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Nuclear agency head to visit flooded Nebraska reactors

FORT CALHOUN, Neb (Reuters) – The chair of the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission will arrive in Nebraska Sunday to monitor preparations against Missouri River flooding at two Nebraska nuclear power plants, officials said Friday. NRC Chair Gregory Jaczko will visit the Cooper Nuclear Station south of Omaha Sunday and the…

Report: 75% of U.S. nukes sites leaked radioactive tritium

Most of the commercial nuclear power sites in the U.S. have leaked radioactive tritium, according to a recent investigation. The Associated Press found that 48 of the 65 power stations in the U.S. had reported leaking tritium, a radioactive form of hydrogen. U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) records blamed many…

Study: Lab-grown meat could help save the world

Artificial, lab-grown meat requires about 96 percent less greenhouse gas emissions than raising cattle, a recently published study shows. If produced on a large scale, scientists say it could ease deforestation and pressure on food and water supplies, ensure more people are eating well and abate the concerns of animal…

Two policemen rescued from brink of Niagara Falls

MONTREAL (AFP) – A Canadian helicopter pilot was being hailed Sunday as a hero after mounting a daring weekend rescue, plucking two New York policemen from their stranded boat in swirling waters just above Niagara Falls. The Toronto Star newspaper reported that the US officers — who themselves were out…

Farmers must boost sustainable crops to feed world: UN agency

MILAN (Reuters) – The ravages from half a century of intensive farming must give way to a more sustainable approach if farmers are to feed the world in 2050, the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on Monday. Global farm output must increase 70 percent, including a nearly…

Fukushima nuclear plant to get 370 tanks for radioactive water

TOKYO — Hundreds of water tanks are to be sent to Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant to hold thousands of tons of water contaminated in the effort to keep its reactors cool, the operator said Sunday. Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) has sourced 370 tanks with a total capacity for…

Fukushima Reactor No. 1 more radioactive than ever

At the stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant, a robot sent into the building housing Reactor No. 1 on Saturday detected the highest levels of radiation measured since the crisis began on March 11. According to the Japan Times, The Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) reported that radiation levels in the…

City changes rules after police watch man drown

LOS ANGELES — A US city fire chief ordered an immediate policy change Wednesday after emergency workers stood by for an hour as a reportedly suicidal man drowned himself off a San Francisco beach. Michael D’Orazi, interim fire chief in the city of Alameda, said 57-year-old Raymond Zack’s death on…

New York state sues feds over fracking study

New York state has filed a lawsuit alleging that regulators did not fully conduct an environmental impact study on the Delaware River Basin before authorizing energy companies to begin drilling for gas using a technique called hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.” Fracking involves injecting a mixture of water and chemicals deep…

China drought threatens more than 34 million people

BEIJING (AFP) – A debilitating drought along China’s Yangtze river has affected more than 34 million people, leaving farmers and livestock without water and parching a major grain belt, the government said Saturday. More than 4.23 million people are having difficulty finding adequate drinking supplies, while more than five million…

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