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Fracking may echo history of tobacco, asbestos

Fracking may echo history of tobacco, asbestos

An influential UK government report has compared the potential risks of fracking to other infamously harmful agents that were used before their health effects were studied.

The author, Prof Andrew Stirling of the University of Sussex, warns that insufficient investigation into the negative effects of this relatively new technology could lead to serious consequences.

He cites several notorious historic cases of products and technologies where there was delayed recognition of serious adverse effects. These includeĀ asbestos, benzene, thalidomide (the anti-morning sickness pill which caused birth defects in the 1950s), dioxins, lead in petrol, tobacco, many pesticides, mercury, chlorine and hormone-disrupting compounds, CFCs, and fossil fuels.

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