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United Kingdom: Why the fracking industry admits it is ‘getting smashed’ by public opposition

Telegraph: “Mate,” came the admission of the week so far, “we are getting smashed”. It was delivered by Allan Campbell, the Australian (as you might have guessed) founder of Caudrilla Resources, the leading fracking firm, who has been described as the “godfather” of Britain’s nascent shale gas industry. Confessing he had “underestimated the political aspect” of the company’s operations in Britain “by 100 per cent”, he was expressing his frustration at being routed by public opposition, not least by a combination… Continue reading

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Prince Charles mineral water shipped 6,000 miles to Middle East

Guardian: Prince Charles is funding his charities with profits from shipping royal-branded mineral water 6,000 miles to the Middle East in an arrangement that has been described by Friends of the Earth as “completely insane”. The prince campaigns vociferously for reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and recently attacked the global food industry over the problems caused “when we ship vast quantities of commodities halfway round the world”. But he has used the proceeds from the export of bottles of Duchy… Continue reading

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Photos: 600 new species discovered in Madagascar since 1999

Mongabay: More than 600 species of plants and animals have been described in Madagascar over the past decade, reiterating the position of Indian Ocean island as one of the world’s top biodiversity hotspots, says a new report issued today by WWF. Compiling data from scientific papers published between 1999 and 2010, WWF’s Treasure Island [PDF] says Madagascar’s bounty of previously undescribed species amounts to 385 plants, 42 invertebrates, 17 fish, 69 amphibians, 61 reptiles and 41 mammals. The discoveries… Continue reading

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