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Fracking puts water and energy on a collision course

As far as interrelated water and energy challenges go, the case of the natural gas drilling method known as fracking is a doozy. Natural gas has been touted as a relatively cheap, less-polluting replacement for coal and petroleum, and that’s fine as far as global warming management goes.

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South Africa: Pretoria Hospital Showcase of Green Economy

In February 2012, the Zuid Afrikaans Hospital (ZAH), in Mucleneuk, Pretoria, gave Michelangelo Technology the go-ahead to do a comprehensive Green Audit to determine what could be done to save on water and lights consumption. After a thorough consultation process, and presenting the Green Audit report to the board, the General Manager, Tienie van den […]

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Water: The next challenge for China’s new leadership?

Now that the 18th Communist Party Congress is over, China’s new leadership team turns its attention to tackling the problem of the country’s slowing economy. China faces a number of challenges, including dependence on exports and weak domestic consumption, but one of the most pressing issues is a risk of severe water shortages.

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Fracking: Methane found in drinking water across Texas

Hydraulic fracturing contaminating the drinking water across Texas is a concern to the Lubbock community. The city of Lubbock held its monthly Board of Health meeting Friday afternoon at the Civic Center to discuss the updates on hydraulic fracturing. Board member and activist LeAnn Lamb-Vines said studies have shown that methane has been found in […]

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Global fracking protests planned on Saturday, 22 September

PITTSBURGH — More than 100 protests against the natural gas drilling process known as fracking are scheduled to take place around the world today, building on public concerns but also using a highly simplified message to spur outrage. The GlobalFrackdown website and campaign were developed by Food & Water Watch, a Washington, D.C., nonprofit group […]

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South Africa: Karoo Fracking Moratorium Lifted

Business and environmental activists are in a stand-off over the government lifting the ban on fracking, with one side declaring they will fight the decision all the way to the Constitutional Court, and the other predicting huge benefits, including job creation and cheaper energy.

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Karoo fracking investigation receiving full Cabinet attention

Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, for shale gas in the Karoo basin is receiving full Cabinet attention, although no declaration on whether a moratorium on fracking would be lifted could be made at this stage, Cabinet spokesperson Jimmy Manyi said on Wednesday.

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US Study: Fracking poses risk to water systems

A new scientific study of the risks associated with Hydraulic fracturing — or “fracking” — in the United States, found that current methods for wastewater disposal put drinking water at risk.

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France Becomes First Country To Ban Fracking

In a major setback for the oil and gas industry, the French Senate last week voted 176 to 151 to ban hydraulic fracturing (a.k.a. fracking), the controversial gas industry drilling method facing scrutiny the world over due to water contamination and other concerns. Once the legislation receives presidential approval, France will be the first country […]

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