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May 30th, 2012
by: jonbowermaster 3

New Study Says Fracking Chemicals Will Poison Aquifers

New Study Says Fracking Chemicals Will Poison Aquifers

Whether you have a natural gas drill pumping in your backyard or you are a dutiful headline reader, it’s hard to ignore that hydrofracking has become one of the hottest environmental stories across the country. Each week the war of words and PR releases escalates between drillers and conservationists, the former driven by potential profits and homegrown energy, the latter by desires to protect health, communities and landscapes. Here in New York it is perhaps most fractious thanks to a moratorium on fracking that may either be lifted—or extended—as early as this summer. As petition drives ratchet up on both sides, an umbrella coalition, New Yorkers Against Fracking, is planning a rally and concert today (May 15) in Albany, ...

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Posted in Fracking, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Hydraulic-fracturing, Hydrofracking, New York

May 30th, 2012
by: jonbowermaster 0

5 Ways Fracking Is Making You Sick

5 Ways Fracking Is Making You Sick

To reasonable people it makes a whole lot of sense that the act of pumping tons of unidentified chemicals, water, and sand into the Earth’s surface and then exploding them will result in catastrophes for both land and man. Yet the energy and natural gas industry question that outcome, insisting that the long and short-term impacts of hydraulic-fracturing on human health demand “more study.” While evidence of pollution mounts in heavily fracked regions across the country—with ground and surface water contaminated, livestock dead from drinking from it, and strange cancers and respiratory illnesses on the rise—the natural gas industry ...

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Posted in Fracking, Hydraulic-fracturing, Hydrofracking

May 30th, 2012
by: jonbowermaster 0

New Yorkers Against Fracking

New Yorkers Against Fracking

Just a few days after Vermont's governor banned fracking in his state, we went to Albany to suggest to Gov. Andrew Cuomo that he follow his neighbor's lead. Given the potential for the governor lifting the four-year moratorium on hydraulic-fracturing in New York at any moment -- despite recent rumors that he will soon ask for more "cumulative impact" statements regarding the health and environmental risks related to the drilling process -- the timing seemed appropriate to make an appeal at his front door. The rally and concert were led by several Academy Award caliber actors and filmmakers ...

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Posted in Fracking, Hydraulic-fracturing, Natural Gas

May 29th, 2012
by: jonbowermaster 3

What To Do With Garbage in Paradise? Maldives’ Trash-Only Island Not the Best Solution

What To Do With Garbage in Paradise? Maldives' Trash-Only Island Not the Best Solution

Out of sight, out of mind is generally the rule of thumb around the globe when it comes to the garbage we create every day. No matter how religious we might be about recycling, invariably each one of us is still responsible for filling a garbage bag or two each week, which then gets sets out on the curb, and—poof!—magically disappears. In supersized nations like the United States, Canada, Russia, or Germany, landfills are usually hidden from view (out of sight, out of mind) but in small island-nations like the Maldives, entire islands have been turned into dumps. The ...

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Posted in Maldives, Ocean Pollution

May 25th, 2012
by: jonbowermaster 2

Two Years Later, BP Spill Still Killing Gulf Marine Life

Two Years Later, BP Spill Still Killing Gulf Marine Life

On April 20, 2010, BP’s Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 men and releasing as much as five million barrels of crude oil into the sea. Up to 53,000 barrels of oil a day flowed from the broken well until BP was able to plug the leak on July 15, 2010. It was the biggest offshore spill in U.S. history. Two years later, Gulf of Mexico oil drillers are busier than ever, with eight new deepwater rigs expected this year, bringing the active number to 29—just short of the ...

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Posted in BP, Gulf Spill, Louisiana, Oil spills, SoLa

May 25th, 2012
by: jonbowermaster 1

Fukushima Radiation Coming Soon to a Coastline Near You

Fukushima Radiation Coming Soon to a Coastline Near You

It turns out the Japanese are not the only ones worried about radiation exposure one year after the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plants flooded and melted down. Californians are now number two on the list. Such worries have pushed many in Japan into the arms of hucksters pushing instant “cures,” so far debunked. "Still, with elevated levels of radiation showing up in everything from beef and rice to fertilizer and concrete, anxious Japanese want to know what exactly is building up in their bodies" A pair of new studies, from the National Academy of Sciences and the Journal of Environmental Science ...

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Posted in Japan, Nuclear Spill, Tsunami

May 24th, 2012
by: jonbowermaster 16

10 Trends of Hope for Our One Ocean

10 Trends of Hope for Our One Ocean

It’s easy to be pessimistic about the ocean’s future when you scroll through the headlines: Overfishing has decimated fish populations around the world; beaches are thick with plastic; carbon dioxide dumped into the ocean by the burning of fossil fuels is killing off coral reefs; water temperatures around the globe are rising; etc., etc., etc. Maybe it’s because things have begun to look so dire that there is a renewed concern and interest in all things ocean lately, ranging from economic symposiums and new laws to entrepreneurial investments and a public-awareness boom. I was nudged last week to think ...

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Posted in Clean Water, Coral Reefs, Marine Protected Areas, Ocean Pollution

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