Today marks the second anniversary of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disaster that occurred after a magnitude-9 earthquake triggered tsunamis that rattled much of northeast Japan. Residents still are grappling with the disaster’s aftermath.
The 1,000-page National Climate Assessment draft report, the work of the more than 300 government scientists and outside experts, was unequivocal on the human causes of climate change, and on the links between climate change and extreme weather.
Livestock on farms near oil-and-gas drilling operations nationwide have been quietly falling sick and dying. While scientists have yet to isolate cause and effect, many suspect chemicals used in drilling and hydrofracking operations are poisoning animals through the air, water or soil.