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Issue No. 108
July 15
2017
  • President Higgins signs Irish fracking ban into law
  • Shale Gas Bulletin Ireland announces retirement
  • Climate change news resources

Issue No. 107
July 1
2017
  • Ireland's fracking ban passes final legislative stage
  • Irish Fossil Fuel Divestment Bill discussed in select committee (second stage)
  • Global Environmental Pact to be proposed at United Nations

Issue No. 106
June 15
2017
  • Commitment to Paris Agreement remains strong despite announce US withdrawal
  • Renewable energy growing, but not quickly enough
  • 2020: The Climate Turning Point

Issue No. 105
June 1
2017
  • Irish (onshore) fracking ban bill passes final stage in Dáil, proceeds to Seanad
  • Studies reveal extent of methane emissions from Canadian oil and gas operations
  • US fracked gas feeding Europe's petrochemical manufacturing

Issue No. 104
May 15
2017
  • Irish fracking ban bill clears committee stage, will return to Dáil
  • Arctic sea ice study highlights need for climate action
  • Renewables are now the cheapest source of power globally

Issue No. 103
May 1
2017
  • Energy Transition Commission report calls for urgent action to halve emissions by 2040
  • Methane from gas and oil wells found to travel farther than expected underground
  • Melting Greenland ice could cause metres of sea level rise

Issue No. 102
April 15
2017
  • Irish parliamentary report supports fracking ban bill
  • EPA warns Ireland likely to fall far short of 2020 emissions targets
  • Study shows earlier than expected climate "payback" from aggressive climate action

Issue No. 101
April 1
2017
  • WMO report: “Extreme and unusual” climate trends continue in 2017
  • Ireland ranks 18th ("Poor") out of 27 EU states on climate action
  • How to meet the Paris Agreement target of warming below 2°C

Issue No. 100
March 15
2017
  • Fracking banned in Victoria, Australia
  • Poll shows Europeans feeling climate change impacts, support climate action
  • Shell film from 1991 warns of catastrophic risks of climate change

Issue No. 99
March 1
2017
  • Study identifies 6,648 spills at fracking sites in four US states
  • Fracking caused Pennsylvania earthquakes
  • Methane emissions from oil production up to twice as high as estimated

Issue No. 98
February 15
2017
  • Little progress on Irish fracking ban in Joint Committee
  • Revealed: 9,442 fracking complaints for 10,027 wells drilled in Pennsylvania
  • Fossil fuel demand could peak by 2020

Issue No. 97
February 1
2017
  • Extreme weather to increase in Europe due to climate change
  • Ireland one step closer to fossil fuel divestment
  • Short-lived greenhouse gases drive centuries of sea level rise

Issue No. 96
January 15
2017
  • Low sea ice extent continuing at both poles
  • New study confirms faster rate of global warming
  • Renewable energy news roundup

Issue No. 95
January 1
2017
  • Arctic ice melting in mid-winter
  • California sues federal government over offshore fracking
  • US federal court finds citizens have constitutional rights to a stable climate system

Issue No. 94
December 15
2016
  • Minister rules out fracking on basis of EPA research
  • Government's first annual climate statement a "damp squib"
  • US EPA altered conclusions of fracking study to downplay water contamination risks

Issue No. 93
December 1
2016
  • COP22 parties vow to move forward with climate action despite Trump election
  • Ireland lagging behind on climate action
  • Melting Arctic ice could trigger uncontrollable climate change

Issue No. 92
November 15
2016
  • WMO report shows "increasingly visible" human impact on climate and extreme weather
  • Hydraulic fracturing and water stress
  • UK fracking news

Issue No. 91
November 1
2016
  • Bill to ban fracking in Ireland progresses in Dáil with unanimous support
  • Irish research finds fracking for shale gas incompatible with good water quality
  • Yale study links fracking chemicals to cancer

Issue No. 90
October 15
2016
  • UK government overrules local council to allow fracking
  • Fossil fuel methane emissions found to be 20 - 60% higher than previous estimates
  • Arctic sea ice melting faster than expected, indicating dramatic climate change

Issue No. 89
October 1
2016
  • New studies add to knowledge of fracking health impacts
  • Currently operating coal, oil and gas fields sufficient to blow carbon budget
  • TiSA documents reveal threats to climate action

Issue No. 88
September 15
2016
  • Victoria to permanently ban fracking
  • Current coral bleaching event is the worst in history
  • Climate change and extreme weather in 2016

Issue No. 87
September 1
2016
  • US EPA report conclusions on water contamination criticised by scientific advisory board
  • NGO report evaluates total impact of fracking in the USA
  • UK government proposes cash payments to residents in fracking areas

Issue No. 86
August 15
2016
  • Climate scientists warn 1.5C warming limit will soon be exceeded
  • 2015 breaks climate change records, impacts are "playing out before us"
  • Proposed gas pipelines will cause US to miss emission reduction targets if built

Issue No. 85
August 1
2016
  • Proximity to fracking activity linked to increased asthma attacks
  • Leaked draft shows TTIP would undermine EU energy policy
  • CETA could be "provisionally" applied prior to ratification

Issue No. 84
July 15
2016
  • Fracking is not just an onshore problem
  • Possible implications of Brexit on UK and EU fracking policy
  • Sea ice levels falling at record rate

Issue No. 83
July 1
2016
  • InfraStrata stops drill at Woodburn Forest (NI), no oil found
  • US oil and gas methane emissions equivalent to 14 coal-fired power plants
  • Bankruptcies continue in US oil and gas sector despite price rebound

Issue No. 82
June 15
2016
  • Three fracking ban proposals before the Dáil
  • Scottish parliament votes in favour of fracking ban
  • Studies show that shale gas has not been extracted safely in Pennsylvania

Issue No. 81
June 1
2016
  • New studies reveal water and soil contamination due to fracking wastewater
  • Drilling begins in Woodburn Forest, Northern Ireland
  • Analysis: Carbon budget for 1.5°C warming will be used up in less than five years

Issue No. 80
May 15
2016
  • Canadian wildfires illustrate climate change cause and effect
  • Fracking in North Dakota’s Bakken Shale responsible for global rise in atmospheric ethane
  • Judicial review of Woodburn Forest (NI) exploratory drilling to proceed

Issue No. 79
May 1
2016
  • International trade agreements attempt to undermine EU environment and health protection
  • Evidence is accumulating that fracking causes severe harm to health, environment and climate
  • March was the 11th consecutive month topping global temperature records

Issue No. 78
April 15
2016
  • Antarctic glacier melt could double sea level rise by 2100, threatening coastal cities
  • Fracking causes earthquakes, contaminates groundwater, and contributes to climate change
  • Rockefeller Family Fund announces divestment from fossil fuels and condemns ExxonMobil

Issue No. 77
April 1
2016
  • Wellsite construction begins in Woodburn Forest
  • February global temperatures beat record by “jaw-dropping” margin
  • Green Plan Ireland: Planning the transition to 100% renewable energy in Ireland

Issue No. 76
March 15
2016
  • Woodburn Forest exploratory drilling update
  • EPA: Ireland will not meet emissions reductions targets for 2020
  • Dangerous global warming may happen sooner than expected

Issue No. 75
March 1
2016
  • 188 candidates sign pledge to ban fracking
  • Carbon budget only half the size previously estimated
  • Global spike in methane emissions over last decade likely due to US shale

Issue No. 74
February 15
2016
  • General election candidates pledge to support fracking ban
  • InfraStrata set to begin exploratory drilling near Carrickfergus, NI
  • Continued rapid West Antarctic Ice Sheet melt could increase sea level by more than 3 metres

Issue No. 73
February 1
2016
  • 2015 hottest year on record by far
  • Oil and gas bankruptcies reached $17.85 billion in 2015
  • Clean energy attracts $329 billion global investment in 2015

Issue No. 72
January 15
2016
  • Gas flowing from Corrib field following final government approval
  • State of emergency declared over uncontrolled gas leak near Los Angeles
  • Yale study links fracking chemicals to reproductive and developmental health problems

Issue No. 71
January 1
2016
  • Ireland publishes plan to reduce fossil fuel use significantly by 2050
  • Richard Boyd Barrett proposes bill to ban fracking in the Republic of Ireland
  • British and Irish shale found to contain high levels of toxic selenium

Issue No. 70
December 15
2015
  • Year in Review (2/2)
  • Economic news
  • Irish / UK / European news
  • Health impacts

Issue No. 69
December 1
2015
  • Year in Review (1/2)
  • Water and air impacts
  • Land impacts
  • Climate change

Issue No. 68
November 15
2015
  • Leitrim County Council and Mark Ruffalo support “Stop the Study” campaign
  • Rathlin Energy abandons plans to drill at Ballinlea, Co. Antrim
  • Opposition to fracking wastewater injection wells grows in USA

Issue No. 67
November 1
2015
  • Campaigners call on Irish government to stop EPA study run by pro-fracking firms
  • Fracking associated with premature births
  • EC Recommendation on shale gas found to be “failing”

Issue No. 66
October 15
2015
  • Northern Ireland announces “no fracking” planning policy
  • Increased ethane concentrations in Swiss Alps may be due to North American fracking
  • Sweden aims to become “fossil free”

Issue No. 65
October 1
2015
  • Over 180 million gallons of toxic fracking wastewater spilled 2009 – 2014 (USA)
  • Citigroup: low-carbon future will cost less than inaction
  • Fossil fuel divestment commitments grow 50-fold in one year to $2.6 trillion

Issue No. 64
September 15
2015
  • UK government to fast-track fracking applications
  • Study finds fracking in Delaware River basin could impact health of 45,000 people
  • California father suing state over fracking racial discrimination

Issue No. 63
September 1
2015
  • Report details 197 chemicals used in California fracking operations
  • Invisible fracking air pollution captured on video
  • Irish sovereign wealth fund holds €70 million in fossil fuels

Issue No. 62
August 15
2015
  • IMF: Ireland's fossil fuel subsidies projected at $1.2 billion for 2015
  • Oklahoma: 44 earthquakes in five days
  • Continued concern about use of fracking wastewater to irrigate crops in California

Issue No. 61
August 1
2015
  • Fracking linked to increased hospitalization in Pennsylvania
  • Climate study: Multi-metre sea level rise possible within decades
  • Human rights tribunal to consider impacts of fracking

Issue No. 60
July 15
2015
  • Declassified UK report: fracking could reduce property prices by 7 percent
  • Fracking linked to low birth weights, birth defects, and infant deaths
  • Median annual water use per horizontal fracked gas well up 29 times since 2000

Issue No. 59
July 1
2015
  • Majority of MEPs support fracking moratorium in symbolic vote
  • One death every six weeks among fracking workers in North Dakota
  • Elevated levels of metals and toxic chemicals found in Barnett Shale area well water

Issue No. 58
June 15
2015
  • World Bank publishes recommendations for "zero-carbon future"
  • Study finds toxic air pollution in Ohio’s most heavily fracked county
  • Fracking gets off to a rocky start in Denmark

Issue No. 57
June 1
2015
  • New York State publishes official report that led to fracking ban
  • IEA recommends tripling investment in low-carbon energy research
  • Food safety fears as treated oil field water used to irrigate California crops

Issue No. 56
May 15
2015
  • Oil and gas drilling causing enormous loss of biomass in North America
  • Air pollution from hydraulic fracturing may travel hundreds of kilometres
  • Oil and gas is sector top source of US methane emissions, ahead of agriculture

Issue No. 55
May 1
2015
  • Irish EPA study on fracking impacts led by company involved in fracking
  • Oklahoma recognises link between earthquakes and fracking wastewater injection wells
  • Scientists warn 75% of known fossil fuel reserves must stay in the ground

Issue No. 54
April 15
2015
  • UK health professionals call for fracking moratorium
  • New research shows natural gas no better than coal for mitigating climate change
  • Radon levels in Pennsylvania homes increase due to fracking

Issue No. 53
April 1
2015
  • The Guardian launches major fossil fuel divestment campaign
  • Amazon rainforest CO2 absorption declines by one-third in 10 years
  • US government introduces first national fracking regulations

Issue No. 52
March 15
2015
  • Shale boom starting to look like a bust
  • Research calls reserve estimates into question
  • New analysis reveals content of California fracking wastewater

Issue No. 51
March 1
2015
  • Update: UK Infrastructure Act waters down fracking restrictions
  • Analysis of fracking wastewater reveals chromium, mercury, arsenic, toluene, ethylbenzene...
  • Burlington, Vermont becomes first US city to run on 100% renewable electricity

Issue No. 50
February 15
2015
  • Frackers give up on Poland
  • Scale of UK shale ambitions diminished
  • US shale oil industry in freefall

Issue No. 49
February 1
2015
  • Two new pollutants discovered in fracking wastewater
  • US electricity prices rise steadily despite cheap gas
  • Scotland declares moratorium on unconventional oil and gas exploration

Issue No. 48
January 15
2015
  • Debt default risk rises as oil prices fall
  • New study shows which fossil fuels will need to be left in the ground
  • Earthquakes linked to fracking in Ohio

Issue No. 47
January 1
2015
  • New York state bans fracking over health risks
  • Two major reviews reveal evidence of fracking health risks
  • British government report compares fracking risks to thalidomide and asbestos

Issue No. 46
December 15
2014
  • Year in Review (2/2)
  • Economics
  • Irish / UK / European news
  • Earthquakes

Issue No. 45
December 1
2014
  • Year in Review (1/2)
  • Water impacts
  • Health impacts
  • Climate change / alternatives to fossil fuels

Issue No. 44
November 15
2014
  • IPCC issues new call to action on climate change
  • Minister Richard Bruton urges European Commission to keep ISDS
  • New study finds high levels of carcinogens in air around oil and gas installations

Issue No. 43
November 1
2014
  • Traffic fatalities increase in Texas due to shale boom
  • California aquifers contaminated by fracking wastewater
  • First in Europe: Glasgow University divests from fossil fuels

Issue No. 42
October 15
2014
  • Tamboran's licence expires in Northern Ireland, extension refused
  • British farmers call for compensation for losses caused by fracking
  • Toxic air quality at Texas playgrounds near gas sites

Issue No. 41
October 1
2014
  • Growing support for climate change action
  • Pennsylvania: 243 official cases of well contamination due to fracking
  • New studies highlight fracking health risks to residents and workers

Issue No. 40
September 15
2014
  • Maryland report highlights health risks of unconventional natural gas production
  • Rural residents at risk from dangerous and unregulated “gathering” pipelines
  • Oklahoma earthquake swarm linked to fracking wastewater wells

Issue No. 39
September 1
2014
  • New report highlights lack of information on fracking chemicals
  • Revealed: Drillers conceal illegal use of diesel fuel as fracking fluid
  • Hydraulic fracturing occurring at shallow depths, where drinking water is found

Issue No. 38
August 15
2014
  • NI Environment Minister Mark Durkan rejects Tamboran drilling proposal
  • UK government heavily "redacts" report on fracking and property values
  • US government report confirms risk to drinking water from injection of fracking fluids

Issue No. 37
August 1
2014
  • Tamboran sets up for exploration drilling in Belcoo, Co. Fermanagh
  • New UK report highlights problems with fracking
  • FOEE report on EU shale gas lobby

Issue No. 36
July 15
2014
  • Rising tide of fracking protest comes to Galway
  • Fracking coming soon to Northern Ireland?
  • Online resource features latest research on fracking impacts

Issue No. 35
July 1
2014
  • World Bank and US business leaders call for action on climate change
  • Ireland calls for binding EU energy efficiency target
  • Terry Greenwood's story

Issue No. 34
June 15
2014
  • IEA report: shale gas/oil production to fall from 2020
  • UK celebrities call for fracking moratorium
  • Leaked US EPA document acknowledges toxicity of fracking wastewater

Issue No. 33
June 1
2014
  • New Cornell study shows urgent need to reduce methane emissions
  • "Shale revolution" unlikely in California
  • No gas in Southern English shale, oil for just four weeks of UK comsumption

Issue No. 32
May 15
2014
  • Fracking Free Elections update
  • Fossil fuel divestment campaign growing
  • Fracking increases fatal automobile accidents

Issue No. 31
May 1
2014
  • "Fracking free" local and European elections
  • The IPCC does not promote fracking
  • Radioactive waste a growing concern

Issue No. 30
April 15
2014
  • "Frack Free Europe" election campaign
  • Irish dancers bring "fracking free" appeal to world championships
  • More earthquakes caused by fracking

Issue No. 29
April 1
2014
  • Shell pulling out of shale
  • Living with the Wild West Oil Boom
  • Road reconstruction costs: $13,000 - $23,000 per well

Issue No. 28
March 15
2014
  • "Shale revolution" unlikely in Europe
  • Comprehensive study of fracking health impacts needed
  • US-EU free trade agreement could facilitate fracking

Issue No. 27
March 1
2014
  • Fracking health and safety impacts in Pennsylvania and Texas
  • Hydraulic fracturing and water stress
  • Alternative energy strategies published for all 50 US states

Issue No. 26
February 15
2014
  • Fracking linked to birth defects
  • Cuadrilla lacks radioactive waste permits, withdraws fracking applications
  • UK public support for fracking down despite government efforts

Issue No. 25
February 1
2014
  • Leitrim County Council votes not to permit fracking
  • EU shale gas regulation "fracked to pieces"
  • Frac sand mining pollution

Issue No. 24
January 15
2014
  • Co. Clare fracking license area severely flooded
  • Natural gas boom ends in Wyoming, state left with abandoned wells
  • Associated Press reports water contamination from oil and gas drilling in four US states

Issue No. 23
January 1
2014
  • Endocrine disrupting activity identified in water near fracking activity
  • Methane emissions from fossil fuel extraction and refining exceed estimates by nearly 5 times
  • Fossil fuel extraction: Lower incomes, higher crime and lower educational attainment

Issue No. 22
December 15
2013
  • Year in Review (2/2)
  • The (un)economies of shale
  • Air pollution
  • Energy transition

Issue No. 21
December 1
2013
  • Year in Review (1/2)
  • Water impacts
  • Climate change
  • Health impacts

Issue No. 20
November 15
2013
  • Fracking wastes more water than previously thought
  • US utilities switching back from shale gas to cheaper coal
  • Enough renewable energy to power the world

Issue No. 19
November 1
2013
  • European Parliament votes to require EIAs for all shale gas extraction
  • How to lose one's shirt at $4.54 per barrel
  • Comparing renewable energy and natural gas

Issue No. 18
October 15
2013
  • Post-treatment Pennsylvania fracking wastewater found to be radioactive
  • IPCC increases greenhouse gas multiplier for methane
  • Mary Robinson: "Major fossil reserves must be left in the ground"

Issue No. 17
October 1
2013
  • Colorado flooding - a hazardous waste disaster?
  • Medical professionals address health impacts from fracking
  • Deborah Rogers visits Ireland

Issue No. 16
September 15
2013
  • Fracking and property values
  • Fracking and mortgages
  • Fracking and insurance

Issue No. 15
September 1
2013
  • Arsenic found in groundwater near Texas fracking sites
  • Silica health hazard for fracking workers
  • Two energy futures

Issue No. 14
August 15
2013
  • Shale profit hopes go up in smoke
  • The truth will out...
  • NOAA report on methane emissions

Issue No. 13
August 1
2013
  • The costs of fracking - who pays?
  • Lush Cosmetics says "Don't Frack Our Future!"
  • J. David Hughes video and slides

Issue No. 12
July 15
2013
  • What about renewables?
  • Fracking and water scarcity
  • Climate change concerns

Issue No. 11
July 1
2013
  • Assessing the health impacts of fracking
  • Irish Farmers North and South say no to fracking
  • Two new reports on fracking groundwater contamination in North America

Issue No. 10
June 15
2013
  • Loop Head - Ireland's Best Holiday Destination
  • Brewers opposed to hydraulic fracturing
  • Fracking in Fermanagh

Issue No. 9
June 1
2013
  • Methane: Fueling climate change and a new financial crisis
  • Health impacts of gas drilling in Australia
  • Fracking not the answer for Europe

Issue No. 8
May 15
2013
  • Shale gas is not a "game changer"
  • Fracking and political corruption
  • "Lock the Gate" comes to Ireland

Issue No. 7
May 1
2013
  • Hydrocarbon leak contaminates groundwater in Parahcute, Colorado
  • Health risks from chemicals released during natural gas production
  • Why gas wells leak

Issue No. 6
April 15
2013
  • "Frackademia": Fracking Industry + Academia = Questionable Science
  • Not a lot of fracking jobs after all...
  • Fracking contamination case settled for $750,000

Issue No. 5
April 1
2013
  • Increasing evidence of health impacts
  • Petroleum companies pulling back
  • Difficulties treating fracking wastewater

Issue No. 4
March 15
2013
  • "Shale Gas Revolution" not up to the hype
  • Here we go again?
  • NY State and Ireland: Fracking Free - For Now

Issue No. 3
March 1
2013
  • Shale Gas and Climate Change
  • To Frack or Not to Frack?
  • Reminders for early March

Issue No. 2
February 15
2013
  • Dr. Anthony Ingraffea, Fracking Expert
  • Fracking and Food
  • Jessica Ernst Speaking Tour

Issue No. 1
February 1
2013
  • Welcome
  • Fracking in the USA
  • Shale gas speculative bubble?
  • Irish EPA public consultation for fracking study