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UK fracking may produce less fuel than claimed, says geologist

Drilled core samples used to determine the viability of shale gas extraction. Photograph: Mo Morad/Getty Images/iStockphoto

Published on The Guardian website on the 17th of August 2017

Story by Fiona Harvey
Environment correspondent

 

Prof John Underhill argues that geology is fundamental but has been forgotten in assessments of UK’s shale gas capability

Fracking for oil and gas in the UK may produce much less fuel – and profits – than has been mooted, according to research based on seismic imaging of the country’s underlying geology.

Most of the areas in which deposits of onshore “unconventional” gas and oil are likely to be found were affected by tectonic activity along the Atlantic plate about 55m years ago.

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Flood defence work worth £800,000 being planned for sea wall in ‘grave disrepair’ in Langstone

The sea wall at Southmoor Lane, Havant

Published in the Portsmouth News on the 10th of August 2017

Story by Tamara Siddiqui

 

ALMOST £1M worth of work is being planned to rejuvenate a sea wall in ‘grave disrepair’.

The design of the Environment Agency’s Southmoor Flood Alleviation Scheme comes as widespread concern grows about the flood risk to the area near the wall, in Langstone.

The Southmoor sea wall is a privately-owned, low-level, concrete sea wall fronted by a shingle beach.

The Environment Agency (EA) has engaged with residents, councillors and businesses in designing the £800,000 scheme, and will continue to do so before submitting an application for the works, to Havant Borough Council.

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Earth Overshoot Day Calculator

Earth Overshoot Day is the date when humanity’s annual demand on nature exceeds what Earth can regenerate over the entire year. This year Earth Overshoot Day fell on August 2nd 2017the earliest date yet.

The costs of this global ecological overspending include deforestation, drought, fresh-water scarcity, soil erosion, biodiversity loss, and the buildup of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

For Earth Overshoot Day this year, Global Footprint Network, along with 30+ partners, is highlighting solutions and individual pledges to #movethedate. If we moved Earth Overshoot Day back 4.5 days every year, we would return to living within the means of one Earth before 2050; we are currently using 1.7 Earths. Reducing the carbon component of the global Ecological Footprint by 50% would move Overshoot Day by 89 days.

Food is another major Ecological Footprint driver. This year, Global Footprint Network collaborated with the Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition to create an infographic that showcases food-based solutions to lower the Ecological Footprint. Cutting food waste in half worldwide could move the date of Overshoot Day 11 days; eating less protein-intensive food worldwide could move Overshoot Day 31 days. A list of existing solutions that can collectively get us out of overshoot is available here.

“Our planet is finite, but human possibilities are not. Living within the means of one planet is technologically possible, financially beneficial, and our only chance for a prosperous future,” said Mathis Wackernagel, CEO of Global Footprint Network and co-creator of the Ecological Footprint.

Find out how many planets it takes to support your lifestyle with this easy to use Ecological Footprint Calculator.

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