In his chapter from the New Zealand edition of Fleeing Vesuvius, Laurence Boomert gives an account of a lifetime built on accepting and rejecting Vesuvius and the progressive actions taken to beat the odds. "The foreground will seem like the end of the world but I see, through the smoke and ruins of that which must fall, a wiser, more humble, more determined humanity with 10,000 years of social and technological success stories to draw on, setting a new course for the future."
This discussion from RTE's Drivetime includes interviews with groups opposed to fracking in the West of Ireland, along with excerpts from Gasland, a documentary that criticises fracking.
The development of techniques which allow the extraction of gas from some carboniferous rocks known as shale has completely transformed the world's natural gas market. The gas price has fallen and in one case in the US, a terminal that was built to import gas is now being used to export it.