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Report Faults Fukushima Response

TOKYO (UPI) — A Japanese parliamentary panel has determined that the Fukushima plant nuclear crisis was a “man-made” disaster. “It was a profoundly man-made disaster — that could and should have been foreseen and prevented,” said Kiyoshi Kurokawa, chairman of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission in the introduction of its 641-page report on […]

Drought At Record Levels In U.S.

LINCOLN, Neb. (UPI) — More of the United States is in drought condition than at any other time in the 12-year history of the U.S. Drought Monitor, officials said. Analysis by the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln found 46.84 percent of the nation’s land area is in various stages of drought […]

New Trigger For Plankton 'Blooms' Found

WOODS HOLE, Mass. (UPI) — U.S. scientists say they’ve discovered a new trigger for springtime blooms of plankton in the North Atlantic — large whirlpools or eddies in the ocean. In what’s termed the North Atlantic Bloom, an immense number of microscopic phytoplankton burst into color, first “greening” then “whitening” the sea as one species […]

Volcanoes, Weather Can Affect Global Temps

SASKATOON, Saskatchewan (UPI) — Relatively small volcanic eruptions can affect global temperatures when material is carried into the atmosphere by weather systems, Canadian researchers said. Until now it was thought that only a massively energetic volcanic eruption could inject aerosols past the troposphere, the turbulent atmospheric layer closest to the Earth, into the stable layers […]

Deep-Sea Rare Earths Found In Japan

TOKYO (UPI) — Japanese researchers have discovered significant amounts of rare earth deposits on the bottom of the ocean about 1,243 miles southeast of Tokyo. “An estimated 6.8 million tons of rare earth minerals, including dysprosium, exist in the mud in the deposit, which is within Japan’s exclusive economic zone,” said the group headed by […]

Brown Widow Spiders At Home In Southern California

LANHAM, Mass. (UPI) — Brown widow spiders are making themselves at home in Southern California, researchers say. The spiders, which were first spotted in North America in 1935, didn’t arrive in Southern California until 2003. They now outnumber the native black widow in some parts of the region, the Los Angeles Times reported Monday. “The […]

CEOs: Global Ecomony, Socia Media Risks

NEW YORK (UPI) — A survey of 192 U.S. executives indicates 42 percent say the global economic environment was their biggest source of risk, while 27 percent say social media. “Social media wasn’t even on the radar a few years ago, and we’re now seeing it ranked among the top sources of risk, on the […]

Apple Said Readying Smaller iPad

NEW YORK (UPI) — Apple Inc.’s Asian component suppliers are preparing for production of an iPad tablet computer with a smaller screen, The Wall Street Journal said. The current iPad’s screen measures 9.7 inches, unchanged since the first model was released in 2010, but the new tablet will have a screen of around 8 inches […]

U.S. Sinks Cash Into Biofuels

WASHINGTON, (UPI) — The U.S. government announced it was backing a multimillion-dollar effort to increase production of biofuels in an effort to enhance energy security. President Barack Obama last year announced plans to cut oil imports by more than 30 percent by 2025. During his administration, U.S. oil production is at historic highs as the […]

U.S Moves Massive Wind Farm Plan Forward

WASHINGTON, Conn., (UPI) — U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar says environmental reviews for major wind energy initiatives in Wyoming, Rhode Island and Massachusetts are completed. They are now subject to public comment and final review. The proposed wind power complex in Wyoming would generate up to 3,000 megawatts of power, making it the largest wind […]

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