“Recently I [Bill Williams] was invited to assess an old Danish uranium exploration site in Kvanefjeld in southern Greenland.”
Inuit Ataqatigiit – the opposition party in the national parliament – had asked me to talk to local people about the health implications of re-opening the defunct mine.
An Australian firm called Greenland Minerals and Energy (GME) has big plans to extract uranium and rare earth minerals here. It would be a world first: an open-pit uranium mine on an Arctic mountain-top.
Hanako the elephant, who has been called the world’s saddest elephant has passed away after spending 60 years in a tiny cell at Inokashira Park Zoo in Japan.
She was 69 years old.
In the six decades Hanako spent in her cell, she never got to feel soft grass or dirt under her feet, or the bark of trees with her trunk, and worst of all, she hadn’t seen another elephant for most of her adult life….”
Read on, never forget Hank….Life so precious….Support animal rights
“Roberto Porto posted this photo at EarthSky Facebook in late May, 2016. It’s a pass of International Space Station (ISS) over Tenerife, one of Spain’s Canary Islands. The large plant is a tajinaste rojo, an endemic plant of this island. Roberto said the tajinaste plants typically blossom in May on this island, and he said some grow as high as 10 feet (3 meters). Of his photo, he wrote:”
“But a full cleanup of the site — including the extraction of melted uranium fuel from the damaged reactor cores — is expected to take at least 40 years according to the government’s timetable and a century by other estimates. In the meantime, officials acknowledge, Fukushima remains vulnerable.”
Here’s a market solution to consider, President Trump
Researchers propose a new financial tool. Implications for Great Lakes?
I am quoting from an article written by Bret Walton for Circle Blue. He lays out the problem of water shortages out west and introduces the idea of “water insurance” just as we have car or flood insurance.
Greg Characklis, professor at UNC at Chapel Hill, further explains the notion in the following paragraphs:
“Utilities need to change their business models to adapt to 21st-century conditions. In an era of conservation, argues Greg Characklis, water utilities must become more sophisticated financial managers. One way they are doing this is by changing their rate structures so that they earn more revenue from “fixed” fees that do not fluctuate with the amount of water sold.
Characklis, a professor in the department of environmental sciences and engineering at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, has another idea: insurance markets. Farmers buy crop insurance to protect against unpredictable weather and drivers purchase accident protection, but no similar product exists for water utilities. Characklis and his colleagues are assessing the viability of the new financial tool.”
Excerpt from WashingronTimes on historic flooding:
IJC Future steps could include recommendations for flood control structures, such as a dam that was begun in the 1930s in Quebec but was never finished.
Low-lying areas around the lake in Vermont and New York were inundated by the spring runoff that kept the lake above flood stage for more than two months in 2011.
“The International Lake Superior Board of Control, under authority granted to it by the International Joint Commission, expects to increase the Lake Superior outflow for the month of May.
The increased outflow is expected to exceed the capacities of the hydropower plants on the St. Marys River in May, and therefore the excess will be released through the control structure at the head of the St. Marys Rapids.
“The outflow of Lake Superior will be adjusted over the next several months to accommodate expected maintenance at the hydropower plants, and to reduce the potential for adverse consequences of high and fluctuating flows in the St. Marys Rapids.”
Medical marijuana bill proposed by senate pending. This is excerpt from Criticl posting:
” Reformation of the National Institute on Drug Abuse in order to grant wider access to cannabis for research purposes.Banks would be able to do business with the marijuana industry as they would with others.Marijuana would be downgraded from a Schedule I to a Schedule II drug as classified by the DEA.Authorized carriers would be able to transport the drug across state lines to deliver to dispensaries.Doctors with the Department of Veteran Affairs would be able to prescribe the drug to patients where it’s legal in that state.
If the bill is passed, it would mark the first time since 1937 that the drug would be federally legal for limited medical use.
The history of the eventual federal ban, was deeply seeded in fear of Mexican immigrants. During 1910 to1920 Mexican immigrants came to America in mass and brought the plant with them. Governmental bodies funded biased research that linked use of the plant with violence, sexual deviance and crime to the “racially inferior” and underclass. 1936 the famous propaganda film “Reefer Madness” was produced and the following year the Marijuana Tax Act was passed, which effectively banned all use except for restricted medical uses.”