The Stream, February 6: U.S. to Require Disclosure of Fracking Chemicals

The U.S. government will require natural gas companies to disclose the chemicals they use in hydraulic fracturing on public lands, according to draft rules crafted by the U.S. Department of the Interior, Reuters reported.

The eastern line of China’s South-North Water Diversion Project, which will transfer water from the Yangtze River Basin to the drought-prone northern provinces, will begin operating in 2013, AFP reported.

Brazil is planning a major expansion of hydroelectric power in the Amazon Basin, according to Scientific American. The Brazilian government is proposing to develop 48 new hydroelectric power plants by 2020, with more than 80 percent of that capacity slated to come from 18 new dams in the Amazon.

Experts have warned that farmers in England have begun ploughing up wildlife-rich grasslands so that they can continue to claim European subsidies, according to the Guardian.

Retronaut offers a glimpse into London’s legendary Victorian sewer system.

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, a Bulgaria native, is a Chicago-based reporter for Circle of Blue. She co-writes The Stream, a daily digest of international water news trends.
Interests: Europe, China, Environmental Policy, International Security.

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