WildCare’s Wildlife Hospital treats nearly 4,000 ill, injured and orphaned wild animal patients from over 200 species every year. This is one patient’s story.
When you walk out the door of your home, you don’t expect to find an orphaned hummingbird on the walking path.
That’s the thing about rescuing a wild animal — it so often happens when you least expect it, and when it’s least convenient
But a small green bird fluttering and flopping on the ground obviously needs help.
In the case of WildCare patient #3207, an Anna’s Hummingbird, the rescuer called WildCare and spoke with a Hotline Operator. She was told the bird needed to come to the Wildlife Hospital as soon as possible.
It is especially critical to get hummingbird patients immediate care because a hummingbird’s metabolism is so fast he can quickly burn through the calories his body needs to survive.
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Today it has been reported that thousands of people have been evacuated from the area around the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant with 3000 people from within a 2-mile radius of the plant being moved for their own safety.
It seems very unclear at the moment where this is going to stop; as we go to press one article at Business Insider has stayed on top of the updates and situation.
Speaking today on BBC NEWS; Nuclear Physicist and Expert Walt Patterson provided a summary of today’s problem:
It sounds as though they have a serious problem – this is the sort of thing Nuclear Engineers have nightmares about. The problem is that you can shut down the chain reaction in the reactor; but if it has been running for any length of time, it has a huge inventory of radioactive waste material from the reaction, which keeps pumping out heat. Anything up to 10% of the heat in the reactor is from these ‘so called’ fission products. And you can’t shut it down. You HAVE to cool it. They are systems which are designed to fail-safe; as long as they all function the way they are supposed to function – the difficulty is here that we don’t have any significant information about the problem in the cooling water. There is a finite probability that it will not be contained. That is the alarming possibility. I am sure that they will be doing everything concievable to ensure that the core is not uncovered.”
The problem was; today, the fail-safe systems did not function the way they were supposed to function. Today’s events pose the question; are Nuclear Power Stations — with their many multiple modes of failure — and reliance on a sequence of complex controls perfectly executed in order to maintain safe operation just too ‘complex’ to operate with a level of reliability that guarantees acceptable human safety?
What makes today’s announcement all the more concerning, is that the future had already been foretold; not only by the critics of the nuclear industry — but also by past events and the locals themselves. It has been known for some time that the Japan’s nuclear industry’s safety claims have been based on shaky foundations.
Some of these people will be the same residents, who in 2005 had their lawsuit to the Tokyo High Court thrown out — after petitioning for the plant to be shut after highlighting the vulnerability of building nuclear power stations on active fault lines. The rejection of their case, highlighted in the Japan Times, now appears gravely flawed:
The court rejected the plaintiffs’ argument that an active fault exists near the station, saying that what they claimed to be an active fault did not even amount to a fault and could not cause a quake.
In July 2007, there was the Chūetsu offshore earthquake; with a much lesser magnitude of 6.6 (and remember the Richter scale is a logarithmic scale, so today’s 8.9 magnitude quake had a shaking magnitude 100 times greater).
Tepco’s own website, even today [viewed after the quake 11AM BST], brazenly states:
Designed for the Largest Conceivable Earthquake: Before constructing a nuclear power plant, the site is carefully studied for previous earthquake records and geological features. This study establishes that there is no active fault under the site.
These claims today, appear downright deceitful — although arguably Tepco are preoccupied with many more critical issues than managing their website.
Back in 2007 a Tepco (Tokyo Electric Power Company) representative reported: “We did not assume an earthquake of this magnitude at the time of designing the nuclear power plant,”
(And that was at the time of the much lesser 6.6 magnitude quake!) “After looking at aftershock location data, we have come to realize a fault lies right below the plant.”
Greenpeace put it succintly: “The world’s biggest nuclear power plant was built bang on top of an active fault line.”
Back in 2007, the Mayor of Kashiwazaki, Hiroshi Aida stated that his”staff’s own investigation had found that the ground on which the plant was built had been distorted and suffered several cave-ins.” Less than reassuring. The 2005 ruling was already criticised back in 2007, when Tetsuji Imanaka a professor at Tokyo University Reactor Research Institute said: “The troubles in the power plant by the latest earthquake (then 2007) revealed that the government’s safety checks as well as a Tokyo High Court ruling are not sufficient,”
The grid failed, leaving the plant without power to start the reactor cooling system. It is lucky therefore, that the Japanese are masters at Just-In-Time delivery. In a muddled statement from Hillary Clinton; what was initially thought to be a speedy delivery of coolant, later turned out to be generators to provide power to run the cooling systems in the absence of the grid.
After initially saying there had been no release of radiation and levels were normal, later in the day technicians had to <a href="//release vapour from the plant in order to reduce the pressure; and levels of radioactivity inside the NPP control room are reportedly 1000 times greater than they should be.
WASHINGTON — On March 3, just one day after arriving at his new post on horseback and wearing a cowboy hat, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke addressed his staff at the agency’s Washington headquarters. He spoke of building teamwork, having the right tools for the job and needing to reorganize the department for future challenges.
The former Montana congressman and Navy SEAL also vowed to “fight” his boss, President Donald Trump, on the looming Interior Department budget cuts.
“I’m going to fight for the budget,” Zinke told his employees. “I looked at the budget. I’m not happy. But we’re going to fight about it, and I think I’m going to win at the end of the day and make sure that our values are articulated, too.”
At that time, the Trump administration was looking to slash 10 percent of the agency’s budget, as E&E News reported. On Thursday, however, the White House unveiled its “America First” budget proposal, which calls for cutting the Interior Department’s budget from $13.2 billion to $11.6 billion — a 12 percent decrease.
Despite the situation appearing to worsen, Zinke’s tone suddenly improved.
“America’s public lands are our national treasures and the President’s budget sends a strong signal that we will protect and responsibly manage these vast areas of our country ‘for the benefit and enjoyment of the people,’” he said in a statement, quoting President Theodore Roosevelt, of whom Zinke is an “unapologetic admirer and disciple.”
“Before serving in government,” Zinke added, “I served on the front lines for 23 years as a military officer. I can say for certain that this budget allows the Interior Department to meet our core mission and also prioritizes the safety and security of the American people. From supporting tribal sovereignty and self-determination across Indian country to investing more than $1 billion in safe and reliable water management in the western U.S., to budgeting for wildland fire preparedness and suppression, and streamlining access to the energy resources America needs, this budget enables the Department to meet its core mission and prioritizes programs that will put Americans’ security first.”
What changed over the last two weeks, or whether Zinke put up a fight, remains unclear. Responding to The Huffington Post’s request for comment on Thursday, an Interior spokesperson forwarded Zinke’s statement. The spokesperson did not address HuffPost’s specific questions related to Zinke’s sudden support or whether he had pushed for more money.
The Trump administration’s blueprint for the Interior Department calls for increased funding — how much, it doesn’t say — for energy development on public lands; eliminating “unnecessary, lower priority, or duplicative programs”; and a $120 million reduction in land acquisition funds.
Among the priorities Zinke spoke of during his address at Interior headquarters was America’s aging infrastructure.
“We need to focus on making sure we repair and be the good stewards,” he said. “So we’re behind on infrastructure. I’m going to ask the president for the whole enchilada to make sure that we focus on rebuilding our parks and make sure the refuges out there have what they need.”
Trump’s budget seeks to ensure National Park Service assets “are preserved for future generations by increasing investment in deferred maintenance projects,” the proposal says, while reducing funds for other agency construction and maintenance programs.
For whatever reason, Zinke appears to be on board with his boss’s proposal for an agency he’s run for a l南京夜网
Land Tawney, president and chief executive of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, a Montana-based nonprofit dedicated to protecting public lands and preserving America’s tradition of hunting and fishing, told The Huffington Post he’s “very disappointed” with the proposed 12 percent cut. “It’s not a good starting point,” he said, and would further erode an agency that has been “starved.”
As for Zinke, Tawney said his group is looking for him to “use his bully pulpit and work with Congress to come up with a budget that actually makes sense” and gives the agency what it deserves.
“I don’t think we’re done yet,” Tawney added. “And I think that’s kind of the way we’re looking at it. We’re super disappointed, but this is just the first kind of step. And we think that there’s other opportunities for Mr. Zinke to step up and be helpful.”
The Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit that advocates for public land access, also criticized the Trump administration’s proposed budget cuts, which it said would be devastating for natural resources and rural American communities.
“Gutting the programs and agency funding that helps conserve fish and wildlife and our sporting traditions is no way to support the rural and local economies that need outdoor recreation dollars most,” Whit Fosburgh, the group’s president, said in a statement. “Ignoring the real benefits of investing in conservation will erode the foundation of hunting and fishing — public access and quality places to pursue our traditions.”
The Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership declined to comment on Zinke’s reaction to Trump’s proposal.