Archive | November, 2013

Cutting Through the Noise: Excellent Resources on Fracking

22 Nov

Even after taking an entire semester of graduate school to study fracking I still have a lot of questions, concerns, and see the potential power of extracting shale gas.  It’s a heated issue with a lot of passion on all sides.

I’ve found these resources helpful and I hope you do too.

Environmental Defense Fund is leading a series of 15 research studies to capture data on methane leakage from both the upstream and downstream processes of natural gas extraction.

The first, Measurements of methane emissions at natural gas production sites in the United States, appeared in the Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences, October 2013.

Diane Rehm of NPR station WAMU, hosts a roundtable on  the environment every month, Environmental Outlook.

The May discussion was energy outlook and heavy on potential impacts of fracking, from environmental, geo-political, domestic politics, and green energy investments.

On November 14, 2013 she hosted Gregory Zuckerman, author of “The Frackers.” Mr. Zuckerman has a very interesting centrist approach.

Both are worth the listen

Last is a recent study from the Yale Project on Climate CommunicationAmerican perceptions of hydraulic fracturingThis study examines people’s perceptions, associations, and commonly held beliefs about fracking.

Please share any important information you come across.




MAP ALERT: New Map Shows Decline of Global Forests

16 Nov

Researchers at the University of Maryland have assembled an amazing/sad map showing the decline of forests globally. 



Click over to their website to see forest cover changing through time.

Not only is this worrisome for all the creatures that call the forest home, but trees are known as “carbon-sinks,” organisms that absorb carbon dioxide.  When that tree dies, whether naturally or from man, all that stored carbon is released into the atmosphere.

So with each tree we fell, we’re not only losing the tree, but we are fundamentally changing our biosphere, increasing the carbon in our atmosphere and depleting our natural carbon sinks. 

BERND HEINRICH wrote an excellent piece in the NYTimes explaining the complexity and intrinsic value of forest ecosystems.

Is there anything we individuals can do?

Ghost Moose: The Saddest Victim of Climate Change

14 Nov

Have you heard the sad news about our iconic North American moose? 



As the winters get warmer blood sucking ticks live are no longer dying in the winter and they are sucking the blood out of our precious moose.  This is making their hair brittle, breaks it off and all you can see is the hollow white inside making them appear white.

It’s heartbreaking.

For more in-depth information follow these links below:

Ghost Moose: Winter Ticks Take Their Toll

Thanks To Parasites, Moose Are Looking More Like Ghosts

Is there anything we can do?



Goodbye Color

12 Nov

Nature’s brillant display every fall is slowly fading into the realm of things that were.   from Columbia University’s Earth Institute explains in this short article why.

Losing Leaf Peepers: The Effect of Climate Change on Fall Color