Social Responsibility and Sustainability

GESA Masters Reading Group: Fracking

The global expansion of fracking could serve to provide energy security and carbon emission cuts which dwarf those of the last gas boom. Unfortunately, this new process, and the vast reserves of gas it makes available pose a major threat to avoiding dangerous climate change.

The global expansion of the extraction technology hydraulic fracturing (‘fracking’) has released new reserves of gas and oil that could serve to provide energy security, cheaper prices and reduce carbon emissions.

On the other hand fracking raises serious environmental, health and community concerns and may also pose a major threat to avoiding dangerous climate change.  Join Prof. Dave Reay and  Prof. Elizabeth Bomberg for an interdisciplinary reflection on fracking, its implications and the debates surrounding its use

The GESA Reading groups are inclusive and relaxed, their aim is to bring students from a variety of disciplines together to discuss particular topical issues from the environment and society arena.

After short presentations from our academics, students will break into smaller facilitated discussion groups.

To frame discussions please read the please read the following in preparation for the group

Shale We Drill? Discourse Dynamics in UK Fracking Debates Prof. Elizabeth Bomberg

Fracking - A Path to Energy Security or Climate Vulnerability?  Prof. Dave Reay


Elizabeth Bomberg is Professor of Environmental Politics and Head of Politics and International Relations at University of Edinburgh

Dave Reay is Professor of Carbon Management & Education at University of Edinburgh

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Nov 21 2018 18.00 - 19.30

GESA Masters Reading Group: Fracking

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Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation, High School Yards, Edinburgh EH1 1LZ