An alarming new study has identified 6600 chemical spills related to hydraulic fracturing in just four US states over a 10 year period. The finding shows that fracking is far messier than previously assumed, and that stricter safety measures need to be established and enforced.
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On Thursday, US President Trump signed legislation blocking the Stream Protection Rule, a key Obama regulation that limited mining companies from dumping excess spoil into waterways. Waste from mining operations can contain sulphur-bearing minerals which, mixed with water, create what the EPA calls "acid mine drainage". It's a fair trade-off, in Trump's mind, for stimulating coal industry job growth. Trump is set to kill even more regulations. The problem: Deregulation won't bring back coal jobs.
Remember Sly Sludge, the villain from the popular '90s cartoon Captain Planet? Probably not, since he was a minor character voiced by Martin Sheen, and we're always struggling for pop culture references here at Gizmodo. Nevertheless, the evil message of Sly Sludge — that we can't just wish our pollution problems away — is currently destroying ecosystems at the bottom of the Mariana Trench.
Over the weekend, the Chilean government ended a state of emergency enacted last month in response to the worst bushfire season in the nation's history. The fires, which now appear to be dying down, have torched more than 900,000 acres — roughly four times the area of New York City — since January 15.
In just about a month, over a third of drought-stricken, wildfire plagued California's snow-water deficit has been restored. Aided by NASA satellite data, CU Boulder's Center for Water Earth Science and Technology (CWEST) found that two storms in December and January produced enough precipitation to restore 37% of the five-year deficit in snow-water.
We're only a few days into the Trump era and it's becoming painfully clear that the new US president is mobilising for a war on science. This situation is eerily reminiscent of attempts to suppress science in Canada during Stephen Harper's tenure as Prime Minister, from 2006 to 2015. Here's what Canadians say American scientists and concerned citizens should expect in the next four years — and what they can do to fight back.