August 3, 2014
My students recently asked me if there had been any deaths due to nuclear energy, as they’d found a number of sources that said there had not.We talked, for a bit, about the different ways one could decide whether a death “was” or “was not” the fault of the Nuclear Industrial Complex.Let’s be clear.  A lot of money will go into arguing that nobody is at fault for this….
poodleman:

thepeoplesrecord:

Fukushima’s children are dying June 16, 2014
Some 39 months after the multiple explosions at Fukushima, thyroid cancer rates among nearby children have skyrocketed to more than forty times (40x) normal.
More than 48 percent of some 375,000 young people—nearly 200,000 kids—tested by the Fukushima Medical University near the smoldering reactors now suffer from pre-cancerous thyroid abnormalities, primarily nodules and cysts. The rate is accelerating.
More than 120 childhood cancers have been indicated where just three would be expected, says Joseph Mangano, executive director of the Radiation and Public Health Project.
The nuclear industry and its apologists continue to deny this public health tragedy. Some have actually asserted that “not one person” has been affected by Fukushima’s massive radiation releases, which for some isotopes exceed Hiroshima by a factor of nearly 30.
But the deadly epidemic at Fukushima is consistent with impacts suffered among children near the 1979 accident at Three Mile Island and the 1986 explosion at Chernobyl, as well as findings at other commercial reactors. The likelihood that atomic power could cause such epidemics has been confirmed by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, which says that “an increase in the risk of childhood thyroid cancer” would accompany a reactor disaster.
In evaluating the prospects of new reactor construction in Canada, the Commission says the rate “would rise by 0.3 percent at a distance of 12 kilometers” from the accident. But that assumes the distribution of protective potassium iodide pills and a successful emergency evacuation, neither of which happened at Three Mile Island, Chernobyl or Fukushima.
The numbers have been analyzed by Mangano. He has studied the impacts of reactor-created radiation on human health since the 1980s, beginning his work with the legendary radiologist Dr. Ernest Sternglass and statistician Jay Gould.
Speaking on the Green Power & Wellness Show, Mangano also confirms that the general health among downwind human populations improves when atomic reactors are shut down, and goes into decline when they open or re-open.
Nearby children are not the only casualties at Fukushima. Plant operator Masao Yoshida has died at age 58 of esophogeal cancer. Masao heroically refused to abandon Fukushima at the worst of the crisis, probably saving millions of lives. Workers at the site who are employed by independent contractors—many dominated by organized crime—are often not being monitored for radiation exposure at all. Public anger is rising over government plans to force families—many with small children—back into the heavily contaminated region around the plant.
Full article

Horrific. This should continue to be on everybody’s radar.

My students recently asked me if there had been any deaths due to nuclear energy, as they’d found a number of sources that said there had not.We talked, for a bit, about the different ways one could decide whether a death “was” or “was not” the fault of the Nuclear Industrial Complex.

Let’s be clear.  A lot of money will go into arguing that nobody is at fault for this….

poodleman:

thepeoplesrecord:

Fukushima’s children are dying 
June 16, 2014

Some 39 months after the multiple explosions at Fukushima, thyroid cancer rates among nearby children have skyrocketed to more than forty times (40x) normal.

More than 48 percent of some 375,000 young people—nearly 200,000 kids—tested by the Fukushima Medical University near the smoldering reactors now suffer from pre-cancerous thyroid abnormalities, primarily nodules and cysts. The rate is accelerating.

More than 120 childhood cancers have been indicated where just three would be expected, says Joseph Mangano, executive director of the Radiation and Public Health Project.

The nuclear industry and its apologists continue to deny this public health tragedy. Some have actually asserted that “not one person” has been affected by Fukushima’s massive radiation releases, which for some isotopes exceed Hiroshima by a factor of nearly 30.

But the deadly epidemic at Fukushima is consistent with impacts suffered among children near the 1979 accident at Three Mile Island and the 1986 explosion at Chernobyl, as well as findings at other commercial reactors.
 
The likelihood that atomic power could cause such epidemics has been confirmed by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, which says that “an increase in the risk of childhood thyroid cancer” would accompany a reactor disaster.

In evaluating the prospects of new reactor construction in Canada, the Commission says the rate “would rise by 0.3 percent at a distance of 12 kilometers” from the accident. But that assumes the distribution of protective potassium iodide pills and a successful emergency evacuation, neither of which happened at Three Mile Island, Chernobyl or Fukushima.

The numbers have been analyzed by Mangano. He has studied the impacts of reactor-created radiation on human health since the 1980s, beginning his work with the legendary radiologist Dr. Ernest Sternglass and statistician Jay Gould.

Speaking on the Green Power & Wellness Show, Mangano also confirms that the general health among downwind human populations improves when atomic reactors are shut down, and goes into decline when they open or re-open.

Nearby children are not the only casualties at Fukushima. Plant operator Masao Yoshida has died at age 58 of esophogeal cancer. Masao heroically refused to abandon Fukushima at the worst of the crisis, probably saving millions of lives. Workers at the site who are employed by independent contractors—many dominated by organized crime—are often not being monitored for radiation exposure at all. Public anger is rising over government plans to force families—many with small children—back into the heavily contaminated region around the plant.

Full article

Horrific. This should continue to be on everybody’s radar.

(Source: thepeoplesrecord, via reagan-was-a-horrible-president)

June 15, 2014
While I’m not the biggest defender of insurers, they’ve always been great for me.GOVERNMENTS need to address climate change.  Its predictable and it’s happening.  Insurance is for when those best-practice solutions fail.Bill the USA for it’s part in climate change
greenpeace:

Insurance companies suing Chicago-area gov’ts for not preparing for climate change and severe flooding: http://wapo.st/1qPpmjX

While I’m not the biggest defender of insurers, they’ve always been great for me.

GOVERNMENTS need to address climate change.  Its predictable and it’s happening.  Insurance is for when those best-practice solutions fail.

Bill the USA for it’s part in climate change

greenpeace:

Insurance companies suing Chicago-area gov’ts for not preparing for climate change and severe flooding: http://wapo.st/1qPpmjX

(via reagan-was-a-horrible-president)

June 10, 2014

angelclark:

ENDLESS ELECTRICITY: Here’s A Way Of Turning America’s Roads Into Gigantic Solar Panels

There are about 31,251 square miles of roads, parking lots, driveways, playgrounds, bike paths, and sidewalks in the lower 48 states. If Julie and Scott Brusaw have their way, they will all someday be replaced with solar panels.

For the better part of a decade, the Idaho couple has been working on prototyping an industrial-strength panel that could withstand the weight of even the largest trucks. They now appear to have cracked the formula, developing a specially textured glass coating for the panels that can not only bear tremendous loads but also support standard tire traction.

By their reckoning, at peak installation their panelized roads could produce more than three times the electricity consumed in the U.S.

The material could power electric vehicles through a receiver plate mounted beneath the vehicle and a transmitter plate is installed in the road.

(via reagan-was-a-horrible-president)

May 29, 2014
pewresearch:

Chart of the Week: Climate change is already here

pewresearch:

Chart of the Week: Climate change is already here

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May 12, 2014
Almost cannot believe this got beyond Monsanto.  BUT AWESOME.
ecowatchorg:

Vermont Passes First No-Strings-Attached GE Food Labeling Bill
Today, Center for Food Safety (CFS) celebrated an historic achievement in Vermont—passage of the first no strings attached bill requiring the labeling of genetically engineered (GE) foods.
SEE MORE:
http://ecowatch.com/2014/05/08/vermont-passes-first-no-strings-attached-ge-food-labeling-bill/

Almost cannot believe this got beyond Monsanto.  BUT AWESOME.

ecowatchorg:

Vermont Passes First No-Strings-Attached GE Food Labeling Bill

Today, Center for Food Safety (CFS) celebrated an historic achievement in Vermont—passage of the first no strings attached bill requiring the labeling of genetically engineered (GE) foods.

SEE MORE:

http://ecowatch.com/2014/05/08/vermont-passes-first-no-strings-attached-ge-food-labeling-bill/

(via reagan-was-a-horrible-president)

March 21, 2014
Are Any Plastics Safe? Industry Tries to Hide Scary New Evidence on BPA-Free Bottles, Containers

Not that I don’t avoid dangerous things full time.  But come on.  Plastic is dangerous.  Just stop using it where you can, even though it’ll remain a big part of our lives

democracynow:

A new exposé by Mother Jones magazine may shock anyone who uses plastic. Reporter Mariah Blake appears on Democracy Now! for an extended interview about her investigation, “The Scary New Evidence on BPA-Free Plastics, And the Big Tobacco-style Campaign to Bury it.”

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March 7, 2014

(Source: irrationalliberal, via reagan-was-a-horrible-president)

December 31, 2013

orientaltiger:

The first innovative bicycle path in the Netherlands will be paved with light stones that will charge during the day and emit light during the evening. The path will run by the home that Vincent van Gogh lived in from 1883-5

(via algaurizin)

December 24, 2013

reuters:

It’s time to show the crimes committed against the Amazon forest, writes Reuters photographer Nacho Doce.

reuterspictures:

Deforestation of the Amazon: From Paradise to inferno

Photography by Nacho Doce and Ricardo Moraes

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December 5, 2013
ALEC calls for penalties on 'freerider' homeowners in assault on clean energy

This is what happens when a nation embraces capitalism.  ALEC is the most evil conglomerate of corporations that continues to haunt the USA.

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