Archive for April 12, 2017

SHOCKING: Deadly Fukushima soil to be used in Japan’s public parks

Posted in 2017 with tags , , , , , on April 12, 2017 by theboldcorsicanflame

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In an attempt to bury the reality of radioactive fallout and pretend that everything is okay, the Japanese government is now planning to redistribute hundreds of millions of cubic meters of radioactive soil from theFukushima nuclear disaster site to public parks throughout the country. Soil contaminated with radioactive cesium is currently being shipped throughout Japan and used to prop up roads and tidal banks, and it’s about to get even worse.

The Ministry of the Environment and its advisory council are planning to buy the contaminated soil directly from the Fukushima nuclear disaster site so they can hide it in future public landfill projects. This is how the Japanese government plans to clean up the radiation – dilute it underfoot and disperse it in the many communities throughout the country. Radioactive waste is about to become a permanent pollutant, slowly infecting the Japanese way of life. A University of Tokyo environmental engineering professor, Yuichi Moriguchi, estimates that there are roughly 100 million cubic meters of contaminated soil, which is enough soil to fill 80 large stadiums.

In the summer of 2016, the Japanese government began recycling contaminated soil with radioactive cesium measurements reaching 8,000 becquerels per kilograms. Tons of contaminated soil has already been mobilized to build tidal banks and national roadways. The newest rule allows this toxic soil to be used in public parks as long as it is covered by a layer of topsoil, vegetation, or concrete. Notably, Cesium-137 has a 30-year half-life and persists in soils for 200 – 300 years.

It’s hard to tell where all this radiation will end up over time. Once it’s dispersed throughout the country, it could ultimately end up in water and food sources for decades to come. After the contaminated soil is dispersed in a public works project, the Japanese government says that area residents are expected endure less than .01 mSv of radiation a year. Apparently, exposure to radiation is the new normal in Japan, and the government suddenly “knows” how much is safe on a yearly basis.

TO BE CONTINUED ON

Source: SHOCKING: Deadly Fukushima soil to be used in Japan’s public parks

Drastic increase in the number of icebergs in transatlantic shipping lanes – The Watchers

Posted in 2017, Extreme Weather with tags , , , on April 12, 2017 by theboldcorsicanflame

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Last week, we reported car and house-sized chunks of broken-up sea ice are being pounded onto the shore of St. John’s harbor in a sight locals haven’t seen since the 1980’s. Now, USCG’s International Ice Patrol reports a drastic increase in icebergs drifting in the transatlantic ship lanes.

As of April 4, 2017, 455 icebergs have drifted or been sighted south of 48°N in the transatlantic shipping lanes, according to the U.S. Coast Guard’s International Ice Patrol. On average, 83 icebergs drift south of this latitude by the end of March based on data collected between 1900 and 2016. The number of icebergs we are seeing now is usually not seen until late May or early June.

Coast Guard Cmdr. Gabrielle McGrath, who leads the ice patrol, told AP she has never seen such a drastic increase in such a short time. Adding to the danger, three icebergs were discovered outside the boundaries of the area the Coast Guard had advised mariners to avoid, she said. According to AP, McGrath is predicting a fourth consecutive “extreme ice season” with more than 600 icebergs in the shipping lanes.

“Cold temperatures and persistent, strong northerly winds caused sea-ice expansion south and east through to near 46°N,” IIP said in their 7-day Iceberg Outlook released April 5. “These conditions also brought significant numbers of icebergs into Flemish Pass. During the last week of March, three icebergs were detected outside of IIP’s published Iceberg Limit.” 

“While sea ice is forecasted to contract and recede to the north, hundreds of icebergs are expected to continue drifting the Flemish Pass expanding the Iceberg Limit southward. The Southern Iceberg Limit will reach near 42°N close to the mid-April median Iceberg Limit while the Eastern Iceberg Limit is expected to remain inside of the mid-April median over the next seven days,” IIP said.

IIP’s data records, which extend to 1900, show that nearly 500 icebergs enter the shipping lanes in an average year. However, the year-to-year variation is wide. In 1984, the busiest iceberg year in IIP’s history, 2 202 icebergs entered the shipping lanes. On the other hand, during two years (1966 and 2006) no icebergs reached the shipping lanes.

TO BE CONTINUED ON THE WATCHERS

Source: Drastic increase in the number of icebergs in transatlantic shipping lanes

Oh, deer: Canadian man tackled by deer

Posted in 2017, animals with tags , , , , on April 12, 2017 by theboldcorsicanflame

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It happened on April Fools’ Day, so no one believed him at first, but 25-year-old Cary McCook got run over by a deer.

McCook was dropped off by a coworker in British Columbia, Canada, on April 1 when he saw a deer running straight for him.

He had no time to react, as can be seen in the video. The deer head-butted him, and McCook fell to the ground.

His family and friends finally believed that he was taken down by the deer after he got surveillance footage of the incident from a nearby inn.

McCook is an aspiring rapper in a group named “Reka-Nation,” and he told a Canadian news network that he plans to write a rap song about his encounter.

VIDEO AND SOURCE: Oh, deer: Canadian man tackled by deer

Animal Hospital in Stafford, Virginia: Dog Escapes By Opening Doors With His Mouth

Posted in 2017, animals, Uncategorized with tags , , on April 12, 2017 by theboldcorsicanflame

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When pets go missing, our first thoughts are how vulnerable, terrified, and lost they must feel. These are all valid concerns — after all, owning a pet is a massive responsibility. But General, a 10-year-old Great Pyrenees, proved we don’t give nearly enough credit to dogs for how smart and self-sufficient they can be.

Before a trip to Virginia beach, one family brought their dog to Aquia-Garrisonville Animal Hospital in Stafford, Virginia. They assumed he was in good hands, since they previously had good experiences with the hospital. But their trip was cut short when they received a call that General had broken out of his cage using his mouth, wandered out of the hospital, headed through the parking lot and down the sidewalk out of video surveillance’s eye.

The video footage depicts the dog looking both ways to see if the coast was clear (or maybe he was just interested in his new surroundings? Dogs love surroundings!). He proceeds to nonchalantly march out. If only sneaking out of awkward situations were that easy.

Deputies, animal control officers, and hospital employees banded together for an entire day to find him, and their efforts paid off. The hospital announced on their Facebook page that evening that the dog had been found (Phew! Searching for a lost pup at night doesn’t sound like a cake walk).

Source: http://www.teenvogue.com/story/dog-escapes-animal-hospital

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