Daily Archives: April 19, 2015

Our Food Is Killing Us


The Big Picture RT

Published on Apr 13, 2015

Patty Lovera, Food & Water Watch & Paul Shapiro, Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) & Colin O’Neil, Center for Food Safety join Thom to talk about the safety of our food. Approximately 48 million Americans get sick every year from food borne illnesses. How is this possible given all the technology and regulatory power at our disposal? The answer – in tonight’s Bigger Picture panel discussion about food safety.

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How Not Eating Meat Can Save the Planet


The Big Picture RT

Published on Apr 13, 2015

Patty Lovera, Food & Water Watch & Paul Shapiro, Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) & Colin O’Neil, Center for Food Safety join Thom to talk about the safety of our food. Approximately 48 million Americans get sick every year from food borne illnesses. How is this possible given all the technology and regulatory power at our disposal? The answer – in tonight’s Bigger Picture panel discussion about food safety.

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Divest From Fossil Fuels Movement Explodes Across the U.S.

https://ecowatch.com/2015/04/17/harvard-heat-week-divest-fossil-fuels/

Cole Mellino | April 17, 2015 9:49 am

Many students have vowed to ramp up their divestment campaigns at universities across America this spring. One group who has garnered much media attention is Divest Harvard, which is wrapping up a week-long campaign known as “Harvard Heat Week.” Harvard has the largest endowment of any university in the world at $36.4 billion, and hundreds of alumni including Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org, and former Colorado Senator Tim Wirth are participating in the group’s efforts this week.

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Fukushima News 3/20/15: Our Worst Fears Realized! Melted Fuel Is GONE From Fukushima Reactor


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Published on Mar 20, 2015

Images show no fuel inside No.1 reactor core
Nuclear & Energy Mar. 19, 2015 – Updated 06:47 UTC-4
Researchers say X-ray-like photos of a crippled reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi plant have confirmed that no nuclear fuel remains in the reactor core.

The finding supports the result of a simulation suggesting most of the molten fuel penetrated the core’s base.
Nuclear fuel in 3 of the plant’s 6 reactors melted down in the March 2011 nuclear accident at the plant. But extremely high radiation levels have prevented experts from locating and determining the state of the molten fuel.

Experts from the High Energy Accelerator Research Organization and other institutions have succeeded in taking X-ray-like photos of the plant’s No.1 reactor.

Since February, they have been using a type of elementary particle called the muon to get a peek inside the reactor, instead of using X-ray technology. The particles are created when cosmic rays collide with the Earth’s atmosphere.
The experts found nuclear fuel inside a storage pool located beside the No.1 reactor. But they did not find fuel inside the core of the reactor where the meltdown took place.

The finding confirms the result from an earlier computer simulation that suggested most of the fuel in the reactor core likely melted and fell through the bottom into the containment vessel housing the core.
Experts say the finding that most of the fuel had leaked out of the reactor core underlines the difficulties faced in scrapping the reactor.

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The Premiere of Leonardo DiCaprio’s Climate Change Doc “Restoration”

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The Big Picture RT

Published on Apr 15, 2015

Thom airs “Restoration,” the last in a series of four climate change documentaries narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio and presented by Thom Hartmann. Tonight’s Big Picture Rumble talks Hillary’s words on campaign finance reform, how much of our tax dollars are going to subsidize workers at companies like Walmart and McDonalds, and whether Republicans in Congress will repeal the estate tax.

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West Along the River: Stories from the Connecticut River Valley and Elsewhere

West Along the River: Stories from the Connecticut River Valley and Elsewhere

West Along the River is a compilation of lyrical essays and stories on nature and life in several villages in the Connecticut River Valley and beyond, to include travel adventures in Ireland, Brittany and France. The author connects the oral history of events and village characters, comical encounters and tender remembrances, in linking the past and present to create a unique sense of place.

West Along the River 2

The is the second book in a series about nature, village life, sense of place in the Connecticut River Valley, and beyond. Seasons in western New England, family, Red Sox lore and local heroes in Fenway Park, encounters with bears and other memorable wild creatures, Native American presence, and adventures in Ireland, Brittany and France complete this collection. Lyrical nature writing and tender remembrance connect the past and present, helping record oral history of a corner of New England rural culture.

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Mediterranean migrants: Hundreds feared dead after boat capsizes – BBC News

Hundreds of people are feared to have drowned after a boat carrying up to 700 migrants capsized in the Mediterranean Sea, the Italian coastguard says.

The vessel, thought to be just 20m (70ft) long, capsized at midnight local time in Libyan waters south of the Italian island of Lampedusa.

So far only 28 people have been rescued and 24 bodies retrieved.

Italy’s PM said it was a European tragedy and called for an extraordinary EU summit on the migrants issue.

Matteo Renzi said he could not verify the number of deaths, but that it would be a “dramatic amount”.

…(read more).

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