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Trace amounts of radioactive Iodine-131 have been detected in the ground-level atmosphere in Luxembourg & Europe since beginning of 2017

Posted in 2017 with tags , , , , , , , on April 30, 2017 by theboldcorsicanflame


Trace amounts of radioactive Iodine-131 have been detected in the ground-level atmosphere in Luxembourg since beginning of 2017, but the source has not been found.

Responding to a parliamentary question, health minister Lydia Mutsch said that a Luxembourg station had sporadically detected traces of Iodine-131 since the start of 2017. She said: “The quantities measured were extremely low, close to the threshold for detection.”

Iodine-131 is a radioisotope of iodine, which is present in nuclear fission products and in high doses can cause mutation and death in cells that it penetrates.

Increased radiation at trace levels were detected across Europe in January 2017. ………

The levels were thought to have been linked to a radioactive leak at a nuclear reactor in Norway in October 2016…….

The leak was caused by a technical failure during treatment of the fuel in the reactor hall. It was contained and, according to the Norwegian authorities, no radioactive contamination was detected outside the facility, the minister said.

She added that the amount of reactive iodine leaked was equivalent to 10% of the permitted limit. Meanwhile, the source of the traces of radioactive Iodine-131 remains unknown.

UK: 60 swans rescued after dumped oil deluges three miles of town river

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


60 swans were rescued after hundreds of gallons of oil deluged more than three miles of a town centre river.


The Environment Agency (EA) is now using “absorbent booms” to soak up the oil streak in the River Kennet, in Reading, while they try to track down the culprit.

“Every effort is being made to find the source of this pollution which we believe to have originated in the industrial areas in south Reading,” said an EA spokesman


The oldest tree in the world was alive when Stonehenge was under construction and around the time humans developed their first writing system

Posted in 2016 with tags , , , , , on March 12, 2017 by theboldcorsicanflame


Hidden in the mountains of California, Nevada, and Utah, lurk some of the oldest known long-living species of the Great Basin bristlecone pine, or Pinus longaeva.

One member of this species, noted to be 5066 years old, is considered the oldest known living organism on Earth. The ancient tree can be found in the White Mountains in California, but its exact location is kept secret.

The tree was cored by specialist Edmund Shulman, dedicated researcher and explorer of long-lived trees, and its age was determined by Tom Harlan.


70,000 Birds Slaughtered To Clear Skies For Our Airplanes! Tip of the Iceberg

Posted in 2017, animals with tags , , , , , , , , on January 25, 2017 by theboldcorsicanflame


Despite culling, bird strikes have increased

Nearby Kennedy Airport lies beneath a major migratory route for many bird species. The airport has also seen a significant increase in bird strikes.

In the wake of this widespread avian slaughter and it’s apparent ineffectiveness, opponents state that airport officials should find alternative measures to protect pilots and their passengers.

Jeffrey Kramer, a volunteer for GooseWatch NYC, believes that more efficient radar systems should be employed.

These would detect and avoid problematic flocks. “There has to be a long-term solution that doesn’t rely so extensively on killing birds and also keeps us safe in the sky.”

Airport officials say skies are safer without birds….and the Earth would be safer without humans?

How do you feel about the mass-slaughter of all these birds? Is it justifiable?

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RSOE EDIS – Fire event in Japan on January 22 2017 11:11 AM

Posted in 2017 with tags , , , , on January 22, 2017 by theboldcorsicanflame


Authorities have ordered the evacuation of over 2,900 people after a petrochemical plant in the city of Arida, Japan erupted in a major fire.

Footage broadcast by the Japanese media shows firefighters trying to dose the flames as well as thick plum of black smoke rising against the skyline.

According to Kyodo news agency, the local authorities were recommended to evacuate some 3,000 people.

The evacuated people were accommodated in two evacuation stations.

There is no data on the cause of the fire, as well as on the casualties so far.

The refinery caught fire at 07:00 GMT. According to the preliminary information, a container with lubricants flamed up, while no blasts were reported.

The fire area has reached 100 square meters [3.8 square miles]. Some 20 fire brigades were sent to combat fire in the area.

Source: RSOE EDIS – Fire event in Japan on January 22 2017 11:11 AM

Wales: Environment Bosses ‘devastated’ after discovering 200 ancient Trees Cut down by An Unknown Tree Assassin

Posted in 2017 with tags , , , , , , , on January 22, 2017 by theboldcorsicanflame



Inspectors were visiting countryside in Blackwood, near Caerphilly, South Wales, when they came across a field of stumps.

The hedgerow beeches are thought to be around 150-200 years old.

Natural Resources Wales have launched an investigation into the felling and have said anyone wanting to chop down so many veteran trees would need a licence.

Jim Hepburn, regulatory woodland officer at Natural Resources Wales, said: ‘This is a devastating case which will have a terrible impact on the local environment and no doubt be very upsetting for local people.

‘These trees would have been around 150 – 200 years old and would have provided valuable habitat for wildlife.

‘We continue to investigate how this felling has happening, and will take the necessary action against those responsible.’


Mystery tree feller chops down 200 ancient beeches leaving environment bosses completely stumped


Earthquakes of the First 15 Years of the 21st Century

Posted in 2017, Earthquakes with tags , , , , , , on January 11, 2017 by theboldcorsicanflame

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