Calling On Scientists and Doctors: Fukushima and What Doesn't Add Up
I'm frustrated that no one is answering my questions about the safety of our food - as it pertains to the presence of radiation caused by the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. Once I found out that the CFIA and FDA stopped testing for radiation in our food two years ago, I became even more concerned.
In 2012, The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) stopped testing for radiation in imported foods. This is alarming since scientists, doctors, and researchers know that radiation in the food chain takes time to show up on our dinner plates - sometimes many years. We cannot dilute radioactive isotopes.
If you thought the worst was over with Fukishima, it's not. We are in the midst of some of the most delicate and unprecedented nuclear procedures ever attempted. Right now, an ice wall is being built to try and curtail the massive outflow of heavily contaminated water into the Pacific Ocean.
Scientists have confirmed that the Arctic seafloor has been releasing massive amounts of methane. And even though methane comprises only about 9% of greenhouse gases, it has 86 times the global warming potential of carbon dioxide in the first 20 years after it's released.
Since 2008, I've been following publications by the Wildlife Conservation Society about how climate change affects the distribution of dangerous diseases around the world. Rising temperatures and precipitation levels increase the range (both laterally and vertically) that disease-carrying birds, mosquitoes, ticks, rodents, fleas, parasites, or protozoa can be found.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has confirmed that "relatively low radon levels (commonly found in residential buildings) are associated with lung cancer." As such, minimum acceptable levels of exposure to radon are 1/10th what they were in 1996. Radon is a naturally occurring gas emission from the ground which becomes dangerous to human health in confined spaces without adequate ventilation.
Warka Water Invention Solves a Water Crisis by Harnessing Nature
The 2014 UN World Water Development Report states "there are no data to suggest an overall improvement in water quality" on our planet. Therefore, it's critical that sustainable, affordable, water harvesting inventions are made available for our growing global population. There is one such game changer that I recently discovered: the WarkaWater tower.
Tesla Cut a Wide Swath for the Electric Car Industry
On June 12th, the CEO of Tesla Motors, Elon Musk announced that all of Tesla's patents were released into the public domain. In order to fast track manufacturing in the electric vehicle industry, Tesla made this grand gesture to "attract and motivate the world's most talented engineers."
Ontario Eradicates Traditional Coal-Burning for Power (Ahead of Schedule)
Worldwatch Institute has made it clear that a worldwide effort to phase-out coal is not only possible - it's necessary. About eight months ahead of the target date, Ontario's Ministry of Energy announced that the burning of coal, as an energy source, has been completely eliminated.
Silent Rooftop Wind Turbine Inspired by Nature: A Game Changer?
Wind energy is obtainable almost anywhere on earth and is a permanent source of clean energy. Common challenges for wind farms have been energy conversion rates, noise, danger to birds, and land availability. Recently, The Archimedes (located in Rotterdam, the Netherlands) has created a promising new silent wind turbine that is a prime example of biomimicry at its best.