Shale causes rise in gas pollution

Flaring, the deliberate burning of gas at the sites of wells and refineries, is an heart-breaking problem for both local people and worldwide. Gas flares release poisonous chemicals including benzene, nitrogen dioxides and dioxin into the air, causing cancer, respiratory problems, leukemia and other blood-related diseases. As well as being a gigantic waste of precious energy, it also contributes enormously to carbon dioxide emissions, speeding up climate change and all its related tragedies.

This new exclusive article in the Chicago Tribune shows how, after years of much-needed decline, the amount of gas flared globally is once more increasing – thanks to shale gas extraction.

Exclusive: Shale causes rise in waste gas pollution –