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Did Mars Ever Support Life?

Oakland, United States
Balazs Gardi, November 13, 2013

Dr. Jakob van Zyl from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab is part of explorations that ‘knows no boundaries and are truly out of this world’.

A rover he built with his colleagues called Curiosity found evidence of water on Mars. How much or what kind of water? He talked about that at the INK conference in Kochi, India a couple of weeks ago.

“If there is one thing that I have discovered by studying the ocean, it is that it is greatly imperiled – it is treated both as humanity’s waste bin and its fast food joint”

− Ethan Estess,


Reclaimed Hummer and Whale Tail at SFO

San Francisco, United States
Balazs Gardi, August 25, 2013

I spent my excess time prior to boarding my plane en route to Boston as usual, catching up with emails at the business lounge. I only realized that I made a mistake this time when I passed by the current exhibition at SFO’s terminal 3.

Fukushima radioactive water leak an ’emergency’

August 5, 2013

Japan’s nuclear watchdog has said the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant is facing a new “emergency” caused by a build-up of radioactive groundwater.
Its operator, Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco), has been criticised heavily for its lack of transparency over the leaks.
Tepco’s “sense of crisis is weak,” Shinji Kinjo, the head of a Nuclear Regulatory Authority task force said. “This is why you can’t just leave it up to Tepco alone”.

US jets dump bombs near Great Barrier Reef

July 22, 2013

US fighter jets dropped four bombs on the Great Barrier Reef off Australia’s coast during a training exercise that went wrong, it has emerged.

“There is minimal environmental impact,” said Cmdr Marks. “It is a safe situation for the environment, for shipping, for navigation.”

The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral structure rich in marine life.

Fukushima nuclear plant: Toxic isotope found in groundwater

June 19, 2013

Strontium-90 is formed as a by-product of nuclear fission. Tests showed that levels of strontium in groundwater at the Fukushima plant had increased 100-fold since the end of last year, Toshihiko Fukuda, a Tepco official, told media.

“When we look at the impact that is having on the ocean, the levels seem to be within past trends and so we don’t believe it’s having an effect.”

Let Dianna Cohen Explain You What’s Wrong With Our Oceans

Great Pacific Garbage Patch, North Pacific Ocean
Balazs Gardi, April 11, 2013

Plastic pollution generated on land flows into and accumulates in our oceans. One of the 11 major oceanic gyres worldwide is the North Pacific Gyre, or as most commonly known the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, spans an area roughly twice the size of the United States.

U.S. Envoy Apologizes for Ship’s Grounding on Philippine Coral Reef

January 25, 2013
The New York Times

The Philippine Senate is also investigating accusations that an American government contractor dumped about 50,000 gallons of untreated domestic waste from a Navy ship near Subic Bay after joint exercises in October. The contractor has denied the allegations. The former American naval facility, which is frequently visited by American ships, is also a popular Filipino tourist destination for beachgoers.

Oil company foils government inspectors with high-tech gadgets (coffee filters)

January 10, 2013

An oil company admitted Thursday that coffee filters were used to doctor water samples and cover up the fact that it was dumping oil and grease into the Gulf of Mexico on its platform 175 miles south of New Orleans. …

Just to be clear, the reporting process goes like this.
1. Company takes water sample.
2. Company sends water sample to government.
3. Government looks at submitted water sample and says OK.

And in order to get that OK, the company need only add step 1a: Pass them through a semiporous piece of paper. Got it.

Central Valley residents tire of receiving L.A.’s urban waste

March 25, 2012
Los Angeles Times

One of the most bitter battles in California is over sludge, the batter-like material left over after treatment plants finish cleaning and draining what is flushed down the toilet or washed down the sink.

Sludge used to get dumped in the ocean — but that was banned in the 1980s because of concerns about pollution.