Newsworthy – April 11th, 2020

Psychedelic mushrooms can be beneficial to emotional health, baking has become a favorite quarantine activity, Texas is suspending abortions due to coronavirus, Ireland’s Prime Minister is working medical shifts.

These, and more, are the newsworthy stories from this past week.

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Newsworthy – Sep 13th, 2019

Oil and gas companies are not acting in line with climate goals, Americans’ incomes remained flat in 2018, this week was the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

These, and more, are the newsworthy stories from this past week.

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Newsworthy – Aug 9th, 2019

Climate change is putting pressure on food and water supplies worldwide, graduates aren’t seeing returns on their education investments, large parts of the country are still without access to reliable broadband services, and more.

These are the newsworthy stories from this past week.

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What is ‘Fracking’

I read a BBC.com article on ‘fracking’ in the US. More specifically, this article discusses a new $20 billion project to open an export terminal in Louisiana where extracted natural gas will be shipped abroad. To give a brief overview, when the terminal was first started it was intended as an import terminal for natural gas. However, with recent discoveries of plentiful reserves, the US is moving towards exporting the energy source to countries such as the UK. A factor in this recent boom is the new innovations in the processes of discovering and exploiting natural gas reserves.

Hydraulic fracturing, or ‘fracking’, occurs when pressurized water is forced into the shale. Granules of sand in the water help make the fissures in the shale larger, allowing the natural gas to flow out. The 90 degree turn allows for a wider field of exploitation.

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