Daily Archives: May 3, 2015

How did Iowa’s Avian Flu outbreak get this bad?


PBS NewsHour

Published on May 3, 2015

Iowa, the country’s largest egg-producing state, declared a major outbreak of the Avian Flu. And to try and contain the disease, millions of chickens and turkeys there and in Wisconsin and Minnesota have been killed. Amy Mayer, a reporter for Harvest Public Media at Iowa Public Radio joins Hari Sreenivasan via Skype from Ames, Iowa, to discuss.

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We’ve Been Had (true) – Here’s The Proof – Pass It On


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Published on May 3, 2015

9/11 Physics Lesson

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Scientists’ urgent call to divest …

Our Keep it in the ground campaign has met with support from scientists across the globe, imploring the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Wellcome Trust to divest from fossil fuels. From university professors to field researchers, marine biologists to astrophysicists, these are just a few of the many impassioned messages we have received. Click on the excerpts to read their full comments, and please sign the Keep it in the ground petition if you haven’t already.

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Arctic research from an ice-bound boat – BBC News

3 May 2015 Last updated at 22:15 BST

A team of scientists has spent the winter aboard a research vessel deliberately wedged into the Arctic ice pack.

Their aim is to gather data about how the polar region is changing.

The BBC’s Science Editor, David Shukman, is the only British journalist to be invited aboard the Lance as it drifts with the ice 300 miles north of Longyearbyen.

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Chernobyl Flames: Recent fires spark radiation fears, memories of 1986 disaster


RT

Published on May 3, 2015

An explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear plant 29 years ago released a massive radiation cloud that affected half of Europe and the fallout may be felt by generations to come, with land remaining contaminated for centuries. RT’s Paula Slier visited the city of Slavutich, built for the nuclear plant’s staff evacuated after the tragedy in the 80s.

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Raising Money to Free Journalists Worldwide


VOA News

Published on May 3, 2015

Beginning Sunday – World Press Freedom Day – the Committee to Protect Journalists, a private U.S. group, is launching a campaign to bring attention to their plight and encourage efforts to free them
Originally published at – http://www.voanews.com/media/video/ra…

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EV & N – 184 – CCTV | Key Elements of Transition Studies: Rethinking Food, Water and Energy for Human Survival in a Changing Climate

http://ecoethics.net/2014-ENVRE120/20150503-EV&N-184-Link.html

https://www.cctvcambridge.org/node/321541

https://www.cctvcambridge.org/user/ccra

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CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley – Penn. town blames contaminated water on fracking


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Published on Jan 28, 2012

Residents of Dimock, Penn., have lived with contaminated water wells for more than three years, and they blame the contamination on fracking for natural gas. Tony Guida reports on the tiny town’s struggle to get clean water.

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Water pollution connected to fracking


RT America

Published on Jan 6, 2014

An investigation has begun to shed light on the hazards of hydraulic fracturing – or fracking – across the country. In at least four of the states that have nurtured the nation’s energy boom, hundreds of complaints have been made about well-water contamination from oil or gas drilling. Pollution was confirmed in a number of those states, according to an Associated Press review that casts doubt on industry suggestions that such problems rarely happen. RT’s Meghan Lopez learns more about water pollution from fracking from Tyson Slocum, director of the Public Citizen Energy Program.

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The American Plan to Build Nuclear Power Plants in the Ocean

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An artist’s 1972 drawing of an offshore nuclear power plant
This ill-advised scheme would have put gigantic barges just off the Atlantic coast? Where would it have started? New Jersey, of course

By Matt Novak
smithsonian.com
February 26, 2013

A new nuclear power plant hasn’t been built in the U.S. in over 30 years. But in the 1970s nuclear power was still in many ways a low-emissions dream of the future.

In 1975, nuclear power accounted for about 4 percent of the electrical energy generated in the United States. But some people at that time were predicting that by the dawn of the 21st century, nuclear power might supply over 50 percent of electrical energy needed in this country. (Nuclear power currently produces 19.2 percent of electricity in the U.S.)

In the early 1970s, plans were set into motion which would have seen eight to ten offshore nuclear power plants built by 1999. Each power plant was envisioned to produce 1,150 megawatts of electricity, enough for a city of about 600,000 at the time.

The plan was devised by Offshore Power Systems (OPS), a partnership between Tenneco and Westinghouse. In

1972, a New Jersey utility company contracted with OPS to build an offshore nuclear power plant in Jacksonville, Florida, and tow it to New Jersey. The $1.1 billion contract to build the plant was even signed at sea — aboard a yacht just off the New Jersey coast. The power plants would have been gigantic barges anchored a few miles off the American coastline, starting with Brigantine, New Jersey.

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