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Concerns Grow About A Nuclear “Incident” In Europe After Spike In Radioactive Iodine Levels

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Concerns about a potential, and so far unsubstantiated, nuclear “incident”, reportedly in the vicinity of the Arctic circle, spread in the past week after trace amounts of radioactive Iodine-131 of unknown origin were detected in January over large areas in Europe according to a report by the Institute for Radiological Protection and Nuclear Safety, the […]


Sea Ice In Both Arctic, Antarctic Hits Record Low

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Sea ice in both the Arctic and Antarctic last month hit the lowest levels on record for January, the United Nations World Meteorological Organization says. Concentrations in the atmosphere of carbon dioxide, the chief gas said to cause global warming, also hit a January record. “It is a quite strange situation,” said David Carlson, director […]


Another robot just broke down investigating Fukushima

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Another robot has died in the depths of one of Fukushima’s nuclear reactors, as attempts to locate and remove melted radioactive fuel continue. This is the second robot in two weeks to meet its end in the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan, the site of a major nuclear accident caused by the devastating […]


EU Coal Plants ‘Should all Close by 2030’

Enviroment

EU countries should close all of their coal plants by around 2030 if they want to stick to the Paris Agreement on climate change. This is the conclusion of a new report by research non-profit Climate Analytics. The cheapest way to meet Paris targets is to replace EU coal power with renewables and energy efficiency, […]


The Global Water Crisis

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I just finished a wonderful recent book by Seth Siegel on the global water crisis. The book, Let There Be Water, should be a wake-up call for world leaders to take the water crisis more seriously. Let me summarize some of its most important findings. In recent years, 600 million people have begun experiencing water […]


There’s been an explosion at a major nuclear plant in the English channel

Enviroment

An explosion occurred at the Flamanville nuclear plant in Normandy on Thursday morning, newspaper France Ouest reports. State-owned Eléctricité de France (EDF) said in a statement that a fire in a machine room caused the explosion in a “non-nuclear” part of the power station and added that there were no casualties and no environmental or safety concerns. The […]


Why the world population won’t exceed 11 billion

Enviroment

In part 5 of a 6-part lecture, Hans Rosling uses statistics to give an overview of population growth and an explanation of why the total human population will never reach 11 billion, as others predict and fear.


Do we have a population crisis or a consumption crisis?

Enviroment

Screen capture The dangers of overconsumption, population growth and a toxic environment We love comments, really we do! But sometimes it seems that every post ends up with a discussion of the population crisis, like a rerun of a Star Trek episode. If we cover a tree-covered tower: Cities aren’t the problem, too many people […]


New Radiation Level at Fukushima Dwarfs the Highest Peak at Chernobyl

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The Fukushima Disaster We noted a few days after the Japanese earthquake that the amount of radioactive fuel at Fukushima dwarfs that at Chernobyl … and that the cesium fallout from Fukushima already rivaled Chernobyl (we also noted that Fukushima radiation could end up on the West Coast of North America. And see this.). The […]


TEPCO Admits Fukushima Radiation Levels Reach Record Highs As Hole In Reactor Discovered

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With just 3 years left until the 2020 Olympics, Japan is likely desperate to reassure the world’s athletes that all is well, but an admission from TEPCO – the Fukushima nuclear plant operator – that they discovered a hole at least one square meter in size beneath the reactor’s pressure vessel, and lethal record-high radiation […]


Population will soon hit 8 billion. Here’s why that scares people

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Any day now, global population will hit 7.5 billion. Experts predict that we humans will reach 8 billion in number sometime around the year 2024. Does that fact fill you with trepidation? Chances are that it does, even though it’s only a number, after all. “8 billion” says nothing about innovations in agriculture or renewable […]


‘Biggest Oil Find’ of 2016 Puts Crown Jewel Texas Oasis in Crosshairs for Fracking

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Travelers crossing the long stretch of arid desert spanning West Texas might stumble across an extraordinarily improbable sight — a tiny teeming wetlands, a sliver of marsh that seems like it should sit by the ocean but actually lays over 450 miles from the nearest coast. This cienega, or desert-wetlands (an ecosystem so unusual that its […]


Albert Bates: A Power Zone Manifesto

Enviroment

” The physical requirements are not negotiable. They cannot be bargained down, discounted, or put on a layaway plan.” Fire in the New Valley, Egypt – PlanetLab 2016 was a year for revolutions. Really it was only a continuation of the Tunisian Spring that began in 2010 or, even before that, the Arab labor strikes […]


Why The World Economy Is Likely To Collapse

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No difficult economic terms, no tough charts, just simple math. 1 – The worlds population of under 40 year olds (excluding Africa) has essentially peaked (chart below…bars represent 0-40yr/old population, dashed lines UN future estimates).  What is interesting about the under 40 year old population is that they are responsible for about 97% of all […]


I Am So Tired of Malthus

Enviroment

Daily we are deluged with gloom about how we are overwhelming the Earth’s ability to sustain and support our growing numbers. Increasing population is again being hailed as the catastrophe of the century. In addition, floods and droughts are said to be leading to widespread crop loss. The erosion of topsoil is claimed to be […]


World’s primates facing extinction crisis

Enviroment

Gorillas, monkeys, lemurs and other primates are in danger of becoming extinct, and scientists say it’s our fault that our closest living relatives are in trouble, a new international study warns. About 60 percent of the more than 500 primate species are “now threatened with extinction” and 3 out of 4 primate species have shrinking […]


Expert warns of Arctic drilling risks

Enviroment

A highly acclaimed Oxford professor who’s considered an expert on energy research has thrown cold water on Norway’s hopes for a new oil era in the Arctic. Dieter Helm doesn’t think oil prices will rise much higher and are more likely to fall, making costly oil investments in the Barents Sea unprofitable. Environmental activists have been at the forefront of […]


The Bomb That Never Detonated

Enviroment

On the 1970s, Paul Ehrlich, overpopulation, and why poverty is mostly caused by bad ideas and lack of virtue, not lack of resources. James V. Schall, S.J. us.fotolia.com/bagotaj I. Back in the early 1970s, in the heyday of unceasing rancor over Humanae Vitae, a great number of books were published that prophesied disaster for the human race. […]


Without a bucket to RCP in

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“The only thing holding this global tsunami back is the cold depth of the deep blue sea.“   We are in a crisis of civilization but most people, by and large, have not realized it yet. It is as if we are a prizefighter in the ring with a stronger opponent and we have just […]


Coconut: Depletion of trees raises fear of extinction

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Coconut farmers have raised the alarm over the imminent depletion of coconut trees, if urgent steps are not taken by stakeholders to urgently block the identified loopholes. Nigeria currently ranks 18th on the world coconut production country index and produces 265,000 metric tonnes of coconut annually, with Badagry, Lagos State, ranking as number one, leading […]


‘Overwhelmed’ Massachusetts Nuclear Power Plant Spikes with Radiation

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The Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant has spiked with radiation to near alert levels alarming officials. The already troubled plant located in Cape Cod Bay has spiked local radiation detectors as high as 115 counts per minute (CPM), adding concern to an already ‘overwhelmed’ staff. “Now, a group of Massachusetts politicians, including Governor Charlie Baker, Attorney […]


The Burning Issue: The Energy Transition From Fire to Electricity

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Fire is at the root of our climate problems and it is time we put it out, writes Walt Patterson, Associate Fellow at Chatham House. “We need to switch from using fire to using electricity.” Is climate complicated? Yes – except in one key respect. Countless reams of disputed text preceded the Paris Agreement of […]


Fuel removal at Fukushima reactor again faces delay

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Work to retrieve spent nuclear fuel in the No. 3 reactor building storage pool of the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant will again be postponed due to a delay in clearing radioactive debris at the site. TEPCO planned to begin removing 566 spent nuclear fuel assemblies in the storage pool in January 2018. […]


The Coming Water Crisis

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Water is life. Water is the new oil. Water is power. Fresh, life-sustaining water is draining away. It’s becoming an increasingly scarce resource across the globe through overuse and pollution. As these issues become more acute, tensions that have already begun will escalate, and this will affect us all. Some say water is the new […]


There is only one culture: bringing back science into the fold of humanism

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Yesterday, I was invited to give a talk at a public meeting on the usual themes: climate change, resources, pollution, and the like. This time, a question I received from the audience caused me a small enlightenment that I am describing here as I remember it (h/t Lorenzo Citti for having organized this interesting meeting) […]


Like Giraffes, Reindeer And Polar Bears Are Also Going Extinct

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It’s indeed bad times for the wildlife. Recently, reports came out about giraffes, the tallest animal on earth, facing threats to their survival, leaving environmentalists a worried lot. Now, new studies have found that the reindeer population in northern Russia and other parts of the Artic is also declining. Besides, researchers have also warned against […]


Officials Admit Radioactive Fish Off U.S. West Coast Have “Disturbing Fingerprint Of Fukushima”

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The entire Pacific Coast of the United States, Canada and Mexico has been contaminated with radioactive particles from Fukushima. And finally, it is being officially acknowledged. This is really happening… It is a stark reminder that the effects from Fukushima radiation continually spilling into the ocean have not been abated. The site continues to leak […]


Thousands of Invisible Oil Spills Are Destroying The Gulf

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Hurricane Ivan would not die. After traveling across the Atlantic Ocean, it stewed for more than a week in the Caribbean, fluctuating between a Category 3 and 5 storm while battering Jamaica, Cuba, and other vulnerable islands. And as it approached the US Gulf Coast, it stirred up a massive mud slide on the sea […]


Should we be worried about Fukushima radiation?

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(Photo: AP) For the first time, seaborne radiation from Japan’s Fukushima nuclear disaster has been detected on the West Coast of the United States. The levels are very low and shouldn’t harm people eating fish from the West Coast or swimming in the ocean, according to Ken Buesseler, a senior scientist at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.  “To put […]


Giraffes May Become Extinct

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Giraffes are now at risk of extinction as their numbers reportedly dropped by 40 percent in the last 30 years. With all the attention on global warming and climate change, many were surprised to find giraffes slowly disappearing. Scientists believe that if their population declines further, giraffes will be vulnerable to extinction. Known for their […]


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