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The History of ‘Ohio': Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young’s Raw Reminder of the Kent State Massacre

May 21, 2015

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As hydraulic fracturing (fracking) increases- so do indoor levels of radon

April 11, 2015

Originally posted on nuclear-news:

highly-recommendedSmall increases in radon track natural gas development with fracking in Pennsylvania, The Conversation, Joan A. Casey Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Scholar at University of California, San Francisco Brian S. Schwartz Professor of Environmental Health Sciences at Johns Hopkins University  11 Apr 15 

Indoor radon levels in Pennsylvania have been slowly rising since 2004, around the time that unconventional natural gas development using hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) began in the state. In our new study published in Environmental Health Perspectives, we found three pieces of evidence that there may be a link between unconventional natural gas development and indoor radon levels across the state.

Historically, Pennsylvania has had one of the biggest indoor radon problems in the country. Why? Much of the bedrock in Pennsylvania contains high levels of uranium, which is radioactive and eventually decays to radium and radon gas. Radon gas can then enter buildings by diffusing through cracks…

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Gaseous State – Ground proof verification pending

April 11, 2015

Originally posted on Head Space:

Recycled News October 9, 2014:

Natural Hazard: Methane Plume

North America – USA | U.S. Southwest, Four Corners Region
Location: 36°59’56.3″N 109°02’42.1″W

U.S. Methane ‘Hot Spot’ Bigger than Expected

One small “hot spot” in the U.S. Southwest is responsible for producing the largest concentration of the greenhouse gas methane seen over the United States – more than triple the standard ground-based estimate — according to a new study of satellite data by scientists at NASA and the University of Michigan.

Methane is very efficient at trapping heat in the atmosphere and, like carbon dioxide, it contributes to global warming. The hot spot, near the Four Corners intersection of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah, covers only about 2,500 square miles (6,500 square kilometers), or half the size of Connecticut.

Rio Grande Rift Crustal Boundaries Rio Grande Rift Crustal Boundaries: 1. 1.8–1.65-Ga contractional amalgamation of lithosphere in the southwestern United States produced major northeast-striking tectonic boundaries. Cheyenne…

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NOAA ENSO Model Now Forecasting a Supercalifragilistic El Niño for 2015/16 Season

April 10, 2015
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Originally posted on Watts Up With That?:

Guest Post by Bob Tisdale

First: Congratulations to the teeny-tiny 2014/15 El Niño. It’s now official. NOAA included it as an “official warm event” on their Oceanic NINO Index this week.

NOAA’s CFS.v2 model (dated April 9, 2015, source here) is now forecasting a strong El Niño for this upcoming ENSO season, or as blogger Alec, aka Daffy Duck called it, “a supercalifragilistic el nino” when he brought the forecast to my attention here. See Figure 1. That forecast is noticeably higher than the one that shows up on page 25 of the NOAA weekly ENSO update, which was dated April 4th.

Figure 1

Figure 1

If you live in California and are hoping for drought relief, I wouldn’t get my hopes up just yet. It’s still (boreal) springtime, and ENSO forecasts have a hurdle called the “spring prediction barrier”. Basically, El Nino forecasts have a bad…

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Weather Change on Planets – In Sync With Earth?

February 25, 2015

Originally posted on Musings from the Chiefio:

No proof, but interesting evidence of a variety of changes in the weather on a few planets that looks like it is arriving more or less in sync with changes on Earth. Somehow I don’t think using your cars is causing it…

First off, the weakest change. A Dust Storm on Mars. Yeah, big deal. Mars and dust storms. The Usual comes to mind. But there are two things about this that caught my eye.

First off, it was NOT a U.S.A. or Russian report / satellite.

http://www.ndtv.com/india-news/mars-orbiter-sends-pictures-of-dust-storm-activities-on-the-red-planet-672615

Mars Orbiter Sends Pictures of Dust Storm Activities on the Red Planet

India | Press Trust of India | Updated: September 29, 2014 20:27 IST

BANGALORE: India’s Mars orbiter has sent a picture of regional dust storm activities over the northern hemisphere of the Red Planet, ISRO said today.

“Regional dust storm activities over northern hemisphere of Mars – captured by Mars…

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Fox (and CNN to some extent) on the wrong side of vaccination

February 3, 2015

Originally posted on Musings from the Chiefio:

In the news lately has been a measles outbreak. Some 100+ cases linked to a start in California.

Now The Media have seized on it as a Big Deal that some folks are not vaccinating their kids. Fine. But now Fox has had a couple of shows with all sorts of high handed moralizing about how we must force parents to vaccinate their kids for the good of the community and other kids. Um “Logic Fault!”.

I expect this kind of thing from CNN (who has done some of it, though with more high moral snobbery and less moralized shouting…) but Fox? WHERE is your sense of liberty and freedom, folks?

The Logic Fault

The thing that shouted at me, but seems lost on Talking Heads with Opinions, is the simple fact that if a cohort of 90% of the kids have been vaccinated against measles, then the “at risk…

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Volcanic Activity – Mount Ōyama: Japan

October 24, 2014

Originally posted on Head Space:

Natural Hazard – Volcanic Activity

Asia – Japan | Prefecture of Kagoshima and Miyazak, Kyushu. Mount Ōyama Volcano
Location: 35°26′27″N, 139°13′52″E
Complex Stratovolcano: 1,252 m (4,108 ft)
Aviation Color Code:  Green
Casualties:
Injured: 
Missing:
Area affected: Kagoshima and Miyazaki prefectures

Volcano Activity in Japan on Friday, 24 October, 2014 at 11:22 (11:22 AM) UTC.

A volcano in southern Japan only 40 miles from a nuclear power plant is showing signs of threatening to erupt. Japanese authorities issued the warning today after the calamitous eruption of Mount Ontake killed 57 hikers in Japan’s worst volcanic disaster in nearly 90 years last month. Japan’s Meteorological Agency’s volcano division said that the volcano Ioyama, a mountain on the southwestern island of Kyushu, had been shaken by small tremors – some lasting as long as seven minutes. Ioyama lies in the volcanically active Kirishima mountain range – roughly 40 miles from the Sendai nuclear plant. “There is…

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