Fukushima: radiation will reach California

Traces of radiation from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant meltdown will be detectable at the Pacific coast, in April 2014.

According to a scientific model developed by Vincent Rossi, a post-doctoral research associate at the Institute for Cross-Disciplinary Physics and Complex Systems in Spain, traces of Fukushima's radiation will reach Alaska and coastal Canada first.

This will happen because of the trajectory of the powerful Kuroshio Current that flows from Japan across the Pacific. The plume will continue to circulate down the coast of North America and back towards Hawaii.


Atlantic Ocean: say no to seismic surveys

The Surfrider Foundation has criticized the document which opens the way to extensive seismic surveys, in the Atlantic Ocean, during the next eight years.

The final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) released by the Federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management evaluates proposed seismic exploration for oil and gas resources in the South and Mid-Atlantic ocean.

"Seismic airgun testing would cause catastrophic impacts to the marine ecosystem, including injury and death to hundreds of thousands of whales and dolphins," underlines Pete Stauffer, manager of Surfrider Foundation's Ocean Program.


Carlsbad Desalination Project: is salted water the solution?

The state of California is building a $1 billion desalination plant that will inject 50 million gallons of freshwater a day in the water system.

The State Water Project (SWP) will provide water supplies for 25 million Californians and 750,000 acres of irrigated farmland. That is the good news. In Southern California, over 90% of the consumed water is imported.

The new desalination facility reminds us of SimCity. In the city-building computer and console video game, desalinating sea water was one of the most important/expensive options to keep our urban areas watered.