Drop support for fracking to protect climate, urge academics


Twenty-nine academics have called on governments and scientists to withdraw their support for fracking because of its climate change impacts. Writing to this morning’s Times newspaper, they say climate change is already causing extreme weather events and driving accelerated melting of ice sheets and glaciers.

The letter says a major cause is burning fossil fuels and rising methane emissions from fossil fuel extraction, particularly fracking. This coincides with what the signatories say is a “new era of cheap, clean renewable energy and storage”.