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Water Industry Admits Fracking Compromises UK’s Water Supply

EcoWatch: Today, two industry groups signed a Memorandum of Understanding stating that their members will minimize the impact of onshore oil and gas development in the UK on the country’s water resources. The memorandum accompanies a report released by Water UK. Continue reading

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Climate change is decreasing farm yields just when we need them to go up

Grist: One of the most disturbing details included in the recently leaked IPCC report is that climate change could begin reducing farm yields worldwide by up to 2 percent a decade. Continue reading

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Off the Shelf: ‘The Frackers’ and the Birth of an Energy Boom

New York Times: One could argue that, except for the Internet, the most important technological advance of the last two decades has been hydraulic fracturing, widely known as fracking. Practically overnight, it seems, this drilling technique has produced so much oil and gas beneath American soil that we are at the brink of something once thought unattainable: true energy independence. And its repercussions, for geopolitics, the environment and other areas, are only now being grasped. Continue reading

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Big firms should report environmental impact : UN panel

Reuters: Big companies should report their impact on the environment in addition to their earnings under a U.N. plan to boost economic growth and ease poverty by 2030, according to recommendations by a panel of world leaders released on Thursday. Slowing climate change and protecting the environment should be at the core of global development, said the 27-member panel, led by British Prime Minister David Cameron, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf…. Continue reading

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European shrub threatens US frogs

BBC: An invasive shrub is disrupting US Mid-West ecosystems and threatening amphibian populations, say researchers. Buckthorn, listed as an invasive species in the US, is understood to release a chemical into the environment that reduces successful hatching. Since its introduction in the 19th Century as a hedgerow shrub, the plant has spread widely and is now found across two-thirds of the country Continue reading

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United Kingdom: Campaigners warn against rise of the ‘mega-farms’

Independent: Farming in the British Isles is on the verge of a dramatic step towards industrialisation with the establishment of “mega-farms” for salmon, pigs and cows, which opponents claim put the environment and human health at risk. Continue reading

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EPA Lets Pesticides on the Market Untested

OnEarth: You probably wouldn’t expect to find pesticides in your toothpaste or your gym socks, but they might be in there all the same. And the vast majority of those pesticides have made it into everyday products without adequate oversight by the Environmental Protection Agency. That’s because they’ve been approved through a bureaucratic loophole known as “conditional registration,” which means they haven’t been fully tested to ensure that they pose no threat to human health or the environment, as required… Continue reading

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In Conservatives’ Canada, It’s Not Easy Being Green

Inter Press Service: Canada`s police and security agencies think citizens concerned about the environment are threats to national security, and some are under surveillance, documents reveal. The RCMP, the national police force, and Canada`s spy agency CSIS are increasingly conflating terrorism and extremism with peaceful citizens exercising their democratic rights to organise petitions, protest and question government policies, said Jeffrey Monaghan, a researcher with the Surveillance Studies Centre at Queen’s University… Continue reading

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Sweden: Perch exposed to human anti-anxiety drugs become isolated, aggressive – study

Reuters: Wild perch living in water tainted with a commonly prescribed human anti-anxiety drug aggressively feed, shun other fish and become careless, according to the results of a study presented at a meeting of scientists on Thursday. Continue reading

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Report outlines climate change options for Obama administration

Miami Herald: The United States will struggle to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to promised levels by 2020, a report from a prominent think tank warned this week, but the federal government, states and industry already have the means at their disposal to achieve such goals. The report, by the World Resources Institute, a think tank that focuses on the environment and socioeconomic development, looks at the technical and legal authority President Barack Obama could use to build on the pledge in his inaugural… Continue reading

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