On March 11, 2011, Japan faced the Fukushima disaster. 6 years later, they are currently still suffering from this nuclear disaster. Overall, the government has estimated that this cost a total of about $188 billion dollars. Many people were evacuated and barely any have been able to return home. The Japanese public has lost faith in nuclear safety regulation, and a majority favors phasing out nuclear power. Japan's Basic Energy Law requires the government to release a strategic energy plan every three years, so debate over the new plan is expected to start sometime this year. There have also been many arguments over who should pay for this disaster. In my opinion, instead of taxing the public for something that was not their fault, the government should find another way. This whole thing is crazy.
Trump's recent election has not only affected the political world, but the environmental world as well. Trump plans the cut the budget of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), one of the government's top weather and climate-science agencies, according to a report by The Washington Post. This would affect research funding and satellite programs. This would drastically hurt the research that has already been conducted and the research that was future planned to be pursued. Trump proposes a cut of $126 million (26 percent of its current budget) to its research division and $513 million (22 percent of current funding) to its satellite program, called the National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information Service.
To me, this is crazy. Trump ha some good ideas, but this was obviously not one. It is annoying an frustrating to read stuff like this because it is obvious how much it is going to affect us, but it makes me wonder how much longer we have until we will start seeing the results. It sparks fear in a lot of people's lives, not just mine. I hope someone can stop Trump from doing something extremely destructive to the Earth, because it is so precious and not replaceable.
On February 16th, 2017, the research ship Okeanos Explorer will send a remotely operated vehicle into the depths of the Pacific Ocean, seeking out exotic sea animals and other curiosities. They are going to be broadcasting online so, the whole world can see, if they want. The ROV, called Deep Discoverer, will reach depths of 3.7 miles beneath the sea's surface. The expedition will go through September. I think this extremely cool, because not a lot of people have the opportunity to go underwater and experience the view of sea life. Broadcasting thisonline is a great idea and opportunity.
9 million year old rocks are being found under Africa. They are calling it the "lost continent". Lewis Ashwal, the lead of the study, is extremely excited to share the news. The rock is being found under Mauristus. I find this extremely interesting since it's so old and has taken this long to be discovered
Hurricanes are the most dangerous storms on earth and are starting to rise in the Atlantic. This is striking fear all over the world so this article gives many tips on how to prepare for a hurricane.
These tips include to have a plan, find an evacuation place, and storm proof your home. It is best to prepare for the worst, rather then have it come destroy you.
I find this article very informative and interesting. I've never been in danger of a hurricane, so this is interesting to me because it is "new". Thankfully I've never been in fear of a hurricane.
The Boeing 777 aircraft went missing on March 8, 2014, while en route from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to Beijing with 239 people onboard. Most of the passengers were from China. On January 17, 2017 it was called off due after long and hard thought about whether this was a good decision or not. Underwater crews have not found the aircraft or anything but are hopeful that they will be able to find it in the future. I think this is crazy because all those people have gone missing, but no trace is found. The ocean is a big mysterious place and it's probably down there somewhere. Someday someone will find it and it will be crazy!!
A film is 2004 showed that the failure of an enormous current in the Atlantic Ocean, triggered catastrophic natural disasters and establishing freezing conditions in North America and Europe over a matter of weeks. Scientist have stated that this isnt as crazy as it sounds, and could possibly happen, but not for another hundred years or so. North America would be much more cold and the tropical lands would be very wet. The deep sea system that scientist use to regulate this is not as stable as scientist thought. i think this is crazy, but also really scary. i am happy i will be dead when this happens, if it happens. There are a lot of frightening things with a high chance of happening within the next couple of centuries and it is terrible.
California's Long Drought Has Killed 100 Million Trees
Over the past 6 years, over 100 million trees have died due to the drought. Not only is it bad for the environment, but it has created a hazard for the forests everywhere. All of the dead trees create a potentiol fire. Wildfires have been igniting in the forests and all of the trees just build it up and give it gasoline to enlarge itself and grow. Scientist have preidcted that tree mortality will not decrease in 2017, but only increase. Who knows what will happen then? Will all of the earth's forest be burnt down? Personally I am terrified of the endless possibilities. The drought has caused mulitple serious problems for this world. The tree mortality rate is only a small problem. To help the amount of dead trees in the forest, groups could create clean up days where people go out and clear out the dead trees. If enough of these trees get cleaned up, then maybe we can decrease the amount of hazardous effects on the forests.
After extensive research, scientist are now saying that the asteroid that killed the dinosaurs may have gone all the way through the Earth's crust. They say that this is exciting because it caused new habitats and such. This is also opening up the study of asteroids hitting other solar system objects such as other planets and such. They have also been looking at the objects on newly found craters and have found materials on them, that co exist on the moon and other planets. I think this is super cool because it shows how something that could be called a disaster has opened up a new door to science and could help create many new discoveries.
On the second Sunday in march and the first Sunday in November, daylight savings occur. It's hated by some, but loved by many as it means we gain an extra hour of sleep, but in some cases we lose one. The spring one gives us an extra hour of daylight to spend those summer nights outside with light. The winter one gives us an hour of more daylight in the morning. Other countries started this routine as a way to save energy. Originally it was to save energy with air conditioning/ heating and electricity usage to light your house. However, overall it has only saved about .5% of a percentage per year due to studies. Is this really worth it? It is really saving energy? Others believe that it has actually increased the energy usage by making it so people have to turn their air conditioner/ heater on earlier during the day which results in it running for a longer duration of time. Many studies have been conducted but it's hard to compare them to other countries. Many states have been used as a comparison but it doesn't compete with the country as a whole. No one have driven deep enough into a study to get a legit answer to this mysterious question. Personally, i think the government is so corrupt that it's possible daylight savings is just a way to get more money from electricity bills. Either way, it's terrible for the environment and I wish it wasn't happening.