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Iran nuclear talks extended to November

diplomacy-not-bombsflag-IranIran, six powers agree to four-month extension of nuclear talks: envoys BY PARISA HAFEZI AND FREDRIK DAHL VIENNA Fri Jul 18, 2014  (Reuters) Iran and six world powers on Friday agreed to a four-month extension of negotiations on a long-term nuclear deal that would gradually end sanctions on Tehran in exchange for curbs on its nuclear programme, diplomats close to the talks said.

Iran, the United States, Britain, FranceGermanyRussia andChina had set a July 20 deadline to complete a long-term agreement that would resolve the decade-old dispute over Tehran’s nuclear ambitions. But diplomats said they were unable to overcome significant differences on major sticking points.

“We have reached an agreement to extend the talks,” a senior Iranian diplomat told Reuters on condition of anonymity. Several Western diplomats echoed his remarks.

The extension agreed to on Friday begins on July 21 and negotiations on a long-term deal are likely to resume in September, diplomats said. They added that the talks were set to conclude by late November……

July 19, 2014 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Not much chance of restarting Kewaunee nuclear plant

Restarting Kewaunee nuclear plant no quick task Richard Ryman, Press-Gazette Media July 17, 2014 CARLTON – Any attempt to restart the Kewaunee Power Station nuclear plant would take years.

RGA Labs Inc. of Barrington Hills, Ill., wants to buy the plant, which closed in 2013, and put it back into operation, according to Robert Abboud, company president and co-owner.

RGA, an engineering consulting firm, faces steep hurdles. The nuclear plant’s owner, Dominion Resources Inc. of Richmond, Va., has said it is not for sale, and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, which is responsible for nuclear safety, said Wednesday it would be just like starting over……..

July 19, 2014 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

India working on mandatory renewable energy system

Power ministry, regulators contemplate ways to develop renewable energy By Mitul Thakkar, ET Bureau | 17 Jul, 2014 NEW DELHI: Electricity regulators and power ministry are contemplating steps to make it mandatory for conventional power project developers to set up renewable energy plants in future, while distribution firms may have to purchase more clean energy, but regulatory authorities are concerned that this may hurt loss-making utilities.

Power Minister Piyush Goyal said at a recent meeting with electricity regulators that the government wants to develop clean energy, and sought their suggestions for incentives for distribution utilities for better compliance of renewable power obligations. …..

July 17, 2014 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Climate Central shows you how hot future summers will be in USA

climate-changeHow hot will future summers be in your city? Fancy spending a summer in Kuwait City? That’s what scientists project summers will resemble in Phoenix by the end of the century. And summertime temperatures in Boston are expected to rise 10 degrees by 2100, resembling current mid-year heat in North Miami Beach.

Thanks to this nifty new tool from Climate Central, you can not only find out what temperatures your city is expected to average by 2100 — you can compare that projected weather to current conditions in other metropolises. The “1,001 Blistering Future Summers” interactive is based on global warming projections that assume the world takes little to no action to slow down climate change. But the nonprofit warns that even if greenhouse gas emissions are substantially reduced, such as through an energy revolution that replaces fossil fuel burning with solar panels and wind turbines, “U.S. cities are already locked into some amount of summer warming through the end of the century.” You might be feeling some of that warming already. Pass the ice cubes!

July 17, 2014 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Public oplnion could put a spanner in the works of Japan’s nuclear power restart.

flag-japanCBRN Assessmen t Public opinion likely to affect timeline of Japan’s nuclear restarts, despite safety clearances IHS Jane’s Country Risk Daily Repor14 July 2014 Japan’s Nuclear Regulatory Authority (NRA) said yesterday (14 July) that it will approve an initial safety test to the Sendai nuclear plant in Kagoshima prefecture, in a step towards the gradual restart of nuclear power plants (NPPs) following the 2011 Fukushima disaster.

After the NRA has approved upgraded design and safety features of the Kyushu Electric Power Company-operated 1,780-megawatt (MW) plant, it will seek public comments for one month and carry out further on-site operational checks. Currently, all of Japan’s 48 nuclear reactors remain idled, awaiting NRA safety approvals before they can recommence operations.

Although the NRA’s move is a positive indicator that the Sendai plant could be restarted later in the year, as expected by local nuclear experts, considerable uncertainty remains over when a majority of NPPs will begin to come back online…. (full article – subscribers only)

July 16, 2014 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Pathways to stopping climate change – report from UN Climate Summit

climate-changeEfficiency, renewables, biofuels key to stopping climate change ABC News 14 July 14  The positive message from a scientific report for the UN Climate Summit is that the tough task of cutting greenhosue gas emissions to limit global temperature rise to below two degrees is definitely achievable by following a set of bold, practical steps

The 15 national pathways examined in the report all show the importance of three factors for achieving radically lower carbon emissions.

The first is greatly increased efficiency and conservation in all energy use.

The second factor is taking the carbon out of electricity by using renewable sources, “such as wind and solar, as well as nuclear power, and/or the capture and sequestration of carbon emissions from fossil-fuel burning”.

Nuclear energy still attracts widespread and determined opposition, and carbon capture and sequestration (trapping CO2 emissions and storing them underground or beneath the sea floor) has not yet proved that it can work on a commercial scale.

The third factor involves replacing fossil fuels in transport, heating and industrial processes with a mix of low-carbon electricity, sustainable biofuels, and hydrogen……

July 16, 2014 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Solar energy to blossom in Japan, with $1 billion loan from Deutsche Bank

$1bn solar loans ‘to blossom for Japan’ Energy live News 15 july 14 Deutsche Bank is said to be planning loans worth around $1 billion (£0.6bn) to solar energy projects in Japan.

Hans Van Der Sande at the German bank’s Tokyo branch said it is ready to dish out loans for three to six projects in the next year or 18 months, reported Bloomberg.

He said: “We got reverse inquiries from some of our clients offshore saying ‘we are interested in Japan solar and developing projects there but having difficulty getting finance from Japanese banks,’” according to the news site….

July 16, 2014 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Iran nuclear talks likely to continue in coming months

diplomacy not bombs 1flag-IranIran nuclear talks extension ‘probable’–probable-.html#sthash.H6xxFYuj.dpuf  16 July 14US Secretary of State John Kerry and his Iranian counterpart have laid the groundwork for an extension of a Sunday deadline to strike a historic nuclear deal after intense talks in Vienna.

A Western diplomat went as far as to say that it was now ‘highly probable’ Iran and world powers would agree to such a move, and that the extension would be months not weeks.

‘As it’s highly improbable that we will finalise in Vienna before the weekend, it is highly probable that there will be a wish to continue to negotiate in the coming months,’ the diplomat said on condition of anonymity.

After a decade of rising tensions, the mooted accord between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany is aimed at easing concerns that Iran might develop nuclear weapons and silencing talk of war.

Kerry said he would return to Washington to discuss with President Barack Obama ‘the prospects for a comprehensive agreement, as well as a path forward if we do not achieve one by the 20th of July, including the question of whether or not more time is warranted’.

He told a news conference after two days of talks with Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif that there had been ‘tangible progress on key issues, and we had extensive conversations in which we moved on certain things’, although ‘very real gaps’ persisted between the two sides. Zarif, in a separate news conference, said that although he still hopes a deal would be possible by Sunday, he believed enough progress has been made to justify a continuation.

‘As we stand now, we have made enough headway to be able to tell our political bosses that this is a process worth continuing,’ Zarif said. ‘This is my recommendation. I am sure Secretary Kerry will make the same recommendation.’

An interim accord struck in November between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany expires on July 20.

Extending the deadline has always been a possibility in order to keep the parties talking, but Washington in particular has stressed it will not agree to such a move without key concessions from Iran first.

July 16, 2014 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Iran’s nuclear programme – 5 unresolved issues

Five unresolved issues over Iran’s nuclear programme

Foreign ministers have arrived in Vienna for talks, but before an agreement can be reached several obstacles must be overcome , diplomatic editor, Monday 14 July 2014 With a deadline looming for Iran and the west to seal a comprehensive agreement to resolve a decade-long confrontation over Tehran’s nuclear programme, five key issues remain to be resolved.


    The biggest obstacle to a deal is the fundamental question of how big the Iranian nuclear programme should be. The key issue here is the country’s capacity to enrich uranium…………

  • Arak

    For more than 12 years, Iran has been building a heavy water reactor in Arak, which is now close to completion. Officially it is for the production of isotopes for various industrial, agricultural, medical and other scientific uses. Western sceptics point out the planned reactor is more powerful than would be needed for such uses. They believe it is for the production of plutonium, another route to make a bomb, which is created as part of the spent fuel.

    Iran refuses to scrap the project, saying it has invested a lot of time and money in it, building a heavy water production plant nearby. But this could be a relatively easy issue to fix……..

  • Past weaponisation work

    The question of whether Iran had a large-scale programme to develop technologies for making a warhead, at least until 2003 as most western intelligence agencies believe, has not been resolved. For many years, IAEA inspectors have been presenting a shopping list of requests to see documents, interview scientists, and visit suspects sites, but have made little progress……..

  • Oversight

    Long-term increased scrutiny by IAEA inspectors would have to be part of any nuclear deal. At a minimum, this would involve a regime of enhanced inspections which the IAEA calls the “additional protocol”. This would involve access by inspection teams to all parts of the nuclear cycle, from uranium mining onwards, and would allow them to take environmental samples anywhere they deem fit………

  • Sanctions

    Sanctions relief is the main bargaining chip the six powers have in their hands at the negotiating table, and it is one of the thorniest issues, because having placed sanctions on Iran, western governments are going to find it hard to take them off. Over the years, the US and EU have gone beyond measures agreed at the UN, and built up a tangle of interlocking and overlapping punitive restrictions on doing business with Iran……….

  • Buying Iranian oil and gas would go a long way towards rescuing the country’s economy, as would allowing insurance of Iranian shipping, and unfreezing an estimated $100bn in Iranian oil revenues held abroad. The problem of US sanctions and Congress could be sidestepped because some of the American sanctions have a sunset clause that means they lapse next year anyway.

July 14, 2014 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Nuclear plant shakes at Fukushima as strong M6.8 quake occurs off coast

CNN Breaking News: Strong M6.8 quake off Fukushima — Tsunami warning issued — Gov’t: “Marine threat is in place… Get out of the water and leave the coast immediately” — Footage shows nuclear plant shaking for over a minute (VIDEO)

CNNEarthquake rocks region of northern Japan; tsunami advisories issued — A 6.8-magnitude earthquake early Saturday struck in the area of Fukushima, Japan – the epicenter of a nuclear crisis following a massive 2011 earthquake and tsunami – the Japan Meteorological Agency reported. The same agency issued a tsunami warning for the Pacific coast in the region of Tohoku. [...] “Marine threat is in place,” the meteorological agency warned for those in imperiled areas. “Get out of the water and leave the coast immediately.” >> Watch CNN  here

AFPJapan issues tsunami warning after strong quake near Fukushima [...] Japan Meteorological Agency said a local tsunami of up to one metre could impact the Pacific coastline [...]

APStrong quake hits Japan, triggering tsunami — A 6.8-magnitude earthquake has hit Japan’s northern coast near the [Fukushima] nuclear power plant [...] Japan’s Meteorological Agency says the quake struck early Saturday 10 kilometers (6 miles) below the sea surface off the coast of Fukushima [...] The agency issued tsunami advisory along the Japanese northern coast. Public broadcaster NHK says the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant is checking if there is any damage from the quake.

Telegraph: The Japan Meteorological Agency said a local tsunami of up to 3.3 feet could impact the Pacific coastline in Fukushima, Iwate and Miyagi prefectures after the quake. The quake was measured at a depth of 6 miles and occurred at 4.22am local time [3:22p ET], the US Geological Survey said. [...] Plant operators Tokyo Electric said there were no immediate reports of abnormality after the quake, according to Kyodo news agency. [...] The meteorological agency advised people to leave the coast immediately, while Japan’s public broadcaster NHK said some local authorities issued evacuation advisories to their residents.

Watch quake hit Fukushima Daiichi here (4:22:28 – 4:23:40 JST)

July 14, 2014 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

The nuclear safety myth – a danger that is returning to Japan

Abe,-Shinzo-nukeBeware the safety myth returning to Japan’s nuclear debate,  By Jonathan Soble, 12 July 14, 
Debate on future energy needs must be wider “…….The safety myth idea came to stand for the foolishly simplistic way that nuclear power had been sold to the Japanese public, and, as a consequence, of the way it had been regulated. Back in the 1960s, when Japan’s leaders pitched the technology to a nation that still vividly remembered Hiroshima and Nagasaki, they glossed over the risks. Civilian atomic power was not just safe, they said, it was absolutely, unquestionably, always and no matter what, safe.

Those leaders knew better, of course. But absolute guarantees were the only way to bring the national psyche into line with what were, in an energy-poor country, powerful political and economic incentives. The strategy worked. Japan ultimately built 54 commercial reactors, and before the Fukushima disaster there were plans for more. But the approach did nothing to make those reactors safer, and arguably made them less so. The need to maintain the myth prompted utilities and the government to dismiss suggestions that standards could be improved……… Today, all of Japan’s surviving nuclear reactors remain offline, despite efforts by successive governments to restart them. Shinzo Abe is the most pro-nuclear prime minister since the accident, and also the most popular. Yet much of the public remains sceptical. This week regulators are expected to certify the first plant since tighter safety standards were introduced a year ago, a move that could lead to the restarting of nuclear power production as early as autumn. Mr Abe once said an accident such as Fukushima “could never happen”. Today he is more circumspect, talking about making Japan a world leader in nuclear safety rather than a fantastical land without risks. Yet the broader debate has not changed as much as some had hoped.

…….In a sign of Mr Abe’s dwindling patience, the premier has replaced a cautious geologist on the regulator’s certification commission, Kazuhiko Shimazaki, with another geologist who is seen as more nuclear-friendly. The move looks like political meddling and is terrible PR, but Mr Shimazaki’s views were far from universally accepted by experts…………
 if the pro-nuclear side wins and reactors are again operated based on the safety myth, there is a potentially bigger harm: that the old pre-Fukushima complacency will set back in.

July 14, 2014 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

No advantage in developing nuclear weapons, says Iran

Iran sees no benefit in developing nuclear weapons: Zarif

antinuke-worldSmflag-IranTehran Times 13 july 14,  TEHRAN In an exclusive interview with NBC News, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that Iran sees no benefit in developing nuclear weapons.

 David Gregory’s extended conversation with Zarif was scheduled to air on Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
Zarif said, “Iran is not seeking nuclear weapons” because he believes “nuclear weapons reduce countries’ influence in our region.”
Following is a transcript of the interview: ……….
……. I do not believe that you need to inculcate this mentality that nuclear weapons make anybody safe. Have they made Pakistan safe? Have they made Israel safe? Have they made the United States safe? Have they made Russia safe? All these countries are susceptible. Now you have proof that nuclear weapons or no amount of military power makes you safe. So we need to live in a different paradigm. And that’s what we are calling for.

July 14, 2014 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Ultra Violet radiation damages eyes: protection is needed

The Asian Age  Jul 14, 2014 - Kaniza Garari“……..Sunglasses must be used only outdoors. People who work for long hours outdoors need sunglasses as the UV damage to the eyes is slow and cumulates over a person’s lifetime. Those who are close to the equator, at higher elevations or constantly exposed to the mid-day sun have a higher risk of developing sun-related eye diseases. The damage to the eye is not visible in the first decade of life. So protection from the sun’s UV rays must be practiced right from childhood.

Dr Rachna Vinaya Kumar, consultant, pediatric ophthalmology and adult strabismus, at Apollo Hospitals, explains, “Sunglasses are required during summer while outdoors as the level of UV radiation is three times higher than during winter. Similarly they are required at the beach and also for those indulging in winter sports at high altitudes. They must not be worn indoors as the dark glass lenses adapt the vision by increasing photo sensitivity of the eyes and the darker the glasses the more light-sensitive your eyes get. Indoor use thus causes eye strain.”……”

July 14, 2014 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Radioactive Caesium 137 found in motor part imports from Japan

Radiation found in Japanese import July 13, 2014 The Customs Department had detected radiation emanating from motor spare parts imported from Japan and the consignment was sent back to Japan.

Customs Media Spokesperson Leslie Gamini said that the radioactive chemical Caesium 137 was detected in the consignment at the Colombo port.

He said that equipment installed at the port to detect radiation materiel had detected the chemical emanating from the consignment.

The Customs spokesman said that residue of the chemical had been found from the spare parts and so the consignment was detained at the port and sent back.

He said the consignment had originated from a company operating from close proximity to the Fukushima nuclear power plant which was damaged in a massive earth quake in 2011.

The Customs Department said that while only a small amount of residue was found in the consignment, a major disaster was averted by ensuring the items did not enter the local market.

July 14, 2014 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

VIDEO Special Report: Radiation & the Universe

Special Report: Radiation & the Universe - VIDEO  Prison July 12, 2014

Many of the thousands of nuclear reactors in the world today were built on fault lines and ocean shores at risk for tsunamis, like Fukushima in Japan for example. More than 90% of the reactors are also leaking but industry groups do not seem to care, even though too much radiation and the wrong types of radiation can lead to accelerated aging of our bodies or even our deaths.

July 14, 2014 Posted by | general | Leave a comment


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