31 Jul '16, 1pm

Updated Cornell Study Shows Fracking Causes More Global Warming Than Coal

Updated Cornell Study Shows Fracking Causes More Global Warming Than Coal

The Cornell study, released last year in Climatic Change Letters, was lead by Professor of Ecology and Environmental Biology Robert Howarth , and is the first of its kind to study the global warming impact of natural gas extraction from shale deposits. The conclusion was that fracking releases up to 8% of the extracted methane directly into the atmosphere, and reports that all methane will contribute to 44% of global warming. The significant jump in leaked gas using fracking compared to conventional gas wells is due to the size of the fracking wells and how they operate; fracking wells take more time to drill before being capped, require more venting, and there is an issue of flowback waste.

Full article: http://inhabitat.com/updated-cornell-study-shows-fracking...

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