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The Dark Legacy of China’s Drive for Global Resources

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As China pursues a startling array of energy, mining, logging, agricultural, and infrastructure projects on virtually every continent, it is having an unprecedented environmental impact on the planet. For the past 35 years, I’ve worked as an ecologist in the Amazon, Africa, and the Asia-Pacific region on an array of environmental issues, mostly revolving around […]


Fukushima nuke radiation POISONING world’s water

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Salmon caught in the Pacific Ocean, which are imported for sale as a luxury product in UK shops, were found to contain worrying amounts of radiation. Highly toxic Cesium-134, the nuclear fallout from Fukushima, was recently found in Tillamook Bay and Gold Beach, in the US state of Oregon. The terrifying discovery was reported by […]


How Do We Know That Humans Are Causing Climate Change? These Nine Lines of Evidence

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While most Americans acknowledge that climate change is happening, some are still unsure about the causes. They are often labeled “climate skeptics,” but that label can cause confusion or even anger. Isn’t the nature of science to be skeptical? Isn’t it good to question everything? Yes, but — Here’s what is getting lost in the […]


Does the World Have a Carrying Capacity?

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A carrying capacity has been described as the number of organisms a region can support before environmental degradation begins to occur. Our activities at present will determine the future of the coming generations on Earth. The world’s carrying capacity is a theory which states that the world has equilibrium in the biosphere it can sustain […]


Radiation Levels Cause Robot Failures To Mount At Power Plant

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This was the latest in the spate of robot failures in the process of decommissioning the plant. Last month, a Toshiba “scorpion” robot, built to tolerate up to 1,000 sieverts of radiation, was unable to withstand the high levels of nuclear toxicity in nuclear reactor No. 2. There have been a number of other instances, causing […]


Beware of killer water

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Although water has remained with mankind for ages, the quantity and quality is  a matter of concern to many.   The question on the lips of people, particularly in Nigeria where meeting water needs has  remained a mirage, is how safe is the little available.  Nigerians are said to be surrounded by water yet they find it  […]


Fukushima Is A Nuclear Radiation Nightmare

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It’s been an uphill battle for the coastal prefecture of Fukushima, Japan, since an earthquake and tsunami devastated the region in 2011, causing a nuclear disaster at its power plant. Six years later, workers are still battling to decommission the plant, where radiation is deadly. Officials expect the cleaning won’t be finished for decades. “This […]


Six Years After Fukushima, Much of Japan Has Lost Faith in Nuclear Power

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  The Japanese government should consider a fundamental change in its current nuclear energy policy if it wants to recover the public’s trust in nuclear power, writes Tatsujiro Suzuki, Director of the Research Center for Nuclear Weapons Abolition at Nagasaki University. According to Suzuki, staying on the current path will undermine Japan’s economic and political […]


Asia’s Water Politics Near the Boiling Point

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In Asia, it likely will not be straightforward water wars. Prolonged water scarcity might lead to security situations that are more nuanced, giving rise to a complex set of cascading but unpredictable consequences, with communities and nations reacting in ways that we have not seen in the past because climate change will alter the reliability […]


We need to protect the world’s soil before it’s too late

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The following is an excerpt from The Ground Beneath Us by Paul Bogard. It’s hard to believe that American society could possibly collapse because of a lack of soil. And it’s true that we in the States are blessed to live in a country so rich in this life-giving source. But in a small world […]


Deadly nuclear radiation levels detected in Fukushima

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Extremely high radiation levels were detected using cameras and robots in tainted water inside a reactor containment vessel at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, Japan Times reported Tuesday, citing Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. (Tepco). The latest readings, taken six years after the Fukushima nuclear meltdown, showed 11 sieverts per hour, according […]


Robot Successfully Reports Killer Radiation Levels Inside Fukushima Reactor

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Tokyo Electric on Sunday confirmed lethally high radiation levels inside the primary containment vessel (PCV) of the heavily damaged unit 1 of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. A magnitude-9.0 earthquake and tsunami in March 2011 resulted in the meltdown of three of Fukushima’s six reactors. The disaster in Japan left around 19,000 people dead and more than 100,000 homeless. In the largest […]


Oleo sponge invented at Argonne National Laboratory can sop up oil in a spill

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A group of researchers at the Argonne National Laboratory have developed a sponge that will collect oil from bodies of water, which could improve how harbors and ports are cleaned, as well as how oil spills are managed. The Oleo Sponge is made of a polyurethane foam whose interior surfaces are covered with oleophilic molecules […]


California Has Some Of The World’s Dirtiest Oil

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California is home to some of the world’s dirtiest oil, according to a study from the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a Washington, D.C., based think tank. The report looked at the entire life cycle of oil, from production to end use, and found some oils emit as much or more greenhouse gases as Canada’s […]


Hans Rosling, population prophet: Five final thoughts

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Hans Rosling, the Swedish professor who made global health statistics compelling viewing, died from cancer in February. Co-founder of Gapminder.org, which continues his work, he was enthusiastically trying to change old-fashioned notions of the world even as his illness took hold. In his final BBC interview – for the BBC World Service series Economic Tectonics […]


Overpopulation: the life and death of a meme

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The real problem with overpopulation seems to have to do with the fact that the human information dissemination and processing system (the “Cybersphere”) is unable to deal with long-range planning. A single human brain is larger than a walnut, but that makes no difference. The system reacts to new information but doesn’t really process it. […]


‘We’re going to be okay’: Humans not destined for extinction

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Between melting ice caps, water scarcity. and a warming climate, the future of humanity can sometimes look grim. Scientists have long warned of a mass human extinction event and many believe that things have taken a turn for the worst. The iconic doomsday clock currently sits at  2½ minutes to midnight (the closest its been since the beginning of the Cold […]


Pesticides: debunking the myths

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New UN report at odds with agribusiness propaganda The idea that pesticides are essential to feed a rapidly-growing world population is a myth, according to UN experts: a new report presented by the Human Rights Council has heavily criticized the multinationals that produce pesticides, accusing them of “systematic denial of the magnitude of the damage”, […]


Radioactive wild boars worry Fukushima

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Hundreds of aggressive, and potentially radioactive, wild boars have prompted public safety concerns in Japan, according to news reports, as homeowners prepare to return to towns near Fukushima, where a 2011 earthquake and tsunami triggered a meltdown at a nuclear power plant in the region. Six years after the magnitude-9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami crippled the Fukushima […]


Fukushima nuclear crisis still unfolding 6 years on

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While Japan yesterday marked the sixth anniversary of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami and the subsequent Fukushima nuclear disaster, how the aftermath has been dealt with has drawn much attention and concern from all over the world. Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc (TEPCO), operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, has said it […]


The Refugee Crisis Is a Sign of a Planet in Trouble

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The plight of immigrant families in the United States facing threat of deportation has provoked a massive compassionate response, with cities, churches, and colleges offering sanctuary and legal assistance to those under threat. It is an inspiring expression of our human response to others in need that evokes hope for the human future. At the […]


The Most Dangerous Bill You’ve Never Heard Of Just Passed The House

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Last, week, under the cover of a media bliss-out except among Koch funded right-wing channels, the House of Representatives passed a bill which would effectively repeal future standard setting under every important environmental, public health, consumer protection, labor standards, occupational safety and civil rights law on the books. The bill, called the REINS Act, requires […]


37 MILLION BEES FOUND DEAD In Ontario, Canada After Large GMO Corn Field Planted

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Local Ontario farmer, Nathan Carey, reported that this spring there were not enough bees on his farm. He believes, as do many others, that there is a strong correlation between the disappearance of bees and the use of insecticides. For the last seven consecutive years, honeybees have been in decline, something scientists have coined, “colony collapse […]


Climate Ecoforestry

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“Want to leap the social barrier to cool living? Behold: a stargate.” In 2008 we asked Frank Michael a tough question. Frank is a physicist, formerly with the Ames Research Center group that created the first Flying Solar Laboratory to study the sun and its “weather” and prevent astronauts from being fried by solar storms. […]


The Robots Sent Into Fukushima Just Keep Dying

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The robots sent in to investigate the nuclear fallout at Fukushima just aren’t good enough. Tokyo Electric Power Company’s (TEPCO) head of decommissioning admitted on Thursday that more creativity was needed in developing its robots sent to the reactive zone. The Fukushima nuclear power plant was massively damaged in 2011, when three of the six […]


Pope Francis ‘urges parents to have fewer children to stop over-population of the world’

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The Pope wants couples to have fewer children in order to lessen the environmental damage being done to the planet, a Vatican panel has been told. Environmentalist Peter Raven made the comment at a workshop on biodiversity, which discussed Catholic Church attitudes toward environmental issues. Pope Francis has previously said avoiding pregnancy is not an […]


Water Crisis Looming – Surviving the 21st Century

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“Surviving the 21st Century” is a powerful new book exploring the main risks facing humanity: ecological collapse, resource depletion, weapons of mass destruction, climate change, global poisoning, food crises, population and urban overexpansion, pandemic disease, dangerous new technologies and self-delusion – and what can and should be done to limit them. The world faces an […]


The legacy of Deepwater Horizon: What researchers learned about oil spills

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The explosion of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig in 2010 caused an environmental disaster. But an oil spill like that could happen again, scientists say. Will they be able to prevent worse in the future? 21 April 2010: Fireboats battling the blazing remnants of the oil rig The search for crude oil has become increasingly […]


Donald Trump versus the Club of Rome

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With Trump’s threats to dismantle the EPA and trash the Endangered Species Act, Norm Sanders reminds us of the Club of Rome’s warning that Planet Earth was finite. JUST ABOUT everybody on earth knows who Donald Trump is, but many have never heard of the Club of Rome and its forecasts for the future of life on […]


Coal Is Just Too Damn Expensive

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President Trump is ready to start signing executive orders that roll back Obama-era regulations on climate and water pollution: While both directives will take time to implement, they will send an unmistakable signal that the new administration is determined to promote fossil-fuel production….One executive order — which the Trump administration will couch as reducing U.S. […]


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