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Nuclear watchdog eyes standards for reactor shutdown in fear of giant volcanic eruption

The Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) held a meeting of a panel of outside experts on Oct. 17 to start considering the formulation of standards for ordering a nuclear power plant to shut down in preparation for a giant volcanic eruption. Arguing that there is a high possibility of smaller volcanic eruptions occurring ahead of a giant eruption, the expert panel …

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125-year mini ice age linked to the plague and fall of empires

Winter was coming. In AD 536, the first of three massive volcanic eruptions ushered in a mini ice age. It coincided with an epidemic of the plague, the decline of the eastern Roman Empire, and sweeping upheavals across Eurasia. Now we have the first evidence that the disruption to climate continued a lot longer than a decade, as was previously thought. …