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China Bulldozing Hundreds Of Mountains To Expand Cities

Via: Think Progress

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China is just about the same size as the United States, but livable land is in short supply. With the population and economy still growing at a rapid clip, the government has undertaken a plan to bulldoze hundreds of mountains to create land for building on.

In a paper published in journal Nature this week, three researchers from Chang’an University in China warn that the scores of mountains already being truncated is leading to air and water pollution, erosion, and flooding. With unprecedented plans to remove over 700 mountains and fill valleys with the debris, they warn that “there has been too little modelling of the costs and benefits of land creation. Inexperience and technical problems delay projects and add costs, and the environment impacts are not being thoroughly considered.” (really?)

Totaling several hundred square miles of newly flattened land, mountaintop removal has never been carried out at this scale, warn the authors, not even in strip mining operations common in the United States. These projects in China often ignore environmental regulations in search of profit and unadulterated development. Around one-fifth of China’s population, more than 250 million people, live in mountainous areas.

In the city of Yan’an, “the air is often brown with dust owing to construction teams working on windy days without dampening the soil,” write the authors. “Forests and plants on hills and in gullies are stripped ahead of the demolition and filling.”

The project in Yan’an will double the city’s current area by creating around 30 square miles of flat ground. It is the largest project ever attempted on deposits of wind-blown silt, which can subside when wet and cause structural collapse. The scientists warn that such infill projects have never been used for urban construction.

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June 6, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

Keystone XL Pipeline Has Wide Public Approval, Poll Finds

Via: Huffington Post

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Photo: result of ’73-’74 oil embargo

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A significant majority of Americans support building the Keystone XL pipeline, according to a ABC/Washington Post poll released Friday.

Despite relatively widespread concerns about its potential effects on the environment, 65 percent of Americans said the government should approve construction of the pipeline, which would carry oil from Canada to Texas.

That is an increase over a June 2012 poll that found 59 percent supported its construction.

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Read more, HERE:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/07/keystone-xl-poll_n_4919025.html

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March 8, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Chemical Leak Into West Virginia River FAR LARGER Than Previously Estimated

Via: Think Progress

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As over 300,000 people in West Virginia face a fourth day without water, state environmental officials are now estimating that as much as 7,500 gallons of a chemical used to process coal — Crude MGHM — may have spilled into the Elk River. That number is a substantial increase from early estimates of 2,000 to 5,000 gallons.

The chemical leak, first reported Thursday, was at a facility owned by Freedom Industries along the Elk River, just 1.5 miles upstream from a major intake used by the largest water utility in the state, West Virginia American Water.

At a press conference Saturday afternoon, Jeff McIntyre, president of West Virginia American Water Company, said that it would likely still be “several days” before tap water in the nine counties affected would be safe for anything besides flushing toilets.

http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/01/12/3151421/fourth-day-water-west-virginia/

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Hmmmm, maybe I missed it, but I can’t remember the last time I heard about a ‘solar power’ or ‘wind power’ spill.

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January 13, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

China Says 8 Million Acres Of Farmland Now TOO POLLUTED for FOOD

Via: Think Progress

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An official from the Chinese government announced Monday that approximately 3.33 million hectares, or 8 million acres, of China’s farmland is now too polluted to grow crops, according to a Reuters report from Beijing.

China’s Vice Minister of Land and Resources Wang Shiyuan reportedly told a news conference that current farming on the now-too-contaminated land — ROUGHLY the SIZE of BELGIUM — will be halted and rehabilitated in order to ensure food safety. It was unclear late Monday whether food that had already been grown on that land would be sought out or recalled.

“These areas cannot continue farming,” Wang said, noting that the Ministry of Environmental Protection had deemed all of the 8 million acres as having “moderate to severe pollution.”

The Chinese government has said that the country needs at least 120 million hectares of arable land to ensure it is able to meet the vastly populated country’s food needs. Though China started 2013 with a strong 135 million hectares of arable land, contamination — paired with recent efforts to convert farmland to forests, grasslands and wetlands — has caused the amount of stable cultivated land to drop to 120 million hectares, Wang said.

Wang also said the country is committed to spending “tens of billions of yuan” a year for projects aimed at rehabilitating polluted land. (horse-shit!)

http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2013/12/30/3108211/china-says-8-million-acres-farmland-polluted-food/

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December 31, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Japan – F*ck-ushina Power Plant

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Via: Charles P. Pierce- Esquire Magazine

The Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) had originally said the radiation emitted by the leaking water was around 100 millisieverts an hour.

However, the company said the equipment used to make that recording could only read measurements of up to 100 millisieverts.

The new recording, using a more sensitive device, showed a level of 1,800 millisieverts an hour.

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http://www.esquire.com/archives/blogs/politics/by_author/68/15;1

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So, it took two-years for Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) to figure out their equipment was inadequate – BRILLIANT!

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and then, and then:

A radioactive plume of water in the Pacific Ocean from Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant, which was crippled in the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, will likely reach U.S. coastal waters starting in 2014, according to a new study.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/01/fukushima-radioactive-plume_n_3853604.html?utm_hp_ref=world&ir=World

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September 3, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

(1 of 3) ‘Lake North Pole’

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Via: The Atlantic

In what has now become an annual occurrence, the North Pole’s ice has melted, turning the Earth’s most northern point into a lake. Call it Lake North Pole. To be clear, the water surrounding the pole is not seawater seeping up from the ocean but melted icewater resting on top of a thinning layer of ice below the surface.

It’s a shallow lake. It’s a cold lake. But it is, actually, a lake,” writes William Wolfe-Wylie of Canada.com.

That lake started to form on July 13 during a month of abnormally warm weather — temperatures were 1-3 degrees Celsius higher than average in the Arctic Ocean this month — and has come to stretch a significant distance, though not out of the camera’s range. In addition, the water is likely to get worse over the coming week, as an expected Arctic cyclone’s strong winds and rain will loosen the ice coverage even further.

The picture above is what the North Pole looks like now, via the North Pole Environmental Observatory. The photo below is what it looked like back in April, and probably how you pictured it before you starting reading.

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http://www.theatlanticwire.com/global/2013/07/north-pole-has-melted-lake/67577/

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July 26, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Matt Damon – it seems like rather a shiitty idea; but hey, what do I know.

Via: NYDailyNews

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“I will not go to the bathroom’ in an effort to draw attention to worldwide water crisis.”

– Matt Damon

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Read more, HERE:

http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/gossip/video-matt-damon-bathroom-article-1.1262388

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personal thought:

I admire Mr. Damon noble effort to bring this to the world’s attention; and I wish him the best of luck.

February 13, 2013 Posted by | celebs | , , , | Leave a comment

Gene Daniels – Image Gallery

Via: First Time User

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Children play in yard of Ruston, Louisiana Washington home, while Tacoma Smelter stack showers area with arsenic and lead residue.

– August 1972

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See more photos, HERE:

http://firsttimeuser.tumblr.com/tagged/Gene-Daniels

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Via: HistoryLin.org

The smokestack dated to 1917. Considered at the time an engineering gem, it was constructed of 2.5 million bricks, approximately 5,000 tons of mortar and stood 571 feet tall, making it then the largest smokestack in the world.  Earthquake damage in 1937 necessitated repairs and the stack was reduced to 562 feet in height.  Once a sign of prosperity, the stack had over the years become a symbol of environmental pollution.  Structurally it had become unsafe; many of its bricks were loose and in danger of falling. The smokestack had even attracted daredevils, from local youths to Greenpeace protestors.

The 67-acre ASARCO smelter site was listed as one of the country’s most polluted sites, primary contaminants being arsenic and lead. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) called for an eight-stage cleanup that included demolishing structures, excavating soil and slag from the most contaminated locations, disposing of the contaminates, plugging or removing surface water drainage, capping the project area, protecting the site from erosion, continuing monitoring impacts on groundwater and marine sediments and integrating cleanup with future land use plans.    

Read more, HERE:

http://www.historylink.org/index.cfm?DisplayPage=output.cfm&file_id=8744

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bastards!

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December 30, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Pittsburgh – Image Gallery

Via: Facie Populi

Corner of Liberty and Fifth Avenues, Pittsburgh, ca. 1940

“Street-level view of the corner of Liberty and Fifth Avenues taken at approximately 10:35 AM, focusing on pedestrians wearing hats. A Coca Cola sign is clearly visible in the background, as well as the Standard Typewriters Co. sign. The smoke in this image is particularly heavy.” (well yeah, you think?)

From University of Pittsburgh / Smoke Control Lantern Slide Collection, ca. 1940s-1950s

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See more photos, HERE:

http://www.faciepopuli.com/tagged/Pittsburgh

November 11, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Chinese party newspaper says leaders must (must? don’t think so) listen after riots

Via: The Raw Story

China’s most influential newspaper on Monday urged authorities to listen to people’s worries about pollution, after fears over a new waste water pipeline sparked weekend riots.

“The public’s awareness of environmental issues and their rights is increasing at a rapid pace,” said an editorial in the People’s Daily – the mouthpiece of China’s ruling Communist party.

China should (should? now that’s better) strive to “establish an open and transparent decision-making mechanism, and build a tolerant environment for public opinion,” it said.

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Read more, HERE:

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/07/30/chinese-party-newspaper-says-leaders-must-listen-after-riots/

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personal thought:

I wish the protester’s the best of luck, but I don’t think they can change the system. Too much corruption, too much money.

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July 31, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment