Wastewater plants blamed for 3.2 million dead fish in western Mexico

Jalisco state authorities said that the death of 3.2 million fish in western Mexico last week was caused by poorly functioning wastewater treatment plants that failed to filter out untreated material.An analysis of water samples confirmed that at least 82 tonnes of fish turned up dead because they lacked oxygen due to excessive organic waste in the water.Fresh water fish locally known as “popocha” began to float up in the Cajititlan lagoon last week. This was the fourth such case at the same lagoon this year.Jalisco state environment secretary Magdalena Ruiz Mejia said that such deaths were more and more frequent due to “bad management of the body of water.”Many, many #fish washed up at #LakeCajititlan #Mexico shttp://www.bbc.co… »

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Large fireball recorded over Campinas, Brazil

A large fireball was captured streaking across the skies of the city of Campinas, state of São Paulo, Brazil, at 22:07 UTC on Monday, September 1, 2014.The fireball was captured by stations in Campinas (OMCJN and WAS) and Mogi das Cruzes (MC4).Video credit: OMCJN – Municipal Observatory Campinas Jean NicoliniFeatured image: OMCJN – Municipal Observatory Campinas Jean Nicolini. COMS Project / Brazilian Network for Observation of Meteors – Bramon … »

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Long duration M2.5 solar flare erupts off the southeast limb

Active region located behind the southeast limb of the Sun produced a long duration M2.5 solar flare on September 3, 2014. The event started at 13:20, peaked at 13:54 and ended 14:23 UTC.If Coronal Mass Ejection was produced by this event it should be directed away from Earth.NOAA SWPC forecasters estimate 25% chance for M-class and 1% chance for X-class solar flares in next two days.Regions that produced significant flares on September 1 and 2 will rotate into view within next 24 hours. SunspotsThere are currently 6 numbered sunspot regions on the disk. Region 2152 (S15W19, Eac/beta-gamma) continued to grow during last 24 hours, primarily in its intermediate spot area, and showed signs of separation between the leader and trailer spot… »

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Fukushima Workers File Suit Over Missing Pay

Workers have taken the unusual step of suing TEPCO for unpaid wages, even though the four workers are employed by TEPCO contractors.
The issue surrounds danger pay that is supposed to be issued to all workers at the plant including contract workers. For these four workers, their contractors have been skimming off the extra pay rather than giving it to the workers. TEPCO provides these additional funds. The suit is around the issue that TEPCO has done nothing to assure that additional pay actually makes it to the workers, leaving contractors to pocket the cash. $600,000 in unpaid wages for the four workers are being sought.
This mention about the suit is even more important:
“The lawsuit also asks that the 6,000 workers at the nuclear clean-up project either be made effectively government employees, be put on the Tepco payroll directly or be fairly paid.”
The contractor system and the poor labor conditions for …

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"South Napa" M6.0 earthquake mapped from space

ESA’s fledgling satellite Sentinel-1A has been used to map the rupture caused by strong M6.0 earthquake that hit San Francisco Bay Area on August 24, 2014, the largest earthquake to impact the Bay Area since the 1989 M6.9 Loma Prieta earthquake. The result demonstrates the capability of Sentinel-1A and marks the beginning of a new era for our ability to map earthquakes from space.Scientists collaborating through the UK Natural Environment Research Council’s Centre for the Observation and Modeling of Earthquakes, Volcanoes and Tectonics (COMET), used Sentinel-1A’s special capabilities to analyze the quake.Interferograms like these are being used by scientists on the ground to help them map the surface rupture a… »

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