Sep 16

- Global Un-Warming? Antarctic Sea-Ice Reaches Record High Levels (ZeroHedge, Sep 15, 2014):

In what appears to be an awkward moment of uncomfortable fact, ABC reports satellite imagery reveals an area of about 20 million square kilometres covered by sea ice around the Antarctic continent – the highest level of coverage since records began. This is the 3rd year in a row that the sea ice coverage has reached a record level – increasing at 1.5% each decade since 1979. However, there is another side to this, as the area covered in sea ice expands scientists have said the ice on the continent of Antarctica which is not over the ocean continues to deplete. The climate is changing, one way or the other.

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As ABC reports,

Scientists say the extent of Antarctic sea ice cover is at its highest level since records began. Continue reading »

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Sep 15

H/t reader M.G.:

“Only Japanese producer with show that addressed Fukushima found dead………questions around death abound…..he was the only one with the guts to cover the horrors of Fukushima, the rest of the media is mute…..like the US media.”


“Very Frightening”: Journalist on popular Japan news program found dead — Only person reporting about Fukushima on national TV — Chilling recent quote: “I want you to know I will never commit suicide” — No news coverage of death, no obituary, ‘strange’ nuclear message shown on air (VIDEO) (ENENews, Sep 15, 2014):

Interview with Beverly Findlay Kaneko, evacuee from Yokohama, Japan, Social Uplift, published Sept. 14, 2014: A TV journalist named Mr. Masaki Iwaji, he was the only TV director to work on the Fukushima issue — the humanitarian problems and the corruption involved — and get it on national TV… He was found dead and there are rumors that it was suicide, but there is a lot of speculation that it was not. It is something that I’ve been thinking about quite a lot this week… His program, which is called ‘Hodo Station’, is a nightly news program that’s very popular. I would equate it to ‘60 Minutes’. That program has come under a lot of fire. The main anchor of that program, Mr. [Ichiro] Furutachi — who is extremely popular… it was rumored that he was in danger of losing his job for actually allowing these issues to be covered. Many of us are extremely upset to hear about Mr. Iwaji’s death. It’s very frightening. >> Watch segment here Continue reading »

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Sep 15

- Ocean hits record high for radioactive Strontium at all 6 locations near Fukushima reactors — Levels up to 20 times higher than reported last week — Officials: Contamination from highly radioactive ‘debris’ is seeping into ground and flowing out to sea (ENENews, Sep 15, 2014):

TEPCO Prompt Report of Result of Analysis, Sept. 10, 2014:

Port of Fukushima Daiichi, around Discharge Channel and Bank Protection — Seawater

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This newly published data shows record levels of Strontium-90 have been detected at all 6 seawater monitoring locations in front of the destroyed reactors. At 3 of 6 locations levels are around triple the previous record set last year. Continue reading »

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Sep 15

- Expert: Plutonium contamination of Pacific Ocean food chain from Fukushima now suspected; “Real source of potential long term problems for humans” — Newspaper: “Leakage of highly contaminated water into sea must be dealt with immediately” — Gov’t: Effect on health of US public not ‘significant’ (VIDEO) (ENENews, Sep 14, 2014):

The Yomiuri Shimbun, Sept. 11, 2014: TEPCO measures fail to hold water — Three and a half years after the outbreak of the crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, efforts to contain water contaminated with radioactive substances at the plant are at a crossroads… [TEPCO] has been unable to curb the growing volume of contaminated water… Yomiuri Shimbun reporters entered the Fukushima No. 1 plant on Monday morning… Ocean still remains vulnerable — Leakage of highly contaminated water into the sea is another problem that must be dealt with immediately… Continue reading »

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Sep 14

- Bárðarbunga Pollution at Record Level – Residents Warned (Ice Age Now, Sep 13, 2014):

“Like standing behind a truck and inhaling the vapors,” says resident.


In Reyðarfjörður on Iceland’s east coast, sulfur dioxide measured at 4,000  µg/​cubicmeter just before 11 PM on Friday night, according to mbl.is.

All residents in the area are advised to keep inside, close window and raise the heat in ovens to keep the air pressure greater inside. Continue reading »

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Sep 14

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- Top-Secret Fukushima Interview: All the melted nuclear fuel will escape from containment vessel … it’s completely exposed — Nuclear annihilation of entire eastern part of Japan envisioned (ENENews, Sep 12, 2014):

Asahi Shimbun, Sept 12, 2014 (emphasis added): Yoshida feared nuclear ‘annihilation’ of eastern Japan, testimony shows — Plant manager Masao Yoshida envisioned catastrophe for eastern Japan… In his testimony, Yoshida described the condition of the No. 2 reactor at the Fukushima plant between the evening of March 14, 2011, and the next morning: “Despite the nuclear fuel being completely exposed, we’re unable to reduce pressure. Water can’t get in either.” Yoshida recalled the severity of the situation. “If we continue to be unable to get water in, all of the nuclear fuel will melt and escape from the containment vessel, and radioactive substances from the fuel will spread to the outside… What we envisioned was that the entire eastern part of Japan would be annihilated.”

Japan Times, Sept. 11, 2014: “All of the nuclear materials could escape and spread. Our image was that of a catastrophe for eastern Japan,” he is quoted as saying in the government’s formerly top-secret transcripts of its interviews with him… “This is the part I really don’t want to recall,” Yoshida said… Continue reading »

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Sep 14

- Sulfur Fumes Now Bothering People in Norway (Ice Age Now, Sep 13, 2014)

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Sep 13

- Calgary’s summer snowstorm cleanup could take weeks (Ice Age Now, Sep 12, 2014):

Thousands of trees toppled to the ground.


Thanks to a massive volume of snow and an abundance of leaves still on trees, thousands of trees toppled to the ground creating carnage in neighbourhoods and to the power grid.

The city reports some 2,000 trees had collapsed onto roads and thousands more had fallen on private property, though the full extent of the damage wasn’t known. Continue reading »

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Sep 13

- Record low temps across Western Montana (Ice Age Now, Sep 12, 2014)

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Sep 13

- 11 Photos of Iceland’s Bardabunga Volcano Erupting That Are Just Unreal (Mashable, Sep 11, 2014):

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Sep 13

- Wyoming – “Pick the tomatoes, put away the hose, and clear a spot in the garage” (Ice Age Now, Sep 12, 2014):

Already 18 inches (45 cm) of snow in some areas.

“Pick the tomatoes, put away the hose, and clear a spot in the garage, it’s going to snow and/or freeze tonight, says the National Weather Service. “And not just in the mountains this time!” Continue reading »

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Sep 13

- Latest lingering winter snow on record in Húsavíkurfjall, Iceland (Ice Age Now, Sep 12, 2014)

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Sep 13

- Over 80% Of California Is Now In Extreme Drought (ZeroHedge, Sep 12, 2014):

Just how dry is California? Here is The LA Times showing every map of California released by the U.S. Drought Monitor since 2011 (the last time there was any drought conditions). More than 80% of California is in extreme drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor, and the state’s condition isn’t expected to improve in the near future; and 100% of California remains at least in drought for at least the 4th month in a row… and it’s spreading to the rest of the nation.

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As 100% of California has been in drought for at least 4 months…

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And it’s spreading…

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It’s bad people!!

 

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Sep 12

- Alberta snowstorm flattens crops just ahead of harvest (Ice Age Now, Sep 11, 2014):

The snowstorm that blanketed southern Alberta over the last days has flattened wheat and barley crops just as farmers were getting ready to harvest. Canola crops didn’t fare much better.

This will impact the quality of the harvest, because combines will have to go down almost into the dirt and practically dig the crop up. Continue reading »

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Sep 12

- Nobody alive today saw snow this early in Rapid City, SD (Ice Age Now, Sep 11, 2014):

It’s official. Record early snowfall in Rapid City, SD

(126 years of records).


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National Weather Service, Rapid City, South Dakota:

“Near an inch of snow at Rapid City. This is the earliest recorded snowfall going back to 1888.”
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Sep 12

- “Freak September snowstorm” – Major power outages in Calgary (Ice Age Now, Sep 10, 2014):

It IS still summer, for cryin’ out loud!

Thousands of Calgary homes and businesses are still without power after a freak September snowstorm blanketed the city, and officials are expecting some Calgarians will have no power overnight.

According to Enmax, 30,000 customers are currently without power.

More power outages are expected as snow-laden trees continue to fall around the city. Continue reading »

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Sep 12

- Record cold in Montana (Ice Age Now, Sep 10, 2014):

Along with winter storm warnings and watches Continue reading »

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Sep 11

- Head Scientist: “I used to think I knew” why mystery epidemic is decimating millions of West Coast starfish, “but now I don’t” — Toxic pollution now suspected — Fukushima ‘not dismissed’ as cause — California Professor: Significant levels of fallout got into our coastal food web… marine life exposed… It’s not good (ENENews, Sep 9, 2014):

NOAA, Sept 5, 2014: Disease is destroying sea stars along entire Pacific coast of N. America

Skagit Valley Herald, Sept. 7, 2014: “It certainly is shocking… from 51 sea stars with none of them affected to all of them affected, and then gone.”

The Straight (Vancouver), Aug 20, 2014: [Sea] stars that normally crammed into every rock gully along the beach were missing. Not one starfish… empty black crevices… devoid of life. This scene is repeated up and down the West Coast… Divers report piles of white goo and pieces of starfish arms on the ocean floor… [T]o suddenly disappear is more than disconcerting: it is truly shocking. The speed… is mystifying. Yet the great die-off has not attracted that much media coverage… what else might follow tomorrow? Continue reading »

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Sep 11

- Senior Scientist: Fukushima reactors like Swiss cheese; No one knows how far melted nuclear fuel has spread — Newspaper: Highly radioactive water thought to be coming up from ground and directly into open ocean, bypassing plant’s bay; ‘Other substances’ making contamination more serious (VIDEO) (ENENews, Sep 9, 2014):

Jiji Press, Sept. 7, 2014 (emphasis added): Some 2 trillion becquerels of strontium-90 and cesium-137 may have flowed into the bay [of the] Fukushima No. 1 plant during the 10 months to May this year, it was learned Sunday… highly radioactive water may be leaking into the bay… According to Tepco documents, some 4.8 billion becquerels of strontium-90 and 2 billion becquerels of cesium-137 are estimated to have flowed into the plant’s bay per day, based on their average concentrations near a water intake for the Nos. 1-Nos. 4 reactors… 1.46 trillion becquerels for strontium-90 and 610 billion becquerels for cesium-137 [during the past 10 months]… Since tainted water in the plant has other substances, the radioactive contamination of water in the plant’s bay is believed to be more serious… radioactive materials in the plant’s bay spread out into the open sea as the tide ebbs and flows. Also, it is noted that part of contaminated groundwater may be flowing directly into the open sea. Continue reading »

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Sep 11

- EPA: Models show “greater potential impact” to US West Coast from rainfall containing Fukushima radioactive material — California sea water with over 10 Million pCi/m3 of iodine-131 found in sample squeezed out of seaweed (ENENews, Sep 9, 2014):

Environmental Protection Agency — Response to Fukushima Japan Nuclear Emergency: “Sea Water — Radioactive material released to ocean [by] intentional release of contaminated water used for cooling [and] leakage from damaged reactor… Modeling indicates greater potential impact to US coastal areas from precipitation than from [ocean] transport.”

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Sep 11

H/t reader squodgy:

“The Rothschilds AGAIN…..”


Dr. David M.W. Evans consulted full time for the Australian Greenhouse Office (now the Department of Climate Change) from 1999 to 2005, and part time 2008 to 2010, modeling Australia’s carbon in plants, debris, mulch, soils, and forestry and agricultural products. Evans is a mathematician and engineer, with six university degrees including a PhD from Stanford University in electrical engineering. The area of human endeavor with the most experience and sophistication in dealing with feedbacks and analyzing complex systems is electrical engineering, and the most crucial and disputed aspects of understanding the climate system are the feedbacks. The evidence supporting the idea that CO2 emissions were the main cause of global warming reversed itself from 1998 to 2006, causing Evans to move from being a warmist to a skeptic.


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- The Skeptic’s Case (Ludwig von Mises Institute, Feb 24, 2012):

We check the main predictions of the climate models against the best and latest data. Fortunately the climate models got all their major predictions wrong. Why? Every serious skeptical scientist has been consistently saying essentially the same thing for over 20 years, yet most people have never heard the message. Here it is, put simply enough for any lay reader willing to pay attention. Continue reading »

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Sep 10

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- “Not for Distribution, Internal Use Only”: US Energy Dept. estimated Fukushima release up to 10,000 times larger than nuclear regulators predicted — ‘Supercore’ scenario an underestimate? (ENENews, Sep 9, 2014):

Ocean Plume Modeling for the Fukushima Daiichi Event (pdf) — US Dept. of Commerce, NOAA, National Weather Service, Sept. 2013: Continue reading »

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Sep 09

- 37 lies Americans tell themselves to avoid confronting reality (Natural news, Sep 7, 2014):

Have you noticed the incredible detachment from reality exhibited by the masses these days? The continued operation of modern society, it seems, depends on people making sure they don’t acknowledge reality (or try to deal with it). “Denial” is what keeps every sector of civilization humming along: medicine, finance, government, agriculture and more.

The trouble with the denial approach is that eventually the lies collide with reality. Until that day comes, however, happy-go-lucky Americans are merrily enjoying their courtship with self delusion, repeating the following 37 lies to themselves as if they were true: Continue reading »

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Sep 09

Before:

- California Halts Fracking Waste Injections; Fears ‘Danger To Life, Health, & Natural Resources’


- U.S. Approves Fracking on Federal Land in California (AllGov News, Sep 7, 2014):

The federal government gave the green light for oil and gas companies in California to drill on federal lands using hydraulic fracturing (fracking) and acidization techniques after a receiving a report (pdf) from an independent, non-profit group created by the Legislature.

The California Council on Science and Technology enlisted Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Pacific Institute to do the study after U.S. District Judge Paul Grewal ruled last April that the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) couldn’t approve 2,500 acres of land for oil and gas development until it studied the effects of well stimulation on the environment. Continue reading »

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Sep 08

- Stunning Video Of Iceland’s Massive Lava-Fountain Lake (ZeroHedge, Sep 7, 2014):

While Iceland’s serene landscape may be the perfect analogy for world markets currently, the eruption of its Bardarbunga volcano shows what fierce reality lies just beneath the surface. Capitalism and free markets will always find away though, and as RT reports, one travel company is cashing in on the incredible awe-inspiring images by offering tours over the volcano at a height of around 150 meters. As the following stunning clip shows, at $920, it may well be the trip of a lifetime…

And finally… mind-blowing images of lava fountains… (coming to the Bellagio soon?) Continue reading »

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Sep 08

- Snow could hit as many as seven states by Tuesday (Ice Age Now, Sep 6, 2014):

Winter weather isn’t waiting for the calendar.

Snow could hit Montana, Wyoming, the Dakotas, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan during the next week, along with a significant ‘chill in the air’ over the Great Lakes region.

For the lucky in Wyoming, that snow will only fall on the mountains. Continue reading »

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Sep 07

Top Official: “Really concerned” over radiation release at US nuclear site; Feds “have put a noose around scientific personnel”… they refuse to reveal crucial information about WIPP disaster — Investigators becoming suspicious — Nuclear Expert: “It sure seems like there’s a cover-up” (AUDIO) (ENENews, Sep 6, 2014):

The Santa Fe New Mexican, Sept 6, 2014: Flynn accuses feds of blocking WIPP probe — New Mexico’s top environmental regulator lashed out at the U.S. Department of Energy this week, accusing it of impeding the state’s investigation into [the WIPP] radiation leak… Secretary Ryan Flynn warned [about] Energy Department roadblocks that have protracted the probe… Increasingly in recent weeks, the federal Energy Department has thwarted attempts by the state… Flynn accused the Energy Department of muzzling scientists with crucial information about the waste…. [They] asked for documentation supporting the scientists’ observations [but] the Energy Department has repeatedly refused… his frustration with the Energy Department grew as its denials… became more frequent… The Energy Department’s refusal to provide information raised suspicions among Flynn’s investigators… Continue reading »

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Sep 07

- It’s like putting a plant in a freezer all night and trying to thaw it out the next day and see if it will keep growing (Ice Age Now, Sep 6, 2014):

Growers writing-off wheat and canola crops in New South Wales. 

Grain growers in the central and western plains of New South Wales are finding widespread damage to their wheat crops after a dozen severe winter frosts.

Some farmers say up to 80 per cent of their wheat crop could be a write-off. Continue reading »

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Sep 07

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- The West Without Water (Sinclair & Co., Sep 6, 2014):

The West Without Water: An Interview with Dr. B. Lynn Ingram

Dr. B. Lynn Ingram is a professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Science at UC Berkeley, California. The primary goal of her research is to assess how climates and environments have changed over the past several thousand years based on the geochemical and sedimentologic analysis of aquatic sediments and archaeological deposits, with a particular focus on the US West.

She is the co-author of “The West without Water: What Past Floods, Droughts, and Other Climatic Clues Tell Us about Tomorrow” together with Dr. Frances Malamud-Roam, which received great reviews.

In this interview, Dr. Ingram shares her thoughts on the current drought in the US Southwest within the larger climate record and potential implications for the future. Continue reading »

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Sep 06

- Killer whales dying along Pacific coast — “Very sick, emaciated” — Population at lowest level in decades — Steep decline began after 2011 — No babies born in past 2 years — Alarming changes in behavior observed; Social structure is ‘splintering’ (PHOTO) (ENENews, Sep 5, 2014):

Kitsap Sun, Sept 2, 2014: … deaths reduce orca population to lowest level in 30 years — The endangered killer whale population in Puget Sound continues to decline… [it's] dropped to 78… according to Ken Balcomb of the Center for Whale Research. No new calves have been born to the three pods since 2012, he said. And, alarmingly, the social structure among the orcas appears to be “splintering.”… He compiles an annual census of the population for submission to the federal government… [T]he past few years, the pods have divided themselves into small groups, sometimes staying together but often staying apart… Balcomb suggests that the primary factor for the population decline is a lack of food for the killer whales… The two orcas that are missing and presumed dead are L-53, a 37-year-old female named Lulu; and L-100, a 13-year-old male named Indigo… population has gone… from 88 in 2011 to 78 today. Continue reading »

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