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WaPo – Scientists say chemicals from fracking wastewater can taint fresh water nearby

This mystery was solved: Scientists say chemicals from fracking wastewater can taint fresh water nearby – “…But a study by the U.S. Geological Survey appears to have answered a critical question about the millions of gallons of chemical-laced water that are injected into the wells to fracture rocks and release trapped gas. Is there anyContinue Reading

Biking To Work Is Healthier Than Driving Regardless of Air Pollution

Charlie Sorrel, Fast Coexist –  “Biking is obviously better for you than driving, because while biking you are exercising and while driving you are sitting. “But wait! cry the pro-driving advocates. When you bike, you’re inhaling (quite deeply, because of the exercise) air that is full of the polluting exhaust of the cars around you.Continue Reading

Public Parks and Wellbeing in Urban Areas of the United States

Larson LR, Jennings V, Cloutier SA (2016) Public Parks and Wellbeing in Urban Areas of the United States. PLoS ONE 11(4): e0153211. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0153211 “Sustainable development efforts in urban areas often focus on understanding and managing factors that influence all aspects of health and wellbeing. Research has shown that public parks and green space provide aContinue Reading

EPA National Wetland Condition Assessment 2016

“The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today released the first-ever National Wetland Condition Assessment, showing that nearly half of the nation’s wetlands are in good health [Question – is the glass half full or half empty], while 20 percent are in fair health and the remaining 32 percent in poor health. The National Wetland ConditionContinue Reading

Anacostia Tributary Trail System

“D.C. area residents and visitors can preview nearly 63 miles of the Anacostia Tributary Trail System (ATTS) from a computer or hand held device before setting out to hike or bike, thanks to a new interactive digital map that features 360-degree Panoramic views of the system’s trails. The ATTS is a system of trails locatedContinue Reading

National Defense Authorization Act for FY2017 and Low Energy Nuclear Reactions

Via the New Energy Times, Excerpt from May 4, 2016, Report of the Committee on Armed Services House of Representatives on HR 4909 Together With Additional Views see Congress Directs Secretary of Defense to Provide LENR Briefing as follows: “The committee is aware of recent positive developments in developing low-energy nuclear reactions (LENR), which produceContinue Reading

15 Facts About Our National Mammal: The American Bison

Big Day for Animals on beSpacific! Did you know that President Obama has declared the American Bison as our national mammal? Yes indeed he did. “On May 9, 2016, President Obama signed the National Bison Legacy Act into law, officially making the American bison the national mammal of the United States. This majestic animal joinsContinue Reading

Interior Dept. issues final rule on offshore well control

CRS Insight – The Department of the Interior’s Final Rule on Offshore Well Control: “On April 14, 2016, the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) released final regulations concerning blowout preventer systems and well control for oil and gas operations on the U.S. outer continental shelf. The regulations aim toContinue Reading

State of the World’s Plants 2016

Royal Botanic Gardens Kew – “This is the first document to collate current knowledge on the state of the world’s plants. A large team of researchers has reviewed published literature, scrutinised global databases and synthesised new datasets. The output presented here represents a status report on our knowledge of global vegetation as it stands inContinue Reading

Report – Opportunities to Reduce Vulnerability to Drought are Within Reach

“As extreme drought continues to hit much of Sub-Saharan Africa, leaving millions of people in need of emergency assistance, a new report led by the World Bank focuses on interventions that could increase long term resilience to drought. Launched at the First Great Green Wall Conference held in Dakar, the report Confronting Drought in Africa’sContinue Reading

Report – Climate-exodus expected in the Middle East and North Africa

Part of the Middle East and North Africa may become uninhabitable due to climate change, May 02, 2016. “The number of climate refugees could increase dramatically in future. Researchers of the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry and the Cyprus Institute in Nicosia have calculated that the Middle East and North Africa could become so hotContinue Reading

Hydraulically fractured wells provide two-thirds of U.S. natural gas production

Via EIA: “For decades, hydraulic fracturing had been referred to as an unconventional completion technique, but over the past 10 years it has become the technique by which most natural gas is produced in the United States. Based on the most recent data from states, EIA estimates that natural gas production from hydraulically fractured wellsContinue Reading