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A detailed map of invisible mining deposits which have poisoned parts of Britain for centuries can now be produced, thanks to a revolutionary new space scanner that has been developed in Edinburgh. Dangerous waste products from lead and copper extraction pose a serious health risk, particularly as there has been no way to identify sites which may have been poisoned by medieval or Bronze Age workings. But now archaeologists can pinpoint their location, thanks to the Endeavour space shuttle, which completes nine days of mapping the Earth's surface tonight. It has been fitted with a unique radar device that will enable scientists to construct a three-dimensional model of the Earth's inhabited terrain, providing a unique view of modern and ancient civilisations around the globe.
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Global Warming / Climate Change
Global Warming / Climate Change
Marine Conservation,Biosphere conservation.
This story is a supplement to the feature " Facing the Freshwater Crisis " which was printed in the August 2008 issue of Scientific American. Pressure from Climate and Population Growth Models examining the effects of climate change and of population and economic growth on water availability by 2025 indicate that climate change alone will bring scarcity to many places ( top ). Population growth, however, is even more dangerous.
Fracking in USA
Natural gas drilling operations in Dimock, Pa. (Helen Slottje, Shaleshock.org via Flickr) Via ProPublica : Agriculture officials have quarantined 28 beef cattle on a Pennsylvania farm after wastewater from a nearby gas well leaked into a field and came in contact with the animals. The state Department of Agriculture said the action was its first livestock quarantine related to pollution from natural gas drilling. Although the quarantine was ordered in May, it was announced Thursday.
Study Finds Carcinogens in Water Near Alberta Oil Sands Projects By IAN AUSTEN Published: November 9, 2007 OTTAWA, Nov. 7 — High levels of carcinogens and toxic substances have been found in fish, water and sediment downstream from Alberta’s huge oil sands projects, according to a new study. The 75-page report, written by Kevin P. Timoney, an ecologist with Treeline Environmental Research, was commissioned by the local health authority of Fort Chipewyan, Alberta, where many residents say they believe the oil sands developments to the south are damaging their health. Oil sands developments are generally vast open-pit mines that recover a form of tar mixed with sand. That tar, which is formally known as bitumen, is later separated and processed to produce oil.
Nick Harvey reports on the movement against the destructive hydraulic fracturing or ‘fracking’ sites springing up across the UK . How cool would it be if you could set your tap water alight? Think of what you’d save on heating bills alone… This is one of the wonderful things that the hydraulic fracturing or ‘ fracking ’ process can bring to your local community – along with river contamination, air pollution and minor earthquakes. The process involves drilling big holes in the countryside and then pumping large quantities of water and toxic chemicals down into the rocks below. This breaks the rocks apart, releasing the shale gas trapped inside that can then be used as a fossil fuel. What could possibly go wrong?
Glug-glug: Not normally a sound of foreboding. But mankind's most serious challenge in the 21st century might not be war or hunger or disease or even the collapse of civic order, a UN report says; it may be the lack of fresh water. Population growth, pollution and climate change, all accelerating, are likely to combine to produce a drastic decline in water supply in the coming decades, according to the World Water Development Report, published today.
Haroun Er Rashid , Department of Environmental Science and Management, Independent University Babar Kabir , Coordinator, National Environmental Management Action Plan Introduction There are many links between population growth and environmental degradation, in part because an ever-increasing number of people depend on a fixed natural resource base in order to live. However, it would be too simplistic to suggest that the classical Malthusian view be followed with its implied solution of simply controlling the number of people. Demographic influences are one of many factors that affect water resource management and increase the pressure on the global water resource base.
Commentators have referred to water as "blue gold", implying that water will be the object of the next resource wars. A peaceful future can only be secured if governments agree to share water resources, argues Tara Lohan . 24th April 09 - Tara Lohan, The Nation It has often been said that water is "blue gold" and the next resource wars will be fought, not over oil, but over water. Maude Barlow, senior advisor to the United Nations on water issues, wrote that the way in which we view water "will in large part determine whether our future is peaceful or perilous." The British nonprofit International Alert released a report identifying forty-six countries where water and climate stresses could ignite violent conflict by 2025, prompting the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to affirm, "The consequences for humanity are grave.
by Mike Adams Natural News Recently by Mike Adams: 8000 IUs of Vitamin D Daily Necessary to Raise Blood Levels of 'Miracle' Anti-Cancer Nutrient, Declares Groundbreaking New Research It's the largest underground freshwater supply in the world, stretching from South Dakota all the way to Texas. It's underneath most of Nebraska's farmlands, and it provides crucial water resources for farming in Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma and even New Mexico. It's called the Ogallala Aquifer, and it is being pumped dry.
Groundwater is the water that seeps into the earth and is stored in aquifers—areas of soil, sand, and rock that are capable of holding liquid. The water sits in between particles or in cracks and fissures. These saturated underground areas—some replenished by rain and snow, others not—can be found close to the Earth’s surface or hundreds of feet underground.
Billions of litres of tainted tar sands water leaking: Report | Oil Sands Truth: Shut down the Tar SandsBillions of litres of tainted oilsands water leaking: Report Mike De Souza, Canwest News Service Published: Tuesday, December 09, 2008 OTTAWA - Oilsands production is releasing four billion litres of contaminated water into Alberta's groundwater and natural ecosystems every year, according to a new national report that was immediately dismissed as "false" by the provincial government. The annual volume of water pollution in 2007 would have been enough to fill Toronto's Rogers Centre, but could be stopped if the federal government started enforcing its Fisheries Act, the report says. "Virtually everyone close to the tarsands industry knows that all tarsands tailings ponds leak - even the new ones - and that while steps are taken to recapture the leakage, a significant portion of contaminated water still escapes into the environment," said the study, 11 Million Litres a Day: the Tar Sands' Leaking Legacy, released by Environmental Defence.
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In your interview with Mark Lynas he describes his conversion to "an environmental movement that is happy with capitalism", and urges greens to join him ( Have the greens lost their way? , 2 July). "Is the green movement a leftwing, anti-capitalist movement?" your article asks. "Mark Lynas believes it is, and that those who style themselves as greens should be marginalised and allowed to die off so that they can be replaced by a new breed of market-friendly environmentalists like him."