May 2018


Is The Changing Climate Going To Affect Rates Of Skin Cancer?

There is absolutely no doubt that the climate is changing. And it is not changing in ways that are going to benefit long term human habitation on the globe. those who dent that climate change is a actually a scientific fact seem to have missed the point that there is a huge difference between weather and climate change.

If even the President of the United States can get a little confused about the issue then what hope do people who enjoy the outdoors have of understanding the impact of global warming?

So for those of us who love the feeling of the sun on our skin there is the truth. As global warming progresses the levels of UV radiation reaching the Earth’s surface will, by and large increase.

As scientists have noted in the past decades instances of skin cancer / melanoma have been increasing as a direct result of the increased amount of UVA and other radiation that is hitting us as we go about our outdoor activities.

These observations are not theoretical – they are fact. In Australia where a large majority of the population enjoys an outdoor active lifestyle there will be over 15 thousand new melanoma diagnosis next year (according to The results in Australia may, to a certain extent be attributed to the fact that the fact that there is a serious thinning of the protective ozone layer above the continent. However, if most climate scientists are to be believed that thinning will soon spread to other parts of the globe due to the effects of global warming.

So is global warming a reality – yes it is. Will it lead to increased numbers of people being diagnosed with melanoma conditions – yes it will. Australia is the canary in the coalmine. We will simply have to get used to the fact that the environment is becoming far more hostile to human beings than it has been in the decades preceding the 21st century.

The effects of the sun on the skin are well known to anyone who has spent any number of years in the outdoors. Increased incidences of sunburn are now becoming the norm And with each of those instances the likelihood of developing skin cancer skyrockets. Global warming is simply going to increase the likelihood of anyone who enjoys an outdoor lifestyle developing some form of skin cancer.

We cannot completely avoid the fact that the world outside is becoming a more dangerous place – in terms of our exposure to the elements but there are some common sense precautions that we can take.

Sunscreen – irrespective of the factor and supposed protection that it offers may not be enough any more. We must limit the time that we spend under the sun – and plan our days accordingly.

Protective clothing, including light cotton shorts and even the sorts of all body swim suits that are now required in Australia may be something we should all be getting used to.…


How Are Drilling Companies Becoming More Environmentally Friendly Going Forward?

The human impact on our environment is well documented. With this in mind, every industry is making concerted efforts to reduce the environmental impact of their business activities. Drilling companies have not been left behind. There are numerous avenues through which drill operators are reducing their environmental impact. Herein are some of the most notable ones.

#1. Using Advanced Low Footprint Rigs

Traditionally, drills have been designed to be massive, labour-intensive, and energy intensive. These rigs have typically been very expensive to run and have a large environmental footprint.

However, with modern technology comes a modern drilling rig. There are new drilling rigs that have been designed to inherently have the least footprint. For starters, they are smaller but can achieve the same gals as the traditional did. Secondly, they are highly automated, which reduces the number of people needed during operations. They also require much less energy to run, which bodes well for the environment as there are reduced emissions related to operating the rigs. Finally, being smaller, they also occupy much smaller space. As such, they cause a reduction in the amount of environmental degradation resulting from their presence and operations.

#2. Using Wooden Mats In And Around The Drilling Site

Companies operating drilling rigs are also utilizing wooden mats to minimize their operation cause. For instance, Cenovus which operate in northern Alberta makes use of wooden mats to provide temporary access roads as well as temporary platforms to work from. This protects the soil and the ecosystem associated with the area around the rigs.

#3. On-Site Wastewater Treatment

Wastewater treatment associated with drilling activities is a major cause of environmental footprint. Tracking the wastewater to storage and or treatment facilities causes a huge negative impact on the environment. However, increasingly drill operators are investing in leading wastewater treatment technologies that allow the process of treating wastewater on-site.

For instance, GE has reportedly developed a treatment plant that makes use of membrane desalination which separates water from the dissolved salt. This technology is quite portable and can be deployed at the rig site, allowing users to process wastewater on-site. Additionally, operators can reuse the water, thereby requiring a lot less water extraction from other sources.

However, Water-Free drilling systems have been developed, which means not long from now, there will be drills operating without the need to use water, further reducing the environmental impact associated with drilling.

#4. Using Alternative Energy In The Drilling Process

Typically drills have been run purely on diesel. Every aspect of drill that requires energy input used diesel as the main and sometimes only source of energy. However, with the new age of renewable energy, more and more drill operators are using renewable energy sources. For instance, solar energy is now widely used in drilling operations, thereby reducing the energy needed to operate the rig. This has reduced the emissions related to drilling.

Other steps and technologies that are helping drill operator become more environmentally friendly include reducing gas flaring, using eco-friendly cleaning chemical (especially on the rigs), reducing paper usage in the drilling operations, and much more.…