Whoa!!! 2012 is the hottest year in history.

I will be talking about another reason to believe that climate change is real. According to the US National Climate Data Center, the year 2012 was the warmest year for the continental United States since record keeping began 107 years ago.The U.S. Climate Extremes Index indicated that 2012 was the second most extreme year on record for the nation, marked by historic drought, wildfires, hurricanes and storms.

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The 2011/12 winter season was nearly non-existent for much of the eastern half of the nation. The three months from December 2011 through February 2012 were marked by near-record warmth across the U.S.-Canada border, the Midwest, Mid-Atlantic, and Northeast, limiting seasonal snowfall there. Many locations had near-record low snowfall totals for the winter season.The average temperature for 2012 was 55.3 degrees Fahrenheit – 3.2 degrees F above the 20th century average, and 1.0 degrees F above 1998, the previous warmest year.

Hurricanes Isaac and Sandy made landfall along the U.S. coast during 2012. Isaac brought large storm surge and torrential rains to the Gulf Coast. Sandy caused much damage in 24 states across the Northeast and Appalachia. Eight million homes lost power and 131 fatalities were reported.

Hurricanes Isaac and Sandy made landfall along the U.S. coast during 2012. Isaac brought large storm surge and torrential rains to the Gulf Coast. Sandy caused much damage in 24 states across the Northeast and Appalachia. Eight million homes lost power and 131 fatalities were reported.

We can clearly see that the fact speaks for itself. The climate is changing and our world might not be the same again. We need to do something about it urgently. Even if we cannot stop the natural causes of climate change we can at-least make sure we reduce man made impact to climate change.  God save our world.

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OMG!!! Nuclear storage Tanks Leaking at Hanford, Washington.

Guess the Fukushima nuclear accident of 2011 is still fresh in our minds. On 23th of February 2013, the United States of America witnessed a nuclear event that needs serious attention; six single-shell containment tanks were leaking highly radioactive waste at the Hanford Nuclear Site in south-central Washington State. Two-thirds of the nation’s high-level radioactive waste is being stored at Hanford, a 586 square-mile site located on the Columbia River. Arguably, Hanford has taken up the title of the most contaminated nuclear site in the United States.

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There are a total of 177 underground waste containment tanks at the Hanford site; 149 of them being single-shell tanks. The tank contents include waste from years of World War II and post-war production of material for nuclear weapons and account for about 60 percent by volume of the nation’s high-level radioactive waste. Since the beginning of waste removal from Hanford’s single-shell tanks a total of 10 tanks have been emptied. I am still mesmerized about the amount of nuclear waste we have buried underground and the government is yet to do anything about it.
It’s very obvious that most of the containment tanks are already exceeding their design period and if the government fails to do something soon, I very sorry to say, that we are sitting on a disaster waiting to happen. The city of Fukushima has not recovered from the results of the devastating event therefore it’s important to act now before it gets too late. I think Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository site of Nevada might be a good choice for “dry cask’ processing because of its location. In my subsequent post , I will be analyzing this plant and looking for ways that benefits the government and the people of the affected sites. I will appreciate your comments on how to safely store and process the wastes before it really gets out of hand.

Be nice to someone today because we don’t know what tomorrow brings.
Cheers!!!

By Daniel Adesina Posted in Nuclear

Climate change and the economy: Part 1

In my previous post, I talked about the best way to reduce climate change is to have a worldwide participation where every country will be equally committed to reducing green house gases (GHG).  Especially since Climate change is a global issue, it is not really fair if one country increases taxes on its citizen while others continue to emit green house gases without a commensurate commitment to prevent climate change. This post will begin our series of discussion about climate change and its relative economic impacts.

February 17, 2013 remain a remarkable day in the US climate change protest. Climate activists descended on Washington, D.C., in what organizers boasted was the largest climate-change rally in American history, claiming more than 35,000 attendees according to LA times. The rally, themed as the “The Forward on Climate rally” called for President Obama to take immediate action on climate change, with many calling for the government to block the construction of the oil pipeline known as Keystone XL. The Keystone XL project will be a very important boost to the US economy especially as the economy is just bouncing back from the recession of 2008.

In January 2012, Obama rejected the initial 1,700-mile Keystone XL pipeline from Alberta, Canada, to Port Arthur, Texas, saying he needed more time for environmental review. Since the project crosses a U.S. border, it needs permit from the State Department, but Obama has said he’ll make the final call. The project’s developer, Calgary-based TransCanada, has since broken the project into two parts. It received approval last year from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to begin construction of the 485-mile, $2.3 billion southern leg of the project from Cushing, Oklahoma, to the Gulf Coast. Obama’s pending decision involves the 1,179-mile, $5.3 billion northern leg, from Alberta to Steele City, Neb. The Obama administration is planning towards having a north American energy independent by 2020 and this project is a very important part of this plan. This will help reduce American Middle East oil dependency and also create thousands of job opportunities.

In as much as I believe in the need to stop climate change, I also support making the economy work again. I think the keystone project should be allowed under strict supervision from the EPA. The design should be properly reviewed to avoid any environmental issue and all endangered species must be protected. The ideas above are my view that might not be generally accepted by most people.  I will really appreciate your comments on this issue and on ways to improve the economy and ultimately protect the environment.

Thanks

Meteor strikes the earth again!!!

This post is not about man-made environmental issue but it’s important we discuss about it.  Just like we all enjoyed the movie “2012” and get entertained with the motion picture, we need to critically look at the issue and start investing on how to prevent a disaster of such magnitude.

On February 14 2013, as the whole world celebrated the famous “valentine’s days” with wine and gifts from loved ones. Mother Nature also blessed the city of Chelyabinsk with the gift of a Meteor that left about 1000 people injured and brought panic and mayhem to the central Russian region. Residents fled for their lives as fireballs slammed into the Earth after exploding with the force of a nuclear bomb at about 9:20am local time over the Ural Mountain.  Luckily, nobody died but can we imagine if the meteor hit the city of Moscow which is just about 900 miles away.

This Russian meteor strike appears to be unrelated to the February 15, 2013 asteroid (DA14) which is half the size of a football field, and large enough to destroy a city. This asteroid is expected to come within 17,000 miles of earth, passing within the ring of satellites that surround Earth. Then sometime between Thanksgiving and the end of the year Comet “Ison” will come into the solar system to round the sun. As it grazes the sun it will no doubt break up to some degree and as a result dramatically increase in brightness. Some astronomers expect that it might get even brighter than the moon and be seen during daylight hours crossing the sky. Astronomers know that our planet exists in a cosmic shooting gallery of objects that could strike the Earth and cause major catastrophes.

Most recently NASA’s Deep Impact spacecraft while tracking Comet Hartley 2 took photos of hailstones the size of basketballs, weighing upwards of 100 pounds. NASA scientists said that “We have never seen anything like this before” and that “This is a genuinely a new phenomenon.”

Just as we read this blog post, it calls for deep thought by all of us. We need to start thinking of how we want to stop such disaster from happening. While I was speaking with my manager about this issue, he said NASA should be teaming with the military on ways to build out-in-space rocket launchers that will target such meteor before it get to the earth. I will also appreciate your comment, views and idea on this subject matter as we look for ways to prevent this disaster.

Thanks and God bless our earth.

What on earth are our leaders doing on climate change?

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Everyone agrees that climate change is for real. This changing weather pattern has affected our lives and destroyed millions of properties.   Even if we differ in our beliefs of either its global warming or polar cooling, it’s still a fact that our earth is changing and we need to do something about it. Climate change is a significant and lasting change in the statistical distribution of weather patterns over periods ranging from decades to millions of years. It may be a change in the average weather conditions, or in the distribution of weather around the average conditions (i.e. more or fewer extreme weather events). Like the ongoing winter storm ‘Nemo’ and the horrific hurricane sandy. Climate change is caused by factors that include oceanic processes (such as oceanic circulation), variations in solar radiation received by Earth, plate tectonics and volcanic eruptions, and human-induced alterations of the natural world; these latter effects are currently causing global warming, and “climate change” is often used to describe human-specific impact.

On the 8th of December 2012, world leader at the Doha UN climate summit failed to reach an agreement on how to stop the effect the climate. At the summit, Ministers endorsed the scientific consensus that man-made CO2 emissions will increase the average temperature around the globe by more than 2ºC over the next 30 years, resulting in rising sea levels and desperate water shortages in many places, and yet far from doing anything useful to diminish that threat. These leaders fails to reach agreement on major issues like  rescuing the Kyoto protocol, finance and compensation for poor countries suffering the effects of climate change, and how to structure a proposed new global climate change agreement.

During the 2013 inaugural speech of President Barrack Obama, he talked about his administrations’ resolution to do something about the effect of climate change but his desire is not enough to help the world. The whole world needs to do something about this disaster because it’s the world problem. As the British government continues to convince her citizens that it is true to its word to be “the greenest government ever”, its commitment to cutting Britain’s CO2 emissions by 34 per cent by 2020, a pledge that cannot be met without increasing energy prices to a punitive extent. And yet while China and other major producers of CO2 remain uncommitted to any target to cut their colossal emissions, the effect of a single country’s reduction will be pain without gain. They will lose the industries that depend on large amounts of electricity, and force householders to pay more for energy, without doing anything substantial to reduce the rise in global temperature. Therefore, its high time world leaders as a whole get on the table to find consensus resolutions to combat the effect of climate changes in our world.