12/21/2014

Bizarre SQUARE-SHAPED sofa fire leaves police mystified

These pictures show the bizarre square-shaped fire which ripped through a sofa inside a shop.

Passer-by Ragini Patel was on her way to Sainsbury's just before 9am on Sunday when the young son of a neighbour told her he could see a settee on fire inside the Lettings Company shop in Fulham Road, London which has two floors of flats above.
The long-time Fulham resident quickly called the fire brigade who had to smash down the estate agent's door to put the fire out which started in a square shape and slowly spread out to burn the entire sofa.
She told Get West London: "I was just going to Sainsbury’s in the morning when my neighbour’s son told me there was a fire in the shop.
"I looked in and a square-shaped fire was burning into the sofa.
"It was very odd.
"I called the fire brigade straight away then started filming because it was very bizarre, I couldn't figure out how it had started."

Very strange: Police can't work out how the square-shaped fire started
 Colleagues from the Lettings Company are very grateful to Mrs Patel and her neighbour's son but are still mystified as to how the fire started in their shop.
Clyde Johnson, from the shop, said: "We're very thankful to Mrs Patel for phoning the fire brigade but we still have no idea how it started.
"It's a fire resistant sofa luckily so it minimised the fire but we don't know if it was caused by a laser pointer or maybe a magnifying glass or just the sun shining in oddly.
"The police can't figure it out either."
A London Fire Brigade spokesman added: "The member of the public who called us did the right thing.
"We would advise anybody to do the same thing - call straight away."

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12/17/2014

Lop-sided lobster stuns experts


A lop-sided lobster that lost four legs and both claws has stunned experts by growing them all back in just one month.
Crippled Clawdia stood little chance of survival in the wild before she was found by fishermen.
She was missing all her legs missing on one side, was pregnant, and was also missing both claws.

Taking pity on her the fisherman handed her into experts at the National Lobster Hatchery who nursed her back to health.
They fed her with plenty of nutritious food and after helping her spawn her clutch of eggs were stunned to see how much progress she had made within a month
Clawdia moulted her old shell on Monday to reveal four new full-sized left legs as well as two front claws.
Lobsters commonly grow their legs and claws back but the process normally occurs over the course of a few moults and takes much longer.
Dr Carly Daniels, research and development officer at the sanctuary said: "She didn't come into us that long ago with just four legs and no claws.

"The fishermen brought her into us because they noticed she was looking particularly worse for wear and they thought we would be its best chance.
"We didn't want to release her back into the wild after she had released her eggs as she was very fragile. We fed her up, gave her plenty of protein.
"She moulted on Monday morning. In the process of moulting, the exoskeleton falls off and there is a soft one underneath which slowly hardens.

"In the process of moulting legs and claws can grow back, but it can often take a few moults until they are full length.
"It's not normal that they all grow back at once, but Clawdia was obviously particularly healthy.
"She has grown back all four sets of her walking legs, as well as her claws at the front, though I wouldn't be surprised if these get bigger on her next moult.
"We've never seen a lobster grow back four sets of legs and claws in just one moult. It's amazing."
The National Lobster Hatchery, Padstow, Cornwall, is a marine conservation, research and education charity.

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12/10/2014

Israel's Greatest Ecological Catastrophe Unfolding in Arava Desert



The Arava Desert oil spill has become 'the biggest ecological disaster Israel has ever seen.' The Eilat Ashkelon Pipeline Company (EAPC) has revealed that 60 percent more oil escaped than initially reported.
MOSCOW, December 8 (Sputnik), Ekaterina Blinova — The crude oil spill in the Arava Desert, southern Israel, is 'twice as bad as initially estimated,' according to the Israeli Eilat Ashkelon Pipeline Company.
"The volume of crude oil that spilled into the Arava Desert last week is 60 percent larger than the amount that was originally reported, the company responsible for the pipeline acknowledged on Sunday night," Haaretz, the Israeli news agency reported.
Although the Eilat Ashkelon Pipeline Company (EAPC) initially reported of a spill between one million and 1.5 million liters, it later revised its calculation to three million liters. However, the company reported on Sunday a report issued by the company on Sunday has revealed that some five million liters of crude oil spilled out of the pipeline last Thursday, December 4.
"We were skeptical about the figures provided by the company from the start," a ministry official said on December 8, as cited by Haaretz. Meanwhile damage control teams have already removed 13,000 tons of polluted soil in order to reduce the impact of the pipeline leak.
The Times of Israel notes that according to weather forecasts heavy rainfall is expected in the region later this week. It has sparked concerns among ministry officials over the possibility of further contamination of the area, including the Gulf of Eilat, home to rare coral reefs, which could be damaged by the leak, the media outlet stresses.
Haaretz notes, however, that dams are being erected in order to prevent the oil flowing into this area.
"It's the biggest ecological disaster Israel has seen. This is because of the material itself, crude oil, which is particularly hard to flush out, and the location of the spill [on the reserve]," Gilad Golub of Israel's Environmental Services Company told Agence France Presse.
The Times of Israel notes that Eilat residents have already filed a lawsuit against the pipeline operators referring to the tremendous environmental damage caused through negligence.
"Mellish is demanding NIS 220 million ($55m) to rehabilitate the environment in coordination with the Environment Minster and the Israel Nature and Parks authority, as well as another NIS 180 million ($45m) for the 48,000 residents of Eilat for damage to their health and discomfort caused by the ecological disaster," the media outlet reports.
More than 80 people on both sides of the Israel-Jordan border have complained about health problems caused by the spill.

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12/07/2014

500 more dead sea lions; Fukushima radiation continues to spread across ocean

Another mysterious wave of dead sea animals has washed ashore in Peru, the possible consequence of ongoing radiation releases from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear facility in Japan. BBC News reports that 500 dead sea lions were recently discovered on Peru's northern coastline, some 250 miles north of the capital city of Lima, with no obvious explanation as to why this occurred.

The latest of several mass die-offs in recent years, the rotting corpses were found on Anconcillo Beach, located in Peru's Ancash region. Both young and old sea lions were found at the site, which the local governor blamed on fishermen who may have poisoned them while they searched for food at the shoreline. Others like the environmental group Orca, however, say oil exploration is probably the cause.

As investigations continue, a definitive cause of the deaths has yet to be determined. The Maritime Institute (Imarpe), in a government report, denied that oil exploration had anything to do with the deaths. Meanwhile, Peruvian police are reportedly looking into other possible causes of the deaths, including entanglement in fishing nets or the accidental ingestion of plastic.

Fukushima radiation still harming Pacific sea life

But another possible cause that is deliberately being ignored is radiation poisoning from Fukushima, which continues to be a problem in some areas of the Pacific Ocean. Radioactive plumes are still traveling eastward across the Pacific, affecting everything in their path.

Nuclear expert Arnie Gunderson, during a recent episode of Radio Ecoshock, warned that the worst is still yet to come from Fukushima. He reiterated this warning during a subsequent airing of the Nuclear Hotseat show, emphasizing that both soil and groundwater are threatened by these radioactive plumes, which will continue to cause problems for many decades.

"We are not at the peak," he stated, noting that two radioactive plumes are currently traveling up and down the West Coast, one near Canada and the other near Oregon and California. "It's still coming, and it will continue to come as long as Fukushima continues to bleed into the Pacific."

Mysterious animal deaths continue as governments deny Fukushima link

Several months prior to this latest sea lion discovery, at least 200 other sea lions were found dead even further north in the Piura region of Peru. Several dead dolphins and sea turtles, as well as dozens of pelicans, were also strewn among the mysterious marine wreckage, which also went unexplained by authorities.

And back in 2012, just one year after Fukushima, hundreds of dead dolphins were found along another beach in Peru, also without explanation. Each of these events is still technically under investigation, though any consideration of Fukushima is apparently off the table as government authorities attempt to blame other less likely factors.

"[Fukushima is] going to bleed for decades, if not centuries [into the Pacific]," added Gunderson during one of his radio segments. "There will still be a huge residual amount of radiation in the soil and in the groundwater so that the site will continue to bleed into the Pacific a century or more."

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