Bulgaria Officially Bans Hydraulic Fracturing for Natural Gas

January 19, 2012 by  
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The country of Bulgaria just thwarted Chevron and took a big step forward for the environment by banning hydraulic fracturing (or fracking) for natural gas, making it the second European nation to do so — France is the other . Lawmakers in the Bulgarian parliament voted 166-6 to ban fracking and placed a $65 million fine for any company found to break the ban. Chevron corporation is outraged at the decision in light of their recent plan to explore possibilities of fracking in the Bulgarian Balkans in order to extract the 300 billion to 1 trillion cubic meters of shale gas estimated to be locked under the mountain range. Read the rest of Bulgaria Officially Bans Hydraulic Fracturing for Natural Gas Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: banned , bulgaria fracking , chevron fracking , european fracking ban , fracking , fracking ban , fracking opposition , fracturing , france fracking , hydraulic fracturing , hydraulic fracturing for natural gas , method for natural gas extraction , natural gas , natural gas extraction , what is fracking

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Glasgow University Creates the World’s Smallest Greeting Card For Chinese New Year

January 19, 2012 by  
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Everyone loves to a receive greeting card. Whether it is for a birthday, an anniversary or a celebration, they let us know we are being thought of by our nearest and dearest. But what happens when the card is so small, you can’t even read it? This is exactly what a team from the  James Watt Nanofabrication Centre at the  University of Glasgow have done to celebrate the  Chinese New Year (and to show off their world leading nanotechnology). The team has created a greeting card that is so small, it is invisible to the naked eye! Read the rest of Glasgow University Creates the World’s Smallest Greeting Card For Chinese New Year Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: chinese new year , James Watt Nanofabrication Centre , James Watt Nanofabrication Centre nanotechnology , James Watt Nanofabrication Centre world’s smallest greeting card , nanotechnology , University of Glasgow , University of Glasgow nanotechnology , University of Glasgow world’s smallest greeting card , world’s smallest greeting card

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World’s Largest Garment Made From Golden Spider Silk Now on Display

January 19, 2012 by  
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We couldn’t believe our eyes when we saw this glistening yellow cape made from spider silk . The un-dyed, untreated garment is the world’s largest piece of clothing made entirely from the durable natural material. Now on public display at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, the textile accredits its unearthly glow to the lady golden orb spider. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eco-fashion , eco-friendly capes , Ethical Fashion , golden orb spiders , green fashion , London , madagascar , Nicholas Godley , spider silk , sustainable capes , Sustainable Fashion , U.K. , united kingdom , Victoria & Albert Museum

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Sunshine in a Bottle: Consol’s Solar Jar Captures the Sun’s Rays and Lights Up at Night

January 19, 2012 by  
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There are all kinds of awesome sustainable lighting projects illuminating the planet these days but we have developed a new soft spot for the Consol Solar Jar from South Africa. A clever solar panel fitted onto the jar’s lid absorbs solar energy during the day and when the sun goes down, the little LED light inside the jar is ready to be switched on. Read the rest of Sunshine in a Bottle: Consol’s Solar Jar Captures the Sun’s Rays and Lights Up at Night Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bottled sunshine , Consol , Consol solar jar , eco design , glass , green design , green lighting , LED lighting , outdoor lighting , preserve jar , South Africa , sustainable design , sustainable lighting

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SOM Unveils Soaring Daylit Tower for China’s Greenland Group Suzhou Center

January 19, 2012 by  
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EPA Finds Fracking Chemicals in Wyoming Groundwater, Oil and Gas Industry Fights Back

December 12, 2011 by  
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Late last week the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a preliminary report that they’ve found dangerous levels of toxic chemicals related to hydraulic fracturing (or fracking) in aquifers near drinking water wells in the heavily fracked town of Pavillion, Wyoming . The EPA is currently conducting a study into the impact of fracking on drinking water, and the full study is expected to be finished at the end of 2012. In reaction to the release of the investigation in Pavillion, the oil and gas industry has gone on the full defensive over the weekend releasing statements that attempt to rip apart the EPA’s findings. Read the rest of EPA Finds Fracking Chemicals in Wyoming Groundwater, Oil and Gas Industry Fights Back Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: environmental protection agency , epa , fracking , fracking chemicals , fracking consequences , fracking destruction , fracking effects , fracturing , groundwater , groundwater contamination , hydraulic fracturing , hydraulic fracturing chemicals , hydraulic fracturing effects , natural gas , natural gas extraction , pavillion , pavillion wyoming , what is fracking , wyoming

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This American Life Digs Deep into the Issues Behind Hydrofracking

July 14, 2011 by  
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On their latest weekly episode, Public Radio International’s popular show, This American Life , digs deep into the issue of hydraulic fracturing — or fracking as it is commonly referred to. Fracking is a process that removes natural gas from the earth by fracturing rock layers deep underground with high pressure mixtures of water and dangerous chemicals. Opponents say the process irreparably damages drinking water and has a life cycle that is more damaging than that of coal — even though natural gas burns cleaner when used. The issue is surely heating up in the presses these days with New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo reportedly toying with lifting his state’s moratorium on fracking and environmental organizations around the country furiously fighting the spread of fracking from California to New Jersey — where they recently banned fracking. This week’s episode of This American Life lifts the shroud of confusion around the issue of fracking by interviewing those on both sides as well as scientists who helped engineer the process who are now touring the country speaking out against it. Listen to the story after the jump. Read the rest of This American Life Digs Deep into the Issues Behind Hydrofracking Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “clean energy” , fracking , hydraulic fracturing , hydrofracking , natural energy , natural gas , natural gas extraction , new jersey fracking , new york fracking , pennsylvania fracking , petroleum supplies , renewable energy , this american life , what is fracking

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