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Fracking Videos Highlight Impacts of Shale Gas Drilling
Fracking Could Put Farmers and Wineries Out of Business.
Farmers and other businesses who depend on clean water and land could have their livelihoods destroyed by shale gas drilling operations. A number of small family owned businesses in the Delaware River watershed are worried about their future if fracking is permitted in their community.
Fracking Threatens Wildlife
Researchers are concerned about the effects of shale gas extraction on threatened and endangered species. Brown bat populations have been decimated by one illness and the animals could see a loss of important habitat from fracking operations. In the Delaware River watershed there are concerns about two species whose numbers have been dropping.
Shale Gas Pipelines Destroy Important Habitat
Pipeline construction for the delivery of shale gas has led to the destruction of important forests, ridges and wetlands. The pipeline routes often run through areas near key habitat. Environmentalists say restoration work conducted by pipeline companies does not repair the damage.
Protestors in Albany send a message, "Don't Frack New York"
On Aug. 26 concerned citizens from around the country converged on Albany to demand Governor Andrew Cuomo keep a ban on fracking in New York.
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It's become a familiar story with the Trump administration: Scientists write a report that shows the administration's policies will cause environmental damage, then the administration buries the report and fires the scientists.
By Jake Johnson
Calling the global climate crisis both the greatest threat facing the U.S. and the greatest opportunity for transformative change, Sen. Bernie Sanders unveiled today a comprehensive Green New Deal proposal that would transition the U.S. economy to 100 percent renewable energy and create 20 million well-paying union jobs over a decade.
The Parties to CITES agreed to list giraffes on Appendix II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) today at the World Wildlife Conference or CoP18 in Geneva. Such protections will ensure that all giraffe parts trade were legally acquired and not sourced from the poached giraffes trade and will require countries to make non-detriment findings before allowing giraffe exports. The listing will also enable the collection of international trade data for giraffes that might justify greater protections at both CITES and other venues in the future.
The WHO stressed that more research is needed on the potential health risks of microplastic ingestion. luchschen / iStock / Getty Images Plus
The UN's health agency on Thursday said that microplastics contained in drinking water posed a "low" risk at their current levels.
However, the World Health Organization (WHO) — in its first report on the potential health risks of microplastic ingestion — also stressed more research was needed to reassure consumers.