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White House Could Cast Decisive Vote to Permit 20,000 Fracking Wells in Delaware River Basin

November 11th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, Politics, Health

Link: http://www.democracynow.org/2011/11/11/white_house_could_cast_decisive_vote

This week the Delaware River Basin Commission released draft regulations to allow for the natural gas drilling technique hydraulic fracturing, known as fracking, in the river’s watershed, which provides water to 15.6 million people in New York City, Philadelphia and New Jersey. The proposed plan would allow for some 20,000 gas wells to be developed in the watershed. A vote on the regulations is set for Nov. 21 and could prompt a battle between activists and the White House, which holds a seat on the commission and may cast the deciding vote. We speak with Josh Fox, whose documentary about fracking, "Gasland," was nominated for an Academy Award, and play an excerpt of his new video about the possible impacts natural gas fracking could have in the Delaware River Basin. [includes rush transcript]

New International Report Shreds Japan's Carefully Constructed Fukushima Scenario

November 2nd, 2011
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://oilprice.com/Alternative-Energy/Nuclear-Power/New-International-Report-Shreds-Japan-s-Carefully-Constructed-Fukushima-Scenario.html

Needless to say, in the aftermath of the disaster, both TEPCO and the Japanese government were at pains to minimize the disaster’s consequences, hardly surprising given the country’s densely populated regions. But now, an independent study has effectively demolished TEPCO and the Japanese government’s carefully constructed minimalist scenario. Mainichi news agency reported that France’s l’Institut de Radioprotection et de Surete Nucleaire (Institute for Radiological Protection and Nuclear Safety, or IRSN) has issued a recent report stating that the amount of radioactive cesium-137 that entered the Pacific after 11 March was probably nearly 30 times the amount stated by Tokyo Electric Power Co. in May.

The costly fallout of tatemae and Japan's culture of deceit

November 1st, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, Health

Link: http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fl20111101ad.html

There is an axiom in Japanese: uso mo hōben — "lying is also a means to an end." It sums up the general attitude in Japan of tolerance of — even justification for — not telling the truth.

Scientist Marco Kaltofen Presents Data Confirming Hot Particles

October 31st, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, Science, Health

Link: http://fairewinds.com/content/scientist-marco-kaltofen-presents-data-confirming-hot-particles

Washington, DC - October 31, 2011 – Today Scientist Marco Kaltofen of Worchester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) presented his analysis of radioactive isotopic releases from the Fukushima accidents at the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association (APHA). Mr. Kaltofen’s analysis confirms the detection of hot particles in the US and the extensive airborne and ground contamination in northern Japan due to the four nuclear power plant accidents at TEPCO’s Fukushima reactors. Fairewinds believes that this is a personal health issue in Japan and a public health issue in the United States and Canada.

Why Is the State Department Using Our Money to Pimp for Monsanto?

October 31st, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, Health

Link: http://www.alternet.org/food/152921/why_is_the_state_department_using_our_money_to_pimp_for_monsanto/

The State Department is using taxpayer money to help force genetically modified crops on other countries. People in India are up in arms about eggplant. Not just any eggplant -- the fight, which is also raging in the Philippines, is over Monsanto's Bt eggplant. Even as increasing scientific evidence concludes that biotechnology and its arsenal of genetically modified crops may be doing more harm than good, companies like Monsanto are still pushing them hard and they are getting help from the U.S.

EPA Puts Jon Grand in Prison

October 31st, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, Politics, Police State

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/10/31-7

Where are the criminal prosecutions of the major corporations responsible for the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico? Still nowhere to be found. Where are the prosecutors? Where is the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)? Not prosecuting major polluters. Instead, what are they doing? Cracking down on whistleblowers. And those who support whistleblowers. While the corporate crooks are running free.

How the 1 percent rules

October 26th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, Politics

Link: http://socialistworker.org/2011/10/26/how-the-1-percent-rules

Lance Selfa, author of The Democrats: A Critical History explains how the 1 percent has rigged the supposedly democratic political system so they're always the winners. THE OCCUPY movement's most powerful unifying factor has been its clear and simple identification of the key problem in American society: the divide between the vast majority of the population--the 99 percent--and the richest and most powerful 1 percent.

Worst Food Additive Ever? It's in Half of All Foods We Eat and Its Production Destroys Rainforests and Enslaves Children

October 24th, 2011
Categories: News, Nature, Environment, Health

Link: http://www.alternet.org/food/152848/worst_food_additive_ever_it%27s_in_half_of_all_foods_we_eat_and_its_production_destroys_rainforests_and_enslaves_children/

The production of this ingredient causes jaw-dropping amounts of deforestation (and with it, carbon emissions) and human rights abuses. On August 10, police and security for the massive palm oil corporation Wilmar International (of which Archer Daniels Midland is the second largest shareholder) stormed a small, indigenous village on the Indonesian island of Sumatra. They came with bulldozers and guns, destroying up to 70 homes, evicting 82 families, and arresting 18 people. Then they blockaded the village, keeping the villagers in -- and journalists out. (Wilmar claims it has done no wrong.)

Why Is the CIA Keeping Climate Change Secret?

October 23rd, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, Politics

Link: http://www.scientificamerican.com/podcast/episode.cfm?id=why-is-the-cia-keeping-climate-chan-11-10-23

The Central Intelligence Agency is working on climate change, but you'd never know it. Climate change is hard to hide, but the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency is trying anyway.

The Arctic and the Lessons of the Gulf

October 20th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/21/opinion/the-arctic-and-the-lessons-of-the-gulf.html?_r=3&nl=todaysheadlines&emc=tha211

The Interior Department has been inching closer to approving Royal Dutch Shell’s ambitious plans to drill for what are believed to be huge deposits of oil in the Arctic Ocean off Alaska.

#Fukushima I Nuke Plant: 450 Tonnes of Groundwater Per Day Seeping into Reactor/Turbine Bldgs

October 19th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://ex-skf.blogspot.com/2011/10/fukushima-i-nuke-plant-450-tonnes-of.html

Since the end of June when the contaminated water treatment system started the operation, total 50,000 tonnes of groundwater have seeped into the reactor buildings and turbine buildings at Fukushima I Nuke Plant. Now, the total amount of contaminated water (highly contaminated water plus not-so-highly contaminated, treated water) at the plant has grown from 127,000 tonnes at the end of June to 175,000 tonnes as of October 18, according to Asahi Shinbun.

Climate change 'grave threat' to security and health

October 17th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-15342682

Climate change poses "an immediate, growing and grave threat" to health and security around the world, according to an expert conference in London. Officers in the UK military warned that the price of goods such as fuel is likely to rise as conflict provoked by climate change increases. A statement from the meeting adds that humanitarian disasters will put more and more strain on military resources.

Rick Perry Officials Spark Revolt after Doctoring Environment Report

October 14th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, Politics, Science

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2011/10/14-4

Officials in Rick Perry's home state of Texas have set off a scientists' revolt after purging mentions of climate change and sea-level rise from what was supposed to be a landmark environmental report. The scientists said they were disowning the report on the state of Galveston Bay because of political interference and censorship from Perry appointees at the state's environmental agency.

Our Oceans Are in Dire Shape, But Without Them All Life on Land -- Human, Plant and Animal -- Is Totally Screwed

October 6th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://www.alternet.org/water/152636/our_oceans_are_in_dire_shape%2C_but_without_them_all_life_on_land_--_human%2C_plant_and_animal_--_is_totally_screwed/

Global warming's impact on oceans will be severe, not only for marine life but also for all life on land. Global warming has often been discussed with regard to its effects for life on land: increased temperatures and heat waves, increased weather extremes, less but more intense rainfall, drought and forest fires.

Fukushima: Japan Goes to WAR - Giant Nuke Weapons Aimed at the US, Switched ON

September 17th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, World, Health

Link: http://bellaciao.org/en/spip.php?article21193

(San Francisco) - Japan is readying six huge, long acting nuclear weapons for immediate use against the country’s economic and military foes. Chief among those is the United States. The weapon is radioactive poison gas from the six destroyed American reactors and old reactor cores at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. Fukushima Daiichi is now fully weaponized in concept and, in just days, in real life.

25 Signs That A Horrific Global Water Crisis Is Coming

September 17th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, Economic

Link: http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/25-signs-that-a-horrific-global-water-crisis-is-coming

Every single day, we are getting closer to a horrific global water crisis. This world was blessed with an awesome amount of fresh water, but because of our foolishness it is rapidly disappearing. Rivers, lakes and major underground aquifers all over the globe are drying up, and many of the fresh water sources that we still have available are so incredibly polluted that we simply cannot use them anymore. Without fresh water, we simply cannot function. Just imagine what would happen if the water got cut off in your house and you were not able to go out and buy any. Just think about it. How long would you be able to last? Well, as sources of fresh water all over the globe dry up, we are seeing drought conditions spread. We are starting to see massive "dust storms" in areas where we have never seem them before. Every single year, most of the major deserts around the world are getting bigger and the amount of usable agricultural land in most areas is becoming smaller. Whether you are aware of this or not, the truth is that we are rapidly approaching a breaking point.

Tar Sands Protesters: "Which Side Are You On, Obama? Which Side Are You On?" Determined oilsands pipeline protesters can't hide disappointment

September 3rd, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, Politics

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2011/09/03-9

WASHINGTON — As hundreds of anti-oilsands activists gathered for a final day of civil disobedience Saturday at the White House, the sizable crowd erupted in familiar songs of protest. More than 1,000 demonstrators have been arrested in the past two weeks in front of the White House as they protest against the Keystone XL Pipeline project. (Luis M. Alvarez/Associated Press) One lilting verse carried across the White House lawn louder than the others: "Which side are you on, Obama? Which side are you on?"

Fukushima Blows Lid Off Exploited Labour

September 3rd, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, Health

Link: http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=104978

TOKYO - The Fukushima disaster has thrown up the first opportunity in decades to bring justice to thousands of unskilled workers who risk radioactive contamination to keep Japan’s nuclear power plants running.

Second giant ice island set to break off Greenland glacier

September 1st, 2011
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/44353322/ns/us_news-environment/#.Tl_womqJ2mk

Astonished scientist says he was 'completely unprepared for the gob-smacking scale of the breakup, which rendered me speechless' New photographs taken of a vast glacier in northern Greenland have revealed the astonishing rate of its breakup, with one scientist saying he was rendered "speechless." In August 2010, part of the Petermann Glacier about four times the size of Manhattan island broke off , prompting a hearing in Congress.

The return of the BP disaster?

September 1st, 2011
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://english.aljazeera.net/news/americas/2011/09/201191163236563698.html

Oil is resurfing again not far from the location of the BP Macondo Well off the Gulf of Mexico, 15 months on. According to oil trackers, globs of oil have been spotted near the Macondo Well [Bonny Schumaker/On Wings of Care] Fifteen months after BP’s crippled Macondo Well in the Gulf of Mexico caused the worst environmental disaster in US history, oil and oil sheen covering several square miles of water are surfacing not far from BP’s well. According to oil trackers with the organisation On Wings of Care who have been monitoring the oil since early August, rainbow-tinted slicks and thicker globs of oil have been visible.

APPEAL OF THE SECOND INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE OF VICTIMS OF AGENT ORANGE/DIOXINE

August 31st, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, War

Link: http://bellaciao.org/en/spip.php?article21150

The Second International Conference of Victims of Agent Orange/dioxin, held in Hanoi from August 8th to 9th, 2011 included participants from around the world: Agent Orange victims, victims of other toxic chemicals, scientists, lawyers and social activists. The conference is a significant and important historic event, marking the 50th anniversary of the first spraying of the toxic chemical Agent Orange (1961-1971) by the U.S. forces in Vietnam and Indochina.

Expanding Desert, Falling Water Tables, and Toxic Pollutants Are Driving People From Their Homes

August 31st, 2011
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://www.alternet.org/environment/152253/expanding_desert%2C_falling_water_tables%2C_and_toxic_pollutants_are_driving_people_from_their_homes/

As environmental stresses mount, we can expect to see a growing number of environmental refugees. People do not normally leave their homes, their families, and their communities unless they have no other option. Yet as environmental stresses mount, we can expect to see a growing number of environmental refugees.

Fifty-Four Protesters Arrested as Environmental Report on Tar Sands Pipeline Is Released

August 26th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://www.truthout.com/fifty-four-protesters-arrested-environmental-report-tar-sands-pipeline-released/1314387572

As environmental activists were handcuffed in front of the White House on Friday, the State Department released the final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the massive Keystone XL pipeline that would pump crude oil from the Alberta tar sands in Canada across six western states to stations in Oklahoma and Texas.

China's State Oceanic Administration: Wider Ocean Contamination Than Japanese Government Has Admitted

August 15th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, Health

Link: http://ex-skf.blogspot.com/2011/08/chinas-state-oceanic-administration.html

China sent a survey ship and taking seawater samples off the coast of Fukushima back in June and July. The State Oceanic Administration now says the contamination of the Pacific Ocean may extend as far as 800 kilometers (497 miles) off the coast of Fukushima, as reported by the Science and Technology Daily (ST Daily) in China, according to Asahi Shinbun.

5.9 quake rattles Fukushima, Japan

August 12th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=10744574

A 5.9-magnitude earthquake shook northeast Japan, jolting the area devastated by a quake and tsunami in March, but there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties and no tsunami warning. The quake hit at 3:22 am (0622 NZT Thursday) at a depth of 38 kilometres, with its epicentre 18 kilometres from Iwaki city in Fukushima prefecture, the United States Geological Survey said.

Chicago's "clean coal" lie

August 11th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, Politics, Health

Link: http://socialistworker.org/2011/08/11/chicagos-clean-coal-lie

CHICAGO'S THIRD coal plant isn't about "green jobs" or "clean power," but propping up the dirty and destructive coal industry, rather than investing in proven renewables like wind and solar.

The Empathy Ceiling: The Rich Are Different — And Not In a Good Way, Studies Suggest The 'Haves' show less empathy than 'Have-nots'

August 10th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2011/08/10-7

Psychologist and social scientist Dacher Keltner says the rich really are different, and not in a good way: Their life experience makes them less empathetic, less altruistic, and generally more selfish. In fact, he says, the philosophical battle over economics, taxes, debt ceilings and defaults that are now roiling the stock market is partly rooted in an upper class "ideology of self-interest." “We have now done 12 separate studies measuring empathy in every way imaginable, social behavior in every way, and some work on compassion and it’s the same story,” he said. “Lower class people just show more empathy, more prosocial behavior, more compassion, no matter how you look at it.”

We've Entered the Age of Mass Extinction: Goodbye Fish and a Whole Lot More

August 8th, 2011
Categories: News, Nature, Environment

Link: http://www.alternet.org/environment/151886/we%27ve_entered_the_age_of_mass_extinction%3A_goodbye_fish_and_a_whole_lot_more/

Mass extinction is finally fighting its way back into the news cycle, thanks to recent scary reports on climate change from the International Programme on the State of the Ocean, the United Nations Environment Program and the July issue of Science. But University of Washington paleontologist Peter Ward has been there, done that, and he's still depressed as hell.

Vulnerability of indigenous tribes in Brazil

August 8th, 2011
Categories: News, Nature, Environment

Link: http://blogs.aljazeera.net/americas/2011/08/08/vulnerability-indigenous-tribes-brazil

According to workers at the Brazilian government-run national Indian foundation, FUNAI, late last week a group of men from a paramilitary faction from Peru, armed with rifles and machine guns, entered Brazilian territory and encircled a remote jungle guard post used by FUNAI researchers to study and protect isolated indigenous tribes near the border with Peru. The incident happened at a FUNAI post known as Xinane, a very remote monitoring location in Brazil's Acre state that serves as a small, five-person research base for the study and protection of isolated indigenous tribes in the region.

Japan’s Fukushima catastrophe brings big radiation spikes to B.C.

August 4th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, Politics, Health

Link: http://www.straight.com/article-415211/vancouver/fukushima-brings-big-radiation-spikes-bc

After Japan’s Fukushima catastrophe, Canadian government officials reassured jittery Canadians that the radioactive plume billowing from the destroyed nuclear reactors posed zero health risks in this country. In fact, there was reason to worry. Health Canada detected massive amounts of radioactive material from Fukushima in Canadian air in March and April at monitoring stations across the country. The level of radioactive iodine spiked above the federal maximum allowed limit in the air at four of the five sites where Health Canada monitors levels of specific radioisotopes.

Earth's systems in rapid decline

August 3rd, 2011
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://english.aljazeera.net/indepth/features/2011/08/20118383214222938.html

Overpopulation is causing huge losses in biodiversity, and 'protected areas' such as national parks aren't working. Protecting bits of nature here and there will not prevent humanity from losing our life support system. Even if areas dedicated to conserving plants, animals, and other species that provide Earth's life support system increased tenfold, it would not be enough without dealing with the big issues of the 21st century: population, overconsumption and inefficient resource use.

Fukushima Radiation 1,000 Times H-Bomb Peak

August 2nd, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, World, Health

Link: http://www.veteranstoday.com/2011/08/02/fukushima-radiation-1000-times-h-bomb-peak-2/

Dr. Chris Busby, world famous physicist, said tests run at the respected Harwell Radiation Laboratory in England demonstrate the airborne radiation in Japan is 1,000 times higher than radioactive “fallout” at the peak in 1963 of H-Bomb detonations by the nuclear powers. The calculations were on radioactive Cesium 137.

US of Austerity: What $570 Billion Cuts Will Do to Our Water, Air, the Jobless, Children, the Elderly, and the Poor

August 2nd, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, Politics

Link: http://www.alternet.org/economy/151887/us_of_austerity%3A_what_%24570_billion_cuts_will_do_to_our_water%2C_air%2C_the_jobless%2C_children%2C_the_elderly%2C_and_the_poor/

The debt ceiling deal simultaneously slashes programs crucial to our country's functioning and opens the door to more devastating- and mandatory - cuts.

With Media, Americans Focused on Debt Drama, Congress Attacks Environment

July 29th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, Politics

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/07/29-10

It’s tough getting any news out of Washington these days that doesn’t involve the debt ceiling. Understandably, the political firestorm that has led our country to the brink of financial default has dominated headlines. [While you’re hopefully off enjoying the Great Outdoors this weekend, House Republicans will be pushing legislation that promises to destroy it.]

'Radiation hormesis an incredible lie' - Video

July 27th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, Health

Link: http://www.presstv.com/usdetail/191079.html

The nuclear theory 'radiation hormesis' - the hypothesis that low doses of ionizing radiation are beneficial - is "an incredible lie." "A lot of nuclear scientists … actually have the nerve to claim that radiation is good for you, and they have this theory called 'radiation hormesis' and they claim that radioactivity exercises the immune system and it's a healthy thing for people. Essentially what they are doing is promoting their technology with this incredible lie," Karl Grossman, a professor at State University of New York College told Press TV's U.S. Desk in an exclusive interview on Wednesday.

Secret Cloning Projects Exposed - Video

July 27th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, Health

Link: http://youtu.be/LWhEOmWcHNs

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Emails Show White House Promotes Genetically Engineered Crops in Wildlife Refuges

July 25th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, Politics, Health

Link: http://www.truthout.com/emails-show-white-house-promotes-ge-crops-wildlife-refuges/1311621066

The Obama administration is supporting genetically engineered (GE) agriculture in more than 50 national wildlife refuges across the country and watchdog groups say internal emails among top administration officials reveal that the GE plots are a priority in the White House.

Japan’s Food-Chain Threat Multiplies as Fukushima Radiation Spreads

July 25th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, Health

Link: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-07-24/threat-to-japanese-food-chain-multiplies-as-cesium-contamination-spreads.html

Radiation fallout from the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant poses a growing threat to Japan’s food chain as unsafe levels of cesium found in beef on supermarket shelves were also detected in more vegetables and the ocean.

US heat wave preys on poor

July 23rd, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, Health

Link: http://wsws.org/articles/2011/jul2011/heat-j23.shtml

The heat wave engulfing much of the US and Canada is threatening the lives of those least able to protect themselves from extreme conditions of heat and humidity, especially the elderly, the poor, undocumented immigrants workers, and the infirm.

Deaths mount in US heat wave

July 22nd, 2011
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://wsws.org/articles/2011/jul2011/wave-j22.shtml

A midsummer heat wave covering much of the US, Midwest, Great Plains, and South has led to the deaths of at least two dozen people and is now spreading to the Great Lakes and Northeastern states. The National Weather Service said that 141 million people were under a heat advisory because of the above-average temperatures.

Canada blocks UN from declaring asbestos a “hazardous” substance

July 21st, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, Health

Link: http://www.wsws.org/articles/2011/jul2011/asbe-j21.shtml

Canada’s Conservative government has prevented asbestos—a notorious carcinogen responsible for tens of thousands of deaths each year—from being listed as a hazardous substance under the United Nations’ Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade.

Republicans Approve Regulation-Blocking Coal Bill on ALEC's Wish List

July 21st, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, Politics

Link: http://www.truthout.com/republicans-approve-regulation-blocking-coal-bill-alecs-wish-list/1311185463

The House Energy and Commerce Committee voted to approve legislation on July 13 that would prevent the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from regulating toxic coal ash wastes from electric power plants and delay the implementation of air quality rules. The Republican-controlled House is expected to pass the bills.

Drought Grips the Horn of Africa - Videos

July 15th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://english.aljazeera.net/indepth/spotlight/hornofafrica/

Leaving Dadaab, Somalis' 'journey from hell', Aid group seeks al-Shabab help, World's 'worst disaster', Plea for 'massive aid', UN issues drought appeal,

Would You Trust a Management Consultant with the World's Rainforests?

July 9th, 2011
Categories: News, Nature, Environment, Politics

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/07/09-3

Our protests stopped David Cameron handing UK forests over to corporations. Now the rainforests are being handed to management consultants.

The Zombie Shopping Empire Maintains "It Can't Happen Here"

July 5th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, Police State

Link: http://www.culturechange.org/cms/content/view/754/65/

Listening to Thunderclap Newman, a revolutionary rock band of 1969-1971, it's clear that then, as now, we didn't know where we were going. Their number-one song in the UK, "Something In The Air," proclaimed "the revolution's here." In those heady days there was far more optimism for the revolution, defined variously in Marxist terms or what came to be lumped into "New Age" consciousness. The Movement and its revolution did not succeed in changing society's course, as The Movement soon fragmented into submovements which survive today (feminist, environmental, peace, gay rights, etc.).

Massey Energy: When Greed Leads to Manslaughter

July 4th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/07/03-3

Just when we thought Massey Energy’s Upper Big Branch (in Montcoal, West Virginia) mining disaster of April 5, 2010, which killed 29 coal miners, couldn’t elicit any more tears or regrets or disgust or outrage, we find out how wrong we were.

Oil spill imperils Yellowstone River

July 3rd, 2011
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://english.aljazeera.net/video/americas/2011/07/201173215513901206.html

Disaster and emergency relief officials are attempting to contain environmental damage caused by a ruptured oil pipeline in the US state of Montana. The accident spilled 150,000 litres of crude into the Yellowstone River and there are reports of oil being spotted 160km downstream from where the rupture occured.

Nuclear Fiddling, While Los Alamos Burns

July 2nd, 2011
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://www.counterpunch.org/graham07012011.html

On May 4, 2000 a controlled burn on Cerro Grande Mountain, deep in the Bandelier National Monument, escaped control of the US Forest Service. The flames would rage across New Mexico's highlands for over one month until contained. It would take another month to fully extinguish. Hundreds of homes were burned to cinders, most in the city of Los Alamos, and final damage estimates were in the $1 billion range.

Extreme Weather Link 'Can No Longer Be Ignored'

July 1st, 2011
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2011/07/01-6

Scientists are to end their 20-year reluctance to link climate change with extreme weather – the heavy storms, floods and droughts which often fill news bulletins – as part of a radical departure from a previous equivocal position that many now see as increasingly untenable.

Fukushima children test positive for internal radiation exposure

June 30th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, Health

Link: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/jun/30/fukushima-children-radiation-tests-caesium

Trace amounts of radioactive substances have been found in urine samples taken from children from Fukushima city, raising concerns that residents have been exposed internally to radiation from the stricken nuclear power plant 37 miles (60km) away.

Fukushima Spews, Los Alamos Burns, Vermont Rages & We Almost Lost Nebraska

June 29th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, Health

Link: http://hawaiinewsdaily.com/2011/06/fukushima-spews-los-alamos-burns-vermont-rages-we-almost-lost-nebraska/

Humankind is now threatened by the simultaneous implosion, explosion, incineration, courtroom contempt and drowning of its most lethal industry. We know only two things for certain: worse is yet to come, and those in charge are lying about it—at least to the extent of what they actually know, which is nowhere near enough.

Getting Used To Life Without Food

June 29th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, Economic, Politics

Link: http://www.rense.com/general94/getting.htm

The ability to manipulate the price of essential foods worldwide at will -- almost irrespective of today's physical supply and demand for grains -- is quite recent.Almost every culture had the practice of storing a reserve stock of a grain harvest ­ right up to the most recent times. Wars, droughts and famines were the reason. When properly stored, grain can be safely stored over a period of about seven years, enabling reserve stocks in case of an emergency. The process of eliminating government grain reserves in major producing countries took time, but with the passage of the 1996 Farm Bill, the US had virtually eliminated its grain reserves. The EU followed soon after. Today, among major agriculture producing countries, only China and India still hold to a strategic security policy of nationally held grain reserves.The price of grain was now run by the new casino masters of grain supplies -- from Wall Street to London and beyond -- For some two billion people in the world who spend more than half of their income on food, the effects have been horrifying. During the speculation-driven grain price explosion in 2008, more than a quarter billion people became what the UN terms "food insecure,"Up until the grain crisis of the mid-1970s there was no single "world price" for grain, the benchmark for the price of all foods and food products.

If Ayn Rand and the Free Market Fetishists Were Right, We'd be Living in a Golden Age -- Does This Look Like a Golden Age to You?

June 28th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, Politics

Link: http://www.alternet.org/economy/151463/if_ayn_rand_and_the_free_market_fetishists_were_right%2C_we%27d_be_living_in_a_golden_age_--_does_this_look_like_a_golden_age_to_you/

The lavish rewards flowing to the titans of industry have not exactly transformed society into a vibrant force for beneficial progress. If the “free-market” theories of Ayn Rand and Milton Friedman were correct, the United States of the last three decades should have experienced a golden age in which the lavish rewards flowing to the titans of industry would have transformed the society into a vibrant force for beneficial progress.

Strong quake rocks Alaska

June 24th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://english.aljazeera.net/news/americas/2011/06/201162434046227661.html

Major earthquake with magnitude of 7.2 has struck off the coast of US state, near the remote Aleutian Islands. An earthquake of magnitude 7.2 has struck the Pacific Ocean 172km east of Atka, Alaska, at a depth of about 40km, the US Geologic Survey (USGS) has said. The Alaska Earthquake Information Centre says the Thursday evening quake was felt through the central Aleutians and as far east as Dutch Harbor and Unalaska.

The Growing Food Crisis, and What World Leaders Aren’t Doing About It

June 23rd, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, Economic, Politics

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/04/23-1

If all goes as planned for the G-20 this year, leaders of the world’s most powerful economies will convene to issue bold proclamations, talk past each other, and quietly agree to do virtually nothing. The stakes might be a little higher now, though, as the political poker table will be stacked with millions of the world’s hungriest people. Guess who’ll come away empty handed?

Climate Change: It's Bad and Getting Worse

June 23rd, 2011
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://dahrjamail.net/climate-change-its-bad-and-getting-worse

Severe weather events are wracking the planet, and experts warn of even greater consequences. The rate of ice loss in two of Greenland's largest glaciers has increased so much in the last 10 years that the amount of melted water would be enough to completely fill Lake Erie, one of the five Great Lakes in North America.

Fukushima already ten times worse than Chernobyl in ocean waters, suggests data

June 11th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://www.naturalnews.com/032678_Fukushima_ocean.html

Recent readings taken roughly 19 miles out to sea from the Fukushima nuclear power facility in Japan have revealed radioisotope levels ten times higher than those measured in the Baltic and Black Seas after the massive Chernobyl disaster. Because Fukushima is much closer to water than the Chernobyl plant is, the ongoing fallout there is shaping up to be far worse than Chernobyl, at least as far as the world's oceans are concerned, and time will tell just how devastating this massive disaster will be on the entire world as radiation continues to circulate around the globe.

Japan Admits 3 Nuclear Meltdowns, More Radiation Leaked into Sea; U.S. Nuclear Waste Poses Deadly Risks

June 10th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, Health

Link: http://www.democracynow.org/2011/6/10/as_japan_nuclear_crisis_worsens_citizen

Almost three months after the earthquake and tsunami that triggered a nuclear disaster in Japan, new radiation "hot spots" may require the evacuation of more areas further from the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power facility. Japan’s Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency recently admitted for the first time that full nuclear meltdowns occurred at three of the plant’s reactors, and more than doubled its estimate for the amount of radiation that leaked from the plant in the first week of the disaster in March. “What they failed to mention is that they discharged an equally large amount into the ocean,”

A 35% Spike in Infant Mortality in Northwest Cities Since Meltdown, Is the Dramatic Increase in Baby Deaths in the US a Result of Fukushima Fallout?

June 10th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, Health

Link: http://www.counterpunch.org/sherman06102011.html

U.S. babies are dying at an increased rate. While the United States spends billions on medical care, as of 2006, the US ranked 28th in the world in infant mortality, more than twice that of the lowest ranked countries. (DHHS, CDC, National Center for Health Statistics. Health United States 2010, Table 20, p. 131, February 2011.)

Roundup Birth Defects: Regulators Knew World's Best-Selling Herbicide Causes Problems, New Report Finds

June 7th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, Politics, Health

Link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/06/07/roundup-birth-defects-herbicide-regulators_n_872862.html

Industry regulators have known for years that Roundup, the world's best-selling herbicide produced by U.S. company Monsanto, causes birth defects, according to a new report released Tuesday.

The Sky Really Is Falling

May 30th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, Politics

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/05/30-5

The rapid and terrifying acceleration of global warming, which is disfiguring the ecosystem at a swifter pace than even the gloomiest scientific studies predicted a few years ago, has been confronted by the power elite with equal parts of self-delusion. There are those, many of whom hold elected office, who dismiss the science and empirical evidence as false.

Worst Ever Carbon Emissions Leave Climate on the Brink

May 30th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2011/05/30

Exclusive: Record rise, despite recession, means 2C target almost out of reach. Greenhouse gas emissions increased by a record amount last year, to the highest carbon output in history, putting hopes of holding global warming to safe levels all but out of reach, according to unpublished estimates from the International Energy Agency.

Fukushima: How Many Chernobyls Is It?

May 28th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://www.veteranstoday.com/2011/05/28/fukushima-how-many-chernobyls-is-it/

(San Francisco) – The world’s second big nuclear disaster occurred at Chernobyl Reactor No. 4 in the Ukraine on Apr 26, 1986. Simply tagged as “Chernobyl,” it is what the next big and well known nuke disaster, after the American Three Mile Island, on March 28, 1979 came to be called. “Chernobyl” ejected 30% of one 192-ton, three-month old reactor core. That’s 57.6 radioactive tons thrown into the air by fire and explosions.

Toxic contamination of the Gulf environment - Pictures

May 12th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://english.aljazeera.net/indepth/interactive/2011/05/201151210054635587.html

In pictures: Residents, fishermen and scientists believe that living on the coast is hazardous to their health. Many locals argue that living in close proximity to - and eating seafood from - the Gulf is risky and disagree with federal agencies' claims that the Gulf is now safe. In response to their oil disaster last summer that released at least 4.9 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, BP admitted to using at least 1.9 million gallons of widely banned toxic Corexit dispersants (which have been banned in 19 countries) to sink the oil.

Obama Should Back Off Risky Nuclear Loan Guarantees

May 7th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, Politics, Health

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/05/07-4

Well before the catastrophe at Fukushima began unfolding, a familiar word was heard in discussions about plans to build a new generation of reactors in this country. That word: risk. With President Barack Obama and Congress pushing ahead with efforts to offer up federal construction loan guarantees totaling $54.5 billion, what was the risk of taxpayers getting stuck holding the bag in the event these nuclear projects defaulted? And, why should taxpayers even be expected to assume such a risk?

Potential dispersion of the radioactive cloud over The Northern Hemisphere

May 4th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, World, Health

Link: http://www.woweather.com/weather/news/fukushima?LANG=us&VAR=eurad5000

This animation displays a potential dispersion of the radioactive cloud (Caesium 137 Isotope measured at the near surface level (Level 1), after a nuclear accident in reactor Fukushima I. The continuous release rate is very uncertain, thus the calculations have to be interpreted qualitatively. Dispersion in the near surface level (Level 1), in appr. 2500 m height (Level 12) and in appr. 5000 m height (Level 16).

Arctic ice melt 'alarming'

May 3rd, 2011
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://english.aljazeera.net/news/europe/2011/05/201153222731219991.html

Ocean could be ice-free in summers within 40 years and sea levels could rise by 1.6 metres by 2100, says new study. Ice in Greenland and the rest of the Arctic is melting dramatically faster than was earlier projected and could raise global sea levels by as much as 1.6 metres by 2100, says a new study.

Are US Floods, Fires Linked to Climate Change?

April 29th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2011/04/29

The short answer to the question of whether or not on-going floods in the US Midwest and fires in Texas are linked to a warming Earth is: maybe. The long answer, however, is that while it is difficult—some argue impossible—for scientists to link a single extreme weather event to climate change, climate models have long shown that extreme weather events will both intensify and become more frequent as the world continues to heat up. In other words, the probability of such extreme events increases along with global average temperature.

America’s Nuclear Nightmare

April 27th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, World, Health

Link: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/america-s-nuclear-nightmare-20110427

The U.S. has 31 reactors just like Japan’s — but regulators are ignoring the risks and boosting industry profits. Five days after a massive earthquake and tsunami struck Japan, triggering the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl, America's leading nuclear regulator came before Congress bearing good news: Don't worry, it can't happen here. In the aftermath of the Japanese catastrophe, officials in Germany moved swiftly to shut down old plants for inspection, and China put licensing of new plants on hold. But Gregory Jaczko, the chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, reassured lawmakers that nothing at the Fukushima Daiichi reactors warranted any immediate changes at U.S. nuclear plants.

Crowdsourcing Japan's radiation levels

April 26th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, World, Health

Link: http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2011/04/201142317359479927.html

There is a certain element of helplessness to living in northeast Japan right now. It isn't just dealing with the images – and reality – of the large-scale catastrophe in the wake of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. It's not even the electrical outages, the disrupted train services or the very real fear that another big earthquake – one as massive as the magnitude 9.0 temblor that wiped out entire coastal communities – is imminent. It's the fear of radiation, invisible, odourless and potentially deadly, leaking out of the damaged Fukushima Daiichi plant and entering their bodies via contaminated air, food and water.

Why Nuclear Power Will Never be Safe

April 26th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, World, Health

Link: http://www.counterpunch.org/grossman04252011.html

With the ongoing disaster at the Fukushima nuclear plants in Japan, some people ask: can nuclear power be made safe? The answer is no. Nuclear power can never be made safe.

The Nuclear Disaster That Could Destroy Japan ... and the World

April 25th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, World, Health

Link: http://www.counterpunch.org/takashi04252011.html

The nuclear power plants in Japan are ageing rapidly; like cyborgs, they are barely kept in operation by a continuous replacement of parts. And now that Japan has entered a period of earthquake activity and a major accident could happen at any time, the people live in constant state of anxiety.

Level of Radioactivity in Seawater near Fukushima Plant Near Hitting Record

April 25th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, World, Health

Link: http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=115251&code=Ne8&category=1

The amount of radioactivity in seawater near the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant is about to hit the highest-ever level recorded in history. According to the Asahi Shimhun on Sunday, officials measured 1-hundred-86 becquerels per liter of radioactive substances in the sea just 34 kilometers from the crippled power plant on April 15th. This level is about 20-thousand times higher than the permissible annual standard set by the Japanese government.

World Remembers Chernobyl, Haunted by Nuclear Fears

April 25th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, World

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2011/04/25-4

KIEV - The world on Tuesday marks a quarter century since the world's worst nuclear disaster at Chernobyl in Ukraine, haunted by fears over the safety of atomic energy after the Japan earthquake.

Argentine town battles mining company - Video

April 23rd, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, Health

Link: http://english.aljazeera.net/video/americas/2011/04/201142311151519303.html

Locals fear mine, potentially worth billions of dollars, could threaten water reserves. A Canadian company plans to open a mine in Argentina’s Catamarca province to tap into a rich vein of copper and gold that could be worth hundreds of billions of dollars. But residents in the valley below the Agua Rica mine have been taking on the miners, protesting for more than two years in an effort to block the project. They fear scarce water resources are in jeopardy.

Stripmining America - Unpatriotically

April 22nd, 2011
Categories: News, Nature, Environment

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/04/22-9

It is time to apply the standard of patriotism to the U.S. multinational corporations and demand that they pledge allegiance to the United States and “the Republic for which is stands…. with liberty and justice for all.” This July 4, 2011 would be a good day for Americans to demand such a corporate commitment.

FDA Won't Test Alaska Fish For Radiation - Don't Worry, Be Happy

April 21st, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, Politics, Health

Link: http://www.rense.com/general93/curr.htm

In the latest example of blatant Federal negligence (coverup), the valiant and ever vigilant FDA and EPA have determined they will not be testing ANY fish from the Gulf Of Alaska. This is another egregious (not that they give a rat's tail) abandonment of their obligation to watch over the public health and welfare. In this case, the Feds have chosen to protect the Alaskan fishing industry...the public's right to know and to be kept safe and informed be damned.

Radioactive Iodine In Phoenix Arizona Milk 1600% Above EPA Drinking Water Limits

April 20th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, Health

Link: http://blog.alexanderhiggins.com/2011/04/20/radioactive-iodine-phoenix-arizona-milk-samples-1600-epa-drinking-water-limits-18630/

Japan nuclear radiation in Phoenix Arizona milk samples show radioactive Iodine contamination levels up to 1600% above EPA drinking water limits. To make matters worse those contamination levels of radiation do not even include Caesium or other radioactive isotopes which were not even reported in the Arizona tests. An anonymous tip points me to Phoenix Arizona Japan Nuclear Radiation tests for radioactive Iodine-131 has been detected in milks samples at levels up to 1600% above federal EPA drinking water standards. These are the highest known levels of nuclear fallout in tests to date for Iodine radiation in any milk samples.

A Government of Monsanto, by Monsanto, and for Monsanto

April 20th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, Politics, Health

Link: http://farmwars.info/?p=5860

With help from the FDA and USDA, the biotech industry is set to completely take over our food supply with genetically modified ingredients, irrespective of the wishes of “we the people.” Through collusion, subterfuge, and a bit of back-door manipulation, Monsanto can write it’s own ticket with the U.S. Federal Government’s stamp of approval. If the rules get in the way, then change the rules, or at least their interpretation, to fit the situation.

UN Chief Issues Nuclear Warning on Chernobyl Visit

April 20th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, Health

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2011/04/20-12

"The unfortunate truth is we are likely to see more such disasters. The world has witnessed an unnerving history of nuclear accidents," he said at a conference, calling for a global debate on the safety of nuclear energy.

Radiation fallout from Japan affects food safety across North America

April 20th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, Health

Link: http://thebovine.wordpress.com/2011/04/20/radiation-fallout-affects-food-safety/

“Dr. Robert J. Gilbert has a multi-faceted background in both spiritual and scientific studies. He is a former U.S. Marine Corps Instructor in Nuclear-Biological-Chemical Warfare Survival; since leaving the service in 1985 he has conducted independent research into the Geometric basis of modern science and new technologies…..”

BP's criminal negligence exposed

April 20th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://english.aljazeera.net/indepth/features/2011/04/2011420104533120290.html

One year after BP's Gulf of Mexico oil disaster, the number of lawsuits against the oil giant continues to mount. BP announced on June 1, 2010 that they were instituting a $20bn compensation fund to aid those affected by the oil spill, although residents complain they can't access the money. Ryan Lambert is enraged. The owner of a charter fishing business, he had always supported the oil industry in his home state of Louisiana. He previously trusted BP, and the rest of the oil industry, to do the right thing in case an accident happened. But not any more. "I'm seeing people starving to death and BP won't pay them," said Lambert. His business drop of 94 per cent in the last year has cost him more than $1.1mn, he told Al Jazeera, "They won't pay me, they owe me well over a million dollars just for last year, and all they do is send more papers to fill out."

San Francisco Bay Area milk shows highest Iodine-131 found in U.S. since the Fukushima crisis began

April 20th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, World, Health

Fracking Blowout Causes Massive Spill in Pennsylvania

April 20th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, Health

Link: http://www.truthout.com/fracking-blowout-causes-massive-spill-pennsylvania/1303282800

Thousands of gallons of potentially toxic hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," liquids spilled across pastures and into a stream in rural Pennsylvania early this morning, after a natural gas well suffered a blowout at 11:45 p.m. Tuesday night.

A new urgency on Earth Day

April 20th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, World, Health

Link: http://socialistworker.org/2011/04/20/new-urgency-on-earth-day

The desire to stop the corporate assault on the environment is giving rise to activism. THE FIRST Earth Day was organized in 1970 in response to a period that had seen one ecological disaster after another. One of the most frightening had come the year before--the devastating Santa Barbara oil spill caused by a blowout on a Union Oil drilling platform just six miles off the coast of Southern California.

Agency admits 'melting' of N-fuel

April 20th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, World, Iran

Link: http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T110419004267.htm

The Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency has reported to a Cabinet Office safety panel that nuclear fuel pellets in the Nos. 1 to 3 reactors at the quake-hit Fukushima power station are believed to have partially melted. The report was the first time the agency, an organ of the Economy, Trade and Industry Ministry, has acknowledged that nuclear fuel has melted at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant.

UC Santa Cruz nuclear expert warns of possible meltdowns

April 20th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, World, Health

Link: http://www.mercurynews.com/central-coast/ci_17891348?nclick_check=1

The meltdown at a Japanese nuclear power plant after a large earthquake and tsunami rocked the island nation last month drew more than 100 people to a lecture Wednesday by UC Santa Cruz lecturer Daniel Hirsch. Hirsch, a renowned expert on nuclear policy often quoted by major media outlets, spoke at the Stevenson College Event Center on the tragedy at the Fukushima plant and how the U.S. can prevent a similar meltdown at its 104 nuclear reactors, including the two in California.

Meltdown - Trickling Down On The Global Population

April 19th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, World, Health

Link: http://theupliftingcrane.wordpress.com/2011/04/19/meltdown-trickling-down-on-the-global-population/

“The reactors at Fukushima are the largest in the world, and six of them are in total meltdown. They have been melting down since thirty-minutes after the Tsunami’ because the cooling systems went off when the earthquake happened and 90 minutes after the cooling stopped-the reactors went into meltdown. This is all a cover-up, this is a false-flag, this is a poisoning of the oceans the atmosphere and the biosphere. No one can escape.”

Retired nuclear engineer worried by lack of news from Japan

April 19th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, World, Health

Link: http://www.pratttribune.com/news/x1274032954/Retired-nuclear-engineer-worried-by-lack-of-news-from-Japan

The recent silence from Japan about conditions at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear facility that was damaged in the March 11 earthquake and tsunami has a local man wondering just how severely the facility has been damaged. The one thing he does know is that whatever is going on inside the reactors is very serious.

Dozens dead as storms batter southern US

April 17th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://english.aljazeera.net/news/americas/2011/04/2011417184025922464.html

Storms and tornadoes leave trail of devastation across southern states and more than 200,000 without electricity. Three days of severe storms and tornadoes in the southern US have killed at least 45 people, downing power lines and wrecking hundreds of buildings along its path. North Carolina accounted for the bulk of casualties and property losses, with 28 people killed and more than 80 others injured, officials said on Sunday. Significant damage was reported in at least 15 counties and power was out to more than 200,000 people.

Radioactivity rises in sea off Japan nuclear plant

April 16th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, World, Health

Link: http://news.cnet.com/8301-31921_3-20054342-281.html

Levels of radioactivity have risen sharply in seawater near a tsunami-crippled nuclear plant in northern Japan, signaling the possibility of new leaks at the facility, the government said Saturday. The announcement came after a magnitude-5.9 earthquake jolted Japan on Saturday morning, hours after the country's nuclear safety agency ordered plant operators to beef up their quake preparedness systems to prevent a recurrence of the nuclear crisis.

How safe are US nuclear plants? - Video

April 16th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, Politics

Link: http://english.aljazeera.net/video/americas/2011/03/20113168522763350.html

Officials say plants are safe, but environmentalists are unconvinced following crisis in Japan. Two of the United States' most important nuclear power plants - the San Onofre plant and the plant at Diablo Canyon - are both built in active earthquake zones. One sits along the coast, while the other is along a geological faultline. In the wake of Japan's earthquake and tsunami - and fears of a radioactive meltdown there - nuclear industry officials in the US have reassured the public that there is nothing to worry about on home soil.

Protect Yourself From Radiation by Eating!

April 16th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, Health

Link: http://greencitychallenge.org/blog/eat-green-blog/protect-yourself-from-radiation-by-eating/

As the nuclear industry scrambles to reassure us we are all safe from a catastrophe like Japan’s, the risk of radioactive fallout in the US is very real. Here is a reprint from an article by GCC contributor John Kozinski, teaching us about what foods we can eat in case of radiation exposure. As the crisis in Japan unfolds, there is uncertainty about possible radiation that may affect Japan and the world. Potassium iodide pills have been sold out at many of the American distributors.

Protesters Target BP Annual Meeting

April 14th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, Health

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2011/04/14-4

BP executives faced angry protesters as shareholders prepared to vote at its annual meeting in London, which is taking place a few days before the first anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon explosion. Among protesters at BP's AGM was Diane Wilson, a shrimp farmer, who was ejected from the conference center lobby. (Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA) Fishermen and women from the Gulf coast affected by the spill, some of whom had bought BP shares to allow them to attend the annual meeting, joined climate change activists and artists protesting against the oil company.

Why Does FDA Tolerate More Radiation Than EPA?

April 14th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, Health

Link: http://blogs.forbes.com/jeffmcmahon/2011/04/14/why-does-fda-tolerate-more-radiation-than-epa/

Since the Environmental Protection Agency began detecting radiation in rainwater and milk at levels above its maximum contaminant level, government officials have been downplaying the importance of EPA’s maximum contaminant level.

Japan Plant Emits More Radiation After Cooling Lapse

April 14th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, Health

Link: http://www.globalsecuritynewswire.org/gsn/nw_20110414_5466.php

The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan emitted a new burst of radioactive material this week after a bungled cooling effort apparently affected spent atomic fuel in the site's No. 4 reactor cooling pond, the Associated Press reported (see GSN, April 13).

Military Debris Threaten Oceans

April 14th, 2011
Categories: News, Nature, Environment

Link: http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=55259

Military debris dumped into the world’s oceans are hazardous to coral ecosystems, reefs, fish and marine wildlife, say experts, who also warn - in light of the recent tragedy in Japan - that earthquakes and tsunamis could disturb this debris and even wash it ashore.

Downplaying a nuclear danger

April 12th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, Health

Link: http://socialistworker.org/2011/04/12/downplaying-nuclear-danger

News about the the crippled Fukushima-Daiichi plant goes from bad to worse. IN A nuclear crisis that is becoming more and more serious all the time, Japan's Nuclear Safety Agency confirmed that radioactive iodine-131 in seawater samples taken near the crippled Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear power complex--which was seriously damaged by the tsunami caused by an earthquake off the coast of Japan--is 4,385 times the level permitted by law.

"They Are Afraid Their House Could Blow Up": Meet the Families Whose Lives Have Been Ruined by Gas Drilling - Photos

April 12th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://www.alternet.org/water/150527/%22they_are_afraid_their_house_could_blow_up%22%3A_meet_the_families_whose_lives_have_been_ruined_by_gas_drilling_%5Bphotos_by_award-winning_photographer_nina_berman%5D/

"We're not asking for a lot and now they're taking it all away. In a million years, I never would have thought that people could do this and get away with it."

Japan raises nuclear alert to highest level -Video

April 12th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2011/04/2011411233913766598.html

Nuclear watchdog raises severity of Fukushima crisis to maximum level but plays down comparisons to Chernobyl disaster. Japan's nuclear watchdog has raised the severity level of the crisis at its stricken nuclear power plant to 7 - the highest level

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