Los Angeles Times on the Australian fracking protests When hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, was introduced in Australia seven years ago, people "greeted [it] with gusto." Now, locals and activists in Queensland are complaining about the environmental side effects. It's been blamed for diseases in fish and for contaminated waters. Already, temporary bans have been enacted in two states in response to public demand for investigations on environmental damage.
The Guardian on a possible way to restore damaged reefs Beneath the badly damaged areas of the Great Barrier Reef lies healthy coral reef, suggesting that deeper waters may provide a refuge for corals. It's an important finding—the Great Barrier Reef in shallow waters has dropped by more than half in the past 27 years. "This may suggest that the upper and lower corals are part of the same population and have moved between deep and shallow waters, which could be an important part of regenerating the damaged upper reef."
Reuters on BP ending its biofuel plant plan BP canceled plans to build a plant in Florida that converted tough grasses into cellulosic biofuel—the "next generation" of ethanol. Creating biofuels is politically complicated; the government has a mandate for a 8.65 million gallons of cellulosic biofuel in 2012, but the oil industry has been lobbying against it. Instead of the plant, BP will be focusing on research and development of biofuels technology.