Monday, February 29, 2016

Fukushima Nuclear Wasteland, Dismal Outlooks


Both of today's top stories are those rub it your face "I-told-you-so" debunking verifications about what the not-so-bright passionately believe.  First nuclear power,  given the track record and containment issues, it is highly unlikely that this energy source will ever  replace much of the output from oil. The Carbon Institute estimated we would need 10,000 plants to offset the losses from oil. How would you like to have that many Fukushima's when those plants decommission? 

And then, who ever "really" believed that we were going to other planets and solar systems ? Why would we? Just to do the same devastations to the rest the universe that we did here on earth?

Folks, let's face it, earthlings are not the sharpest knives in the inter- galactic kitchen?   What you didn't know that too?


FUKUSHIMA: FIVE YEARS LATER 






JAPAN IS STILL CLEANING UP ONE OF THE WORLD'S WORST NUCLEAR DISASTERS. HERE'S HOW FAR IT HAS COME—AND HOW FAR IT HAS YET TO GO.

A 50-foot wall of water spawned by the quake exploded over Daiichi’s seawall, swamping backup diesel generators. Four of six nuclear reactors on-site experienced a total blackout. In the days that followed, three of them melted down, spewing enormous amounts of radiation into the air and sea in what became the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl in 1986.
The Japanese government never considered abandoning Fukushima as the Soviet Union did with Chernobyl. It made the unprecedented decision to clean up the contaminated areas—in the process, generating a projected 22 million cubic meters of low-level radioactive waste—and return some 80,000 nuclear refugees to their homes. This past September, the first of 11 towns in Fukushima’s mandatory evacuation zone reopened after extensive decontamination, but fewer than 2 percent of evacuees returned that month. More will follow, but surveys indicate that the majority don’t want to go back. Some evacuees are afraid of radiation; many have simply moved on with their lives.

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NO HOTELS  ON THE MOON, JUST SCI-FI  

No way to live outside Earth: Space colonization a myth - ESA director


For decades in history space was the giant playground - but only for NASA and the USSR. Now, many nations strive to reach and explore the last frontier. With the enormous costs for the venture, will cooperation prevail over national interests? Are there benefits in the near future - for all of us - in spending so much to get to the orbit? We touch upon all these questions with Director-General of the European Space Agency, Jean Jacques Dordain, on Sophie&Co.

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