Media Highlights: Jan 2015

Scotland announces moratorium on fracking for shale gas  (Guardian, Jan 28)

Gloucester CSG suspension: NSW vows investigation after banned chemicals found at site  (ABC, Jan 28)

Council objects to oil-block process (The Press, Jan 27) – “The Christchurch City Council … said it was “deeply concerned” that offshore areas in which high-risk petroleum exploration activities could occur were being proposed in the absence of public consultation. …”

MPs: Ban fracking to meet carbon targets (BBC, Jan 26)

The oceans are warming so fast, they keep breaking scientists’ charts (Guardian, Jan 22)

NOAA once again has to rescale its ocean heat chart to capture 2014 ocean warming

Graph above: NOAA once again has to rescale its ocean heat chart to capture 2014 ocean warming

What the UK could learn from the New York fracking ban  (Guardian, Jan 19) -‘“I will be bound by what the experts say,” said Cuomo, likening fracking to passive smoking, which wasn’t fully understood as a health risk for many years.’ NZ should be learning too!

Earth pushed to breaking point  (South China Morning Post, Jan 17) – ‘…we have already crossed four “planetary boundaries”. …the extinction rate; deforestation; the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere; and the flow of nitrogen and phosphorous (used on land as fertiliser) into the ocean… What the science has shown is that human activities – economic growth, technology, consumption – are destabilising the global environment,” said lead author Will Steffen’Original paper in Science here.

Plummeting oil price casts shadow over fracking’s future  (Guardian, Jan 6)

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