Jan 21, 2012
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2011: The Year With Most Costly Natural Disasters

Experts say that natural disasters in 2011 were the most expensive in history, the expenditure amounting to over a quarter trillion dollars worldwide.

Over half of this tremendous loss was recorded after the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, in March last year.

Although the number of natural disasters was within the average and the number of deaths was below average for damage to property caused by such disasters amounted to 380 billion dollars, compared with 75 billion dollars, annual average seen so far.

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Jan 9, 2012
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Japanese Tsunami Trash Reaches the US

In March 2011, an earthquake off Japan would cause a tsunami ready to sweep over the islands. 15 000 deaths reported, caused a nuclear disaster, and millions of tons of debris carried by the ocean who is retiring after having submerged lands.

In a previous article, we relayed the fear of U.S. authorities to see washing up on beaches on the Pacific coast of the remains of some 20 million tons of trash carried by Japanese tsunami waves. To get an idea of the magnitude of the thing, we refer to the photo at the top of the article.

The United States believed that the waste would reach their shores in 2013, but this week is a buoy that was found in Washington state after traveling over 7000 kilometers at sea Coastal States may now prepare for a more massive arrival of such “surprises”.

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Jan 8, 2012
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Save the baby seals: global warming affecting them

Global warming, a catastrophe during which man is both the first charge and the first witness. And the first victim? Not really, no. This week, U.S. researchers tell us that global warming has, indeed, other victims. We’re talking about those cute faces with white fur, baby seals.

It all started with satellite observations since 1979: The ice covering the North Atlantic, their natural habitat, have seen their surface decrease of 6% per decade since. The decrease of the ice was paralleled by a weather phenomenon known as oscillation North Atlantic with winds and storms affect the evolution of the ice surface.

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Jan 7, 2012
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Sea Shepherd: drones and a shipwreck

Specializing in hunting Japanese whalers boats of the southern seas, the NGO has recently established a quasi-military equipment, as drones joined the fleet.

Drones, they are small unmanned aircraft, with a range of several hundred hours, with a range of 300 km, and equipped with everything needed to espionage and Taken: GPS, cameras, and cameras.

Offered by two U.S. companies for recycling and maritime safety, drones allow boat crews to detect anti-whalers to hundreds of kilometers away, and discretion, the factory ships that make their way to Antarctica for the whale fishing.

Fishing, it is said often enough, been banned for years, but the Japanese continue to practice, claiming a scientific purpose in this large-scale slaughter.

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Jan 6, 2012
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Robin Wright Is Against Congo’s Conflicting Metal War

The tragedy of Africa is that it appears to be sitting on a mountain of gold and it almost seems impossible to grow. Congo is a prime example, it’s been the scene of the deadliest conflict since World War II with 5.5 million deaths between 1996 and 2003.

The country’s basement is filled with reserves of tantalum, gold, tin, and tungsten (material used in the manufacture of mobile phones, computers and other broadcasters) coveted by the government (which seems quite legitimate) but also by armed military groups.

Hence there is opposition, the whole is a rule in a bath of blood and violence.

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Dec 28, 2011
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New generation of solar lighting

For those of you who don’t know, the principle of operation of a solar lighting is that a photovoltaic panel “captures” the solar energy, it converts it into electricity and sends it in batteries or batteries, where it is stored. The lighting device (usually a diode for low power consumption) is then fed by the battery / batteries.

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