Media Release: Myall Coast Beaches Closed to 4WDs


The link below is to a media release concerning the closure of Myall Coast beaches to vehicles due to weather conditions.

For more visit:
http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/media/OEHmedia1306201300.htm

World Heritage Areas: Five New Sites


The link below is to an article that reports on five new World Heritage Areas.

For more visit:
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2013/06/pictures/130621-five-new-unesco-world-heritage-sites-conservation-environment/

Giant, oil-belching sinkhole dooms more than 100 homes in Louisiana


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It’s looking like a neighborhood in Assumption Parish, La., has been permanently wiped out by a sloppy salt-mining company.

A sinkhole in the area has grown to 15 acres since an old salt mine that was emptied to supply the local petrochemical industry with brine began collapsing in August. Hundreds of neighbors were long ago evacuated, and many of them are now accepting that they will never return to their homes.

The sinkhole isn’t just endangering homes, it is also burping out oil, natural gas, and debris, shaking the area so powerfully that seismic equipment is being used to monitor the site. And brine from the sinkhole is in danger of contaminating local waterways. This thing is so big it even has its own Facebook page.

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Study links fracking to drinking water pollution


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faucet and glassWhile the EPA has been dumping and delaying studies of fracking’s effects on drinking water, new academic research reveals that people who live near natural gas wells in Pennsylvania are drinking the same gases that the frackers are pumping out from the shale beneath their feet.

Researchers from Duke University, the University of Rochester, and California State Polytechnic University found dissolved methane, which is the main ingredient in natural gas, in water pumped from 82 percent of drinking water wells sampled in northeastern Pennsylvania.

Methane can occur naturally in the area (that’s what draws frackers there). But the researchers’ study, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, concludes that levels of the gas were far higher in drinking water wells located close to fracking operations than in other areas.

Here’s a bullet-pointed summary of major findings, for any higher-ups at the EPA who might still care about what fracking is…

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Australia: The Superb Lyrebird


The link below is to an article (that includes an embedded video) on the Superb Lyrebird of Australia.

For more visit:
http://www.australiangeographic.com.au/journal/lyrebirds-dance-to-different-beats.htm

Australia: Earthquakes


ABOVE: Aftermath of the Newcastle Earthquake

The link below is to an article that takes a look at earthquakes in Australia.

For more visit:
http://www.australiangeographic.com.au/journal/earthquakes-in-australia-more-common-than-you-think.htm