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2013 General Assembly of the European Geosciences Union
Date:3/4/2013

wo years, largely because of shale gas, while that of most European countries stagnates. Reports of pollution of drinking water, the use of unknown and possibly toxic chemicals, the consumption of vast amounts of water, release of radiation, and the triggering of earthquakes appear to have convinced much of the population of Europe that fracking is catastrophic for the environment. Proponents of the production of shale gas argue that fracking has been used for decades for the recovery of conventional gas or geothermal energy and that it can be conducted in an environmentally friendly manner. Opponents of shale gas and other sources of non-conventional fossil fuels argue that their exploitation will merely delay the inevitable passage to renewable energy, with major consequences for global climate. These are some of the issues discussed during the round-table discussion.

More information is available at http://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EGU2013/session/13373.

Provisional press conference topics

We are planning 10 to 12 press conferences at the EGU General Assembly, which will take place at the press centre located on the Yellow Level (Ground Floor) of the Austria Center Vienna. Provisional topics to be presented to journalists include:

Near-Earth objects and the Russian meteor
Can we undo climate warming?
Latest results from the Curiosity Mars Rover
Percursors: the search for alternative earthquake prediction methods
Consequences of nuclear accidents: Fukushima and Europe
Climate, water, soils: how do they affect human health?
Air quality and urban pollution
Impacts of climate change
Thunderstorms and terrestrial gamma-ray flashes

Please note that the list above is subject to change. A subsequent media advisory will include a full schedule of press conferences with a list of speakers and
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Contact: Brbara Ferreira
media@egu.eu
49-892-180-6703
European Geosciences Union
Source:Eurekalert

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