World Disaster Report
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Environment
A power blackout at Fukushima reactor No.1 was likely caused by a rat inside one of the power switchboards installed just after the March 2011 disaster. By itself this has little significance and rats (squirrels, birds, etc.) are known to get fried with astonishing regularity as they make new circuit paths across high voltage lines. However this particular circuit also fed circuits controlling pumps that cooled spent fuel rods in two immersion pools. Although the…
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The expense of “climate change” programs in Germany has proven to be too much in the context of current economic conditions. Carbon trading is also affected by this decision, and we observe that this development will greatly weaken “climate change” causes in Europe. As the realities of an ongoing EU recession continue to impact policy, we see how “climate change” has found its true level of irelevancy in the grand equation. This move by Germany…
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 Solar power has a siren song, beckoning the unwary toward a pleasant shoal that is still more of a promise than reality on a grand scale. True- solar panels can presently heat water, generate power for cell phones, charge batteries (some very large ones), and focus light to produce steam. This remarkable technology has advanced rapidly during  the last decade, however it has not yet crossed the price/power barrier that would bring it to everyman's…
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EPA's ever growing mountain of regulation is having an effect on the production of commodities up and down the food chain. Criticism has been somewhat balanced for a long time, but it now appears that some regulations are being openly criticized as destructive, and EPA motives are being questioned. Some critics suggest that EPA set requirements so high that there was no way for them to be reached under any current set of circumstances. Some…
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The great Japan March 2011earthquake and tsunami will ever be remembered for the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear catastrophe. But the debris washed from the devastated land out into the sea is truly a gift that continues to give. We have collected references calculating that more than 30,000 tons of debris will arrive on or near the US wet coast in 2013. The Japanese government has allocated $6 million (480 million yen) to the United States and…
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After a long absence we have revisited the Rena shipwreck off the New Zealand coast to find that she is being cut to pieces by salvage teams using very large cutting torches. Mistakes in this line of work are often fatal. Questions were asked in months past as to the probable disposition of the Rena wreck, and now the answer is confirmed as breaking crews cut the container-ship hulk into pieces and haul them away.…
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Drought in the US has created a host of near and long term consequences, and a survey of the planet indicates that this problem is more widespread than many had imagined. Eastern Europe is in serious trouble, The Danube river is alarmingly low, altogether dry in some places, exposing 60 year old wrecks, and the occasional unexploded bomb left over from the last great European conflict. Hydroelectric installations have been shut down, and Serbian ports…
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We note continuing reports from Japan suggesting that the Fukushima radiation emergency has no near term solution and may in fact still hold many deadly dangers. It appears that the reactor remains in what is termed a "cold shut down" condition with cooling water being continuously pumped into the badly damaged reactor vessels. TEPCO and other nuclear experts have estimated (and it is not yet precisely verified) that melted nuclear fuel has been coagulated at…
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What's going on with the weather in UK? Pretty much on cue (as forecast months ago by Weather Action), we have seen a shift in the jet stream and markedly colder weather move into the UK. Yesterday marked the coldest August on record for many cities in Great Britain. Some forecasters refer to this situation as a weather anomaly, however others are convinced that the earth will experience significant cooling in the very near term.…
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