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Fracking: As Knowledge Has Spread Opposition Has Grown


Fracking: As Knowledge Has Spread Opposition Has GrownA report by Natalie Bennett, leader of the Green Party of England and Wales

Knowledge of what hydraulic fracturing is, its costs and drawbacks, and its place in the spectrum of extreme energy, have grown a lot since the issue first came on to the UK agenda in 2010. As the latest group of protesters against fracking from Balcombe, including Green MP Caroline Lucas go on trial, and protests grow against the nature of policing of the continuing protests at Barton Moss, now’s a good time to assess how far the debate has come.

Communities fighting back against fracking are well versed in the localised risks, but they also appreciate the opportunities afforded by alternatives in renewables (particularly those that they can own themselves) and energy conservation, promoted by campaigns like the Energy Bill Revolution.

For some of our increased knowledge we can thank our Tory-Lib Dem government. As knowledge of fracking has spread, opposition has grown, and the government has become increasingly, obviously, frantic to find ways to turn the tide.

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In pictures: Aftermath of storms – Part 2


After hurricane-force winds battered the UK on Wednesday, tens of thousands of homes in England and Wales remain without power and there is renewed transport disruption.

The River Severn in flood-hit Worcester earlier reached its highest level in recent years. Here you can see the stands of Worcestershire County Cricket Club surrounded by water.
The River Severn in flood-hit Worcester earlier reached its highest level in recent years. Here you can see the stands of Worcestershire County Cricket Club surrounded by water.

The Environment Agency said flood defences
The Environment Agency said flood defences “in Worcester town are holding, with levels now slowly decreasing” and it had no fears about the river coming over the top of flood defences there.

A weir at Penton Hook Lock, Surrey, is surrounded by debris as the level of water in the River Thames remains high.
A weir at Penton Hook Lock, Surrey, is surrounded by debris as the level of water in the River Thames remains high.

At St Paul's Church in Egham, Surrey, volunteers sort food parcels donated for people affected by severe flooding in the area.
At St Paul’s Church in Egham, Surrey, volunteers sort food parcels donated for people affected by severe flooding in the area.

Egham resident Michael Simmonds has lived in this house since he was six years old and this is the first time it has been flooded.
Egham resident Michael Simmonds has lived in this house since he was six years old and this is the first time it has been flooded.

The Army has been laying sandbags in Chertsey where flood defences have been put in to protect about 200 homes.
The Army has been laying sandbags in Chertsey where flood defences have been put in to protect about 200 homes.

Pumps belonging to Dutch engineer Jerome van Heck, a flooding expert, have been installed at Dunball Sluice, Bridgwater, Somerset.
Pumps belonging to Dutch engineer Jerome van Heck, a flooding expert, have been installed at Dunball Sluice, Bridgwater, Somerset.


The Met Office has issued various yellow, “be aware”, rain, wind, ice and snow warnings for many parts of the UK, and the snow ploughs are already out on the Northumberland border. Continue reading

Hikers in 1,000ft avalanche fall on Mount Snowdon, Wales


Walkers in 1,000ft avalanche fall on SnowdonThe rescue teams carried the man down Snowdon to be airlifted to hospital

A walker was knocked unconscious by an avalanche which swept him and his partner 1,000ft (305m) down Snowdon.

Members of Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team found them both close to the Pyg track after the alarm was raised on Saturday afternoon.

He was stretchered to Llyn Glaslyn where he was flown by RAF Valley rescue helicopter to hospital in Bangor. His girlfriend was uninjured.

The operation, involving Aberglaslyn rescue team, took around four hours.

The rescuers were told the man, 28, from Bristol, was injured after he and his girlfriend were swept 1,000ft down the mountain and left buried in 4ft of snow.

Six other people walking nearby were also carried various distances by the same avalanche. Continue reading

Woman pulled from River Taff, Cardiff, after ‘assault’ by two men


A woman has been pulled from the River Taff in Cardiff after witnesses reported she was assaulted by two men.

South Wales Police said the woman was taken to the University Hospital of Wales in the city after an incident in the Grangetown area.

Her condition is not known. Two men are helping police with their inquiries.

Insp Andy Walbeoff, who described the incident as “serious”, said: “At this stage we’re not looking for any other persons that may be involved.”

via BBC News – Woman pulled from River Taff, Cardiff, after ‘assault’ by two men.

Valentine’s Day diners rescued from water-surge cafe


Valentine's Day diners rescued from water-surge cafeDozens of Valentine’s Day diners had to be rescued, as David Fenton reports

The Army and emergency services have rescued 32 people trapped by surging flood water in a beachfront restaurant in Hampshire.

Windows at the Marine Restaurant were also smashed by shingle picked up by fierce winds in the town of Milford on Sea on Friday night.

Diner Cherry Waite said it “was a bit like the Titanic” as they had “all been enjoying themselves”.

A coastguard spokesman described conditions as “extremely dangerous”.

Most of the cars parked outside were either gone, underwater or a write-off, the restaurant's manager saidMost of the cars parked outside were either gone, underwater or a write-off, the restaurant’s manager said Continue reading