Meltdown at Fukushima Nuclear Plant

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Japan announces toxic danger as severity level raises from one to three at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

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The severity level has increased due to a major toxic leak, where radioactive water breached a steel storage tank & went in to the ground making this situation environmentally harmful.

REFERENCE:

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/aug/21/leap-fukushima-danger-ranking

 

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LOCAL HERO: Mary Crowley

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A Local Hero is

“a person who makes a difference in their community through labour, leadership or the force of their will.” 

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MARY CROWLEY has received the ‘Heart of Green’ Award for her determined actions to promote and clean up plastic marine pollution in the ocean.

In order to spread awareness she created ‘Project Kaisei’.

Project Kaisei’s Mission:

“Project Kaisei is a non-profit organization focused on increasing awareness of the scale of marine debris, its impact on our environment, and the solutions for both prevention and clean-up.” 

She commenced her journey in August 2009 where she uncovered dramatic images of  floating plastic in the Pacific Ocean, which showed how catastrophic the situation currently is.

She works alongside scientists to find ways to turn plastic into fuel.

Back home in San Francisco, Mary is a local hero inspiring other to take action and defend our oceans. She believes that ‘people will protect what they know.’

OCEAN POL

OCEAN POLL

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Plastic marine pollution has been accumulating since WWII, accounting to 80% of marine pollution around the world including Hawaii, South Africa and India. It leaches out toxic additives which in turn kills animals.

Plastic marine pollution has been accumulating since WWII, accounting to 80% of marine pollution around the world including Hawaii, South Africa and India. It leaches out toxic additives which in turn kills animals.

Mary Crowley speaks about plastic marine pollution.

Project Kaisei

REFERENCE:

http://www.thedailygreen.com/environmental-news/latest/green-local-heroes-2010

http://www.projectkaisei.org/index.aspx

To know more about:

MARINE POLLUTION

http://wwf.panda.org/about_our_earth/blue_planet/problems/pollution/

PLASTIC MARINE POLLUTION

http://plastic-waste-pollution.weebly.com/

http://coastalcare.org/2009/11/plastic-pollution/

http://ocean.nationalgeographic.com/ocean/critical-issues-marine-pollution/

http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/campaigns/ocean_plastics/index.html

MARY CROWLEY & HER PASSION

http://rewordit.org/mary-crwley-and-her-passion-to-clean-up-the-pacific-ocean-from-plastic/

http://www.oceanvoyagesinstitute.org/mary-crowley-visits-the-harbour-school-hong-kong-2/

http://www.mindfullivingnetwork.com/plastic-patch-in-the-pacific-ocean/

http://theforcesofnature.com/movies/mary-crowley/

PROJECT KAISEI

http://www.projectkaisei.org/index.aspx

GETTING INVOLVED WITH PROJECT KAISEI

http://www.projectkaisei.org/local_clean_up_opportunities.aspx

Southeast Asia Takes A New High on Haze

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Toxic Haze succumbs Southeast Asia

Singapore takes the cake as it hits 401 PSI [Pollutant Standard Index].

Other South Eastern countries such as Indonesia and Malaysia have passed the unhealthy rates of PSI of which is 200.

300 is considered hazardous. Malaysia has doubled this rate as it is at around 750 PSI.

Read more HERE.

REFERENCE:

“The Toxic Haze Choking Southeast Asia”

[http://www.environmentalgraffiti.com/news-haze-choking-south-east-asia]

TO KNOW MORE ABOUT:

TOXIC HAZE

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haze

http://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/dangerous-smog-haze-smothers-s/14473343

http://www.ttrweekly.com/site/2013/07/hazy-outcome-on-smog-talks/

http://www.demotix.com/node/2192291

HEALTH IMPACTS

http://yourhealth.asiaone.com/content/can-body-cleanse-itself-small-toxic-haze-particles

http://sg.news.yahoo.com/blogs/fit-to-post-health/minimise-health-impact-haze-012847111.html

Climate Change Worsens

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  1. “The West African monsoon produced extreme rainfall in 2012”
  2. “Nigeria experienced the worst flooding in decades”
  3. Triggered flashfloods in Haiti

Climate Change is not only affecting the frequency of hazards, but the magnitude of hazards as well to such an extent where impacts are catastrophic.

CLICK HERE to know more about how Climate Change may be altering our planet for the worse.

REFERENCE:

“The Fingerprints of Climate Change on Two Extreme Natural Disasters” [http://www.environmentalgraffiti.com/news-erratic-floods-and-droughts-%E2%80%93-two-extreme-disasters-and-fingerprints-climate-change]

 

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE EFFECTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE:

http://www.nc-climate.ncsu.edu/edu/k12/ClimateChange-Ag

 

ON HUMANS

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Effects_of_climate_change_on_humans

http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs266/en/

 

ON AGRICULTURE

http://www.ifpri.org/publication/climate-change-impact-agriculture-and-costs-adaptation

http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/impacts-adaptation/agriculture.html

 

ON ANIMALS

http://www.climateandweather.net/global_warming/effects_on_animals.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Effects_of_climate_change_on_terrestrial_animals

http://wwf.panda.org/about_our_earth/aboutcc/problems/impacts/

Airplane crashes are not as deadly as their exhaust fumes

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Asiana Airline’s Boeing 777 formally known as Seoul Airlines suffered a fatal crash as it landed at San Francisco airport. It resulted in 2 deaths, both Chinese teenagers coming to America for a summer camp.

The Pilot flying the plane was a veteran with over 10,000 hours of flight experience, however it was his first time flying a Boeing 777. The main cause of the crash was the inaccuracy of speed when landing.  This caused the tail of the plane to land first eventually resulting in the bursting of flames.

This devastating crash has left all other 305 out of 307 passengers in shock and several injured. However it has now been found that the main causes of deaths in planes may not only be resulted to the crash itself. The exhaust fumes play a large role in the death toll of passengers.

A tenth in the death toll is caused by airplane pollution. Airplane exhaust is similar to car exhaust which too has harmful substances within its composition. These particulates are driven by prevailing winds as they are expelled from the aircraft. Humans breathe them in as they reach sea level which can result to cardiovascular diseases and lung cancer according to the UN’s World Health Organization. Planes that cruise at altitude within the troposphere lead to 8000 deaths a year and airplanes taking off and landing leads to 2000 deaths a year.

Steven Barrett, an aeronautical engineer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, highly recommends regulators taking action immediately as air pollution alone already contributes to millions of deaths a year.

He believes that Sulfur in jet fuel, which is the main killer, can be reduced with additional costs.

These facts have now opened doors for scientists to find new ways to reduce the statistics in order to cut down the death toll now making airplane pollution an important focus for environmental regulations.

References:

National Geographic Daily News

&

abc News

For furthermore information on:

The dangers of plane exhaust…

http://www.aolnews.com/2010/10/11/planes-dont-kill-people-plane-exhaust-does/

http://www.omg-facts.com/Science/Ten-Times-As-Many-People-Are-Killed-By-P/16683

http://www.european-lung-foundation.org/16281-plane-exhaust-kills-more-people-than-plane-crashes.htm

San Francisco Asiana Airline’s airplane crash…

http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/story/2013/07/07/san-francisco-plane-crash-passengers.html

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/07/08/boeing-777-crashes-at-san-francisco-international-airport/

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/07/07/us-usa-crash-asiana-idUSBRE9650E220130707

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-san-francisco-plane-crash-20130708,0,415166.story