A Few Things Ill Considered

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Sipping from the Internet Firehose…

February 16, 2014


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More black humour in a climatic vein:

Looking ahead to COP20 and future international climate negotiations:

A group of nations conferred over illegal wildlife trade and came up with the London Declaration:

The AAAS had their annual meeting this week in Chicago:

The England et al. paper on stronger Pacific Trade Winds burying warm surface waters sparked some interest:

How is the German Energy Transition [Energiewende] doing?

And on the Bottom Line:

Delving into the laws of thermodynamics this week:

Here is something for your Crap Detector:

John Cook and friends continue their point-counterpoint articles:

A note on theFukushima disaster:

It is evident that the Fukushima disaster is going to persist for some time. TEPCO says 6 to 9 months. The previous Japanese Prime Minister, Naoto Kan, said decades. Now the Japanese government is talking about 30 years. [Whoops, that has now been updated to 40 years.]
And the IAEA is now saying 40 years too.
[Now some people are talking about a century or more. Sealing it in concrete for 500 years.]
We’ll see.
At any rate this situation is not going to be resolved any time soon and deserves its own section.
Meanwhile…
It is very difficult to know for sure what is really going on at Fukushima. Between the company [TEPCO], the Japanese government, the Japanese regulator [NISA], the international monitor [IAEA], as well as independent analysts and commentators, there is a confusing mish-mash of information. One has to evaluate both the content and the source of propagated information.
How knowledgeable are they [about nuclear power and about Japan]?
Do they have an agenda?
Are they pro-nuclear or anti-nuclear?
Do they want to write a good news story?
Do they want to write a bad news story?
Where do they rate on a scale of sensationalism?
Where do they rate on a scale of play-it-down-ness?
One fundamental question I would like to see answered:
If the reactors are in meltdown, how can they be in cold shutdown?

No good news out of Fukushima yet:

 

Post Fukushima, nuclear policies are in flux around the world:

The Arctic melt continues to garner attention:

As for the charismatic megafauna:

That Damoclean sword still hangs overhead:

While in Antarctica:

The food crisis is ongoing:

The state of the world’s fisheries is a concern. See also:

Regarding the genetic modification of food:

And how are we going to feed 9 billion, 10 billion, 15 billion?

Except for Tropical Cyclone Fobane in the South Indian Ocean, it has been a quiet week:

The post Haiyan situation in the Philippines is not good: