France says ‘no’ to all new oil exploration permits

January 14, 2016 by  
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The French government has announced it will use the Energy Transition Act, enacted in August 2015, to reject all future permit requests for searches for conventional hydrocarbons (by way of crude oil). A parliamentary debate that took place on Tuesday of this week has lifted the issue into the spotlight, prompting Segolene Royal, the country’s minister of ecology and energy, to explain why it is important to restrict new ventures. According to the minister, stopping new hydrocarbon searches is a logical response to the long-term energy consumption goals. Read the rest of France says ‘no’ to all new oil exploration permits

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Urban Death Project aims to rebuild our soil by composting corpses

January 14, 2016 by  
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It’s never too early to think about death. For those searching for a more eco-friendly afterlife alternative to a stuffy, anaerobic coffin, Katrina Spade’s Urban Death Project might fit the bill. “The Urban Death Project utilizes the process of composting to safely and gently turn our deceased into soil-building material, creating a meaningful, equitable and ecological urban alternative to existing options for the disposition of the dead,” said Spade, a designer based in Seattle. “The project is a solution to the overcrowding of city cemeteries, a sustainable method of disposing of our dead, and a new ritual for laying our loved ones to rest.” Read the rest of Urban Death Project aims to rebuild our soil by composting corpses

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Peru Approves Large Gas Project that Could Wipe Out Uncontacted Tribes

July 3, 2014 by  
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A controversial gas project recently approved by the Peruvian government has the potential to wipe out a group of uncontacted tribes who live in the area. Earth First Journal reports that Peru’s Ministry of Culture , which is responsible for protecting the country’s indigenous people, has approved a plan by three foreign oil and gas companies to do oil exploration on land just 100km from Machu Picchu, where 15 uncontacted tribes live in isolated regions of the Amazon Rainforest. Read the rest of Peru Approves Large Gas Project that Could Wipe Out Uncontacted Tribes Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: camisea , exploration , gas , Indigenous , nahua , oil , peru , Pluspetrol , tribes , uncontacted , United Nations

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Study Confirms Mass Stranding of Whales Caused by Sonar Mapping

October 11, 2013 by  
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Humpback Whales in Madagascar, photo by Marco Zanferrari on Flickr Fleets of seafaring vessels have used sonar mapping to gain a clear picture of the ocean for years – however recently there has been growing concern over the effects of sonar on sea mammals. Now, for the very first time, an independent study confirms that this technique is responsible for a large-scale marine mammal stranding . In 2008, 100 melon-headed whales from the Loza Lagoon system in northwest Madagascar washed ashore due to sonar activities conducted by ExxonMobil Exploration and Production Limited. Read the rest of Study Confirms Mass Stranding of Whales Caused by Sonar Mapping Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: dr. howard rosenbaum , exxonmobil , high frequency sonar , international fund for animal welfare , loza lagoon system , madagascar , melon headed whale , navy testing , ocean giants program , oil exploration , US Navy , whale mass stranding , wildlife conservation society        

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Mack Energy’s Headquarters is a Bold Energy Conserving Oil & Gas Exploration Center

August 15, 2012 by  
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Lloyd’s of London Report Forsees Disaster in Arctic Development and Drilling

April 12, 2012 by  
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Lloyd’s of London market and the Royal Institute of International Affairs have released a new report which  predicts huge risks for those looking to invest in the Arctic. The companies believe that if economic development ramps up in the region — with estimated investments reaching $100 million within the next decade — the lack of infrastructure and gaps of knowledge about the most northernmost part of the globe could outweigh the economic benefits of their projects. To that end, Lloyd’s chief executive officer advises companies interested in the region to “step back” and think about the long term consequences of their pipeline projects, which range from oil exploration to fisheries. Read the rest of Lloyd’s of London Report Forsees Disaster in Arctic Development and Drilling Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Arctic , Arctic Council , arctic exploration , canada , environmental destruction , greenland , lloyds of london , offshore drilling , oil exploration

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Hannes Bend’s ‘Eclipse’ Installation Opens Eyes to the Artificial Reef Catastrophe

April 12, 2012 by  
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615 Dead Dolphins Discovered on Peruvian Coast, Oil Exploration Thought to be Responsible

April 4, 2012 by  
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Researchers from ORCA Peru and BlueVoice .org have discovered 615 dead dolphins along a 135km stretch of the coast of Peru, according to a statement from BlueVoice. While the research, sanctioned by the Peruvian Ecological Police has not determined a definitive cause for the horrific “Unexplained Mortality Event”, Dr. Yaipen Llanos of Orca Peru fears that the fatalities may have been caused by sonic blasts used in oil exploration. Read the rest of 615 Dead Dolphins Discovered on Peruvian Coast, Oil Exploration Thought to be Responsible Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Blue Voice , dolphin death , Hardy Jones , Oil environment , oil exploration , oil industry , ORCA Peru , Peru Dolphins , Sonic Blasts , Unexplained mortality event , western gray whale , whale death , Yaipen Llanos

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Shell Gets Conditional Approval From Obama Administration For Arctic Oil Drilling

August 5, 2011 by  
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This is bound to be challenged by every single environmental group with a stake here, but it’s still really not encouraging: New York Times reports that the Department of Interior has granted Shell conditional approval to start drilling oil exploration wells in the Arctic Ocean starting next summer. The proposed drill sites are in the Beaufort Sea just north of the Arctic Wildlife Refuge, and east of Prudhoe Bay and the Trans-Alaska Pipeline…. Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Russia Restricts Oil Exploration To Protect Critically Endangered Grey Whales

May 31, 2011 by  
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photo: John Bruckman / Creative Commons A hopeful update to a story TreeHugger has written about for nearly a year: Critically endangered Western grey whales , threatened by oil exploration near Sakhalin Island , have been granted a reprieve of sorts. Under new regulations enacted by the Russian government explo… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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