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Category Archive for 'Environmental'

Tidal power!

These are the kinds of things you can get done, once you’ve acknowledged there’s an actual problem: Scotland is building what it calls the world’s biggest tidal array in the Pentland Firth in northern Scotland, the country’s government announced last week. Once built, the tidal array is projected to provide enough electricity to power 175,000 homes, […]

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That deregulating the movement of hazardous substances would be so… hazardous? Today the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) released its final report on the July 6th, 2013 train derailment in Lac-Megantic, Quebec. The report produced a strong reaction from Keith Stewart, Greenpeace Canada’s Climate and Energy Campaign coordinator. “This report is a searing indictment […]

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Red tide expanding

Our ecosystem is out of balance as the water temperatures warm up. Just think of all the economic displacement that will result from these changes: TAMPA, Fla. — The largest red-tide bloom seen in Florida in nearly a decade has killed thousands of fish in the Gulf of Mexico and might pose a greater health […]

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With the death of Terry Greenwood, farmer and anti-fracking activist, from a rare form of cancer, calls for mandated health research are rising: Last month, Terry Greenwood, a Pennsylvania farmer whose water had been contaminated by fracking waste, died of cancer. He was 66 and the cause of death was a rare form of brain cancer. […]

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Remember my joke about “the cat’s on the roof”? TEPCO and the Japanese government was so obviously lying, I couldn’t believe how I was attacked by readers over at the other site for “fearmongering”: The meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant’s third reactor building was even worse than initially believed, Tokyo Electric Power […]

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The NOAA has released a study on the acidification of the oceans and the impacts it will have on Alaska’s coast. The predictions are very grim… What is ocean acidification? When carbon dioxide dissolves in this ocean, carbonic acid is formed. This leads to higher acidity, mainly near the surface, which has been proven to […]

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Can’t imagine what it’s doing to children: Wild monkeys in the Fukushima region of Japan have blood abnormalities linked to the radioactive fall-out from the 2011 nuclear power plant disaster, according to a new scientific study that may help increase the understanding of radiation on human health. The Japanese macaques (Macaca fuscata) were found to […]

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$500 fine

My friends in California say nobody was really taking it seriously, so I’m glad they imposed the fine: It will now be considered a criminal act to waste water in California. On Tuesday, amid evidence that existing conservation measures are not working, the State Water Resources Control Board took the unprecedented step to declare certain […]

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Hanford, Washington. As much as a million gallons of radioactive waste have leaked from Hanford’s underground tanks—more than all of the leaks from all other nuclear facilities in the U.S. combined, according to Tom Carpenter, an attorney and the executive director of Hanford Challenge. The watchdog group represents Hanford workers and whistleblowers. In a letter […]

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In a few days there will be an abridged version of last winter’s polar vortex (meteorologists are split on using this term for the event) descending into the Eastern two-thirds of the country… As for next week’s weather, polar air will again be spilling southward from the Arctic Ocean. That’ll be good enough to convert […]

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