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Water is critical issue in Climate Change

These key messages delivered and explained in new report, Protecting the Lifeline of the West: How Climate and Clean Energy Policies Can Safeguard Water, written by Environmental Defense Fund and Western Resource Advocates. It gives more details about why, in the West, climate and clean energy policy is water policy – and why we need the Senate to pass a strong climate and clean energy bill now.

(USA) In the West, Climate and Energy Policy Is Water Policy, Dan Grossmand Bart Miller, 19 July 2010, “………………scientists are concluding that the extended droughts of the past may become the norm of the future. So what should we do about this bleak situation? If we are serious about avoiding the biggest looming crisis of meeting the water needs of the West, we have to understand the energy-water connection and advance clean energy solutions. Continue reading

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July 20, 2010 Posted by | climate change, USA, water | , , , , , | Leave a comment

You can buy uranium from Amazon?

Amazon can supply all your Uranium Ore needs, by Matt Burns on July 16, 2010, From the product description, We are always in compliance with Section 13 from part 40 of the NRC Nuclear Regulatory Commission rules and regulations and Postal Service regulations specified in 49 CFR 173.421 for activity limits of low level radioactive materials. Item will be shipped in accordance with Postal Service activity limits specified in Publication 52.$29.99 (make sure you read the reviews)

Amazon can supply all your Uranium Ore needs

July 20, 2010 Posted by | general, Uranium | , , , , | Leave a comment

Nuclear lobby has spent $953 million to promote its wares

there is real danger that the nuclear industry will continue to promote itself as a ‘silver-bullet’ solution to climate change……“The worst thing about new nuclear is that it steals billions of public dollars from other more effective things like energy efficiency,”

Nuclear Energy Steals Billions from Other Technologies, By Stephen Leahy*, 20 July 2010, Costs of nuclear skyrocket while costs of renewables falling quickly say energy experts Why is nuclear energy back on the table?One reason is a powerful U.S. lobby where 14 energy companies spent 48 million dollars in 2007 alone to convince American politicians to give the industry huge loan guarantees because they cannot get financing anywhere else, says Ellen Vancko, a nuclear energy analyst at the Union of Concerned Scientists, a U.S.-based non governmental organisation (NGO). Continue reading

July 20, 2010 Posted by | politics, USA | , , , , | 1 Comment

Uranium, asbestos: the continuing history of corporate denial

The uranium mining and nuclear fuel industries are just the latest in a long list of corporate deniers.

ETU STATE COUNCIL BANS MEMBERS FROM WORKING IN NUCLEAR INDUSTRY | Coober Pedy Regional Times, 17 July 2010, “….. Corporate denial of the dangers of various substances and products has a long history. Continue reading

July 20, 2010 Posted by | AUSTRALIA, spinbuster, Uranium | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

AREVA’s Olkiluoto nuclear reactor a total financial disater

“It’s a total disaster for Areva,” Schneider says. Areva will have to sell another 12 reactors to cover the cost overruns thus far or else French taxpayers will,”

Nuclear Energy Steals Billions from Other Technologies « Stephen Leahy, International Environmental Journalist, w2w0 July 2010, “…..The other reason is the French.France gets about 77 percent of its power from 58 reactors and is often cited as the model for other countries. “France is a special case. The entire industry is 85 percent owned by the government,” says Mycle Schneider, a Paris-based energy and nuclear policy analyst.

The industry gets direct and indirect subsidies, government loans and loan guarantees “on practically anything they want”, Schneider told IPS. Continue reading

July 20, 2010 Posted by | business and costs, France | , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Advice to parents about children and medical radiation

The American College of Radiology, Radiological Society of North America has more about children and CT scans.

Parents Can Help Limit Kids’ Exposure to Medical Imaging, Health Day, July 19, 2010 Before agreeing to an imaging examination for a child, Pavlov advises parents to keep the following points in mind: Continue reading

July 20, 2010 Posted by | general | , , | Leave a comment

Airport scanning could be done without ionising radiation

Contraband such as a weapon or some kind of concealed explosive would show up as dark spots using the TS4, but the shape of the body would be one multicolored blur (which eliminates the need for same-sex operators) and there’s no radiation involved.

Next-gen body scanner sees through clothes without radiation | DVICE, By Kevin Hall Jul 19, 2010 With full body scanners people have two big concerns: the amount of harmful radiation involved, and if it will reveal the details of one’s body. A company called ThruVision is demoing a next-gen system that’s radiation-free and doesn’t give anything away. Continue reading

July 20, 2010 Posted by | 2 WORLD, health | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Weak uranium market

DJ MARKET TALK: Uranium Weakness Drags Paladin  Dow Jones Commodities Service 19 July 2010, RBS downgrades Paladin Energy (PDN.AU) to Sell from Hold, target price moved to A$3.20 vs previous A$3.52 and yesterday’s A$3.61 close after June quarter production report. ….. “We would need to see some life in the spot uranium market to change our investment view on PDN, as the stock is likely to go sideways or down while the uranium market remains weak.” (david.fickling@dowjones.com)

DJ MARKET TALK Uranium Weakness Drags Paladin Cut To SellRBS | Cmemarkets.com – Business News, Financial News, Stock Market Analysis, Technology & Global Headline News

July 20, 2010 Posted by | 2 WORLD, business and costs, Uranium | , , | Leave a comment

USA used tactical nuclear weapons in Iraq/Afghanistan

just one small group of US Naval vessels dropped here the equivalent of many thousands of Nagasaki bombs…

Did US drop tactical nuclear weapons on Iraq/Afghanistan – You bet!,  Cplash, Peter Eyre19 July 2010 “….. the US , UK , NATO and Israel have been using WMDs on an almost daily basis since the conflict in the Balkans in the 1990s. In fact it started well before this when the Israelis went to war with Egypt … this was the first time WMDs had been used on mass with weapons purchased from the US and with US technicians acting in an advisory role… Continue reading

July 20, 2010 Posted by | Afghanistan, Iraq, weapons and war | , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

South Africa’s Pelindaba nuclear plant and theft of nuclear material

Pelindaba was involved in another mysterious incident in 2007, when its highly guarded operations center was broken into by two armed gangs. One official was shot during the attack, which some believe was aimed at stealing highly enriched uranium. The case remains unsolved…….

South Africa’s ‘dirty bomb’ mystery, The Washington Post, Jeff Stein, 20 July 2010, If dirty bombs are such an overblown threat, and radioactive material so easily available, why are people still trying to steal it?South African police are investigating what the five mokes busted with a Cesium-137 device at a Pretoria gas station last week were up to.All of them are South African citizens, but not much else is known about them, police said Continue reading

July 20, 2010 Posted by | secrets,lies and civil liberties, South Africa | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

About David Bradbury’s new film on uranium mining

The message from When the Dust Settles is simple and clear: Despite assurances from the mining companies, there is NO SAFE LEVEL of radiation exposure, below which there is no risk of cancer or birth defects occurring.

When the Dust Settles – new drama/doco outlines uranium mining risks When the Dust Settles is a 35-minute documentary film commissioned by the ETU Qld & NT for the purposes of this renewed campaign against the nuclear industry. It combines comedy and serious content to explain the dangers of uranium mining, the nuclear fuel cycle and the use of depleted nuclear materials – much of which originates in Australian uranium mines – in weapons production. Continue reading

July 20, 2010 Posted by | AUSTRALIA, Resources -audiovicual | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Navajo’s stand against uranium mining supported by scientists

“I’ve never seen such poor science, poor accountability and poor traceability,” said Mike Wallace, a groundwater hydrologist who has worked in the nuclear industry at WIPP in New Mexico and the Yucca Mountain site in Nevada.

Scientists Back Navajos’ Uranium Mining Fight: Tribe fears contamination of drinking water BRENDA NORRELL Indian Country 19 July 2010, RED ROCK, N.M. – Navajos fighting proposed uranium mining in an area once devastated by a radioactive spill, were bolstered by scientists who criticized the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for approving new uranium mining that could result in the contamination of drinking water for 15,000 Navajos and ultimately lead to kidney failure.” Continue reading

July 20, 2010 Posted by | indigenous issues, USA | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Nuclear bunker for USA Congress during Cold War

Where Congress Would Have Gone During a Cold War Nuclear Attack – Science and Tech – The Atlantic. Jul 19 2010 “……… The shelter was fully equipped and among its standard bunk-beds, TVs and furniture, which populate the “Graceland of Atomic Tourism,” there are a few very curious items. Among these are a special room meant for holding and calming members of Congress who can’t handle the stress, and an incinerator meant for “pathological waste,” or the Congressmen’s irradiated bodies. A huge 100-foot radio tower installed 4.5 miles away was connected to the bunker so that the congressmen could broadcast emergency messages…..” Read the full story at  Atlas Obscura.

Where Congress Would Have Gone During a Cold War Nuclear Attack – Science and Tech – The Atlantic

July 20, 2010 Posted by | history, USA | , , , , | Leave a comment

Renewable energy in use in Antarctica

Mawson Station has two turbines that provide more than 70 percent of its power needs. It should be noted, as the NREL explained, that often the combination of these two technologies is important. “Like many places, generating large amounts of renewable power in Antarctica with a single technology is unlikely. Fortunately, polar winds blow during the winter months when the sun does not shine.”

Clean Energy A Big Deal In Antarctica | EarthTechling by Nino Marchetti, July 19th, 2010“……….There seems to actually be quite a bit of renewable energy usage going on in Antarctica, according to the NREL. Continue reading

July 20, 2010 Posted by | ANTARCTICA, renewable | Leave a comment

Why New Zealand ports should not allow uranium shipments

……the risks are there, and the risks are genuine. Accidents do happen, especially at sea. Fires can rage for days, and cargo can move around on board, splitting open containers. Our ports and our port workers are not equipped to deal with radioactive spills.

Feature Columnist: Gareth Hughes | Craccum, 19 July 2010, Recently, the Paranagua Express, carrying tonnes of radioactive uranium ore, was berthed at the Port of Auckland.. Continue reading

July 20, 2010 Posted by | New Zealand, safety, Uranium | , , , , , | Leave a comment