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Environmentalism

is a broad philosophy and social movement regarding concerns for environmental conservation and improvement of the state of the environment. Environmentalism and environmental concerns are often represented by the color green.[1]

The conservation of natural resources is the fundamental problem. Unless we solve that problem, it will avail us little to solve all others.
Theodore Roosevelt[1]

The historic Blue Marble photograph. Environmentalism is a concern for the planet as a whole.

The environmental movement, a term that includes the… Continue reading

Late on May 2, 2011, in an effort to spare Cairo, Illinois, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers used explosives to breach a protective levee near the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers. As predicted, the two-mile hole in the levee flooded 130,000 acres of nearby farmland in what is known as the Birds Point-New Madrid Floodway.

The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured these images of the area on May 3, 2011 (top), and April 29, 2011 (bottom). Both images use a combination of visible and infrared light to increase contrast between… Continue reading

UN health agency upholds research on nuclear radiation

(AFP) – May 4, 2011

GENEVA — The World Health Organisation said Wednesday that independent research on the health impact of radiation must be pursued without being influenced by the nuclear industry.

The WHO’s remarks came after a first meeting between the UN health agency’s chief, Margaret Chan, and Chernobyl protestors who have claimed the dangers of nuclear radiation were played down because of an allegedly dominant role played by the UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Chan also pledged that the WHO would look into why the proceedings of a… Continue reading

Swiss watchdog orders nuclear plants to tackle flaws

 

Switzerland’s nuclear safety watchdog has ordered the country’s atomic power stations to deal with weaknesses found in post-Fukushima quake and flood resistance inspections.

The Federal Nuclear Safety Inspectorate (ENSI) said the flaws found at four plants, including one with two reactors, did not present an immediate danger but ordered the operators to report back on the steps they would take by August 31.

In two of the privately-run power plants, Beznau in northern Switzerland and Muehleberg near the Swiss capital Bern, “the cooling system of the pool… Continue reading

Boston.com Massachusetts

Rally for nuclear safety

Spent-fuel storage fuel at the Pilgrim power plant in Plymouth is one area of concern. Spent-fuel storage fuel at the Pilgrim power plant in Plymouth is one area of concern. (David L. Ryan/Globe Staff/File)

By Robert Knox

Globe Correspondent / May 5, 2011

A grass-roots group organized after the Japan nuclear disaster is holding what is expected to be a large rally for nuclear safety at Plymouth Rock on Saturday. Its leaders say it is neither antinuclear nor political in purpose.

“It’s about families. It’s not about politics,’’ said Anna Baker, coleader of Pilgrim: Make Us Safe Today, or Pilgrim: MUST.

The group moved the rally originally planned… Continue reading

Food allergies cost $500 million a year, says study

 

Doctor visits, hospital care and lost work days account for the price tag

Reuters May 5, 2011

Visits to the doctor’s office make up the bulk of the medical costs, researchers estimate, amounting to at least $118 million.

Food allergies among children have climbed 18 percent from 1997 to 2007, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Hay fever? Don’t forget to check your plate

Today, about four of every 100 Americans suffer from the exaggerated immune response, which can be triggered by peanuts, milk, eggs and… Continue reading

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Achieving Health
Without the Use of Prescriptions

New book gives readers therapeutic options designed to keep them out of the doctor’s office

The truth about healthy living often conflicts with common medical beliefs

Quote start“People have sometimes asked if I’m a proponent for ‘alternative health care’”, said Frieders. “On the surface, the answer is ‘yes’”Quote end

Aurora, IL (PRWEB) April 27, 2011

According to author Larry J. Frieders, we live in an over-medicated society, and it’s getting worse by the day. In his experience as a pharmacist, which spans four decades, he has become disgusted with what passes for health care in… Continue reading

Monday, May 2, 2011 07:01 ET

Why does your doctor hate alternative medicine?

That’s the question TV shows and outspoken celebs keep asking, but the truth is far more complicated than that

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Dr. Oz

On his popular TV show last week, Dr. Mehmet Oz ran a segment titled “Why Your Doctor Is Afraid of Alternative Medicine.” The show pitted Oz (who has found himself under fire for dubious doctoring) against Dr. Steve Novella, a Yale neurologist and blogger who is skeptical of alt-med treatments.

Who won? You can watch the videos for yourself… Continue reading

File photo illustration of pills. REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen

File photo illustration of pills. Credit: Reuters/Jacky Naegelen

By Frederik Joelving

NEW YORK | Wed May 4, 2011 6:43pm EDT

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Data that could save money and help doctors make smarter treatment decisions are often unavailable at the time new medicines hit the market, according to U.S. researchers.

In a study out Tuesday, they found nearly a third of new drug approvals from the Food and Drug Administration included no data on how well the medications compare with existing alternatives.

“Even when these things are accessible, it’s… Continue reading

National / World News 4:46 p.m. Thursday, May 5, 2011
 
 

By MICHAEL J. CRUMB

The Associated Press

WYATT, Mo. — Blasting open a levee and submerging more than 200 square miles of Missouri farmland has likely gouged away fertile topsoil, deposited mountains of debris to clear and may even hamper farming in some places for years, experts say.

In this photo made May 3, 2011, floodwater covers farmland near New Madrid, Mo. When the Army Corps of Engineers intentionally broke a clay levee holding back the rising Mississippi… Continue reading

Monsanto’s Roundup Herbicide Comes Under Fire

EPA Reviews for Safety and Boulder Discontinues Use

by Rachel Cernansky, Boulder, Colorado on 05. 3. 2011

Boulder dandelions Roundup ban photo
Image: Jeff Turner via flickr

Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide has been coming under increasing scrutiny, and it’s about time. Glyphosate, the main ingredient in the herbicide, is being reviewed for safety by regulators in the U.S. and Canada, despite having been in use for more than 30 years. Some groups are calling for an outright ban because of problems it causes for plants, animals, and its potential as a cause of infertility or cancer in people.

Meanwhile,… Continue reading

Oregon farmers wait anxiously on Monsanto ‘Round Up’ Ruling

By Carol Forsloff.
 
Oregon farmers are up in arms about Monsanto and so they are watching a lawsuit against the food giant as it impacts Oregon farming.
 
While press releases had hinted earlier about the problems, OregonLivebrought the story to full readers’ attention with a story on April 30 with a story about the case of a Greenleaf, Idaho, company, Geertson Seed Farms, and the giant Monsanto Corp. According to the farmers’ complaint, the problem has to do with the claims “Roundup Ready” alfalfa that can… Continue reading

Transmission Bottlenecks Bad News for Renewable Energy

May. 3 2011 – 11:33 pm By WILLIAM PENTLAND

Cold Winds Wind PowerIn 2007, nearly one-third of all the wind turbines in China were deliberately idled because a saturated power grid lacked spare capacity to carry any electricity the remote wind farms would have produced to consumer markets. While China has largely resolved this issue by expanding the transmission system’s capacity, it is not yet out of the woods entirely and still imposes rolling wind outages to avoid overwhelming the grid.

Like China, the prodigious expansion of power production from renewable-energy resources like wind, solar energy… Continue reading

Key findings on renewable energy by U.N. panel

 

Wed May 4, 2011 12:15pm EDT

(Reuters) – Following are findings by the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in a draft report about renewable energy (RE).

TOTALS – RE accounted for 12.9 percent of global primary energy supply in 2008. The top contributor was biomass (10.2 percent) — mainly firewood used in developing nations — ahead of hydropower (2.3), wind (0.2), direct solar energy and geothermal (0.1 each) and ocean (0.002 percent).

RECENT EXPANSION – Of about 300 gigawatts of new electricity generating capacity added globally in 2008… Continue reading

Simulations of radioactive substances diffusion from nuke plant released by gov’t

A chart simulating the spread of radioactive substances from the Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant made at 4 p.m. on March 12. (Chart courtesy of the Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Ministry)
May 6, 2011

(Mainichi Japan) May 4, 2011

 
A chart simulating the spread of radioactive substances from the Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant made at 4 p.m. on March 12. (Chart courtesy of the Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Ministry)

The government has released its simulations of the spread of radioactive substances leaking from the tsunami-hit Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant.

The government has begun releasing about 5,000 charts simulating the spread of radioactive substances — withheld since the simulations’ creation in March and April… Continue reading

Radiation danger denied

06/May/2011

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RADIOACTIVE material will not be trucked through Kwinana, according to State Mines and Petroleum Minister Norman Moore, after claims by a WA Greens politician last week.

Mining and Pastoral Region MLC Robin Chapple said he had concerns over the proposed shipment of rare earth product from Lynas’ Mount Weld mine through Kwinana to Fremantle.

He said the material could contain thorium and would be shipped in sealed bags, similar to the method used by controversial lead mining company Magellan Metals.

“I would think that people living along the transport route and the Kwinana community would… Continue reading

Japan Kept Secret on Fukushima Radiation Measurements

World | May 3, 2011, Tuesday

 
 
From: 
 
Bulgaria: Japan Kept Secret on Fukushima Radiation Measurements
64 This photograph released 30 April 2011 shows Katsuaki Kozuka showing a radiation measuring instrument in Kawauchimura located in the radius of 20-30 km from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima Prefecture, Japan on 28 April 2011. Phot
 

The Japanese government admitted it kept in secret at least 5000 radiation radiation measurements and assessments after the nuclear event which struck the Fukushima Daiichi NPP in March.

This was done in order not to… Continue reading

New U.S. nuclear reactors close to construction

 

NEW YORK | Wed May 4, 2011 11:11am EDT

NEW YORK (Reuters) – For the first time in more than 30 years, the construction of new nuclear plants is underway in the United States despite the ongoing nuclear crisis at Fukushima in Japan.

The accident at Fukushima Daiichi will cause the U.S. nuclear regulators to call for new inspections and additional regulatory scrutiny on both existing and new plants, but should not stop the construction of at least a few new reactors in the country, Standard & Poor’s credit analysts… Continue reading

The New York Times 

Despite Bipartisan Support, Nuclear Reactor Projects Falter

Stephen Morton for The New York Times

The Energy Department issued the first nuclear loan guarantee for the expansion of the Alvin W. Vogtle plant in Georgia.

By
Published: April 28, 2011

WASHINGTON — In an effort to encourage nuclear power, Congress voted in 2005 to authorize $17.5 billion in loan guarantees for new reactors. Now, six years later, with the industry stalled by poor market conditions and the Fukushima disaster, nearly half of the fund remains unclaimed. And yet Congress, at the request of the Obama… Continue reading

1 May 2011 Last updated at 11:21 ET

Scots windfarms paid cash to stop producing energy

 

wind turbines generic Windfarms at six sites across Scotland were paid to stop producing electricity

 

Six Scottish windfarms were paid up to £300,000 to stop producing energy, it has emerged.

The turbines, at a range of sites across Scotland, were stopped because the grid network could not absorb all the energy they generated.

Details of the payments emerged following research by the Renewable Energy Foundation (REF).

The REF said energy companies were paid £900,000 to halt the turbines for several hours… Continue reading

Nuclear watchdog groups slam New Mexico plan

 

By Zelie Pollon

Santa Fe, New Mexico | Wed Apr 27, 2011 5:40pm EDT

Santa Fe, New Mexico (Reuters) – The U.S. government should rethink plans for a multi-billion dollar plutonium complex at Los Alamos after the recent nuclear catastrophe in Japan and the discovery of increased seismic risk in New Mexico, nuclear watchdog groups said.

A hearing began on Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque on a lawsuit filed by the Los Alamos Study Group seeking to block any further design, construction or funding of the proposed Chemical… Continue reading

 

But where did He put the thing?

 
EDITORIAL FOOTNOTE

 

 
 
 

 

Is there, or isn’t there, a God particle?

 
Most physicists believe there is, but reports of its appearance are probably premature.

A spokesman for the European Organization for Nuclear Research, known by its French acronym CERN, was busy last week lowering expectations after a memo was leaked that suggested scientists may have discovered the long-sought Higgs boson.

The Higgs boson is an elementary particle that, according to physicists’ Standard Model, should exist. But no one has yet detected one.

Not, mind you,… Continue reading

Thomas Peracchio  for the Wilmington Technology Examiner 

Exelon also operates the world famous Three Mile Island facility in Pennsylvania
Photo: United States Department of Energy
 

Nuclear power giant Exelon Corporation announced this week their intent to merge with Constellation Energy in what investors call a stock-for-stock transaction.

While Delaware residents may not immediately recogize the Exelon name, they are probably familiar with the many Exelon nuclear power plants in our area.

Exelon Nuclear operates Peach Bottom Atomic… Continue reading

Crisis man-made: Tepco

News » International SINGAPORE, May 1, 2011       P. S. Suryanarayana for The Hindu

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It has been credibly acknowledged for the first time that the continuing nuclear radiation crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi power station in Japan is “partially a man-made disaster”.

A top executive of the Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco), which owns the power plant and is responsible for crisis-management, made the acknowledgment during the weekend. Tepco Vice-President Norio Tsuzumi was talking to some of the newly-affected villagers in the Fukushima prefecture. Local authorities recently… Continue reading

Riding the Bottom up;

Connection Revolution Wave to Build New Coalitions for Change

 
By Rob Kall (about the author)      Page 1 of 1 page(s)

opednews.com

 

I’m working, with some fellow local activists, to build a local coalition aimed at magnifying our strengths by sharing resources.

There is power in numbers. There are literally hundreds of thousands of grass roots organizations trying to change the world, to make it a more just, safer, healthier place for people, workers, animals, the environment, the weak and vulnerable, even the arts and those aspects of humanity that… Continue reading

SAN ANTONIO; Privatized

 

By Vev Ketcham (about the author)       Page 1 of 3 page(s)

opednews.com

Fukushima to San Antonio

Even if you are not among the crush of avant-garde shrewdly cramming Japanese in order to be on a first named basis with the radioactivity arriving from the Land of the Rising Sun, you may, nevertheless, find yourself pondering the meltdown that is launching those particles in our direction.

  Then, once you have learned that the corporation whose irresponsible behavior is most responsible for that situation, Tokyo Electric (TEPCO), has been given a… Continue reading

Korea HeraldChernobyl lessons, 25 years on

2011-05-01 18:39
The recent tragic events at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant have forced the international community to re-analyze the safety of nuclear power stations.
And 25 years on, the Chernobyl catastrophe remains the worst ever nuclear plant disaster, said Volodymyr Belashov, the Ukrainian ambassador to Korea.
Aftermath of Chernobyl disaster
“Several dozens of firefighters, plant workers and reporters died from the affects of radiation shortly after the accident, thousands died during in the following years. About 5 million people suffered, more than 145,000 square kilometers of the terrain and 5,000 settlements in… Continue reading

AP IMPACT:

Ties bind Japan nuke sector, regulators

(AP) – May 1, 2011

TOKYO (AP) — Nearly 10 years after Japan’s top utility first assured the government that its Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant was safe from any tsunami, regulators were just getting around to checking out the claim. The move was too little, too late.

But even if there had been scrutiny years before the fury of an earthquake-powered wave swamped the six atomic reactors at Fukushima on March 11, it is almost certain the government wouldn’t have challenged the unrealistic analysis that Tokyo Electric Power Co. had… Continue reading

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Fukushima’s Collateral Effects

POSTED BY: Bill Sweet  /  Fri, April 29, 2011

What a difference six months make. Last fall, at a smart grid technical meeting organized by IEEE’s Communications Society, a Japanese speaker said that his country had no particular interest in making its electric power system more reliable, as it already was very close to 100 percent reliable.

Now we are hearing that because of the Fukushima catastrophe and the temporary shut-down of other nuclear power plants, there are almost sure to be summer shortages that will require the government to impose electricity rationing.… Continue reading

Hundreds Voice Nuke Plant Concerns; NRC, Edison Try to Reassure Public

More than 300 turned out to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission meeting to voice their concerns about the safety of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.

By Adam Townsend | Email the author | April 28, 2011

Hundreds showed up to the annual Nuclear Regulatory Commission meeting Thursday night to hear an assessment of how safely the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station operated in 2010.

Residents—dozens of whom carried anti-nuclear energy placards—expressed their increased concerns that a disaster similar to the earthquake and tsunami that… Continue reading

Fukushima: Breach of Trust

From Forbes

Davia Temin
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Apr. 29 2011 – 7:23 pm
 

As news of the enormity of the Japanese earthquake, tsunami and nuclear breach made its way around the world, our emotional responses were tugged in so many directions.

First, of course, came profound sadness, concern and compassion for the people of Japan.  Mother Nature is not only fickle, but sometimes downright evil. And losing over 14,000 souls to one natural disaster was devastating.

Then came admiration – for the way the Japanese were handling their trials and privations. No civil disobedience, few public… Continue reading

Hitachi, Mitsubishi Heavy to study tie-up on damaged nuclear plant

TOKYO, April 27 | Wed Apr 27, 2011 6:31am EDT

TOKYO, April 27 (Reuters) – Hitachi Ltd and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd will explore bolstering ties over Japan’s stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, as Hitachi looks to win a multibillion dollar contract to scrap its damaged reactors.

Hitachi and rival Toshiba Corp each submitted separate proposals for the long-term decommissioning of the hobbled nuclear plant earlier this month, a process experts say could take more than a decade and cost up to $19 billion.

Hitachi has also enlisted the… Continue reading

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Thousands protest in Taiwan against nuclear power plants

Topic: Global consequences of Japanese quake

Thousands protest in Taiwan against nuclear power plants
Thousands protest in Taiwan against nuclear power plants
© REUTERS/ Nicky Loh 19:16 30/04/2011
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