert Murdoch created the world’s newest climate change villain

Australia was once a leader on climate action. Thanks to American conservative powerhouses, that’s no longer true

How Rupert Murdoch created the world's newest climate change villain

7. New York’s Silent But Deadly Fracking Problem

8. Personal Health: Too Hot To Handle

9. There Are 1,401 Uninspected High-Risk Oil and Gas Wells. Here’s Where They Are.

The government is failing to conduct key safety inspections on new oil and gas wells on federal and Native American land.

10. Ebola Outbreak ‘Tip of the Iceberg,’ Experts Say

Image: Doctors Without Borders staff carry the body of a person killed by viral haemorrhagic fever at a center for victims of the Ebola virus.

11. Polio vaccine effort in Syria reaches 1.4 million children as volunteers brave violence

12. Jenny McCarthy e-cigs ads disappear

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13. ‘Superweeds’ choke farms

A Palmer amaranth grown in an experiment in 2011 at Iowa State University.

14. River of no return

Seattle’s Duwamish has been straightened, dredged and heavily polluted. Can a Superfund cleanup bring it back to life?

15. Man-made chemicals are hidden health hazards


1. Stirring up forgotten lead: Smelters across US at risk from tornadoes, floods, quakes

2. Water quality tests data shows elevated lead levels in Toronto homes

Thirteen per cent of household water tests conducted in Toronto over the past six years showed unsafe levels of lead.

Mark Haan and his wife Mariela and 10-year-old son Michael live in an East York home with lead water service. They want to replace the old pipes but cannot afford it.

3. Virus experiments risk unleashing global pandemic, study warns

Benefits of scientific testing in the area are outweighed by risks of pathogenic strains spreading round world, say researchers

Dr. Terrence Tumpey examines specimens of the 1918 pandemic influenza virus in the US

Scientists examine specimens of the 1918 pandemic influenza virus in the US. Photograph: Reuters

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Rio 2016 Olympics: Sailors warned over sewage-infested waters, dog carcasses and even ‘human corpses’ in Guanabara Bay

 Five years after Brazil won its Olympic bid, athletes have condemned the site of the Olympic sailing and windsurfing events as a ‘dump’

5. Hungry for a helping of test tube meat? Maybe you should be

Cultured meat

Lab-cultured meat, raised from stem cells, may provide the world with a plentiful, ecologically beneficial and humane source of protein, scientists say. (Krista Simmons / For The Times)

6. Probe finds scant oversight of chemical plants

7. Charismatic Minifauna

Will We Still Have Fruit if Bees Die Off?

Whole Foods Market produce department without items dependent on pollinator populations. (PRNewsFoto/Whole Foods Market)

8. In Utah Boom Town, a Spike in Infant Deaths Raises Questions

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9. I Don’t Want To Be Right

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10. Tons of drowned livestock pose health threat in flood-hit Balkans; army decontaminates areas

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11. Timely cleanup unlikely at state’s hazardous waste sites

Thousands of waste sites have slim chance of cleanup

12. N.C. panel OKs criminalizing disclosure of chemicals in fracking

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1, Coffee fungus in Latin America is raising prices for high-end blends in the United States

2, Green Fields: Agribusiness blamed for ‘superweed crisis’

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3, Warmer world to push sea turtle numbers up

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4. Louisiana lawsuits seek oil and gas industry money to restore coastline

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5. Threats to the Southern Hills Aquifer System Grow in Louisiana

6. Children’s lead levels ‘significantly’ higher in Cherryvale, Kan.

7. Feature: Lebanese irritate over pollution inflicted by refugee camps

8. Toxic chemicals pollute Pakistan’s rivers

  9. Greenland Glaciers More Susceptible to Melt Than Thought

 

10. FRACTURED NORTH CAROLINA Fracking: Lee County at epicenter of NC’s gas drilling

3,300 acres have been leased to gas companies. But other landowners are worried about pollution or waiting for better offers.

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11. Scientists find alarming levels of antibiotics in China’s rivers and lakes

12. Effort fences off ag areas along creek for river’s sake

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13. Birds of prey falling victim to ‘ecological drought’

Less food for hawks, owls, white-tailed kites, falcons and even golden eagles is theorized to be connected to years of too-dry weather. One apparent consequence: a ‘breeding crash’ beyond any in local experts’ memory.

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1. New Zealand air gets cleaner

2. Worker Illness After Nanomaterial Exposure Examined in First U.S. Case Study on Issue

3. Public Voices Concerns Over WA Birth Defect Increases


At a meeting in Kennewick, the health department asked people to raise concerns about a rare birth defect that officials may not have considered yet. Twenty-three babies were born with anencephaly in Central Washington from 2010-2013.credit: Courtney Flatt.

4. Galapagos emergency over stranded cargo ship

Picture taken on May 13, 2014 showing an Ecuadoran freighter which ran aground on May 9, 2014, in the Galapagos islands.

  5. Proposed Bill Would Provide Secret Fracking Data To First Responders

6. Buying in

How the oil and gas industry is backing a fracking-friendly election

7. 100 Percent of California Now in Highest Stages of Drought

8. Obama Said to Consider Power-Plant Rule That Tests Law

9. Big Mammals vs. Big Oil: New Pipeline Puts Humpback Whales at Risk

Canada says humpback whales aren’t endangered, which allows a proposed oil pipeline to cut across their feeding grounds

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10. Aquaponics Revives an Ancient Farming Technique to Feed the World

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11. Foul air in heavily fracked Texas county has couple looking for a way out

12. Carnage on China Roads Shows Dark Side of Electric Bikes

13. Proposed EPA rule would reduce refinery flaring, require fence line monitoring of toxic chemicals

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1. USDA expanding release of parasitic wasp to combat citrus disease

Predatory wasps fight Asian citrus psyllids

2. Samsung apologizes to sickened chip workers

In this photo released by Samsung Electronics Co., Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman Kwon Oh-hyun speaks during a briefing in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, May 14, 2014. Samsung Electronics Co. apologized and promised compensation to chip factory workers who suffered cancers linked to chemical exposure, a rare win for families and activists seven years after the death of a 23-year-old employee from leukemia galvanized a movement to hold the company to account. Photo: Samsung Electronics Co., AP / Samsung Electronics Co.

3. Tunisia’s poorest towns left to shoulder burden of hazardous toxic landfill sites

Waste dumped at landfill sites represents a growing threat to poor communities in Tunisia, polluting air and water supplies
MDG : Landfill in Tunisia : Dumping garbage in Le Kef

4. From mining to urban sprawl: Humans threaten most Chilean ecosystems

Environment Ministry study says human activity endangers 55 percent of Chile’s natural areas, with populated central and southern regions most at risk.
Mining operations in northern Chile threaten to drain the region’s scarce water sources, like the small lakes and lagoons in the Atacama salt flat, the second largest of its kind in the world, pictured here.  Photo by Francesco Mocellin / Wikicommons

5. Kitty litter eyed as possible culprit in New Mexico radiation leak

6. Unintended Consequences: Fracking and the Flow of Drugs

The South Texas oil and gas boom has provided new opportunities for smugglers — but also new ways to stop them.

 

7. The Water Tunnel Boondoggle 

Experts say the eye-popping costs of Governor Brown’s plan to build two giant water tunnels far outweigh the financial benefits. And taxpayers may be left holding the bag.

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8. Oil giant Citgo gets off easy in criminal case

9. Group urges tobacco companies to protect U.S. child workers

10. Are pesticides linked to health problems in Argentina?

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1. Texas: When fracking comes to town

2. Manure spraying under scrutiny

New method of dispersing waste can damage landscape, disrupt lives

A center pivot manure irrigation system is used to spread manure on a Wisconsin corn field. Courtesy of Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

3. Who pays to clean up Delaware’s industrial pollution?

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4. India’s rain woes grow bigger, scientists worried

5. Flaming Water: Texas Homeowner Takes on Gas Company - Les Stone for Al Jazeera America

Since Steve Lipsky found methane in his well, he’s battled the company he blames for his flammable water

6. Looking for air pollution hot spots with micro-monitors

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1. Recycling issue brewing in George Clooney’s Nespresso campaign

2. Over 280 Million Chinese People Exposed To Unsafe Drinking Water

3, The fracking divide: Mexico’s oil frontier beckons U.S. drillers in wake of new law

4. Hard lessons cited on Deepwater Horizon oil disaster anniversary

5. The 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill still haunts the New Orleans seafood industry


1. Herbicide ban on hold in Sri Lanka, as source of deadly kidney disease remains elusive

2. Study: Shippers and seabirds clash over Arctic territory

3. Gas Workers Risk Silica Exposure

4. Fractious debate

Rep says state should study fracking’s impacts on our health

5. Pollution Fears Crush Home Prices Near Fracking Wells


Bill puts 10-year moratorium on fracking

BOSTON — Environmental advocates are planning to rally at the Statehouse to urge lawmakers to pass a ban on the natural gas drilling technique called hydraulic fracturing or fracking.

The group Environment Massachusetts said they’re planning to release a collection of personal stories from individuals affected by fracking across the country during the Wednesday event near the main entrance to the Statehouse.

In November, a legislative committee approved a bill that would place a 10-year moratorium on fracking, which involves blasting chemical-laden water deep into the ground. The measure has yet to come up for a vote before the full Legislature.

Supporters of the technique say it’s a safe method for extracting natural shale gas that would otherwise remain trapped underground, and can help lower energy prices.

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