Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility New Release WHEELS COMING OFF TRUMP ARCTIC REFUGE DRIVE Haste to Roll Out Leasing Approvals Proves to be Their Undoing The Trump administration’s high-profile effort to open Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas development appears to have run aground, according to Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). […]

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As methane concentrations increase in the Earth’s atmosphere, chemical fingerprints point to a probable source: shale oil and gas, according to new Cornell University research published on August 14 in Biogeosciences, a journal of the European Geosciences Union. Ideas and perspectives: is shale gas a major driver of recent increase in global atmospheric methane? The […]

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New Aerial Methane Study Finds High Emissions from Oil and Gas Facilities EDF-coordinated study is the latest to underscore the urgent need for action (WASHINGTON, D.C. – May 7, 2014) A new peer-reviewed study, led by scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) […]

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from Las Padres Forest Watch The California Bureau of Land Management has agreed with conservation groups that plans for a new oil well and pipeline in Carrizo Plain National Monument failed to comply with federal environmental laws. The July 12 decision, announced today, said the local BLM office must consider potential harm to California condors, […]

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It’s a beachcomber’s nightmare: an enormous leatherback turtle slumped on a Cornish strand. The 1.8-metre-long animal, discovered on Sunday at Marazion beach, has since been necropsied (an animal autopsy) by researchers from the University of Exeter, who found plastic in its stomach. Leatherbacks, like other endangered marine turtles, rely largely on jellyfish for food, and […]

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By Manuela Andreoni Brazil allows the auction of oil fields near marine protected area against advice of its environmental agency. When officials from Brazil’s main environmental protection agency, Ibama, advised against the auction of oil exploration blocs near Abrolhos national park, they were told by their boss, Eduardo Bim, to think again. Bim had been […]

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by Daniel Polk Slick Policy: Environmental and Science Policy in the Aftermath of the Santa Barbara Oil Spill, by Teresa Sabol Spezio (Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2019) After catastrophe strikes, the subsequent social consequences are products not of nature but of culture. How societies rebuild or regroup is determined by power structures, ideologies, and […]

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