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French oil giant Total pleads guilty

Posted by feww on November 13, 2009

Total UK, a subsidiary of French oil giant Total SA, pleads guilty to 2005 UK explosion charges

Total UK pleaded guilty to two charges of breaching the UK’s Health and Safety Act and one of causing pollution.

A major explosion at the Buncefield oil storage facility in Hertfordshire on December 11, 2005 devastated the area, injuring 43 people and forcing more than 2,000 others to evacuate their homes.

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The Buncefield explosion measured 2.4 on the Richter scale and could be heard 200 km away. Photo: AFP. Image may be subject to copyright.

In what was said to be the largest explosions in Europe since after World War 2, a vapor cloud formed after 300 tons of petrol was spilled, ignited resulting in an explosion with an intensity  equivalent to a Magnitude 2.4 earthquake.

The oil terminal was jointly owned by two of the world’s giant oil companies: the French company Total,  and the US company Chevron.

“Buildings on the surrounding industrial estate – and some homes up to three miles from the scene – suffered severe structural damage. The depot held massive stocks of not only oil and petrol but also the aviation fuel kerosene, used to supply airports across the region including Heathrow and Luton.” UKPA reported.

The High Court in the UK ruled in March 2009 that Total should pay £750m [$1.24billion] in damages to the individuals and businesses who sustained losses as a result of the explosion.  Total UK will appeal the ruling next year, the report said.

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Murphy’s law has no time vector!

Posted by feww on November 13, 2009

Nature Defaults on Hydroelectric Supply

Localize or face the consequences:
Brazil
Power failure plunges its largest cities into darkness

The US, EU countries, China, Japan and other energy dinosaurs WILL experience similar disruptions…

Another Warning Shot Fired by Nature:
Your systems are too inflexible

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Banking on the good side of nature. Itaipu Hydroelectric Dam.
The world’s largest hydroelectric facility.  Credit: Itaipu Binacional.

Remember the first time you heard the so-called Murphy’s Law?

“Anything that can go wrong will go wrong.”

Murphy’s law has no time vector! It doesn’t tell you when things WILL go wrong, and  it’s often quoted after things have already gone wrong. It does not incorporate the ‘observer effect.’ Nature is more organized than “Murphy” would have lead you to believe. Now hear this.

FEWW Amendment to Murphy’s Law:
If more things can go wrong they will go wrong about now!

… in the world’s major cities, hydroelectric dams, nuclear power plants, oil rigs, production and processing facilities, powerlines …

A name for this?
Blog Moderators call this phenomenon Secondary Interlude to Human-Induced Planetary Antiphase.

Previous Examples in recent times?
Repeated flooding in Manila, Philippines.

Examples to watch for in the Near future?
Watch out for disintegration or collapse of Cities, large-scale structures, bridges, tunnels, power plants… , e.g., collapse of China’s Three Gorges Dam in the next two to three years.

Other Examples?
More examples would be posted after the Moderators have evaluated the structures, geographical regions  and physical locations.

Causes?
Earthquakes, Storms, Snowstorms, Extreme Rain Events (ERE), Drought and Deluge, Fatigue … Antiphase and all other human-induced and human-enhanced factors.

See also entry at

Major Blackout Plunges Brazil into Darkness

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Powerful Quake Strikes Chile

Posted by feww on November 13, 2009

For the latest quake which occurred on February 27, 2010 click on the link below:

Chile 8.8 Megaquake Strikes Offshore Maule

Powerful Earthquake Measuring up to 6.7 Mw Strikes Offshore Chile

A powerful earthquakes measuring up to 6.7 Mw struck offshore Tarapaca, Chile about 95 km (60 miles) south of Arica, Chile at an estimated depth of 10 km on Friday, November 13, 2009 at 03:05:55 UTC.

This event occurred about 29 km north-northeast of another strong quake measuring at least 6.0 Mw that struck the area on April 17, 2009.

As of posting there were no report of damage in the area.

10-degree Map Centered at 20°S,70°W
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Earthquake location Map. Source: USGS/EHP. Enhanced by FEWW

Tsunami Threat

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (NOAA, NWS) evaluated the event as follows:

No destructive widespread tsunami threat exists based on historical earthquake and tsunami data.

However, earthquakes of this size sometimes generate local tsunamis that can be destructive along coasts located within a hundred kilometers of the earthquake epicenter. Authorities in the region of the epicenter should be aware of this possibility and take appropriate action.

Earthquake Details:

  • Magnitude: 6.5 [Maximum quake magnitude estimated by FEWW at 6.7 Mw] ]
  • Date-Time:
    • Friday, November 13, 2009 at 03:05:55 UTC
    • Friday, November 13, 2009 at 12:05:55 AM at epicenter
  • Location: 19.348°S, 70.246°W
  • Depth: 10 km (6.2 miles)
  • Region: TARAPACA, CHILE
  • Distances:
    • 95 km (60 miles) S of Arica, Chile
    • 95 km (60 miles) N of Iquique, Chile
    • 150 km (95 miles) S of Tacna, Peru
    • 1,560 km (970 miles) N of SANTIAGO, Chile
  • Location Uncertainty: horizontal +/- 6 km (3.7 miles)
  • Source: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
  • Event ID: us2009nyad

More on this quake as additional information become available.

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See Quake Forecast for Mindanao at:

http://feww.wordpress.com/2009/10/04/strong-earthquake-strikes-mindanao-philippines/#comment-4652

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Small Country, Big ‘Dirty Little Secret’

Posted by feww on November 13, 2009

Thanks to Blogger TEAA for the News Alert, and Kudos to Fred Pearce for a very readable report.

New Zealand: More cows than people!

“It looks like the rest of the world is catching on to New Zealand’s dirty little secret.”

—NZ Green Party co-leader Russel Norman

“But my prize for the most shameless two fingers to the global community to New Zealand, a country that sells itself round the world as `clean and green’, but had increased greenhouse gas emissions by a whopping 22 percent since signing up to reduce them at Kyoto.” —Fred Pearce, The Guardian Newspaper, UK.

New Zealand emissions have risen by 22% since the country signed up to Kyoto protocol, Pearce says.

“As the world prepares for the Copenhagen climate negotiations next month, it is worth checking out the greenwash that has followed the promises made 12 years ago when the Kyoto protocol was signed.”

Whereas Britain and Germany have succeeded to cut emissions since 1990, Spain, Portugal, Ireland  and Greece have increased their emissions by more than 25% and New Zealand by 22%, Pearce reports.

The US, Australia and Canada are the other major culprits, however, the other signatories to the Kyoto Protocol have not called them to account for reneging the agreement.

“New Zealand secured a generous Kyoto target, which simply required it not to increase its emissions between 1990 and 2010. But the latest UN statistics show its emissions of greenhouse gases up by 22%, or a whopping 39% if you look at emissions from fuel burning alone.”

Per capita emissions in New Zealand are  60% higher than in Britain, Pearce reported. In fact the emissions are so large that only Canada, the US, Australia and Luxembourg exceed them.

“In recent years a lot of Brits have headed for Christchurch and Wellington in the hope of a green life in a country where they filmed the Lord of the Rings. But it’s a green mirage.” Pearce says.

To rub our noses in it, last year New Zealand signed up to the UN’s Climate Neutral Network, a list of nations that are “laying out strategies to become carbon neutral.”

The small print, if you read them, tell a different story. “New Zealand has actually promised, it is a measly 50% in emissions by 2050 – something even the US can trump.”

Where do all these emissions come from?

“New Zealand turns out to be mining ever more filthy brown coal to burn in its power stations. It has the world’s third highest rate of car ownership. And, with more cows than people, the country’s increasingly intensive agricultural sector is responsible for approaching half the greenhouse gas emissions.” Pearce reports.

What is the UNEP ding about it?

Sadly, instead of the UN Environment Program removing New Zealand from its list of countries that have promised to opt for climate neutrality, the “steely guardians of the environment meekly say that the network ‘will not be policed… nor will UNEP verify claims.’” Pearce says.

Further exposing the UNEP scams and their climate chicanery, Pearce says:

“Indeed, it seems to go to great lengths to deny reality. Check the UNEP website and you will find an excruciating hagiography about a “climate neutral journey to Middle Earth”, in which everything from the local wines to air conditioning and Air New Zealand get the greenwash treatment.”

And here come the blatantly shameless advertising for which more than one person in UNEP must have been heavily bribed:

After extolling the country’s green credentials, it asks: “Have you landed in a dreamland?” Well, UNEP’s reporter certainly has. He cheers New Zealand’s “global leadership in tackling climate change”, when the country’s minister in charge of climate negotiations, Tim Groser, has been busy reassuring his compatriots that “we would not try to be ‘leaders’ in climate change.”

“This is not just political spin. It is also commercial greenwash.”

“New Zealand trades on its greenness to promote its two big industries: tourism and dairy exports. Groser says his country’s access to American markets for its produce is based on its positive environmental image. The government’s national marketing strategy is underpinned by a survey showing that tourism would be reduced by 68% if the country lost its prized ‘clean, green image,’ and even international purchases of its dairy products could halve.” Pearce reports.

Defying Reality

Pearce says New Zealand policies go against the  reality of  climate change: “The trouble is,” he asserts, “on the climate change front at least, that green image increasingly defies reality.” Read full report here.

The following links provide additional information on New Zealand’s false claims to a ‘clean, green image.’

Your remoteness means 17.4 metric tons of CO2 pollution produced per UK visitor.

Saatchi and Saatchi, the vampires of commercialism, with their corny slogans and downright dishonest tricks on “selling” New Zealand, are back, again, on the government payroll: “Our remoteness is our strength.” [Recall George Orwell's famous slogan perpetuated by The Party:"War is Peace; Freedom is Slavery; Ignorance is Strength." ]

[Note: Driving an average passenger car in the US over a year, traveling 12,500 miles (20,112 km), which burns about 581 gallons (2,200 liters) of gasoline, produces about 11,450 pounds (5.2 metric tons) of carbon dioxide. A couple on a return flight from the US to NZ produce as much CO2 as driving their car for about THREE years! A European/UK couple on a return flight to NZ produce more CO2 than in EIGHT years of driving.]

On a return flight from the United States to New Zealand, each visitor produces about 7.4 metric tons of CO2e pollution [11.1 metric tons of CO2e if flying from the US Atlantic coast]; a UK visitor produces about 17.64 metric tons of CO2.

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