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You Can’t Frack Without Harming Public Health, New Research Shows – March 15, 2018

Study examines over 1,200 peer-reviewed research papers, government reports, news articles

The conclusion is damning. “All together, findings to date from scientific, medical, and journalistic investigations combine to demonstrate that fracking poses significant threats to air, water, health, public safety, climate stability, seismic stability, community cohesion, and long-term economic vitality.”

arial view of fracked landPhoto courtesy of EcoflightAn oil and gas drilling area in Wyoming. In terms of public health, children and pregnant women are among the groups most at risk from air pollution caused by fracking.

“Emerging data from a rapidly expanding body of evidence continue to reveal a plethora of recurring problems and harms that cannot be sufficiently averted through regulatory frameworks.


by: Andy Rowell

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Warnings from the Arctic – January 16, 2018

Record-breaking temperatures in Alaska, the US's canary in the climate coal mine, provide glimpse of a warmer future

There is an ongoing scientific debate as to how much influence our changing climate had on the extreme cold snap or what some call “bomb cycle” in the Northeastern US.

As usual, there is an active discussion. Last week, World Weather Attribution claimed that the US has always epxerience cold snaps, but that “cold waves like this have decreased in intensity and frequency over the last century.”

photo of arctic researchPhoto by World Meteorological OrganizationThe Arctic is being fundamentally transformed by human caused climate change.

They add that their research shows “that the temperature of North American cold waves has… more

by: Andy Rowell

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Majority of US Public Against Drilling in ANWR – December 5, 2017

Oil experts think economics are “suspect”

Republicans may be celebrating their great tax rip off they sneaked through last Friday night, which included the hugely disputed proposal of drilling of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, but opening up America’s last true wilderness to oil exploitation is still far from certain.

Caribou in ANWRPhoto by USFWSCaribou graze on the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, with the Brooks Range as a backdrop.

Firstly, drilling in ANWR is deeply unpopular with the American public; secondly, it still has to get past the House, where some Republicans are opposed to opening up ANWR; thirdly, even oil industry consultants think drilling now… more

by: Andy Rowell

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The Bosses at TransCanada May Not be Enjoying Their Turkey – November 23, 2017

Bad news piles up for company over Keystone XL pipeline

As millions celebrate Thanksgiving, the bosses at TransCanada will not be in a cheerful, festive mood.

They will be wondering what went wrong over the last week, after they seem to have snatched defeat from the jaws of victory.

protest sign-windmills not oil spillsPhoto by maisa_nyc/Flickr Every day the pipeline is delayed, investors will get more and more nervous about investing in an increasingly obsolete pipeline.

This time last week, the company was seen to be one regulatory announcement away from completing its highly controversial Keystone XL (KXL) pipeline, which will transport the dirty tar sands of Canada to the Gulf… more

by: Andy Rowell

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Trump Nominates Coal Lobbyist for Top EPA Job Just Days after Puerto Rico Visit – October 9, 2017

Nomination comes as Caribbean scientists calls for urgent climate action in wake of Hurricane Maria

Even a week after his visit to the Hurricane ravaged island of Puerto Rico, President Trump is still having to defend his crass comments and insensitive actions when he was there.

Speaking over the weekend, Trump defended his widely criticized action of throwing paper towels into a crowd, which was an image that was beamed around the world.

photo of Hurricane Maria damagePhoto by Coast Guard NewsLocals were stranded after Hurricane Maria washed out a roads across Puerto Rico. Climate change has been linked to an increase in the frequency and severity of extreme weather events like Hurricane Maria.

“They… more

by: Andy Rowell

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