Who will win the media wars? – Netflix, Disney and the battle to control eyeballs

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AMERICA HAS seen some spectacular investment booms: think of the railways in the 1860s, Detroit’s car industry in the 1940s or the fracking frenzy in this century. Today the latest bonanza is in full swing, but instead of steel and sand it involves scripts, sounds, screens and celebrities. This week Disney launched a streaming service...

New Yorkers Dramatically Shut Down Massive Fracked Gas Power Plant

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Contact: Jess Mullen, 215-303-7468 iheartupstateny@gmail.com Lee Ziesche, 954-415-6228 leeziesche@gmail.com New Yorkers Dramatically Shut Down Massive Fracked Gas Power Plant  Citing the plant’s large contribution to climate change and local air pollution, they are calling on Governor Cuomo to shut down the Cricket Valley plant for good. Photos Erik McGregor Link to livestream: HERE Link to...

How do the parties propose to tackle the climate crisis? | Politics | The Guardian

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Labour’s “green new deal” – or “green industrial revolution” – puts a radical environmental plan at the heart of the party’s election offer. It proposes a massive programme of state investment to rapidly decarbonise the economy, which it says would create hundreds of thousands of green jobs. The party says the programme would also transform...

Dawn eviction of anti-fracking camp near Cuadrilla’s shale gas site

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Eviction of anti-fracking New Hope protest camp, near Cuadrilla’s Preston New Road site, 19 November 2019. Photo: still from live video by Mary Francis Bailiffs accompanied by police have moved to clear anti-fracking protesters from a camp on the edge of Blackpool this morning. Eye witnesses said eviction staff arrived with dogs at about 6.30am...

Newsom blocks new California fracking pending scientific review

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In a victory for critics of California’s oil drilling industry, Gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesday stopped the approval of new hydraulic fracturing in the state until the permits for those projects can be reviewed by an independent panel of scientists. Newsom also imposed a moratorium on new permits for steam-injected oil drilling in California, another...

Scientists and climate advisers condemn Tory environmental record | Environment | The Guardian

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The Conservative party’s record on tackling the climate crisis was condemned by leading scientists and former government advisers on Sunday, as Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn warned the forthcoming election was the last chance to halt the escalating emergency. Experts accused the Conservatives of copying right-wing politicians in the US by deliberately weakening environmental protections. Meanwhile,...

Think Like a Freak: Our New Book Out on May 13 – Freakonomics Freakonomics

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Think Like a Freak: Our New Book Out on May 13 April 2, 2014 @ 9:02am by Stephen J. Dubner Good news (for us at least): our new book is done! It’s called Think Like a Freak. It will be published on May 13; but you can pre-order now on Amazon.com, B&N.com, iTunes, or any of...

Aurora continues bid to frack near Formby but tremor risk ruled out of date

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Notices marking boundary of proposed fracking site, Altcar Moss, September 2019. Photo: DrillOrDrop The company that wants to frack for shale gas near Formby in Lancashire is pressing ahead with its planning application, despite the government’s recent moratorium. But Aurora Resources has been advised to update its estimate of the risk of fracking-induced earth tremors....

Dairy Farming On The Decline In Beaver County: “You have to have it in your blood” – BeaverCountian.com

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Shortly after his son was elected to the Pennsylvania State Senate in November 2008, Elder Vogel Sr. dropped by Breeze Ridge Farms in Marion Township to see fellow dairy farmer Robert Guidice. He was sulking. “Well, Bob,” Guidice remembers Vogel Sr. lamenting, “he won. He’s going to Harrisburg.” Guidice shook his head and chuckled. Wasn’t...

Report: Surge in fracking endangers Montana’s most-stressed water supplies

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A drilling rig digs the first of five 21,000-foot-deep wells on a well pad. (Courtesy photo) With climate change putting Montana’s future water supplies in question, an increase in the number of fracking wells could endanger what water remains, according to a new report. The Center for American Progress released a report this week suggesting that...

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