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#Japan to resume ‘research’ #whaling in 2015

Published on 9 Jul 2014

Japan’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe, says his country will abide by the decision passed down by the international court of justice and adds that differences on whaling between Australia and Japan should not impact on ‘favourable bilateral relationships’. Abe also says Japan will resume whaling for ‘research’ purposes but that the country is a ‘good international citizen’ and will adhere to the ICJ ruling.

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Wired UK: Greenpeace is right, Shell-branded Lego is ill-judged

Lego’s brand partnership with Shell is ill-judged, argues Katie Collins, Junior Staff Writer, Wired.co.uk.

Greenpeace has created a parody video entitled Everything is NOT awesome as part of a campaign to bring to an end Lego’s brand partnership with oil company Shell.

Put together by London creative agency Don’t Panic, the video depicts Lego minifigs, including Father Christmas, huskies and polar bears drowning in oil with a maudlin version of Everything is Awesome from The Lego Movie soundtrack as backing music. As you might imagine, it’s pretty dark, but it’s also very effective.

“We love Lego. You love Lego. Everyone loves Lego,” the video caption states. “But when Lego’s halo effect is being used to sell propaganda to children, especially by an unethical corporation who are busy destroying the natural world our children will inherit, we have to do something.

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We love LEGO. You love LEGO. Everyone loves LEGO.

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#Environment Agency claims #fracking risks have been ‘exaggerated’

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RISKS of fracking have been “exaggerated” and should not be ruled out in national parks, according to the head of the Environment Agency.1

Agency chairman Christopher Smith said hydraulic fracturing – or fracking – could be “useful” in helping Britain to reduce its reliance on imported gas because it causes “minimal visual intrusion” to the environment.

The fracking process involves pumping water, sand and chemicals into rock deep underground at high pressure to extract shale gas and oil.

There is potentially more than eight billion barrels of shale oil under the Weald basin in Sussex – but critics argue the process contaminates water supplies and can cause earthquakes.

Lord Smith, who is due to step down next month, said he did not agree with the concerns of anti-fracking campaigners.

He told a national newspaper: “The campaigners fall into two camps. One is very much campaigning against the local impact of drilling at particular sites.

“Provided it’s done carefully and proper regulated, those fears are definitely exaggerated. There’s another set of campaigners who say, ‘This is a better fuel to burn than coal but it’s still a fossil fuel and we ought to be putting everything into renewable and not doing shale gas at all’.

“I don’t agree that with analysis because we aren’t yet ready to see 100 percent of our energy requirements being produced from renewables.”

He said he would not rule out fracking in national parks like the South Downs because “provided it’s being done properly, the visual impact can be very limited indeed. It will depend on any individual location”.

He said: “The South Downs National Park Authority is currently considering an application from Celtique Energie to exploratory drill for shale oil and gas in Fernhurst, near Chichester.”

Energy company Cuadrilla Resources has been actively testing at a site in Balcombe for more than a year, but has ruled out fracking.

A spokeswoman from Britain and Ireland Frack Free said: “Lord Smith’s view on fracking is an indication that the government, and agencies, are wilfully choosing to ignore the large amount of peer reviewed scientific reports that prove fracking is not and cannot be made safe. The continued reference by agencies and individuals that fracking will be ‘safe’ if ‘properly regulated’ is a betrayal to the public.”

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  1. I always thought that the ‘Environment Agency’ was FOR the Environment and not against it as it would appear here in the UK. 

#Fracking will put at risk our clean water supplies

A fracking protest at BalcombeA fracking protest at Balcombe

During the last couple of weeks correspondence/reports to The Argus about fracking have been numerous, expressing concern that proposed planning decisions have been put on hold for more evidence to emerge.

The Government plan to introduce legislation for oil/gas companies to conduct drilling exploration beneath areas is totally undemocratic.

All political parties carry the responsibility for this. Democracy is being replaced by hypocrisy.

Decisions on fracking for gas/oil must be left in the hands of local communities not Government.

Westminster needs to be firmly reminded of this.

Future generations must be protected to ensure environmental safeguards are maintained.

The future availability and supply of clean water within society is of paramount importance.

It must not be exploited by Governments or multinational firms.

No gas – no lights?’ – ‘No water – no life!’ J Burns, Henfield.

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Russia ‘secretly working with environmentalists to oppose fracking’

Nato chief, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, says Moscow mounting disinformation campaign to maintain reliance on Russian gas

David Cameron's home in Dean, Oxfordshire, being turned into a 'fracking site' in protest at shale gas development.David Cameron’s home in Dean, Oxfordshire, being turned into a ‘fracking site’ in protest at shale gas development. Photograph: Kristian Buus/Greenpeace/PA

The head of one of the world’s leading groups of democratic nations has accused Russia of undermining projects using hydraulic fracturing technology in Europe.

Anders Fogh Rasmussen, secretary-general of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (Nato), and former premier of Denmark, told the Chatham House thinktank in London on Thursday that Vladimir Putin’s government was behind attempts to discredit fracking, according to reports.

Rasmussen said: “I have met allies who can report that Russia, as part of their sophisticated information and disinformation operations, engaged actively with so-called non-governmental organisations – environmental organisations working against shale gas – to maintain European dependence on imported Russian gas.”

He declined to give details of those operations, saying: “That is my interpretation.”

Fracking, a process that involves blasting dense shale rocks with a high-pressure mixture of water, sand and chemicals to release the tiny bubbles of natural gas trapped within, has been the subject of protests in the UK and other parts of Europe, and is opposed by many environmental groups.

It has been associated with methane leaks and the pollution of water sources in the US, and green campaigners fear that it will lead to a rise in the use of fossil fuels, exacerbating global warming.

Rasmussen made clear that fracking should be used, in his view, to increase Europe’s energy security, by providing a new source of gas and oil supply.

Nato’s press office said the remarks were Rasmussen’s personal views, not official policy.

Nato was originally formed at the start of the cold war as an alliance of western states, including the US and many European nations, and historically has often opposed Russia. Rasmussen himself has spoken out previously against Russia’s actions in Ukraine.

Surveys in the UK have found that there is a potentially large supply of shale gas and oil, perhaps enough to fulfil gas needs for several decades, though it is unclear how much of that can be profitably extracted. No shale gas has yet been produced in the UK.

Russia, a major source of international gas supplies, recently signed a $400bn deal with China to supply gas for decades to come, and has threatened to cut off gas supplies to Ukraine, emphasising its willingness to exploit its dominant position in fossil fuel markets for political ends.

But the future of fracking in Europe is less clear than Rasmussen acknowledged.

The Polish government’s leading fracking expert recently told the Guardian that geology, rather than political concerns, was likely to be the main obstacle.

Katarzyna Kacperczyk, under-secretary of state for non-European policy and public and economic diplomacy in the Polish foreign ministry, and its leading voice on fracking, told the Guardian: “It is all about geology, whether you can extract the gas. Different parts of the world have different geologies.”

She said that there was “political will” to explore fracking in the country, but that even so there was no guarantee that Poland would be able to access its shale gas reserves. Poland is thought to have some of the best shale gas formations in Europe, but attempts to exploit it have so far come to nothing, though companies are still trying.

In the US, the development of modern fracking technology has led to a boom in gas production, but that situation may not be easily replicated in other, more densely populated countries, with differing geologies.

Green groups were swift to attack Rasmussen’s views, saying that they were not involved in any alleged Russian attempts to discredit the technology, and were instead opposed to it on the grounds of environmental sustainability.

“The idea we’re puppets of Putin is so preposterous that you have to wonder what they’re smoking over at Nato HQ,” said Greenpeace, which has a history of antagonism with the Russian government, which arrested several of its activists on a protest in the Arctic last year.

Andrew Pendleton, a campaigner at Friends of the Earth, added: “Perhaps the Russians are worried about our huge wind and solar potential and have infiltrated the UK government.”

The Guardian