Hundreds of radioactive wild boars run amok in Fukushima, Japan

March 18, 2017 by  
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Packs of radioactive wild boars are running loose in northern Japan, where the meltdown of the Fukushima nuclear plant in 2011 forced entire towns and villages to abandon ship. Six years later, the beasts pose more than a minor nuisance to displaced residents, a number of whom are eager to return to their homes as the Japanese government begins to lift evacuation orders in certain areas. Besides their obvious toxicity—tests by officials show that some animals possess levels of cesium-137 300 times higher than what is considered safe—the boars are also known to attack humans. Swaths of farmland, now gone to seed, have become prime real estate for foraging varmints. According to Yomiuri , a local newspaper, boars have caused more than $854,000 in agricultural damage in Fukushima prefecture. Local authorities in the affected towns have hired teams of hunters to shoot the boars with air rifles, or trap them in cages using rice flour as bait. Related: Fukushima radiation levels at highest since 2011 disaster “After people left, they began coming down from the mountains and now they are not going back,” Shoichiro Sakamoto, who leads a group of 13 hunters in the town of Tomioka, told Reuters . “They found a place that was comfortable. There was plenty of food and no one to come after them.” A recent government survey found than half the 21,500 former residents of the town of Namie, one of the towns included in the proposed evacuation-order lift, have decided against returning, citing fears over the safety of the nuclear plant, which will take decades to dismantle. Several have also raised concerns about the bands of marauding boars. “I’m sure officials at all levels are giving some thought to this,” said Hidezo Sato, a former seed merchant in Namie. “Something must be done.” Via Reuters Image via Wikipedia

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RiverBlue: Jason Priestley-narrated documentary exposes the dark side of your blue jeans

March 18, 2017 by  
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Are your clothes causing the world’s rivers to bleed blue? Directed by David McIlvride and Roger Williams and narrated by Jason Priestley, RiverBlue is a new documentary that delves deep into the shocking underbelly of fast fashion to expose its destructive and widespread impacts on our environment. For those of you in New York City, Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator will be hosting a screening of this powerful film on March 22 for World Water Day . Read on for more details about the screening and post-film discussion with Williams and Paul Gallay, President of Riverkeeper, and learn more about the movie by checking out BF+DA’s interview with McIlvride here . RiverBlue follows acclaimed river conservationist Mark Angelo on a waterborne trip around the world to uncover the truth behind the garment industry and its effects on the Earth’s waterways and ecosystems. Infiltrating one of the world’s most pollutive industries, and speaking with fashion designers and water protectors world-wide, RiverBlue reveals stunning yet, shocking images that will forever change the way we look at fashion, and the impact of the clothes we wear. – Brooklyn Fashion and Design Accelerator BF+DA will be screening RiverBlue on Wednesday, March 22 from 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm. Tickets are $10. Click here for more details and to RSVP. + RSVP to see RiverBlue here

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6 of the lightest and strongest materials on Earth

March 18, 2017 by  
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The future of construction is more exciting than ever thanks to huge technological developments in material innovation. Researchers are constantly developing new materials that are stronger and lighter than ever before, paving the way to a more energy-efficient and eco-friendly future in everything from transportation to medical technology . We’ve rounded up six cutting-edge materials that rank among some of the lightest and strongest ever discovered—keep reading to see them all. 3D Graphene Made from pure carbon , ultra-thin graphene is thought to be one of the strongest materials on the planet. But earlier this year, researchers at MIT found a way to turn two-dimensional graphene into a three-dimensional structure by designing a new material with a sponge-like configuration that’s 5 percent the density of steel and about 10 times as strong. The super-strong and lightweight 3D graphene has been shown to be stronger than its 2D counterpart and offers greater potential uses thanks to its building block form. Carbyne In the spring of 2016, a team of Austrian researchers revealed that they were able to successfully synthesize Carbyne, an exotic form of carbon that they say is the strongest of all known materials—even surpassing graphene . Considered the holy grail of carbon allotropes, Carbyne is made from a monodimensional chain of carbon atoms that’s highly reactive, making it very tricky to synthesize. The stiff material is believed to be twice as strong as carbon nanotubes. Aerographite Created from a network of porous carbon tubes, aerographite is synthetic foam that’s one of the lightest structural materials ever created. Developed by researchers at the University of Kiel and the Technical University of Hamburg, aerographite can be produced in a variety of shapes and boasts a density of just 180 grams per cubic meter, making it about 75 times lighter than styrofoam. The material could be used on the electrodes of lithium ion batteries to reduce their weight. Aerographene Aerographene, also known as graphene aerogel, is believed to be the world’s lightest material with a density of just 0.16 milligram per cubic centimeter. Zhejiang University researchers developed the material, which is approximately 7.5 times less dense than air. The extremely elastic material can absorb up to 900 times their own weight in oil and water, making oil spill cleanups a potential application. Metallic microlattice Metallic microlattice is the world’s lightest metal and one of the lightest structural materials. This synthetic porous material made from nickel phosphorous tubes has a density as low as 0.9 milligrams per cubic centimeter. Potential uses include applications in automotive engineering, aeronautical engineering, and more. Limpet teeth The teeth of limpets, the term for aquatic snails found clinging to rocky shores, are considered one of the strongest biological materials in the world. Made of a mineral-protein composite, limpet teeth have been revealed in a University of Portsmouth study to be much stronger than spider silk . Its strength is believed to be due to its tightly packed mineral fibers, which scientists could combine into man-made composites to create stronger planes, cars, and even dental fillings. Lead image via ZD News/Huffington Post

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Radiation at the Fukushima Daiichi Power Plant 18 Times Higher Than Thought

September 2, 2013 by  
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Radiation levels at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan are 18 times higher than previously thought. The operator of the Japanese nuclear plant, Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco) , said that the radiation, which measures 1,800 millisieverts an hour, is high enough to kill a person exposed to it for four hours. Tepco is still trying to determine the cause of the radiation spike, but claim in their most recent report that levels inside the tank remain unchanged – which means there has been no leak. Read the rest of Radiation at the Fukushima Daiichi Power Plant 18 Times Higher Than Thought Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: environmental disaster Japan , environmental disasters , fukushima daiichi disaster , fukushima daiichi power plant , japan tepco , nuclear disaster Japan 2011 , nuclear power plants , TEPCO , Tepco nuclear power plant , tsunami disaster Japan 2011 , water leak Daiichi        

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Endangered Sumatran Tiger and Two Lions Poisoned in Indonesian Zoo

September 2, 2013 by  
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Three animals at an Indonesian zoo died after eating poisoned meat earlier this month. An endangered Sumatran tiger named Peter and two lions, Gebo and Sonia, were found dead on August 17, 2013 at the Taman Rimbo Zoo in Jambi. Authorities have questioned zoo employees about the deaths but the culprit remains at large. Read the rest of Endangered Sumatran Tiger and Two Lions Poisoned in Indonesian Zoo Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: critically endangered species , eco design , endangered Sumatran Tiger , endangered wildlife , green design , indonesia , poaching , sustainable design , Taman Rimbo Zoo Deaths , Tiger and lions poisoned , Wildlife conservation , zoos        

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Study Shows that Nuclear Power Plants in Europe are Not Ready for Disaster

October 11, 2012 by  
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The Fukushima disaster following the tsunami that hit Japan in 2011 was an eye-opening event that caused many to wonder just how safe nuclear power is. Thanks to a new study commissioned as a result of the disaster, we have an answer – and it doesn’t look good. The results of the study show that of 145 reactors examined in Europe, the vast majority of them fail in one or more safety preparedness aspects. Read the rest of Study Shows that Nuclear Power Plants in Europe are Not Ready for Disaster Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Europe Power Plants , European Nuclear Safety Regulators Group , Fukushima disaster , Fukushima safety , natural disasters , nuclear power , nuclear power plants , nuclear safety

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Fukushima Nuclear Reactor Soars to 45 Degrees Celsius as Crisis Awakes

February 6, 2012 by  
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Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant crisis was one of the most severe environmental disasters of the past year – and now it appears that it’s far from over, as the temperature at reactor number 2 just  soared up 26.7 degrees Celsius in the past few hours . The news comes soon after Japan announced an official “cold shutdown” of the damaged plant, and authorities have announced that they no idea why the temperature is increasing. Read the rest of Fukushima Nuclear Reactor Soars to 45 Degrees Celsius as Crisis Awakes Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Fukushima Chernobyl , fukushima earthquake , fukushima heating up , fukushima nuclear disaster chernobyl , fukushima reactor 2 , japan nuclear power plant , japan tsunami , nuclear power plant construction , nuclear power plants , seismic areas , seismic nuclear power plant , TEPCO , tokyo electric power company

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20 Million Tons of Japanese Debris Spotted En Route to Hawaii

October 24, 2011 by  
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When the tsunami struck Japan earlier in the year, the country suffered a devastating loss of life and a nuclear meltdown. However it seems like it will not be the only country affected by the disaster. In July, we reported how debris from the coastline was swept into the ocean and was being carried by ocean currents towards Hawaii . We first learned that the debris would hit the west coast of North America by 2014, but scientists now believe that the 20 MILLION TONS of rubbish could hit sooner . Read the rest of 20 Million Tons of Japanese Debris Spotted En Route to Hawaii Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Fukushima Chernobyl , fukushima nuclear disaster chernobyl , hawaii tsunami debris to hit , japan nuclear power plant , japan tsunami , japanese debris tsunami hawaii , nuclear power plant construction , nuclear power plants , seismic areas , seismic nuclear power plant , tsunami debris hawaii

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