Originally posted on Earth Report:
Bikini Nuclear Blast Anniversary
The Marshall Islands has commemorated the 60th anniversary of the most violent manmade event in the Pacific island republic’s history.
On March 1, 1954, the United States exploded a hydrogen bomb on Bikini Atoll that was far more powerful than even the scientists that built it had expected.
Originally posted on robertscribbler:
Along with water and energy, which are related to its production, it is one of the key commodities necessary to keep the world’s 7.1 billion people alive, healthy and happy. Its price and availability can determine the fate of nations and the stability of the world’s economic system. Rising prices mean risk of increasing poverty, risk of political instability and, in the worst instances, a creeping spread of hunger and malnutrition about the globe.
And ever since the year 2000 world food prices have been steadily and inexorably rising.
Located near Carlsbad, New Mexico this Department of Energy (DOE) experimental nuclear waste dump is attempting to store leftover radioactive plutonium and americium from the US weapons program. On February 14, 2014 there was a nuclear safety failure at the site and the Department of Energy is not being honest about it. In this film Fairewinds Energy Education’s Arnie Gundersen pieces together what happened and points out Fairewinds’ major concerns about the facility, the accident and the lack of transparency at the DOE
Finally, a Billboard That Creates Drinkable Water Out of Thin Air
I’ve never cared much for billboards. Not in the city, not out of the city — not anywhere, really. It’s like the saying in that old Five Man Electrical Band song. So when the creative director of an ad agency in Peru sent me a picture of what he claimed was the first billboard that produces potable water from air, my initial reaction was: gotta be a hoax, or at best, a gimmick.
Except it’s neither: The billboard pictured here is real, it’s located in Lima, Peru, and it produces around 100 liters of water a day (about 26 gallons) from nothing more than humidity, a basic filtration system and a little gravitational ingenuity.
Let’s talk about Lima for a moment, the largest city in Peru and the fifth largest in all of the Americas, with some 7.6 million people (closer to 9 million when you factor in the surrounding metro area). Because it sits along the southern Pacific Ocean, the humidity in the city averages 83% (it’s actually closer to 100% in the mornings). But Lima is also part of what’s called a coastal desert: It lies at the northern edge of the Atacama, the driest desert in the world, meaning the city sees perhaps half an inch of precipitation annually (Lima is the second largest desert city in the world after Cairo). Lima thus depends on drainage from the Andes as well as runoff from glacier melt — both sources on the decline because of climate change.
Enter the University of Engineering and Technology of Peru (UTEC), which was looking for something splashy to kick off its application period for 2013 enrollment. It turned to ad agency Mayo DraftFCB, which struck on the idea of a billboard that would convert Lima’s H2O-saturated air into potable water. And then they actually built one.
It’s not entirely self-sufficient, requiring electricity (it’s not clear how much) to power the five devices that comprise the billboard’s inverse osmosis filtration system, each device responsible for generating up to 20 liters. The water is then transported through small ducts to a central holding tank at the billboard’s base, where you’ll find — what else? — a water faucet. According to Mayo DraftFCB, the billboard has already produced 9,450 liters of water (about 2,500 gallons) in just three months, which it says equals the water consumption of “hundreds of families per month.” Just imagine what dozens, hundreds or even thousands of these things, strategically placed in the city itself or outlying villages, might do. And imagine what you could accomplish in any number of troubled spots around the world that need potable water with a solution like this.
IRS VILLAIN LOIS LERNER RISKS ARREST AFTER PLEADING FIFTH FOR A SECOND TIME AT IRS TEA-PARTY TARGETING HEARING
Originally posted on sreaves32:
- The one-time head of the U.S. tax authority’s branch overseeing nonprofits won’t testify about a years-long scheme to target conservative groups
- Congress has the power to hold her in contempt, try her and imprison her in the Capitol jail
- That power hasn’t been used in more than 75 years but used to be common in bribery and other cases
- After the Republican chair of the House Oversight Committee quickly adjourned Wednesday’s hearing, his Democratic counterpart went ‘ballistic’
By David Martosko, U.S. Political Editor | Daily Mail
Originally posted on Kauilapele's Blog:
This image struck a chord, for some reason. I see these all the time in photos, but the “blue” part really felt significant to me, for this time in our planet’s consciousness awakening.
Found at RMN. See original full size at http://spaceweathergallery.com/indiv_upload.php?upload_id=94834.