More than two years after the worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl and after more than two years of denial and cover-up, the Japanese government on Oct. 6, through Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, has requested global aid.
While the people are banned from the more than 400 shuttered national parks, big oil and gas companies will have no trouble getting in and will continue operations as usual in 12 of the otherwise closed national parks.
Tthe floods have left 10 dead and 200 still unaccounted for, destroyed at least 15,000 homes across 17 counties, damaged at least 11 oil and gas locations, and now the resultant leaks and spills threaten to become a brand new disaster.
The flooding caused the evacuation of 11,750 people; some of those evacuees are reportedly returning home now, only to find their houses destroyed, and in some instances, discovering foul polluted water.
As the changing climate continues to trigger disaster and disruption, California's Rim Fire, which has burned 235,841 acres, is the latest to be added to this year's list of brushfires.
Marijuana is the state's biggest cash crop with an estimated $14 billion in legal and illegal sales annually.
It has also ordered the company to invest at least $20 million in an improved fracking wastewater management system, which would prevent future incidents.
Whether the explosion's origins lie in criminal activity or not, the train crash follows a string of oil-related disasters this year, indicating how risky oil transport is.
The KXL project, if approved, would stretch 1,179 miles to transport tar sands oil, the dirtiest in the industry, from Canada through the U.S. Northern Plains to refineries in Texas.
"From start to finish, these tar sands are a terrible idea."