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. Fracking technique proposed for South Wales was 'probable' cause of Blackpool earthquake, report finds
Worry for homeowners who face the threat of fracking | Money | The Observer 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.
UK | 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. 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.
The number of TVs in the UK is estimated to reach 74 million by 2020, meaning that there will be more televisions than people to watch them – or maybe we’ll be watching more than one at once. But Britain is a nation on stand-by. We waste the equivalent of around two power stations’ worth of electricity each year simply by leaving TV sets and other gadgets on standby mode. 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 Fellmanfellman@northwestern.edu 847-491-3115Northwestern University
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. 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. The deteriorating "sarcophagus" containment building at Chernobyl.
Physiology Age and Physical Growth - Weight and Height Age and physical growth boys and girls - age 2 to 18 years Age and Shift in Hearing Threshold Shift in hearing threshold - men and women Air Contaminants Limits Permissible exposure limits various air contaminants
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 Environment
Ecology Conferences Worldwide Conferences in ecology and related fields
Logging Hexapod "Robot"
3 February 2011Last updated at 15:44 By Jon Kelly BBC News Magazine Plans to transfer ownership of many public forests in England have provoked a huge row. But why are we so protective of our woodlands? It's about the rustling of the leaves and the crunch of twigs underfoot. It's the sensation of the rough bark on your hands and the light dappling into a clearing.
Timberjack , Walking tree cutting robot
Glacier Thermal Blanket Photos via MeteoLive In hopes of slowing the rate at which ice is melting in the mountains of northern Italy, officials have begun covering one their most threatened glaciers with insulating fabric, creating what is essentially a giant security blanket to help keep the ice from melting in the summer heat. It may sound a bit unusual, but tests have shown that the thermal blanket may be just the thing to save the region's glaciers from disappearing completely, for the time being, at least.Armed with nearly 970 thousand square feet of 4 millimeter thick thermal material, workers scramble to cover the highly threatened Presena glacier to protect it from the sun's ultraviolet rays. With any luck, the insulating material reduce the amount of ice that melts from the summer heat until it's removed at the end of the season. This isn't the first time Italy has used this material to help preserve its glaciers.
University/Academic Quagga (Dreissena rostriformis bugensis) and Zebra (Dreissena polymorpha) mussels University of California - Riverside. Center for Invasive Species Research. Identification/Description; Photographs; Introduction History; Impacts; Distribution 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. 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.
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Madagascar has suffered environmental degradation over a significant part of its land mass. 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. Conservation in Madagascar
by: Mark J. Plotkin, Ph.D. "As you watch the NBA playoffs this spring, impress your friends with this fact: the idea for those Nikes worn by LeBron James and Kevin Durant was actually born in the rainforests of the northeast Amazon. In 1775, French botanist Fusee Aublet observed local Indians there coating their feet with rubber tree sap and holding their feet over the fire, creating the first custom-made athletic shoes."
Wrong again… … yep, turns out the show must go on. In fact, the show is going international (well, Scotland), as I’ve just been invited to give a small-but-perfectly-formed lecture for the Royal Scottish Geographical Society. Journey to the Sinking Lands
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