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Fracking technique proposed for South Wales was 'probable' cause of Blackpool earthquake, report finds. Campaigners say the controversial practice of "fracking" for gas must never be allowed to come to Wales after it was found to be the likely cause of earth tremors on the UK coast. The controversial technique to extract gas from the ground was the "highly probable" cause of minor earth quakes on Lancashire’s Fylde coast, according to a new independent report. It comes just days after Vale of Glamorgan council blocked plans to test drill for gas at an industrial estate – plans which if successful could have led to further applications to use fracking in the South Wales.

Fracking involves extracting gas reserves from underground by a process of hydraulic fracturing of shale rock using high pressure liquid to release gas – a process green groups claims is damaging the environment. Oil and gas firm Cuadrilla commissioned independent experts to investigate links between the tremors and fracking at their Preese Hall-1 well in Lancashire. Worry for homeowners who face the threat of fracking. Fracking has already caused small earthquakes in the north-west, but homeowners in the vicinity of shale gas extraction could face an even worse aftershock: falling house prices. John Johnson, manager of estate agent Farrell Heyworth in the Lancashire town of Poulton-le-Fylde, near one of the main drilling sites, says: "There are a lot of properties coming on to the market, and some of the owners are saying they want to get out before prices start dropping.

" Fracking involves drilling a well hundreds of metres into the ground and pumping it full of water, sand and chemicals to fracture the rock and release methane gas. The process was halted in the UK in June 2011 after two earthquakes in two months near Blackpool followed drilling at sites in Lancashire by Cuadrilla Resources. An independent scientific report recently recommended that fracking could resume, subject to stricter controls, but fracking companies are still awaiting the results of a government review. Fish dumping 'will ruin industry' The UK fishing industry is warning it faces ruin because of EU quotas which result in thousands of tonnes of dead fish being dumped back into the sea.

Fish dumping 'will ruin industry'

It says fishing crews often continue catching large amounts of fish such as cod by accident after exceeding quotas - and have no option but to dump them. Ministers are pushing for a quota increase to help solve the problem. But environmentalists have called for a change in practices, such as avoiding areas with large numbers of white fish. 40%-60% dumped.

Generous : Switch it off at the Plug. (Don't Stand By.) Cesium-137 forecast shows high altitude radiation cloud concentrate over western US on April 12. Addressing the nuclear waste issue. Public release date: 4-Apr-2011 [ Print | E-mail Share ] [ Close Window ] Contact: Megan 847-491-3115Northwestern University Researchers from Northwestern University and Argonne National Laboratory have an enhanced understanding of a common freshwater alga and its remarkable ability to remove strontium from water.

Addressing the nuclear waste issue

Insight into this mechanism ultimately could help scientists design methods to remove radioactive strontium from existing nuclear waste. Strontium 90, a major waste component, is one of the more dangerous radioactive fission materials created within a nuclear reactor. When Does a Nuclear Disaster End? Never. Tony Cartalucci, Contributing WriterActivist Post Those who think Japan's Fukushima disaster is today's headlines and tomorrow's history need to take a good look at the Chernobyl disaster, which to this day is a continuing threat to the people of Ukraine.

When Does a Nuclear Disaster End? Never.

It will be hundreds of years before the area around the destroyed reactor is inhabitable again and there are disputes over whether or not Chernobyl's nuclear fuel still poses a threat of causing another explosion. There is also a teetering reactor core cover and the deteriorating sarcophagus itself that may collapse and send plumes of radioactive dust in all directions. Physiology. Environment. Acids - pH Values Some common acids as sulfuric, acetic and more Air Properties Temperature, density, specific heat, thermal conductivity, expansion coefficient, kinematic viscosity and Prandtl's number for temperatures ranging -150 - 400 oC Bases - pH Values Some common bases as sodium hydroxide, ammonia and more Beaufort Wind Scale.


SmartPlanet - We Make You Smarter - People, Business & Technology. Ecology Conferences Worldwide Conferences in ecology and related fields. Forest Biodiversity. Logging Hexapod "Robot" Why are we a nation of tree-huggers?

3 February 2011Last updated at 15:44 By Jon Kelly BBC News Magazine.

Why are we a nation of tree-huggers?

Timberjack , Walking tree cutting robot. Glacier Thermal Blanket. Photos via MeteoLive.

Glacier Thermal Blanket

Aquatic Species - Zebra Mussel (Dreissena polymorpha) Ecology Drives the Worldwide Distribution of Human Diseases. Identifying the factors underlying the origin and maintenance of the latitudinal diversity gradient is a central problem in ecology, but no consensus has emerged on which processes might generate this broad pattern.

Ecology Drives the Worldwide Distribution of Human Diseases

Interestingly, the vast majority of studies exploring the gradient have focused on free-living organisms, ignoring parasitic and infectious disease (PID) species. Here, we address the influence of environmental factors on the biological diversity of human pathogens and their global spatial organization. Using generalized linear multivariate models and Monte Carlo simulations, we conducted a series of comparative analyses to test the hypothesis that human PIDs exhibit the same global patterns of distribution as other taxonomic groups. We found a significant negative relationship between latitude and PID species richness, and a nested spatial organization, i.e., the accumulation of PID species with latitude, over large spatial scales.

Figures Copyright: © 2004 Guernier et al. The Human Planet. Conservation in Madagascar. Madagascar has suffered environmental degradation over a significant part of its land mass.

Conservation in Madagascar

Forests that once blanketed the eastern third of the island have now been degraded, fragmented, and converted to scrub land. Spiny forests in the south are rapidly giving way to "cactus scrub" as indigenous vegetation is cut and burned for subsistence charcoal production. Viewed from above, Madagascar's rivers look as if they are bleeding the country to death as soil is eroded away from the central highlands.

Home — The Amazon Conservation Team. Journey to the Sinking Lands. Breathingearth - CO2, birth & death rates by country, simulated real-time. Pump Carbon Dioxide Underground - Science News. GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – A team of researchers representing government, industry and academia has launched a test project in which carbon dioxide produced by a natural gas processing plant is being disposed of by injecting it far beneath the ground.

Pump Carbon Dioxide Underground - Science News

Officials announced Thursday that the test is under way at a site in Otsego County's Charlton Township, about 10 miles east of Gaylord in the northern part of the Lower Peninsula. It is one of more than 20 such projects taking place around the country. • Click here to visit's Natural Science Center.