Disasters

"US Not Fully Prepared for Nuclear Terrorist Attack"

"WASHINGTON — The federal government isn't fully prepared to handle a nuclear terrorist attack or large-scale natural catastrophe, lacking effective coordination, and in some cases is years away from ensuring adequate emergency shelter and medical treatment, congressional investigators have found."

Source: AP, 12/19/2014

"Fukushima: The Story of a Nuclear Disaster"

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"Fukushima: The Story of a Nuclear Disaster"

By David Lochbaum, Edwin Lyman, Susan Q. Stranahan and the Union of Concerned Scientists
The New Press, $27.95

Reviewed by TOM HENRY

First, let’s address the elephant in the room. No, not nuclear power. The Union of Concerned Scientists.

"Eternal Harvest: The Legacy of American Bombs in Laos"

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"Eternal Harvest: The Legacy of American Bombs in Laos"

By Karen J. Coates, with photos by Jerry Redfern
ThingsAsian Press, $12.95 (paperback)

Reviewed by TOM HENRY

Although not an environmental book per se, “Eternal Harvest: The Legacy of American Bombs in Laos” is a great piece of journalism that environmental writers can use to rethink issues such as land use, chemical contamination and public safety.

"Heavy Rains, Winds, Flooding Slam Northern California"

"The tropical weather system that trended on Twitter here as #hellastorm packed a punch Thursday. Winds conspired with drought-weakened roots to send trees toppling. Freeways and other roadways flooded. Schools shuttered. And more than 230 flights at San Francisco International Airport were delayed, while a restaurant workers’ strike left stranded travelers hungry and cranky."

Source: LA Times, 12/12/2014

N Dakota Regulators Tell Producers to Filter Crude of Flammable Liquids

"North Dakota regulators on Tuesday ordered producers pumping oil from the Bakken shale field to begin removing flammable natural gas liquids from their product before shipment in an effort to prevent deadly explosions involving trains."

Source: NY Times, 12/11/2014

"BOOM: North America's Explosive Oil-by Rail Problem"

"Regulators in the United States knew they had to act fast. A train hauling 2 million gallons of crude oil from North Dakota had exploded in the Canadian town of Lac-Megantic, killing 47 people. Now they had to assure Americans a similar disaster wouldn’t happen south of the border, where the U.S. oil boom is sending highly volatile crude oil every day over aging, often defective rails in vulnerable railcars."

Source: InsideClimate News, 12/11/2014

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