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The US Administration will let some wind companies kill or injure eagles to boost green energy

Posted in 2013 with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 8, 2013 by MARIE EMMANUELLE QUILICHINI

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(The Bald Eagle is the national bird of the United States of America….They are barely recovering from extinction that they are threatened again…What a symbol)

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The Obama administration said on Friday it will allow some companies to kill or injure bald and golden eagles for up to 30 years without penalty, in an effort to spur development and investment in green energy while balancing its environmental consequences. The change, requested by the wind energy industry, will provide legal protection for the lifespan of wind farms and other projects for which companies obtain a permit and make efforts to avoid killing the birds.

An investigation by the Associated Press earlier this year documented the illegal killing of eagles around wind farms, the Obama administration’s reluctance to prosecute such cases and its willingness to help keep the scope of the eagle deaths secret. The White House has championed wind power, a pollution-free energy intended to ease global warming, as a cornerstone of President Barack Obama’s energy plan.

In other areas, such as the government’s support for corn-based ethanol to reduce US dependence on gasoline, the White House has allowed the green industry to do not-so-green things. Another AP investigation recently showed that ethanol has proven far more damaging to the environment than politicians promised and much worse than the government admits today.

Wind Energy Eagle Deaths

FULL ARTICLE ON THEIR WEBSITE

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/dec/06/obama-administration-will-let-some-wind-companies-kill-or-injure-eagles

 

A radioactive leak has caused a reactor at an accident-prone South Carolina nuclear plant to be shutdown

Posted in 2013 with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on November 14, 2013 by MARIE EMMANUELLE QUILICHINI

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2501992/Leaky-reactor-taken-offline-troubled-nuclear-plant–SECOND-shutdown-months.html

Unit 1 at the Oconee Nuclear Station, near Seneca, has been offline since Monday morning after a small leak was discovered Friday and confirmed over the weekend. This is the second incident at the plant in as many months.
‘The radioactive material has been trapped inside the reactor’s steel-lined containment building, which is airtight and has concrete walls several feet thick,’ an ONS spokesperson told WYFF.

Accident prone: This is the second incident at Oconee Nuclear Station in as many months. The leak was first suspected Friday, but the reactor remained in service until a robot was sent in over the weekend to confirm the leak, the spokesperson explained.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2501992/Leaky-reactor-taken-offline-troubled-nuclear-plant–SECOND-shutdown-months.html#ixzz2kcifJXg7

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Super Typhoon Haiyan, one of strongest storms ever, heads for central Philippines

Posted in 2013 with tags , , , , , , , , , on November 7, 2013 by MARIE EMMANUELLE QUILICHINI

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(CNN) — Thousands of people in vulnerable areas of the Philippines are being relocated as the strongest storm on the planet so far this year spins toward the country.

With sustained winds of 305 kph (190 mph) and gusts as strong as 370 kph (230 mph), Super Typhoon Haiyan was churning across the Western Pacific toward the central Philippines as one of the most intense tropical cyclones ever recorded.

Its wind strength makes it equivalent to an exceptionally strong Category 5 hurricane.

The storm, known as Yolanda in the Philippines, is expected to still be a super typhoon, with winds in excess of 240 kph (149 mph), when it makes landfall Friday morning in the region of Eastern Visayas.

The storm is so large in diameter that clouds from it are affecting two-thirds of the country.Authorities in the region had moved more than 3,800 people to evacuation centers by late Thursday, Maj. Reynaldo Balido of the Philippine Office of Civil Defense said.

Most of those relocated live in Tacloban City, which sits on the coast of the island of Leyte and has a population of more than 200,000.

iReport: Heavy rains as Philippines braces for typhoon

In a speech Thursday, President Benigno S. Aquino III warned residents of the “calamity our countrymen will face in these coming days.”

“Let me repeat myself: This is a very real danger, and we can mitigate and lessen its effects if we use the information available to prepare,” he said.

The government has three C-130 cargo aircraft ready to respond, as well as 32 planes and helicopters from the air force, the president said.

Officials have placed relief supplies in the areas that are expected to get hit, Aquino said.

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Human Influence on Climate is Highly Probable

Posted in 2013 with tags , , , , , , , on September 27, 2013 by MARIE EMMANUELLE QUILICHINI

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Meeting in Stockholm, experts IPCC unveiled Friday morning, their fifth report on climate. After five more years of work, the experts of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change will worsen their diagnosis on the state of the planet and the impact of global warming.

They predict that the Earth will warm by 0.3 to 4.8 ° C on average by 2100. The sea level should, in turn, from 26 to 82 cm, while the 2007 forecast forecast a rise of 18-59 cm.

The human influence is now ‘highly probable’, which is equivalent to 95% certainty, according to the report. In 2007, this certainty was assessed at 90%.

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English: One of the uninhabited islands of Lak...

English: One of the uninhabited islands of Lakshadweep (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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