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Minimum Wage Workers Earn Less Money Than Welfare Recipients

Minimum Wage Workers Earn Less Money Than Welfare Recipients

Minimum wage laws are designed tо rеduсе роvеrtу аnd provide inсоmе еԛuаlitу fоr thе Amеriсаn wоrkfоrсе. Hоwеvеr, есоnоmiѕtѕ vаrу in thеir орiniоn оf whаt a lоwеr wage саn buу. Moreover, millions оf раrt-timе workers соntinuе thеir ѕtrugglе to live оn a bаrе minimum wage earning. Read More »

What happened to the sea lions on Pier 39? Colony of mammals inhabiting San Francisco dock mysteriously disappear overnight

What happened to the sea lions on Pier 39 Colony of mammals inhabiting San Francisco dock mysteriously disappear overnight

One of San Francisco's most famous and smelly tourist attractions has gone under - water that is - but it seems inevitable the boisterous star-attractions will come sliding right back. A colony of sea lions who have resided on the wooded decks of Pier 39 for more than 20 have made a sudden exit, just as they made an expected arrival in October 1989. Read More »

Citizen scientists prepare to test West Coast for Fukushima radiation

Citizen scientists prepare to test West Coast for Fukushima radiation

Sometime in the next few weeks highly diluted, low-level radiation from the Japanese nuclear disaster is expected to reach West Coast shores All along the Pacific coast of North America and as far south as Costa Rica, people with little or no scientific background have volunteered to raise money for the program and collect the sea water samples needed to test for radiation. Read More »

Japanese physicians link spike in cancer to Fukushima radiation

Japanese physicians link spike in cancer to Fukushima radiation

Cancer rates in many areas of Japan are on the rise following the global catastrophe at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power facility back in March 2011. And some Japanese doctors now caring for all those radiation refugees who were shipped out from areas surrounding the nuclear plant after it exploded say fallout from the disaster is likely to blame for this massive uptick in disease. Read More »

N. Pacific Seafood To Exceed Radiation levels 1,000 Bq/kg

N. Pacific Seafood To Exceed Radiation levels 1,000 Bqkg

he Fukushima nuclear emergency [...] emerged as a high priority looming threat due to the risk of radioactive contamination in the global ocean and biodiversity. [...] we assessed the bioaccumulation potential of 137Cs by testing steady state and time-dependent bioaccumulation models in an offshore food web that included fish-eating, resident killer whales (Orcinus orca) as one of the major top predators of the marine ecosystems in British Columbia, Canada. Read More »

U.S. Nuclear Agency Hid Concerns, Hailed Safety Record as Fukushima Melted

U.S. Nuclear Agency Hid Concerns, Hailed Safety Record as Fukushima Melted

In the tense days after a powerful earthquake and tsunami crippled the Fukushima Daiichi power plant in Japan on March 11, 2011, staff at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission made a concerted effort to play down the risk of earthquakes and tsunamis to America’s aging nuclear plants, according to thousands of internal emails reviewed by NBC News. The emails, obtained via the Freedom of Information Act, show that the campaign to reassure the public about America’s nuclear industry came as the agency’s own experts were questioning U.S. safety standards and scrambling to determine whether new rules were needed to ensure that the meltdown occurring at the Japanese plant could not occur here. Read More »

Video: Fukushima Radiation Forecast Puts West Coast on Alert

Video Fukushima Radiation Forecast Puts West Coast on Alert

American scientists beware that radiation from Japan's leaking Fukushima nuclear power plant could reach Pacific coast in the nearest future. Ken Buesseler, a chemical oceanographer at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution on Cape Cod, Mass., reported that four coastal monitoring sites in California and Washington have detected no traces of radiation from the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant destruction - "not yet," he said during a telephone press briefing, but noted that it might reach the coast by April. Read More »

Fukushima Update – Yet Another Leak

Fukushima Update – Yet Another Leak

More disturbing news from the damaged Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan – a new radioactive leak has occurred. According to the operator of the plant, another 100 metric tons of contaminated water burst from a tank on February 19 of this year, which is the worst leak the plant has seen since last August when the situation at Fukushima became an international headline. Read More »

TEPCO Admits Fukushima Radiation “Significantly” Undercounted

TEPCO Admits Fukushima Radiation Significantly Undercounted

From April to September of 2013, as Bloomberg reports, TEPCO admits that levels of radiation measured from water samples around the destroyed Fukushima nuclear reactor were "significantly undercounted." We assume it was mere coincidence that during this very time Shinzo Abe proclaimed the 2020 Olympics would be safe and used many of these readings as evidence. In addition to this debacle, The BBC reports, the likely scale of the radioactive plume of water from Fukushima due to hit the west coast of North America should be known in the next two months; and rather stunningly, The Japan Times reports a new study finds the lifetime risk of developing cancer has risen among 1-year-old girls in an area affected by the nuclear crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 power plant. But apart from that, everything's great. Read More »

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