Archive for March, 2016

Doctor: 3 exceedingly rare albino dolphins captured off Japan in one year… Fukushima must be researched as possible cause

March 31, 2016


PHOTOS: “Alien fish” caught alive off Pacific coast… Bizarre creature resembles “albino shark” with large distended stomach — Doctor: 3 exceedingly rare albino dolphins captured off Japan in one year… Fukushima must be researched as possible cause

Posted: 30 Mar 2016 03:17 PM PDT


Reports: Beaches full of bodies… Countless carcasses — Official: We want to know if it’s related to Fukushima (VIDEO)

March 30, 2016


“Mind Blowing”: Die-off in Pacific far worse than anything ever seen before — Expert: Alarm over what’s happening in ocean — Deaths puzzling gov’t scientists, “I’ve never heard of such a thing anywhere in world” — Reports: Beaches full of bodies… Countless carcasses — Official: We want to know if it’s related to Fukushima (VIDEO)

Bombers “switched target from nuke plant at last minute

March 30, 2016


Reuters: ”Bombers “switched target from nuke plant at last minute — Report: Terror cell plotted to blow up nuclear plant… Threat of “most devastating terror attack in history” — Murder of nuclear worker increasing fear of more attacks — Police worry other cells “poised to unleash further terror” (VIDEOS)

Posted: 28 Mar 2016 01:38 PM PDT

Japanese journalists accuse gov’t of pressuring media

March 25, 2016

Japanese journalists accuse gov't of pressuring mediaOsamu Aoki, Akihiro Otani, Shigetada Kishii, Soichiro Tahara and Shuntaro Torigoe, pose for a photo before their press conference at Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan in Tokyo, Thursday.AP photo/Shuji Kajiyama


Five Japanese journalists accused Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government on Thursday of pressuring broadcasters to reduce criticism of its policies, but also lamented what they called a failure by media to live up to their convictions.

They spoke at a news conference after Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications Sanae Takaichi warned broadcasters last month that their licenses could be revoked if they failed to be impartial in political coverage.

Japan’s broadcast law says programs must be “politically fair,” and Takaichi said several times in parliament that a station that repeatedly fails in this regard could have its license revoked. Despite multiple protests that her comments constituted a threat to freedom of the press, she has not backed down.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, the government’s top spokesman, also has defended her comments as “common sense.”

The journalists said both Takaichi’s comments and the government response have been unacceptable, and vowed to continue their protest.

Abe’s government has been criticized as being too sensitive to critical reporting. Media experts say mainstream media have been shunning critical reporting to avoid trouble with officials who are increasingly touchy about how Japan and government policies are portrayed by both domestic and foreign media.

“Of all ruling Liberal Democratic Party governments, the Abe administration is most nervously checking what the media say, because what’s said on television affects his support ratings,” said Shuntaro Torigoe, a former Mainichi newspaper journalist and news anchor on TV Asahi. “In Japan today, rather than the media watching the authorities, the government watches the media.”

The journalists also said media outlets haven’t fought hard enough for press freedom.

“It’s not so much about political pressure, it’s about deterioration in the media,” said Soichiro Tahara, one of Japan’s most respected journalists, who is known for asking tough questions to politicians. “To me, the most serious problem is self-restraint by higher-ups at broadcast stations.”

The resignation of three outspoken newscasters this month has prompted further speculation of interference from the government as it attempts to build public support for contentious policies, such as a broadening of Japan’s military role and a revision of the war-renouncing constitution.

Shigetada Kishii, an anchor for the Tokyo Broadcasting System Television’s popular program News 23, has announced he is stepping down as of March 31. Kishii told the news conference that media seem to be increasingly intimidated, but he has never been directly pressured by the government or higher-ups at the broadcaster.

Kishii angered Abe supporters last year when he voiced his opposition to security legislation allowing Japan’s military to defend the U.S. and other allies under attack. He was later criticized in ads placed by ultra-conservative groups, saying he violated the broadcast law.

Another respected journalist, Hiroko Kuniya, a presenter for NHK public television’s prime-time news show Close-up Gendai, angered Suga when she pressed him with unscripted questions about the security legislation, reportedly triggering a strong protest from the Prime Minister’s Office. Following her last appearance on the show last week, Kuniya issued a statement to Japanese media saying that “expressing things has gradually become difficult,” without elaborating.

Last year, Abe’s ruling party summoned an executive of the liberal-leaning TV Asahi over its political coverage, and another from NHK over a separate allegation of staged material in a news program.

Even though there is no evidence directly connecting Takaichi’s remark with the resignation of the three newscasters, her warning was enough to scare Japan’s media, journalists say.

“It’s a measure that the Chinese government might take, but there is a (Japanese) minister who nonchalantly says that may happen here. It’s utterly shocking,” respected journalist Akira Ikegami wrote in a column in the Asahi newspaper last month. “It was a remark that could even topple the government in a Western democracy.”

Can Japan’s media resist the pressure?

Torigoe said he is not optimistic. “I don’t know,” he said after the news conference. “Younger journalists don’t seem to have a fighting spirit.”

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Cemetery full of dead babies missing brains next to US nuclear site

March 24, 2016


Cemetery full of dead babies missing brains next to US nuclear site — Funeral Director: Almost all infants we have died the same way… “that’s pretty much all I see on death certificates” — Few miles from “most contaminated place in hemisphere” — “One of largest documented anencephaly clusters in US history” (VIDEO)

Posted: 23 Mar 2016 07:04 AM PDT


March 24, 2016

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Expanding radioactive contamination

March 23, 2016
Horrible indeed! When will Japan stop sticking head in sand to avoid facing the terrible?
As with refugee crisis in Europe ALL must work to solve not just one! California wake up!
Sent: Tuesday, March 22, 2016 7:44 PM
Subject: Expanding radioactive contamination
Dear Friends,
This messsage is of crucial importance.
The radioactive contamination in Japan is expanding.
The attached map is based on an offical document recently revealed,showing the situation
at the end of 2012.It had already reached some areas in Tokyo. It is just shocking.
I am sending you an article covering 4 pages published in the Spanish paper El Mundo with its English translation.
Mothers dreading radioactive damage being suffered by their children are agonizing,unable to
leave their living places due to their husbands’opposition.
Japan is at a loss what to do to cope with the ongoing crisis.
Nonetheless,the international cooperation
absolutely needed is not being concretized.
The preparations for the Tokyo Olympic Games go on as if Fukushima Accident had not happened.
The undeniable contamination of the Pacific Ocean alone tells us the world faces a crisis of
the global environment.
The international community could not remain indifferent much longer.
Please allow me to count on your understanding and support.
With warmest regards,
Mitsuhei Murata

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Nuclear Plant Leak Threatens Drinking Water Wells in Florida

March 23, 2016

The Turkey Point nuclear power plant, south of Miami. A recent study found that its old cooling canal system was leaking polluted water into Biscayne Bay.CreditRoberto Koltun/El Nuevo Herald, via Associated Press

MIAMI — When Florida’s largest power company added two nuclear reactors to an existing plant that sat between two national parks — Biscayne Bay and the Everglades — the decision raised the concerns of environmentalists and some government officials about the possible effects on water quality and marine life.

Now more than four decades later, Florida Power & Light’s reactors at Turkey Point, built to satisfy the power needs of a booming Miami, are facing their greatest crisis. A recent study commissioned by the county concluded that Turkey Point’s old cooling canal system was leaking polluted water into Biscayne Bay.

This has raised alarm among county officials and environmentalists that the plant, which sits on the coastline, is polluting the bay’s surface waters and its fragile ecosystem. In the past two years, bay waters near the plant have had a large saltwater plume that is slowly moving toward wells several miles away that supply drinking water to millions of residents in Miami and the Florida Keys.

Samples of the water at various depths and sites around the power plant showed elevated levels of salt, ammonia, phosphorous and tritium, a radioactive isotope that is found in nature but also frequently associated with nuclear power plants. The tritium, which was found in doses far too low to harm people, serves as a marker for scientists, enabling them to track the flow of canal water out from under the plant and into the bay. The tritium levels in December and January were much higher than they should be in ocean water.

Environmentalists, who have waged a longtime battle over water quality with the power company, among the largest in the country, said Tuesday that they planned to sue Florida Power & Light in 60 days for violating the federal Clean Water Act unless it addressed the problem.

The company has faced criticism and scrutiny from a judge and Miami-Dade County officials who said it was slow to react to the changes in water quality after the company overhauled Turkey Point in 2013 to increase its energy output. The plant, whose canals are filled with extremely hot water, was built on Florida limestone, which is highly porous.

“We now know exactly where the pollution is coming from, and we have a tracer that shows it’s in the national park,” said Laura Reynolds, an environmental consultant who is working with the Tropical Audubon Society and the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, which intend to file the lawsuit. “We are worried about the marine life there and the future of Biscayne Bay.”

At a news conference on Tuesday, José Javier Rodríguez, a Democratic member of the Florida House, called on the federal government to intervene. He said state regulators had failed to adequately enforce the law and had shied from forcing the politically influential energy company to address a problem it had long ignored. The power company has not been cited for any violation by the state.

“What’s happening at Turkey Point is a real danger to us, to our water supply,” Mr. Rodríguez said. “The fact that there is salt being dumped into the aquifer and the fact that there are contaminants in Biscayne Bay really should have sounded an alarm. But as of yet, we’re still waiting for state regulators to step up.”

Dee Ann Miller, a spokeswoman for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, said the agency had acted to ensure that the power company reduce the salinity levels in the canal system, including issuing an administrative order.

Robert L. Gould, a spokesman for Florida Power & Light, said the company had been working under a consent decree with Miami-Dade County since October to address the high salinity in its canals. Salinity levels have been cut in half from their high point, he said. He attributed the high salinity levels and the algae bloom to drought conditions in 2013 and 2014, which drastically increased water temperatures in the canals, not to the overhaul of the plant’s two nuclear reactors.

The company is also moving to address the spikes in nutrients, tritium and ammonia, Mr. Gould said, although he added that ammonia was not a byproduct of nuclear plants. He emphasized that the trace levels of tritium were far below the danger levels set by the Environmental Protection Agency for drinking water. The company has been in contact with the federal agency, he said.

None of these problems, Mr. Gould said, are threatening the state’s drinking water supply or even the bay’s health. The problem is mostly in areas right near the plant, he added. The closest the saltwater plume is to the water wells is about four miles away. “I really need to stress that there is no safety risk: There is no risk to the bay or to the drinking water,” Mr. Gould said. “The way it’s been portrayed by some is simply unfair. It’s extremely misleading.”

But last month, a Florida administrative judge, Bram Canter, chastised the state and Florida Power & Light, finding that the cooling canal system is “the major contributing cause” for the growth of the large underground saltwater plume and for its westerly move toward the drinking water well fields. He ordered the state and the company to clean up the cooling canals, which it had started to do under an October consent decree with the county.

The Biscayne Aquifer, the judge noted in his ruling, is an “important natural resource.” It is the main source of drinking water in the county and is vital to irrigation and the marsh wetland communities, he added. Judge Canter made his ruling after a Florida rock mining company sued the company over the saltwater plume.

“BREAKING: Belgian nuclear power plants evacuated” after terror attacks

March 23, 2016


“BREAKING: Belgian nuclear power plants evacuated” after terror attacks — Multiple reactor sites cleared “amid heightened fears of another attack” — Military and armed police on scene — Capitol on lockdown after dozens killed — “Dismembered bodies everywhere… It’s like the apocalypse” (VIDEO)

Posted: 22 Mar 2016 09:13 AM PDT

100% death rate of baby seals on California coast — “None have survived” — “Many are starving, suffering from shortage of food in Pacific Ocean” — “Extremely thin… all sorts of illnesses, infections” — “Milkless moms immediately abandoning pups” — TV: “The problem is getting worse” (VIDEOS)

Posted: 22 Mar 2016 06:16 AM PDT

James Hansen’s Climate Bombshell: Dangerous Sea Level Rise Will Occur in Decades, Not Centuries

March 22, 2016
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Even scientists who question findings say ‘we ignore James Hansen at our peril.’

Taking into consideration "rapid, large, human-made climate forcing," the study predicts a much more accelerated rate of sea level rise of several meters, beyond that which humanity is capable of adapting to. (Photo: Christopher Michel/cc/flickr)

Taking into consideration “rapid, large, human-made climate forcing,” the study predicts a much more accelerated rate of sea level rise of several meters, beyond that which humanity is capable of adapting to. (Photo: Christopher Michel/cc/flickr)

Dr. James Hansen, the former NASA scientist who is widely credited with being one of the first to raise concerns about human-caused global warming, is a co-author of a new report predicting that the world will undergo devastating sea level rise within mere decades—not centuries, as previously thought.

The report, published Tuesday in the open-access journal Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, paints an even bleaker picture of the planet’s future, positing that continued high fossil fuel emissions will “increase powerful storms” and drive sea-level rise of “several meters over a timescale of 50 to 150 years.”

Hansen, who now serves as the director of the Climate Science Awareness and Solutions program at Columbia University Earth Institute, published the findings along with an international team of 18 researchers and academics.

As the abstract states, the predictions “differ fundamentally from existing climate change assessments.” For example, the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in 2013 predicted three feet of sea level rise by 2100 if greenhouse gas emissions continue unabated.

A draft version of Hansen’s paper released last year provoked wide debate among climate scientists.

Nonetheless, Michael Mann, a renowned climate scientist with the University of Pennsylvania, who is among those questioning some of the report’s “extraordinary” claims,told the New York Times, “I think we ignore James Hansen at our peril.”

The peer-edited report examines growing ice melt from Antarctica and Greenland and studies how that melting has historically amplified “feedbacks that increase subsurface ocean warming and ice shelf melting.” Taking into consideration “rapid, large, human-made climate forcing,” the study predicts a much more accelerated rate of sea level rise of several meters, beyond that which humanity is capable of adapting to.

Or, as Hansen put it, “We’re in danger of handing young people a situation that’s out of their control.”

These staggering claims come as climate scientists continue to reel from the frightening speed at which the Earth is warming. On Monday, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO, issued a report warning that climate change is occurring at an “alarming rate” and that world leaders must act to curb greenhouse gases now, “before we pass the point of no return.”

In a video released alongside the new report, Hansen, who left his position at NASA in 2013 so that he could fully commit himself to fighting climate change, says that the paper explores the consequences of continued greenhouse gas emissions. These include “superstorms stronger than any seen in modern times,” sea level rise that will erase “all coastal cities,” and, finally, “how soon we will pass points of no return.”

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