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Corporations and climate change

Hear-This-way Radio National, Ockhams Razor 22 Nov 15   In the lead-up to the Paris Climate Talks, Christopher Wright, examines how environmental destruction became a business opportunity.  He explores the complex relationship between the corporate world and climate change, and the central role of corporations in shaping political and social responses to the climate crisis………

Christopher Wright:Global businesses, many of them now larger and more powerful than nation states, exhibit enormous sway on humanity’s response to the climate crisis. Indeed, in the lead-up to the Paris climate talks later this month there is growing media focus on so-called business “leadership” on climate change. For instance, just last month Royal Dutch Shell, General Electric, BHP Billiton and management consultancy McKinsey & Co. announced the establishment of a committee to advise governments on how to combat global warming while strengthening economic growth. This follows other announcements such as Unilever’s chief executive officer, Paul Polman, emphasising the need for private sector mobilization to close the shortfall in emission commitments made by governments, as well as Virgin’s CEO Richard Branson who has argued that “our only hope to stop climate change is for industry to make money from it.”

These proclamations need to be viewed in the broader context of business opposition to the fundamental economic change necessary to avoid dangerous climate change. A good example of the duality of this corporate engagement has been the recent revelation that oil-giant Exxon, for decades a leading opponent of carbon regulation and funder of climate change denial, has since the mid-1980s been well aware of the disastrous implications of fossil fuel use for the Earth’s climate. This self-serving logic parallels other well-known examples of business obfuscation such as BP’s infamous ‘Beyond Petroleum’ greenwashing in the early 2000s, and more recently Peabody Energy’s marketing of coal as a response to “energy poverty” in the developing world.

How then to make sense of the mixed messages from corporations on climate change?

Book Climate Capitalism Corporations

In our new book, Climate Change, Capitalism and Corporations: Processes of Creative Self-Destruction, Daniel Nyberg and I explore the role of corporations and corporate capitalism within the climate crisis. We argue that while many global businesses promote a message of “action” and “leadership”, this ignores the deeper problem 0f how corporate capitalism is locked into a cycle of promoting ever more creative ways of exploiting nature and destroying a habitable climate……..

In our book we argue that global capitalism is now locked into a process of what we term “creative self-destruction”…….

sparkling image of corporate environmentalism and business sustainability falsely promises no conflicts and no trade-offs. Here, it is seen as possible to address climate change while continuing the current global expansion of consumption. In contrast to the blinding evidence of ever-escalating greenhouse gas emissions, this comforting political myth promises no contradiction between material affluence and environmental well-being. We can have it all and, according to the myth of corporate environmentalism, avoid climate catastrophe!……..

Ultimately the “success” or otherwise of the Paris climate talks are unlikely to threaten the fundamental dynamics underlying the climate crisis. Dramatic decarbonisation based around mandatory limits upon consumption, economic growth, and corporate influence are not on the agenda nor open for discussion. Rather, global elites have framed the response to climate change around an accentuation of the very causes of the crisis.

In essence, the prevailing corporate view is that capitalism should be seen not as a cause of climate change but as an answer to it. Thus a problem brought about by overconsumption, the logic goes, should be addressed through more consumption………

November 21, 2015 Posted by | 2 WORLD, climate change, Resources -audiovicual | Leave a comment

Plutonium Circus – documentary

November 5, 2015 Posted by | Resources -audiovicual | Leave a comment

Chilling Fukushima photos by Arkadiusz Podniesinski

see-this.wayFour years after nuclear incident, chilling Fukushima photos show healing is still not complete, Rocket News 24    chilling Fukushima photos by Arkadiusz Podniesinski   , 10 Oct 15 

“………..More than four years later, access to much of Fukushima is still restricted due to dangerous amounts of radiation, but Podniesinski recently traveled to the affected area and brought back haunting images that drive home how abruptly the end of life as residents knew it came, and how many sings of the devastation still remain.

Access to contaminated areas is still restricted, however, and in the case of the towns with the highest radiation levels, separate government-issued passes must be obtained for each one. Podniesinski says that these passes are difficult to come by, with the authorities reluctant to grant them even to journalists. Through his network of contacts, though, and also the reputation he’s earned through his Chernobl projects, he was eventually able to obtain the permissions he needed, although not until after arriving in Japan.

As part of the ongoing clean-up process in Fukushima, workers are removing the top, most irradiated layer of soil from the earth in contaminated areas. The soil is then placed in sacks, stacked one atop another and awaiting transportation to a yet-to-be-determined storage area.

However, no one in Japan wants the contaminated soil to be stored in the part of the country in which they live, so with nowhere else to go, Podniesinski saw sights such as this.
waste acres Fukushima

Even more concerning is that large-scale soil removal is difficult to carry out in heavily wooded or mountainous areas. Podniesinski points out the potential danger of contaminated soil, left on hillsides and the forest floor, eroding to city lowlands during storms.

▼ Along with bags of contaminated soil, abandoned vehicles were a common sight on Podniesinski’s trip. The photographer says many cannot be removed without first obtaining the owner’s permission.

Podniesinski quotes a survey stating that only 10 percent of the approximately 120,000 still-displaced residents of the disaster area have a firm desire to return to it someday. Some 65 percent said they have no intention of coming back. In light of some of the conditions he saw, Podniesinski can understand why they came to that decision……….

These are just a sample of Podniesinski’s Fukushima photographs, and there are many more, along with additional stories from his trip, on his website hereAs he did with Chernobyl, Podniesinski intends to return to Fukushima again to continue to document the damage and recovery, and also to remind us all of the dangers of taking the issue of nuclear power lightly.

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Source: Yuruku Yaru
Images: Arkadiusz Podniesinski website

October 10, 2015 Posted by | Resources -audiovicual | Leave a comment

Photoessay on thde most devastated areas of Japan’sFukushima Exclusion Zone.

see-this.wayStepping inside the nuclear red zones of Fukushima [Great photosBy: Catie Leary. Mother Nature Network, October 1, 2015, In his eye-opening photo essay, Polish photojournalist Arkadiusz Podniesiński ventures into the most devastated areas of Japan’s Fukushima Exclusion Zone.

The essay, simply titled “Fukushima,” gives readers an exclusive look at how the orange and red zones have changed in the years since the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, which triggered the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster.

Since the evacuation, many of the areas surrounding the plant have been undergoing a slow recovery and clean-up process. In the hardest hit areas, “time has stood still, as if the accident happened yesterday.”………

Access to the red zones (sometimes referred to as the “no-go zones”) is strictly prohibited unless you are a former resident or have a special permit, but getting one of these permits is exceptionally difficult.

“No tourists are allowed. Even journalists are not welcome,” Podniesiński explains. “The authorities are wary, they [inquire] after the reason, the topic being covered, and attitude towards the disaster. They are worried that journalists will not be accurate and objective when presenting the topic, but they are most likely scared of being criticized for their actions.”

Podniesiński made several attempts to gain one of these elusive permits while planning his trip from Poland, but it was only when he got to Japan that he was finally able to acquire passage to the red zones after appealing to the officials in charge about his extensive knowledge and experience with documenting Chernobyl…….. 

October 2, 2015 Posted by | Resources -audiovicual | Leave a comment

VIDEO: Drone captures rare footage of abandoned Chernobyl-era nuclear plant in Crimea

Drone captures rare footage of abandoned Chernobyl-era nuclear plant in Crimea (VIDEO)  Sep, 2015 Footage captured from a bird’s-eye view of a Chernobyl-era nuclear power plant in Crimea shows its heart – the reactor. The unfinished plant has been standing abandoned for almost three decades………

nuclear reactor abandoned Crimea

September 26, 2015 Posted by | Resources -audiovicual | Leave a comment

Nuclear propaganda film “Pandora’s Promise” scrutinised again

The film’s claim that nuclear is cheaper than energy from clean, renewable sources is completely false.

The film minimizes the question of what to do with high-level nuclear waste.

The very reasons not to support nuclear power are ignored by the film. The risks, economic realities, waste disposal problems, regulatory issues, and environmental and health impacts from the complete nuclear fuel chain are not addressed in “Pandora’s Promise.” Anyone who is interested is these issues should continue to ask questions and seek answers outside industry propaganda.

Book-PandoraReportCoverDon’t believe the pro nuclear hype,—  Sarah Fields, Director, Uranium Watch,
24 Sept 15   
On Thursday, September 24, the Grand County Library and Utah Film Society will be showing the film, text nuclear hype“Pandora’s Promise,” at Star Hall, starting at 7 p.m. The film is a one-sided and factually challenged look at nuclear power as an answer to climate change. The film’s premise is that nuclear power will provide clean energy and help developing countries end poverty. This claim is presented in interviews with several former opponents of nuclear power who have had a change of heart, and with some nuclear scientists.There were no interviews with citizens, environmentalists, legal experts, or scientists who are currently involved with the many serious and complex issues related to the production of nuclear power in the U.S.

The film neglects to discuss the environmental impacts of the whole nuclear fuel chain, from uranium mining and milling to the disposal and long-term care of low- and high-level nuclear waste. As we know here in southeast Utah, uranium mining and milling is not carbon-free and impacts our land, air, water and public health. There are hundreds of abandoned uranium mines in Utah and nearby states that have yet to be remediated. Hundreds of uranium mine and mill workers died or continue to suffer severe health impacts from the production of uranium.

The film’s claim that nuclear is cheaper than energy from clean, renewable sources is completely false. Nuclear reactors cost billions of dollars to construct, taking 10 years or longer to license and bring online. Reactors under construction in the U.S. have construction delays and serious cost overruns, which are passed onto the ratepayers. The cost of reactors keeps going up and the cost of renewables keeps going down.

The film minimizes the question of what to do with high-level nuclear waste. For decades, that problem has been pushed back for future generations to deal with. The type of spent fuel casket that the proposed Yucca Mountain disposal site was designed for is no longer being developed. There is no approved casket for the storage of high-burn up fuel — the fuel used at most reactors today. The government and industry has no long-term solution for high-level nuclear waste, except for indefinite storage at reactor sites. If Yucca Mountain were approved, much of the spent fuel would be transported through Utah, including Grand County.

The proposed reactor near Green River is an example the realities of nuclear power development. The Blue Castle Project would require about 87 million gallons of water per day in a time of drought and reduced runoff. It would impact the recovery program for threatened and endangered fish species in the Green River. Thus far, the proponent of the reactor, Blue Castle Holdings, has only raised $19 million. It will take from $50 to $100 million to obtain an Early Site Permit from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and many millions more to obtain a construction and operation license. It will take billions to construct the reactor. Thus far, no utility has joined this project, so there is no place for the electricity to go and no outside funding.

The very reasons not to support nuclear power are ignored by the film. The risks, economic realities, waste disposal problems, regulatory issues, and environmental and health impacts from the complete nuclear fuel chain are not addressed in “Pandora’s Promise.” Anyone who is interested is these issues should continue to ask questions and seek answers outside industry propaganda.


September 25, 2015 Posted by | Resources -audiovicual, spinbuster | Leave a comment

Nevada test site videos on nuclear bomb testing

see-this.wayBuilding the atom bomb – Nevada test site videos, Guardian By Laurence Topham , Alok Jha and Will Franklin 22 September 2015 From 1951, over four decades, the US government carried out almost a thousand nuclear tests at this test site, earning it the nickname of the “most bombed place on Earth”. Here, they took the crude nuclear weapons that had been dropped over Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 and honed their destructive power.

A hundred of these tests, known as atmospheric shots, took place above ground, creating the characteristic mushroom clouds that have become synonymous with nuclear detonations.

The government still carries out classified work on the site, and access is limited to a small number of carefully vetted visitors each year, who are not allowed to take photographs. The Guardian was given extremely rare access to film at the site……..

In nearby towns such as St George in Utah, which were downwind of the Nevada Test Site, people found the nuclear programme more troubling.

After decades of campaigns by the so-called Downwinders, Congress passed the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act in 1990 to make payments to some of those who claimed to have been affected by fallout from nuclear tests at the Nevada Test Site.

So far, $2bn (£1.3bn) has been paid out to more than 32,000 claimants. The compensation is only available to a limited number of those who claim to have been affected and for a limited set of conditions…..

September 23, 2015 Posted by | Resources -audiovicual | Leave a comment

Video Audio: Radioactive Floods Recontaminate Japan

see-this.wayRadioactive Floods Recontaminate Japan  Last week a serious typhoon hit eastern Japan creating flooding that has not occurred for at least 50 years. Tokyo Electric Power Company, the operator and owner of the triple meltdown site Fukushima Daiichi, admitted that drainage pumps at Fukushima failed and radioactive water once again poured into the Pacific. But what about the extraordinary amount of radioactive cesium, strontium, and other isotopes spread hundreds of miles from the nuclear catastrophe site yet to be cleaned up and now displaced by the flood into newly contaminated villages? Once again, Fairewinds’ Chief Engineer, Arnie Gundersen, is here to keep you informed.

September 21, 2015 Posted by | Resources -audiovicual | Leave a comment

Learn about these terrific films showing at Uranium Film Festival in Berlin

logo-uranium-film-festivalPROGRAMM BERLIN 2015

Programme of the International Uranium Film Festival Berlin 2015, September 24 to 30

Location: KINO BROTFABRIK, Caligariplatz 1, Phone: 030 4714001/2, E-Mail: sends e-mail)

Thursday 24 September Continue reading

September 16, 2015 Posted by | Resources -audiovicual | Leave a comment

AUDIO: Nuclear Power: Insurance and Health

 Hear-This-way More Airdates:  Thu Aug 27 at 1:30AM on KCETLINK “Going naked” is a term the insurance industry uses to describe not having insurance. And when it comes to the worst hazards of nuclear power, America is going naked.

Correspondent Miles Benson investigates why the U.S. nuclear power industry is underinsured by hundreds of billions of dollars. He also speaks with Australian physician, author, and nuclear industry critic Dr. Helen Caldicott on the health effects of nuclear radiation, which include cancer, fetal damage, and genetic mutation.

August 28, 2015 Posted by | Resources -audiovicual | Leave a comment

Hear Dr Helen Caldicott, on Japan’s nuclear power restart

Hear-This-wayQ&A: Dr. Helen Caldicott on Japan’s nuclear power restart, Free Speech Radio News BY  · AUGUST 12, 2015    DOWNLOAD AUDIO ………”The majority of Japanese people, 60 or 70 percent, are opposed to the reopening of reactors. There’ve been many, many demonstrations, but I’m afraid money counts over there. And Tepco and Toshiba are really the government, and when they decide it goes ahead. It is also being…it’s also happening because the nuclear industry in America is exerting a huge amount of pressure upon the Japanese industries to open again, for several reasons: a) It will increase the amount of Caldicott,-Helen-4uranium; b) [It will] encourage the nuclear industry in America; and c) Japan is a major producer of parts of nuclear reactors – the reactor vessel, etc. etc. – which they export all over the world, to Turkey and elsewhere. So there’s a huge amount of money involved and they don’t really care, let’s be frank, about people’s health. Although now, about a hundred and…over a hundred and nine children have developed thyroid cancer in the Fukushima prefecture, and the number of incidents in that population is one to two per million.”……

“There were three meltdowns – never before occurred in the history of the nuclear age – major meltdowns. So, I mean, everyone accepts there were three major meltdowns. That’s a fact. That’s a fact. That’s like me trying to substantiate that there’s a nose on your face. Um, it’s a fact, scientific fact. And it’s an absolute catastrophe. They’ll never clean it up. They won’t be able to get to those three melting cores, because if you stand next to them for a couple of minutes you’ll die. And no one’s ever thought about three major meltdowns that were in fact harder…hard to get those cores out. It will be impossible.”

CC:  Some people appear to be taking comfort that this is not in fact the crippled Fukushima plant and it is not operated by Tepco. And they also believe that Sendai is not exposed to the same level of risk.

Dr. HC:  It matters not who manages nuclear reactors. All meltdowns, and there have been quite a few, have been caused by human fallibility. They built six nuclear reactors just near an earthquake fault, at sea level, and they knew that they were doing that, and in fact the independent commission on Fukushima – set up by the Japanese government – said it was human fallibility and human faults. Sendai will be managed by humans with their fallibilities, number one, and number two, it’s near an active volcano. Japan is a very volcanic, earthquake-ridden area, and to build nuclear reactors on Japan, in the mainland or elsewhere, is pure foolishness.”……..

“Most doctors don’t really understand the medical effects of radiation; you have to study that. I’ve spoken to huge areas, or groups, of concerned parents who know nothing about it and are desperate for the truth, even if it’s bad. I’ve testified before a government commission in the parliament. I’ve spoken to various Japanese politicians, but the truth is, they have no power. It’s [Prime Minister Shinzō] Abe who’s determining the whole thing. And it’s money that’s determining it. And the Japanese government, really they give no heed to people’s suffering. And just to add another addition to this, the doctors have been told not to tell their patients that their symptoms are related to radiation. It’s a horrifying medical situation.”……..

August 14, 2015 Posted by | Resources -audiovicual | 1 Comment

Confusing message in new documentary about #uranium – a ‘soft sell’ for the nuclear lobby?

questionA Critical Look at ‘Uranium: Twisting the Dragon’s Tail’, truthdig,  Aug 9, 2015 By Stanley Heller A week or so before the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, I watched a curious documentary on PBS. It was called “Uranium: Twisting the Dragon’s Tail.” You can see it here. The presenter was a physicist named Derek Muller. What’s odd is that Muller concludes that nuclear power is not the way to go, but the way the film was edited, the message is the opposite: that nuclear power is relatively safe and that its technical problems are at the point of being solved. Continue reading

August 12, 2015 Posted by | 2 WORLD, media, Resources -audiovicual, spinbuster | 2 Comments

St. Louis’ connection to nuclear waste contamination explored in new film

FilmNew documentary explores St. Louis’ connection to nuclear waste contamination (includes AUDIO) St Louis Public Radio,  By  • JUL 14, 2015 During World War II, a St. Louis-based company took on a project that turned out to be detrimental to the health of its employees.

Mallinckrodt Chemical Company was responsible for refining massive amounts of uranium for the Manhattan Project. As a result, some of Mallinckrodt’s employees succumbed to various illnesses caused by exposure to nuclear waste.

The radioactive work completed decades ago continues to have impacts on people and the environment at several sites throughout the area, including West Lake LandfillColdwater Creek, and Weldon Spring. Weldon Spring has since been cleaned up, but concern remains on the effects of contamination prior to the area being cleared.

Filmmaker and St. Louis native Tony West directed a documentary about the Manhattan Project titled “The Safe Side of the Fence.” The film explores first-handaccounts of former employees of Mallinckrodt and residents who live near the contaminated sites. At 1 p.m. on July 19, the Tivoli Theatre will screen the documentary as part of Cinema St. Louis’ Filmmakers Showcase.

“I started off focusing on the workers because these are people who worked in contaminated buildings day in and day out,” West said. “When you see this film and what these workers are going through, you’ll get a sense of what you’re up against.”………

Although there’s coverage of contamination at West Lake Landfill, Coldwater Creek and Weldon Spring, West said he wanted to make a film to tie the three sites together.

“The government is not in a hurry to spend a lot of money on anything, especiallycleaning up things,” West said. “I think that if you live by this material or you’ve got a family member that worked in one of these plants, this really hits home for you.”

July 18, 2015 Posted by | Resources -audiovicual | Leave a comment

Disturbing history of USA’s close calls, dangerous mistakes, with nuclear weapons

Eric Schlosser recounts the United States’ clumsy history with nuclear weapons. And it’s terrifying. by Joe Posner and Estelle Caswell on June 16, 2015

Human error is, well, human. Most systems people design break from time to time. Including the United States’ nuclear weapons systems: The shocking stories in the video come from investigative reporter Eric Schlosser’s book Command and Control,  in which he uncovered a “litany of errors” that go way, way beyond the official record of 33 serious accidents, known as “broken arrows.” Even the first test, 70 years ago this July 16, flirted perilously close with disaster.

Schlosser spent 6 years “in the most crazy nuclear shit imaginable” – and the revelations in the book about times we almost “destroyed a large part of the Florida coast” are seemingly endless.

Most discussion about nuclear weapons today has to do with a potential deal with Iran promising not to build a weapon. Discussion of the US missiles that were meant to be replaced 30 years ago, aging wiring, and control systems that run on floppy-disks have remained safely on the sidelines of the conversation…….…....

June 17, 2015 Posted by | Resources -audiovicual, weapons and war | Leave a comment

AUDIO: Uranium in Nunavut: unsustainable energy?

Hear-This-wayThe Canadacast Uranium in Nunavut: unsustainable energy? Proponents of uranium mining typically tout its potential to create jobs. Environmental groups say there are lot more issues people should be worried about May 24, 2015 – 8:20pm – By Brian Pehora

 Earlier this month, we reported that the NIRB, a territorial regulator in Nunavut, had taken the unprecedented step of recommending to the federal government that the proposed Kiggavik uranium mine not be given permission to break ground.

In this edition of the Canadacast, Brian Pehora, our Nunavut correspondent, speaks with Jamie Kneen, of Mining Watch Canada, a watchdog, about some of the issues involved with uranium mining.

The Canadacast is produced in collaboration with CFRT – Iqaluit community radio

May 27, 2015 Posted by | Resources -audiovicual | Leave a comment


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