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Flabby end to COP19 UNFCCC Warsaw climate talks

In mid-September, Science Daily published this analysis by the Wildlife Conservation Society, the University of Queensland, and Stanford University of areas of the world most and least vulnerable to climate change. The first concluding statement from the news agencies has come out of Warsaw about this year’s 19th conference of the United Nations Framework Convention […]

November 23rd

BREAKING: Today's Illinois Tornadoes

Tornado watches and warnings in the Midwest, Sunday, November 17, 2013. On their way to Chicago. Peoria. Jennifer Wojcicki ☈ ‏‪@WxWithJenny‬ 20m RT ‪@TomPurdyWI‬: Beautiful wall cloud near Harvard, Illinois earlier, inflow screaming in on right side there. ‪#ilwx‬ ‪pic.twitter.com/8JvW8Hwfiq‬ Chicago Tribune ‏‪@chicagotribune‬ 58m Tornado touching down in LaSalle County ‪http://trib.in/1bwjOO7 ‬ ‪pic.twitter.com/zBOT9eyAH8‬ ChuckGoudieABC ‏‪@ChuckGoudieABC7‬ Twister […]

November 17th

"Lousy, Spoilt, and Defiled Planet" Climate Talks Begin In Warsaw

Officials open the 2013 UNFCCC meetings with determination and louder warnings…. (Photo source: http://ow.ly/qL43P) It’s time for the governments of the world to struggle with climate change policy again. Every year, late in November and early in December, representatives of 195 nations gather for two weeks to try to negotiate global responses to the increasingly […]

November 12th

Preliminary Test Now Required For Fukushima Nuclear Cleanup

Readying Fukushima 1 Unit 4 for decommission operation, but… (Kyodo News/flickr.com/photos/simplyinfo/) Not so fast with the Fukushima decommissioning, TEPCO. A Japanese government-affiliated agency (the Japan Nuclear Energy Safety Organization) has advised the Tokyo Electric Power Company that its proposed method of clearing Reactor Unit 4’s exposed cooling pool needs a test run before anyone commits […]

November 6th

Fukusnafu: March 2011, And Why Nobody Trusts TEPCO

Here’s what the Fukushima I power nuclear plant complex looked like prior to the natural disasters and explosions. (Source: ad-hoc-news.de.) Before March 2011, if you heard the words “Fukushima Daiichi,” you might wonder if someone had concocted a new sushi roll. Now most of us know about the nuclear accident cascade following Japan’s massive Tōhoku […]

November 3rd

U.S. To Aid TEPCO In Moving Hot Fukushima Fuel

Preparing to decommission the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, TEPCO recently dismantled the damaged roof parapet of Unit 4 and removed debris there. (Screenshot source: Enformable.com/Lucas W. Hixson.) As early as next Friday (November 8), the scariest decommissioning work at the ruined nuclear power complex may begin. Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO), the largest electrical utility in […]

November 2nd

The Private Mission To Save Planet Earth (From Asteroids)

Our Solar system is a potentially world-altering place when it comes to asteroid impacts; planetary scientists continue to find plentiful evidence of multiple and massive asteroid impacts on other planets and the various moons that orbit them…And, of course, there is evidence of “extinction level” impacts occurring in the distant past here on Earth. Such […]

October 24th