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In rural Pennsylvania, the fracking boom has gone on for years. But things haven’t always turned out as expected The reality is, rural roads clogged with trucks, polluted water stored near clean sources, mysterious illnesses, and yeah, this But now, things are changing fast. In February 2018, an Environmental Defense Fund study revealed that leaking fossil fuel operations were emitting 100% more greenhouse gasses than were reported to the state. In May, a church pension fund led a shareholder revolt against Range Resources, demanding a review of emissions standards. And in June, Pennsylvania set limits – for the very first time -- on the release of the greenhouse gas methane by frackers.
Back to nature this week. Too many trees are getting taken down, but some scientists have an audacious plan to save the natural world – or at least half of it. And there’s a mystery: kangaroos are getting drunk, and dying, but why?
Winter soltice stories: plastic threatens the Arctic; the dangers of animal selfies.
In this episode of This Planet’s Earthweek:
- the night sky is getting brighter
- a volcano erupts in a tourist haven
- flies spread germs, but can theyhelp prevent diseases?
In five years, as solar installations skyrocketed, prices fell by 2/3 while jobs in the solar industry more than doubled.The exuberant green energy market has been powering along for enough years now that this trend is becoming too clear to be denied: renewable energy adds jobs even as costs come down.Read More
Does it seem like it's raining and snowing and mud-sliding too much? That's because it is. The 12% increase in precipitation means your house may be flooded next. We are living in an anti-science reality - do not accept it! Stand up for NOAA.Gov, the place were true climate information can be found!Read More
Yes, solar panels work in London despite frequent cloudy weather. Repowering London is engaging whole communities, including this public housing complex in Brixton, in making power and some extra income, from sunshine. They won a 2016 Ashden Award for the project.
All over the world, people are suing their governments for protection against climate change.Read More
This video explores the “forest watch” tool launched by the World Resources Institute (WRI) to track forest health and destruction. Forest Watch is an app you can download to your phone or computer, that uses satellite monitoring data.Read More
Damn the melting permafrost and full speed ahead – the Arctic is the richest fossil fuel source on Earth, but it was hard to get at all that oil and natural gas because it lay beneath a whole lot of ice. Climate change to the rescue! The Arctic just had its hottest summer on record. Eighty percent of the summertime ice cover has melted since 1979. Cue the military build-up.Read More
We learn more about these huge holes in the ground of mysterious origin, including a surprising point of view from one Russian scientist exploring the craters.Read More
Splitting the Atom was supposed to bring us limitless energy. But when it comes to nuclear power, any mistake can lead to a catastrophe, poisoning the environment for generations.Read More