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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.




Is Climate Change Bringing us Closer to Nature?

20 Aug

Enraptured by the tides of the Hudson, I watched the river at high tide, swollen from the unprecedented rains of Hurricane Sandy, silently seep into waterfront restaurants, homes, and luxury yachts, reminding me that nature does not discriminate in its destruction.


Rivers have run in the background my entire life: My first home was on the banks of the Snake River in Jackson Hole, WY; I grew up in the Hudson River city of Troy, NY and I now call the Hudson Valley home, with the Hudson River my travel companion on my commute from the country to the city. 

Despite living so close to rivers before Hurricane Sandy they were just a backdrop, an afterthought, a beautiful slash through the landscape. 

Is climate change the universe’s way of bringing us back to nature? Image