August 22, 2013, by Lindsay Brooke

Warming to the idea of shale gas

Is the British public is beginning to warm to the idea of shale gas? A report by experts at The University of Nottingham shows we are. This doesn’t mean shale gas is a wildly popular alternative to other forms of energy but opinion appears to be shifting.

The research team, led by Professor Sarah O’Hara, School of Geography and Professor Mathew Humphrey, School of Politics and International Relations, carried out regular surveys over a 16 month period to look at people’s perceptions of shale gas.

Their results show that despite warnings about earthquakes, water contamination, and increasing carbon emissions, the UK public increasingly approve of the exploitation of shale gas as an energy source.

More info in Mathew’s blog.





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