fracking impact assessment Articles

  • The Middle East should think twice about fracking

    Securing energy resources is critical for fuelling development, but deciding which types of energy to invest in will affect a country’s future in many ways — and not all are good when it comes to shale gas. Four countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Cracking down on Fracking: The US Regulatory Trend and what that means for Oil Companies

    In June 2011 Enhesa is focusing on an emerging Oil & Gas issue, which has recently become a major concern for Oil Companies in the United States. Hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” has long been used for natural gas and oil production in the United States. However, due to growing concern on its environmental impacts, the US Federal Government and various states are assessing the ...

  • Shale Gas: Time to look before we leap any further

    Shale gas is a game-changer for global energy supply. It is already transforming the U.S. energy outlook, and is expected to deliver over 40% of domestic gas production by 2025 (Figure 1). Other countries and regions, notably Europe and China, may soon follow suit, in a repeat of the early 20th century oil rush. Opinion is bitterly divided, however, over the environmental risks and benefits of ...

  • As we prepare for the UN climate talks, a look at what’s changed since Copenhagen

    Is the world better suited for an agreement than it was in 2009? 2015 is shaping up to be a pivotal year with respect to climate change as growing concern about impacts converges with a critical stage in the decades-long process of shaping an international agreement to change our trajectory. To help us all prepare for the potentially game-changing 21st gathering of the Conference of the ...


    By Ensia

  • As we prepare for the Paris Climate Summit, a look at what’s changed since Copenhagen

    This year will mark the most important negotiations on climate change since the 15th gathering of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change talks in Copenhagen in 2009, COP 15. Those talks ended up with progress on several important fronts, such as getting developed and developing countries to jointly agree on emissions targets for the first time, ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • OSHA announces proposed silica rule, lowering PEL, ending lengthy OMB review

    Federal efforts to protect workers from silica exposure entered a new phase Aug. 23 when the Occupational Safety and Health Administration finally announced its proposal for regulating silica dust. OSHA's proposed rule would set a permissible exposure limit (PEL) of 50 micrograms of respirable crystalline silica per cubic meter of air. The ...


    By Bloomberg BNA

  • A close look at fugitive methane emissions from natural gas

    Natural gas is booming in the United States. Production has increased by 20 percent in the last five years, fueled largely by technological advances in shale gas extraction. Other countries–including China–are now studying our ...

  • Beliefs, Politics, and Environmental Policy

    Introduction Many of us who work on environmental issues have faced the challenge of conveying their importance to nonspecialists. Perhaps we have found ourselves defending the robustness of climate science to a contrarian uncle, or extolling the importance of biodiversity to a dubious aunt. Our relations and friends are often educated people, skilled in their own professions, who have ...


    By Oxford Journals

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