‘Fracking’ may increase air pollution health risks

Mar 24, 2012 Comments Off on ‘Fracking’ may increase air pollution health risks by

According to a report in the LA Times Air pollution caused by hydraulic fracturing, the controversial oil and gas drilling method which is being promoted in areas of the West of Ireland, may contribute to “acute and chronic health problems for those living near natural gas drilling sites”. Critics have largely focused so far on fracking’s possible contamination of underground and surface water, but it presents other problems too: studies have shown that air pollution at many of these sites is greater than in surrounding areas.

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Caroline Whyte has been involved with Feasta since 2002. She studied ecological economics at Mälardalen University in Sweden, writing a masters thesis on the relationship between central banking and sustainability. She contributed to Feasta's books Fleeing Vesuvius and Sharing for Survival. Along with four other Feasta climate group members she helped to launch the CapGlobalCarbon initative at the COP-21 summit in Paris in December 2015. In February 2017 she participated in the World Basic Income conference in Manchester, discussing the potential for climate action to contribute to reducing poverty and inequality worldwide. She lives in central France, from where she edits the Feasta website.

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