Climate change: the elephant in the room

Home grown shale gas could benefit the economy and provide energy security. But is it reconcilable with a low-carbon future, asks Paul Hatchwell

Cuadrilla's Preese Hall plot near Balckpool, Lancashire, is the only UK shale site that has been hydraulically fractured. Credit: FLPA/ AlamyThe UK is undergoing a period of intense scrutiny of shale gas’s local environmental impacts and regulation. But attention is now shifting on to how it might affect global climate change.

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