New study finds that radioactive Iodine from Fukushima has caused a significant increase in hypothyroidism among babies in California, 5,000 miles across the Pacific Ocean. All babies born in California monitored at birth for Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) levels in blood.
These possibilities are so concerning because of the damage already sustained to the units making it unlikely that all the units can be removed in one piece. Comes just days after Dr. Shigeru Mita called for an evacuation of Japan due the the high levels of radiation.
Fukushima plant operators have finally begun removing over 1,500 nuclear fuel rods from one of the four reactors at its damaged nuclear power plant in northeastern Japan on Monday. With robots and cranes, workers will attempt to cautiously transfer 1,331 spent fuel rods and 202 new ones .
House, Senate vote to extend retirement benefits for nation's research chimpanzees. $30 million ceiling amount up to $55 million. Research on them unnecessary. Euthanasia could be used if deemed in best interest of the animals. Chimp advocates ecstatic. "It's a great day for federal chimpanzees.
Monsanto poisoned thousands of Vietnamese, Thai, and Koreans, American soldiers with Agent Orange, RoundUp label warns not to get on skin, wear gloves when handling, what makes it o.k. to eat. use has tripled since 1990. Scientists speaking up about ineffectiveness, dangers of GMOs.
African Centre for Biosafety (ACB): failed GM Monsanto corn pushed on African countries with help from the Gates Foundation. This maize, known as MON810, has been grown in South Africa 15 years, failed miserably”. Monsanto now pushing it into Mozambique, Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya.
Severe flooding is being reported in Saudi Arabia, especially in the kingdom’s capital of Riyadh, with the government closing schools and urging people to stay indoors amid heavy rain. Flooding is rare in the country dominated by the Arabian Desert.
Saint George’s University of London: published in Anticancer Research, various compounds within cannabis are able to work together to kill human leukemia cells. six compounds tested each had anti-cancer properties effective as THC. When combined the compounds had an even greater effect.
TEPCO: three fuel rods of Reactor 4 deformed. One bent at 90-degree angle 25 years ago, mistake occurred in handling. Two damaged 10 years ago; removal difficult, delicate, unprecedented operation, great risk. 660 pounds, 15 feet long, exposed to air or break, radioactive gases released.
Denver, Colorado: legalized marijuana, passed new “odor ordinance,” potential $2,000 fine for polluting air with high concentrations of cannabis. Enforcement plan: olfactometer, or "nose telescope" has ability to record concentration of marijuana in the air, GPS coordinates of where smell is from.
NHK television: For the first time, a remote-controlled robot has detected the exact spot of radioactive water leaks from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant’s Reactor 1. Camera captured images of radioactive water leaking from two holes of the vessel into the building housing the reactor.
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition: Synergistic combinations of phytochemicals can greatly reduce cancer. WHOLE fruits and vegetables can reduce risk of a number of diseases, including cancer, stroke, cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s disease, premature aging.
Designer Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg proposes that genetically-engineered creatures be released into the wild to save endangered species and clean up pollution. And she's already designed four organisms to do it, including soil-scouring slugs and seed-dispersing porcupines.
Unnamed Oakland charter school first in the country to use ShotSpotter SiteSecure system, able to detect gun has been fired, where it was fired. Use network of microphones, communicate information to police car computer screens instantly with floor plan of school, type of gun used.
Million tons of Fukushima debris could be 1,700 miles off the U.S. West coast, floating between Hawaii and California ready to hit the coastline. Radiation in fish off West Coast, Polar bears, seals, walrus have open sores along Alaskan Coast. Fish bleeding from their eyes, gills off Canada coast.
In the pristine forests and rivers of Ecuador where more plant and animal species existed within a square mile than anywhere else on earth, Chevron committed an eco-holocaust of incompressible proportions. It was a crime against the earth and all life. Now Chevron is innocent and can sue Ecuador for damages.
To protect multinationals from government policies, CETA includes an investor-state dispute settlement process. Will give corporations based in Canada, EU a new tool to sue governments for policies that interfere with their profits. also gives corporations unprecedented rights to bid on public contracts.
Reactor at one of the nation’s largest nuclear power plants has been taken offline due to a radioactive leak within a containment building. Less than one tenth of a gallon of radioactive material is leaking per minute, not known how long the leak has existed. Subject to ongoing repairs and analysis,
Pearlman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania: repair of tissues after exposure, ability of flax seeds to protect lung tissue prior to radiation exposure, repair damaged lung tissue after exposure, used mice for study, doing clinical study on humans receiving radiation for cancer treatment.
In August, Brown gave his blessing to a dramatic expansion of fracking in California's massive oil shale formations, which underlie a large area of the state from Southern to Central California. The fracking bill Brown signed into law, SB4, ensures that fracking will move forward unimpeded for at least the next two years,
SThreatened by rising seas, some of the world’s small island developing states (SIDS) are demanding that the U.N.’s new set of Sustainable Development Goals place a high priority on the protection of oceans and marine resources.
As mounting evidence shows genetically modified foods have dangerous health and environmental repercussions, the number of scientists willing to step forward and speak out against them is similarly growing. Dr. Thierry Vrain: entire paradigm of genetic engineering GMO technology is flawed.
Philippine official says at least 10,000 people are feared dead in the central province of Leyte after Typhoon Haiyan swept through the Southeast Asian country.Regional Police Chief Elmer Soria said on Sunday that Haiyan destroyed nearly 70 to 80 percent of the area in its path in Leyte province.
If the rods are exposed to the air they would release radiation, could heat up, cause self-sustaining nuclear reaction. Many unknowns. Potential catastrophe. Fuel rods could be bent, damaged, corroded. Difficult to move because no longer in proper original position. Fuel rods may break. TEPCO: unlikely.
Monsanto’s pesticides causing birth defects and cancer in Argentina. Anti-Monsanto protests in farm communities due to massive pesticide-induced illness. Children born with deformities: six fingers, without a jawbone, missing skull bone, kidney deformities, without an anus, people developing cancer.”
Military storing deadly sarin and VX nerve gas 100 miles from Louisville, destroying it an enormous challenge for US Department of Defense. Construction three quarters finished, starting the destruction process of the 523 tons of sarin, vx and mustard gas stored at the depot.
Attorney David Schorr slapped a court-appointed shrink with a defamation lawsuit for telling the judge deciding a custody battle with his estranged wife that he was an unfit parent for refusing to take his son to the fast food joint for dinner. Son tattled on his dad, wife flipped out and called the shrink.
Arjun Makhijani: Removing the spent fuel rods from the Fukushima Reactor is a dangerous but necessary move
Fort Worth Court of Appeals: Range Resources can go forward with defamation suit based on accusations that Lipsky mislead public of being able to set his water on fire. Tests show gas in his water well 162,000 parts per million (ppm). 50,000 ppm considered level for potential explosion
Proposed ban on addition of fluoride into drinking water. Independent deputy Catherine Murphy: right for people to be sceptical and questioned expert opinion fluoridation does not cause ill-health. Citing Holland, Germany as countries with good public health policy that do not put fluoride in the water
300 tons contamination goes into Pacific Ocean daily for two years. Radioactive water will begin arriving this March. Endanger millions of lives. Nuclear Engineer Dr. Arjun Makhijani president Institute for Energy and Environmental Research: No need to panic. Should do better monitoring of food.
Potential very serious accident, operation amounts to nuclear high-wire act, cranes other machinery on scaffolding above the No. 4 unit. Tepco spokesmen: removal process not risky. Tepco record of accidents at the plant tests faith in its competence to perform such a delicate task.
Motorola, owned by Google, applied for a patent: electronic tattoo placed on a person’s neck, acts as a “mobile microphone, lie detector and digital display.” Announced the password pill, stomach acid-powered tablet turns your body into a living password equivalent of a floppy disk.
GE tree developed by ArborGen, biotechnology corporation to provide wood pellets that fuel power plants around world. Require substantial amounts of fertilizers and pesticides water. Spread seeds and pollens over great distances. Risks contaminating surrounding area.
We’ve long said that the greatest short-term threat to humanity is from the fuel pools at Fukushima. The Japanese nuclear agency recently green-lighted the removal of the spent fuel rods from Fukushima reactor 4′s spent fuel pool. The operation is scheduled to begin this month.
Group of companies, including Tiger Brands, Pioneer, Premier Foods fixed the price of bread and maize meal, commandeer the entire maize value chain squeeze the poorest South Africans. South African government, through Public Investment Corporation (PIC)largest investor in Tiger Brands.
Gag order on medical professionals which keeps them from revealing specific fracking chemical components to their patients. denied the right of access to information about specific chemical types and quantities used in fracking to better handle poisoned patients or warn them of the toxic potentials.
October 12 March Against Monsanto (MAM), scores of police from half a dozen municipalities there, with dogs .previous demonstration, police told picketers to stand on pavement not on Monsanto’s grass. next event, cops said pavement too close to traffic ordered people to stand on the grass.
District Court judge in California upheld the landmark [SCOTUS] ruling, and struck down a patent held by a San Diego-based diagnostics company called Sequenom. Sequenom plans to appeal the decision to the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals. Judge ruled a "natural phenomenon" could not be patented.
TEPCO to begin extracting 1,500 nuclear fuel rods from Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant. Risky operation essential to stabilize the site, process to take decades. Radioactivity of the rods 14,000 times more than 1945 Hiroshima bomb. Mishap could release huge amount of radiation into the atmosphere.
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