Experts say we now have "clear evidence" cell phone radiation causes cancer in rats

April 3, 2018 by  
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Does cell phone radiation cause cancer ? There’s no firm answer to that question, but Quartz reported experts show, following three days of peer review sessions over two National Toxicology Program (NTP) draft reports, there is “clear evidence” phone radiation led to heart cancer in rats . NTP’s draft reports came out earlier in 2018; at that time a National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) news release said, “High exposure to radiofrequency radiation (RFR) in rodents resulted in tumors in tissues surrounding nerves in the hearts of male rats, but not female rats or any mice,” and noted the expert review to take place over March 26 to 28 . Quartz said all the results were then described as equivocal — the scientists didn’t think their information was clear enough to pin down if radiation led to the health effects. Related: Images Show How Much Cell Phone Radiation We Bathe in Every Day Peer reviewers, including toxicologists, engineers, biostaticians, and brain and heart pathologists, scrutinized the data and upgraded multiple conclusions to “some evidence” or “clear evidence,” Quartz said. NTP exposed mice and rats to varying levels of RFR for as long as two years. NIEHS said, “The exposure levels used in the studies were equal to and higher than the highest level permitted for local tissue exposure in cell phone emissions today. Cell phones typically emit lower levels of RFR than the maximum level allowed.” We certainly can’t say for sure at this point that cell phone radiation causes cancer in humans. NTP senior scientist John Bucher said in NIEHS’ February news release, “The levels and duration of exposure to RFR were much greater than what people experience with even the highest level of cell phone use, and exposed the rodents’ whole bodies. So, these findings should not be directly extrapolated to human cell phone usage. We note, however, that the tumors we saw in these studies are similar to tumors previously reported in some studies of frequent cell phone users.” + National Toxicology Program Draft Reports + National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Via Quartz Images via Hassan OUAJBIR on Unsplash and Matthew Kane on Unsplash

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The affordable, carbon-positive CORE 9 house generates more energy than it uses

April 3, 2018 by  
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With its CORE 9 home, architecture firm Beaumont Concepts aims to redefine how affordable sustainable housing is designed and built. The compact, low-maintenance house can be adapted for energy ratings from 6 to 10-star, which allows it to accommodate a range of budgets. The architects collaborated with a team of building designers and thermal performance professionals in order to develop affordable homes that respond to Australia’s climate. The resulting design, named CORE, is a carbon-positive home that relies on renewable energy sources and feeds surplus energy back to the grid. Related: Passive Erpingham House in Australia is affordable, light-filled and easily replicable The team used a selection of recycled and sustainable materials with a low embodied energy . These materials themselves can be up-cycled or re-processed after use. Cross-ventilation and maximum use of northern light help to reduce heating and cooling loads. In order to keep costs as low as possible, the designers also incorporated an inverted roof truss, which allows more light into the building but doesn’t require any specialist construction methods or additional costs. + Beaumont Concepts Via Archdaily Photos by Warren Reed and Leo Edwards

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Fukushima radiation levels at highest since 2011 disaster

February 3, 2017 by  
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As cleanup efforts threaten to span decades, radiation levels inside a Fukushima Daiichi reactor are at their highest since the 2011 disaster. Inside reactor number two’s containment vessel, Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco) found levels of 530 sieverts per hour. As only one sievert can cause radiation sickness, some experts described the recent reading as unimaginable. The previous record in the same part of the Fukushima reactor was just 73 sieverts per hour, which doesn’t sound like much compared with 530 but is still higher than a fatal level. Five sieverts would be enough to kill half of the people exposed in a month, and 10 sieverts would be fatal after just weeks. The high radiation levels recently recorded serve as a reminder there’s still a long way to go with cleanup at the damaged nuclear power station; some people say it could take as long as 40 years. Tepco says radiation is not leaking from the reactor. Related: Japan builds controversial ice wall to solve groundwater issues at Fukushima The presence of the high radiation complicates cleanup. Tepco plans to send a remote-controlled robot into the number two reactor’s containment vessel. But the robot is only designed to endure 1,000 sieverts of radiation and thus will likely break down in under two hours. The company still thinks the robot could be useful as it could move around in varying levels of radiation. The company also said image analysis of the reactor revealed a three-foot-wide hole in a pressure vessel; melted nuclear fuel could have made the hole after the back-up cooling system failed in the tsunami’s wake. Late last year, in December, the government said they think it will cost 21.5 trillion yen, which is around $190 billion, to decommission the plant, clean up the area, store radioactive waste, and pay compensation. The hefty amount is almost double a 2013 estimate. Via The Guardian Images via Wikimedia Commons and IAEA Imagebank on Flickr

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Chernobyl reactor covered by world’s largest-ever moveable metal structure

November 29, 2016 by  
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Dealing with the remnants of a nuclear disaster is no easy task. As a case in point, take a look at the Chernobyl reactor, where the world’s largest moveable metal structure is about to seal the plant’s fourth reactor for decades to come. Seeker reports that Ukrainian authorities are about to unveil an arch nearly as long as two football fields and taller than the Statue of Liberty to cover the crumbling remains of Reactor Number Four’s contaminated structure. The goal is to help keep future generations across Europe safe from the nuclear radiation that continues to emanate from the reactor that melted down over 30 years ago. According to Seeker , Chernobyl remains the world’s worst civil nuclear accident , having spread contamination throughout the Ukraine and 75 percent of Europe after an experimental safety check gone wrong caused an explosion and subsequent meltdown that spewed radiation out into the atmosphere. The death toll from the event ranges from about 4,000 to 100,000 depending on whom you ask – due to a cover-up by Russian authorities after the disaster. Ukrainian authorities now keep a 30-kilometer exclusion zone around the facility, but concerns over the crumbling concrete dome built to contain the reactor after the meltdown have led to $2.2 billion in funding from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development for the massive new protective structure – which is badly needed. Related: China is building a giant solar plant at Chernobyl “Radioactive dust inside the structure is being blown out through the cracks,” said Sergiy Paskevych of Ukraine’s Institute of Nuclear Power Plant Safety Problems. Paskevych also noted that the existing structure could crumble under extreme weather. “This would especially be a potential problem if there was a tornado or an earthquake.” The new covering is designed to hold up to tremors as great as 6.0 on the Richter scale, and tornados stronger than the region is ever likely to see. The arch took three weeks of careful work to put in place, and contains special equipment to help disassemble the structure from inside. But there are no plans yet to deal with the real problem of the leftover nuclear fuel. Via Seeker Images via Tim Porter , Wikimedia Commons and mattsh , Flickr Creative Commons

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Radiation from Fukushima took more than two years to reach North America’s West Coast

January 5, 2015 by  
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Have you been downing iodine like mad to protect your body against all that nuclear radiation emitted from the Fukushima meltdown? If so, it looks like your precautions might have been a bit premature, as recent research shows it took more than two years for the cesium 134 and 137 particles to journey from Japan across the Pacific to the West Coast of North America. And even since then, radiation levels in the waters remain at levels considered safe. Read the rest of Radiation from Fukushima took more than two years to reach North America’s West Coast Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bedford institute , british columbia , cesium , Fukushima , Health , Japan , Japanese , meltdown , north america , nuclear , Pacific , radiation , tusnami

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New Radioactive Leak Found at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant

January 21, 2014 by  
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Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) , the embattled operator of the crippled  Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant , just released a new video showing highly radioactive water inside the damaged number 3 nuclear reactor building. There were four reactor buildings crippled after the  2011 T?hoku earthquake and tsunami . The discovery of highly radioactive water on the floor of the building could mean that the water leaked from inside the reactor itself and that it was in contact with the melted-down fuel core, although Tepco says that it is unlikely that the water has leaked outside of the building. Read the rest of New Radioactive Leak Found at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Fukushima , fukushima daiichi nuclear power plant , leak , No. 3 reactor , radiation , radioactive , TEPCO , tokyo electric power company , T?hoku earthquake and tsunami , water issues        

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Le Corbusier’s Iconic Ronchamp Chapel Damaged by Vandals

January 21, 2014 by  
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New Report Lists World’s Most Polluted Places

November 7, 2013 by  
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Green Cross Switzerland and the Blacksmith Institute just released a report that details the world’s most polluted places. The report, titled The Top Ten Toxic Threats: Cleanup, Progress, and Ongoing Challenges , tracks chemicals, e-waste, radioactive contamination, lead and other pollutants that pose health risks to more than 200 million people in eight countries. Read the rest of New Report Lists World’s Most Polluted Places Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cadmium , chemicals , e-waste , health risk , lead , mercury , polluted places , Pollution , radiation , toxic , toxins        

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Radiation Levels in Water Near Fukushima Nuclear Plant Hit a Two-Year High

October 11, 2013 by  
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In the latest of a now seemingly endless series of devastating, embarrassing debacles at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant , operating utility Tepco has found that radiation levels in seawater directly adjacent to one of the damaged reactors have hit a two-year high. Tepco reports the radiation spike is due to construction work they have undertaken to reduce the chance of leaks from spreading into the nearby port, which connects to the Pacific Ocean. Read the rest of Radiation Levels in Water Near Fukushima Nuclear Plant Hit a Two-Year High Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Fukushima , fukushima construction , fukushima daiichi , Fukushima disaster , Fukushima Nuclear , fukushima reactor , IAEA , leaks , nuclear power , nuclear reactor , pacific ocean , radiation , TEPCO , tokyo electric and power        

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Yet Another Fukushima Spill Sends Radioactive Water into Pacific Ocean

October 4, 2013 by  
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The utility responsible for Japan’s crippled Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant has confirmed yet another leak of carcinogenic, strontium-containing wastewater from storage tanks at the site. The Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) said 110 US gallons had spilled from a 450 ton container, and that the wastewater may well have leaked into the sea. The accident occurred when workers misjudged the capacity of the tank, which was tilted on uneven ground, and subsequently overfilled it with wastewater . With many accidents preceding this latest spill, it is likely to bring even greater scrutiny on TEPCO. Read the rest of Yet Another Fukushima Spill Sends Radioactive Water into Pacific Ocean Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: contaminated water , Fukushima , Fukushima Accident , fukushima daiichi , groundwater , nuclear , prime minister , radiation , radioactive water , Shinzo Abe , storage tank , storage tanks , stronium , TEPCO , tokyo electric power , wastewater , water leak        

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