Major Stratwarm to force tropospheric cooling over N America, setting stage for bitter arctic attack mid/late Jan
I am sure other mets will start drawing your attention to this. ( stratwarms in mid winter associated with major cold)
And while on the topic of cold and snow, the GFS and ECMWF models show significant stratospheric warming across the North Pole and Canada towards the middle of January. With the NAO [...]
Title: Quake risk at Japan atomic recycling plant: experts
Author: Kyoko Hasegawa
Date: December 19, 2012
Japan’s only reprocessing plant for spent nuclear fuel could sit on an active seismic fault vulnerable to a massive earthquake, experts warned Wednesday.
If regulators agree they will have to order its closure and Japan would be without any recycling capacity of its own, a government official told AFP on condition of anonymity. [...]
Yasutaka Ikeda, assistant professor [...]
Tokyo Electric Power Co. detected signs of nuclear fission at its crippled Fukushima atomic power plant in northern Japan, raising the risk of more radiation leaks. The situation is under control, officials said.
The company, known as Tepco, began spraying boric acid on the No. 2 reactor at 2:48 a.m. Japan time to prevent accidental chain reactions. Tepco said it may have found xenon, which is associated with nuclear fission, while examining [...]
+ TEPCO: Unknown amount of ‘radioactive materials’ leaking from Reactor No. 3
+ Tweet: Cesium detected in well water @ 31 becquerels — Almost 200 km from meltdowns; 40 km from Tokyo
+ Tents over Fukushima reactors will increase dispersion of radioactive gases — Trapped radiation to be pumped up high into air
+ Almost 500 millisieverts of radiation for some in corridor NW of Fukushima meltdowns — Around 50/50 chance [...]
According to the World Bank, 44 million people around the globe have been pushed into extreme poverty since last June because of rising food prices.
The world is losing topsoil at an astounding rate. In fact, according to Lester Brown, “one third of the world’s cropland is losing topsoil faster than new soil is forming through natural processes”.
Due to U.S. ethanol subsidies, almost a third of all corn grown in [...]
The of the container of the nuclear reactor (painted yellow) of Unit 4 at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant is seen Friday, April 15, 2011 in Okuma, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. (AP Photo/Tokyo Electric Power Co.)
(AP) TOKYO – Levels of radioactivity have risen sharply in seawater near a tsunami-crippled nuclear plant in northern Japan, signaling the possibility of new leaks at the facility, the government said [...]
“The special survey of 400 large firms was taken between March 25 and April 11 in tandem with the monthly Reuters Tankan, a poll of corporate sentiment… While Japanese companies are likely to be squeezed by production disruptions in northern Japan, as well as power shortages and supply woes, they may not feel the same pain as after the collapse of Lehman Brothers, when [...]
Japan on Monday widened the evacuation zone around a stricken nuclear plant exactly a month on from a huge natural disaster as another 7.1 magnitude quake and tsunami alert strained nerves anew.
A woman offers a silent prayer for the dead in Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture after a month after the tsunami devastation. Japan fell silent at 2:46 pm to mark exactly one month since a massive earthquake hit, spawning a devastating [...]
Inspectors from Hong Kong’s Food and Environmental Hygiene Department use a radiation detector to screen vegetables imported from Japan at the city’s airport cargo terminal yesterday.
SHOPPERS emptied store shelves, traffic snarled with stoplights knocked out and drivers waited in long lines to buy gasoline in a new wave of anxiety yesterday after a 7.1-magnitude aftershock struck disaster-weary northeastern Japan.
Nearly half a million homes were [...]
(Reuters) – Japanese officials grappling on Sunday to end the world’s worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl were focusing on a crack in a concrete pit that was leaking radiation into the ocean from a crippled reactor.
Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) said it had found a crack in the pit at its No.2 reactor in Fukushima, generating readings 1,000 millisieverts of radiation per hour in the [...]
All the reactors are screwed and we are looking at the very worst situation right now. Even on the BBC those mysterious water puddles the TEPCO guys paddled in have 10,000 times the radiation levels. 10,000. That means the core reactor is leaking.
Vast tracts of northern Japan, including Tokyo and as far south as Osaka are going to be uninhabitable. Hokkaido may be ok, [...]
A post from a regular ZH contributor, William Banzai:
[T]here are known knowns; there are things we know we know.
We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know.
But there are also unknown unknowns – the ones we don’t know we don’t know.
Before I get started, I want to make two initial points:
First, if you go and look at Transparency [...]
Increased radiation detected by B.C. monitors
Health Canada says its monitoring stations are detecting a “minuscule” increase in radiation levels along the B.C. coast in the wake of the nuclear crisis in Japan.
Gary Holub says increased radiation levels were expected, and are less than the increase in radiation levels Canadians would see naturally when it rains.
Holub stressed that the increase poses no health [...]
A survivor carrying a child looks for items among debris Wednesday in Tarou, Japan.
A magnitude 9.0 earthquake hit northern Japan on March 11, triggering tsunamis that caused widespread devastation and crippled a nuclear power plant. Are you in an affected area? Send an iReport. Read the full report on the quake’s aftermath and check out our interactive explainer on Japan’s damaged nuclear reactors. [...]
This aerial view taken Monday shows an area decimated by the tsunami in Minamisanriku, Miyagi Prefecture.
An 9.0-magnitude earthquake hit northern Japan early Friday, triggering tsunamis that caused widespread devastation and crippled a nuclear power plant. Are you in an affected area? Send an iReport. Read the full report on the quake, tsunami and the fears surrounding Japan’s damaged nuclear reactors.
[10:12 p.m. ET Monday, 11:12 a.m. Tuesday in [...]
A destroyed landscape is pictured in Otsuchi town, Iwate Prefecture in northern Japan, after an earthquake and tsunami struck the area, March 14, 2011.
By Natsuko Waki
LONDON | Mon Mar 14, 2011 4:39pm EDT
LONDON (Reuters) – Quake-hit Japan faces a recovery and reconstruction bill of at least $180 billion, or 3 percent of its annual economic output, or [...]
Radiation rose to an unusually high level in and near Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant Saturday following the powerful earthquake that hit northern Japan the previous day, the nuclear safety agency said, making it the first case of an external leak of radioactive substances since the disaster.
While the agency denied the radiation amount will pose an immediate threat to the health [...]