Environment

Court judgement gives US towns the power to ban fracking

Court judgement gives US towns the power to ban fracking

A new ruling has given US towns the power to ban fracking within municipal borders, it has been revealed. The New York Court of Appeals has helped to set a new precedent by ruling that the towns of Dryden and Middlefield can use local zoning laws to ban heavy industry, including oil and gas production, within municipal borders. Many other[Read More…]

Maiquetia International Airport in Caracas is proposing to charge travellers an "air tax"

Air tax: Coming to a town near you?

Imagine paying tax just for the privilege of breathing. I’m not talking about the usual taxes for buying products, paying for roads and schools, et cetera. I’m talking about paying tax just for the ability to breathe. Well that is exactly what one airport Venezuela is proposing. Maiquetia International Airport in Caracas is asking customers to pay 127 bolivars tax[Read More…]

Govt votes to introduce GM food into UK next year

Govt votes to introduce GM food into UK next year

Genetically modified (GM) crops could be grown in England as early as next year after the government backed an EU vote to allow pesticide-resistant food to be planted in member states. Although other countries were given the option to ban GM crops, the UK government has opted to bring them into this country anyway. Campaigners say that the arrival of[Read More…]

New super-ocean discovered 400 miles beneath our feet

New super-ocean discovered 400 miles beneath our feet

Scientists have recently discovered an ocean 400 miles beneath the ground which could fill our oceans three times over, it has been revealed. The revelations about this giant reservoir of water was recently made after researchers spent decades theorising over what lies beneath. This new discovery appears to suggest that the Earth’s surface water actually came from within, as part[Read More…]

National parks opened up to fracking

National parks opened up to fracking

National parks and other areas of natural beauty could be opened up for fracking, it has been announced. The Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has announced that these conservation areas along with urban commons and cities across the UK are to be opened up for fracking and other forms of oil and gas exploration, despite widespread opposition to[Read More…]