Dispatches E-News: Science Is Needed, Kait Frasier & Fracking = Great Environmental Toll (09/05/18)

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK
Why Do We Need Scientists (and Science)?

Scientists discuss the value, roles, and responsibilities of scientists and science in today’s society.

Featuring Professors Frank Hernandez, Jr., Joseph Montoya, Ajit Subramaniam, Piers Chapman, Steve DiMarco, Scott Socolofsky, Raffaele Montuoro, and Mandy Joye.

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GulfCast: Kait Frasier: The Whales and Dolphins of the Gulf

Dr. Kait Frasier (Scripps Institution of Oceanography) is a pioneer in bioacoustics. She’s part of a research team that is studying how Gulf dolphins and whales are faring since Deepwater Horizon by examining the sounds and calls they make.

Using more than six years of underwater recordings, she tracks which species were present at the time of the spill and how they are functioning in their habitat in the present day.

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PHOTO OF THE WEEK
Water Use in Fracking Soars — Exceeding Rise in Fossil Fuels Produced, Study Says

As the fracking boom matures, the drilling industry’s use of water and other fluids to produce oil and natural gas has grown dramatically in the past several years, outstripping the growth of the fossil fuels it produces.

A new study published in the peer-reviewed journal Science Advances says the trend—a greater environmental toll than previously described—results from recent changes in drilling practices as drillers compete to make new wells more productive. For example, well operators have increased the length of the horizontal portion of wells drilled through shale rock where rich reserves of oil and gas are locked up.

Photo courtesy of Mladen Antonov/AFP/Getty Images.

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Dispatches from the Gulf 2: Research • Innovation • Discovery
Experience remarkable stories from the unprecedented scientific mission to study the continuing impacts of Deepwater Horizon find new ways to ease the devastation. Includes the never-before-documented drama of bottlenose dolphins struggling to survive, and the capture of one of the world’s largest predatory sharks.
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