Saturday, May 14, 2011

Fukushima Round-Up from Fairewinds Associates

I've watched all of these videos, most touch on North American/global contamination, the one featuring Maggie Gundersen is dedicated to that issue.

Concerning Japan, I don't think the implications bear thinking about, I'm no geologist, but of all the horror stories regarding what lies ahead, and believe me they are as serious as they are manifold, but it is the ingress of radiation into the water table, that I fear spells doomsday for the country.

Quoted somewhere else on the web, someone quoted oil being the most valuable commodity going, but it ain't, not by a long way, water is, and more critical to our survival than anything. And on a global scale I think we will run out of water before we run out of the black stuff.

I have just come up trumps on Youtube, I never expected for a minute to find this documentary there, but it is, and in one lump at that. In between some stunning aerial photography, it does much to explain what we as a species are doing to our ''Home.''

Internationally renowned photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand makes his feature directorial debut with this environmentally conscious documentary produced by Luc Besson, and narrated by Glenn Close. Shot in 54 countries and 120 locations over 217 days, Home presents the many wonders of planet Earth from an entirely aerial perspective. As such, we are afforded the unique opportunity to witness our changing environment from an entirely new vantage point. In our 200,000 years on Earth, humanity has hopelessly upset Mother Nature's delicate balance. Some experts claim that we have less than ten years to change our patterns of consumption and reverse the trend before the damage is irreversible. Produced to inspire action and encourage thoughtful debate, Home poses the prospect that unless we act quickly, we risk losing the only home we may ever have. Youtube 93 min

Oldest first.

Fairewinds Calls for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to Delay Licensing Until Fukushima Lessons Are Evaluated from Fairewinds Associates on Vimeo.

Gundersen implores Congress and NRC to think outside the box. Pause licensing of new nukes and 20-year-life extensions until the lessons learned from Fukushima are applied. Fairewinds Associates recommends that regulators look at the feasibility of emergency evacuation plans, containment leakage, and aging management plans for 40-year-old Fukushima model reactors.

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Gundersen Postulates Unit 3 Explosion May Have Been Prompt Criticality in Fuel Pool from Fairewinds Associates on Vimeo.

When building 3 of the Fukushima Daiichi plant exploded last month, those who saw the video footage were left to wonder why it was more severe than the other explosions. Adding to the mystery were reports that the containment and reactor in building 3 were still intact. Gundersen discusses several known facts about Fukushima 3 and theorizes on a possible scenario leading to the explosion.

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Russia Today: Gundersen First to Say Fukushima Worse than Chernobyl from Fairewinds Associates on Vimeo.

April 27th was the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl accident. Six weeks ago, when Gundersen first appeared on Russia Today, he said that Fukushima would be "Chernobyl on steroids". Japanese authorities are now admitting Chernobyl-level releases as the plant continues to leak radioactive gases and liquids.

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Where is all that Fukushima radiation going, and why does it matter? from Fairewinds Associates on Vimeo.

Fairewinds' founder Maggie Gundersen interviews environmental scientist and professional engineer Marco Kaltofen about his ongoing analysis of radioactive fallout from Fukushima.

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Fukushima Groundwater Contamination Worst in Nuclear History from Fairewinds Associates on Vimeo.

A report from the Japanese Nuclear Safety Commission Ex-Secretariat, Dr. Saji, credits the current status of the accident to "luck". Gundersen discusses what could have happened if the wind had been blowing in-land.

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News on Fukushima Daiichi from Fairewinds Associates on Vimeo.

Arnie Gundersen discusses the failure of the Daiichi ventilation stacks and the resulting high radiation ground level release. IAEA data shows background radiation at 1,600 times normal levels in areas as far as 40km from Daiichi and surface radiation at 0.9 MBq/m2 (900,000 disintegrations per second).

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News on Fukushima from Fairewinds Associates on Vimeo.

Arnie Gundersen analyzes a satellite image of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan. Gundersen notes that the service water pumps are gone and therefore the safety system would have failed anyway.

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Update on Fukushima from Fairewinds Associates on Vimeo.

Fairewinds Associates Chief Nuclear Engineer, Arnie Gundersen discusses the current state of the Fukushima plant in Japan. (poor sound, out of sinc, missable)

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Fukushima - One Step Forward and Four Steps Back as Each Unit Challenged by New Problems from Fairewinds Associates on Vimeo.

Gundersen says Fukushima's gaseous and liquid releases continue unabated. With a meltdown at Unit 1, Unit 4 leaning and facing possible collapse, several units contaminating ground water, and area school children outside the exclusion zone receiving adult occupational radiation doses, the situation continues to worsen. TEPCO needs a cohesive plan and international support to protect against world-wide contamination.


Anonymous said...

the kids who have nowhere to run, who are hiding in the shadows waiting for the sun.

Atlanta Roofing said...

The movie appeals to anyone, man or woman, old or young. This movie also introduces a new viewing audience to the meaning of Life in earth, and that we are living in exceptional times. HOME is a video that should been viewed by all. Hope this movie opens the eyes of every individual living on our earth, people got to wake up and start adapting preemptively or risk suffering greatly when forcibly adapting later.