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Facebook is once again under scrutiny over its privacy protocols, this time after apparently violating European laws by tracking users’ internet activity after they have logged out of the website. The tactic, known as frictionless sharing, tracks users’ activities on the web and shares it with other companies. Ben Swann talks to legal analyst and media personality Michael Lebron, better known as ‘Lionel,’ to get further insight into the report.
Thanks to NASA’s Hirise Orbiter camera, space enthusiasts can now take a deeper look at the Red Planet – which may not be as red as we thought. Manila Chan has more on the Mars images.
Indus River in Hyderabad, India. (photo: AFP)
Samuel Oakford | Vice | Reader Support News | March 21, 2015
ith the world’s population expected to grow to 9.1 billion by mid-century, already depleted groundwater supplies will continue to be gobbled up by agriculture, industry, power generation and personal use, according to the UN’s annual World Water Development Report.
The report, released Friday, says that around 20 percent of groundwater sources are already “overexploited” – a problem that will only grow more dire by 2050, when demand for water is expected to have risen by more than half.
Most alarmingly, the report warns that as early as 2030, the planet could have only 60 percent of the water required to sustain itself if substantial changes are not made to improve management of the resource.
“Unless the balance between demand and finite supplies is restored, the world will face an increasingly severe global water deficit,” says the report.
North Dakota’s Theodore Roosevelt National Park sits in the heart of the heavily fracked Bakken shale formation. (photo: National Park Service/EcoWatch)
Anastasia Pantsios | EcoWatch | Reader Supported News | March 22, 2015
arlier this week, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell said that the new regulations for fracking on federal lands from the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) would be released “within the next few days,” following a four-year process that included receiving more than 1.5 million public comments. Today she unveiled those new rules, which take effect in 90 days. The BLM claimed they would “support safe and responsible hydraulic fracturing on public and American Indian lands.”
“Current federal well-drilling regulations are more than 30 years old and they simply have not kept pace with the technical complexities of today’s hydraulic fracturing operations,” said Jewell. “This updated and strengthened rule provides a framework of safeguards and disclosure protocols that will allow for the continued responsible development of our federal oil and gas resources. As we continue to offer millions of acres of public lands for conventional and renewable energy production, it is absolutely critical the public have confidence that transparent and effective safety and environmental protections are in place.”
Drilling has been occurring on federal lands for years with more than 100,000 wells in existence. However, following the fracking boom of the last two decades, more than 90 percent of new drilling operations involve that process, evading the regulations of 30 years ago.
A Bill to ban Fracking was introduced by Nevada Senator Tick Segerblom – SB202. Yes, you read that right, to ban Fracking!!
SB202 is now in the Natural Resources Committee and we are asking anyone who is interested in banning Fracking in Nevada to get involved. Our Legislators have already heard from me, and now they have to hear directly from you!
Here are some talking points to include in your letters and calls to our legislators as to why to support this Ban:
- The United States Department of Agriculture has listed 11 of the 17 Counties in Nevada as “Designated Drought Disaster Counties.”
- An oil rig can be placed as close as 300 feet from our homes under the current regulations.
- The current regulations limit water and air monitoring to two times in the lifetime of a fracked well: One being no earlier than 6 months after fracking, and the second and last time the fracked well is monitored can take place no later than 6 years.
- The current regulations allow loopholes in which the drilling companies fracking our state don’t even have to monitor ground water at all.
- Even mining is better regulated than fracking, as mining requires quarterly monitoring and fracking doesn’t even require that.
- Our water is more precious than any oil or gas we will ever get out of the ground.
- Fracking has poisoned entire aquifers in California; we can’t afford to do that in Nevada.
Please be respectful, use the facts and let your Legislature’s know how important this issue is to you.
1. Share Your Opinion on Legislative Bills and from the drop down menu select bill number “SB202″.
2. Email or call members of the Natural Resources Committee regarding SB202:
3. Send a “thank you” to the Sponsor and Co-Sponsors of SB202;
Senator Tick Segerblom – 775-684-1422 – Tick.Segerblom@sen.state.nv.us,
Co-Sponsors Senator David Parks – 775-684-6504 – David.Parks@sen.state.nv.us,