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Russia censoring news about wildfires and radiation

Shoigu also demanded that those who reported on the spread of radiation fro fires burning in contaminated areas be made known to authorities.
As a consequence, public information about fires in areas posing a potential radiation hazard were ripped down from government websites,

Russia emergency minister threatens to ‘deal with’ those spreading radiation ‘rumours’ about wildfires in contaminated areas NEW YORK/ST PETERSBURG –Bellona,  Charles Digges, Alexander Shurshev contributed from St. Petersburg , 17Aug 2010,  Russian emergency officials have come up with a novel tool to smother the spate of heat wave caused wildfires that threaten to tear through radioactively contaminated forests and lands during the country’s hottest summer, releasing radiation: pull information about fires in radioactively contaminated areas and threaten punishment for those spreading “rumours.”  Continue reading

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No ‘nuclear renaissance’ – in fact it’s a decline

The view that the amount of energy derived from nuclear power worldwide will continue its slow decrease during the coming years is further supported by the 2008 annual report of the Euratom Supply Agency, which coordinates the long-term uranium needs of nuclear power plants within the European Union. According to the agency’s forecast, uranium demand in Europe will fall from 21,747 tonnes in 2010 to roughly 16,000 tonnes by 2024.

The reality of nuclear energy is inconsistent with dreams of a renaissanceNuclear energy is not on the rise – the hard facts point to a continuing, slow phase-out around the world   Michael Dittmar   guardian.co.uk,  16 August 2010 Repeatedly in recent years there have been calls for a revival of nuclear power. Yet that renaissance never seems to come. Continue reading

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Global warming demands massive effort to prevent global disasters

The events of this summer show how vulnerable our societies are to weather-related extremes. But what we see now is happening after only 0.8C of global warming. With swift and decisive action, we can still limit global warming to a total of 2C or a bit less. Even that much warming would require a massive effort to adapt to weather extremes and rising sea levels, which needs to start now.

Will this summer of extremes be a wake-up call? This decade has been marked by a number of weather extremes – which show how vulnerable our societies are• 2010 could be among warmest years recorded by man Stefan Rahmstorf * guardian.co.uk,   16 August 2010  Continue reading

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Russia’s top nuclear centre surrounded by fires

“Wildfires have surrounded the nuclear centre from all sides,” said Sergei Kiriyenko, head of Russia’s state nuclear corporation, Rosatom, on Sunday.

Russian nuclear centre still under threat, THE HINDU, Vladimir Radyuhin, 16 Aug 2010, Russia’s main nuclear centre in the town of Sarov in central Russia is still threatened by forest fires after two weeks of desperate efforts to bring the situation under control. Continue reading

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Financial problems stall new nuclear projects in Brazil

“These nuclear projects take a long time to get off the drawing board and generate a lot of controversy, so they’ll likely be last in line to receive financing,”

Brazil’s Plans For Nuclear Energy May Face Financing Problem,  WSJ.com By Paulo Winterstein, Dow Jones Newswires; AUGUST 16, 2010SAO PAULO, Brazil –Brazil’s plan to build at least five nuclear power plants over the next two decades may run into a financing problem as federal budget constraints limit spending by government-controlled utility Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras SA (ELET6.BR, EBR). Continue reading

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Uncertainty over nuclear power plants in Canada

Quebec N-station repair delayed amid AECL uncertainty Nicolas Van Praet, Financial  Post ·  Aug. 16, 2010 MONTREAL — Hydro-Québec is pushing back the revamp of its Gentilly-2 nuclear station amid the continuing uncertainty of Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. Continue reading

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Nuclear plant shut down

Braidwood Nuclear Plant Shuts Down, Vents Steam http://www.wbez.org, by Gabriel Spitzer , August 16, 2010 Reactors at the nuclear power plant in southwest suburban Braidwood shut down early this morning. Large plumes of steam could be seen escaping from the plant, but its owner says there’s no safety concern………….

City Room™ – Science – Braidwood Nuclear Plant Shuts Down, Vents Steam

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401 wildfires in Russia’s radiation contaminated Chelyabinsk

most worrisome of all, the Chelyabinsk region, home to the Mayak Chemical Combine, Russia’s nuclear reprocessing facility and one of the most radioactively contaminated areas on the planet hosted 401 fires over 3,536 acres.

Russia emergency minister threatens to ‘deal with’ those spreading radiation ‘rumours’ about wildfires in contaminated areas NEW YORK/ST PETERSBURG –Alexander Shurshev contributed from St. Petersburg Bellona, 17 Aug 2010, ………..By last week Roslesozashchita website was reporting – before it was taken down – that 269 fires were burning over 664 acres in the Bryansk Region.But that was not all. Continue reading

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Some information on Israel’s nuclear weapons

More clues to Israel’s nuclear weapons status The Guardian, Or Rabinowitz 16 August 2010 “…..There is some evidence that possibly indicates that Israel‘s first nuclear test took place on 2 November 1966. This suspected test, if it happened, was a zero or near-zero yield test carried out at Dimona site and intended to validate Israel’s nuclear design……..
The information about the 1966 alleged test and the change in Israel’s nuclear status became accepted as the date Israel became nuclear. A British document from 1979 states that: “Successive Israeli governments since 1966 have said that Israel will not be the first to introduce nuclear weapons in the Middle East … We believe the Israelis could quickly assemble about a dozen low-yield weapons without testing for a delivery.”… Letters: More clues to Israel’s nuclear weapons status | World news | The Guardian

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Anti-nuclear whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu should be free

Vanunu is the preeminent hero of the nuclear era.

In praise of … Mordechai VanunuHe survived his vindictive spell in isolation, and pariah status, with head unbowed – now Israel must allow him to go  The Guardian,   16 August 2010 When the nuclear whistleblower, Mordechai Vanunu, was released from prison in 2004 after serving 18 years, 12 of them in solitary confinement, he said he was ready to start a new life. The authorities in Israel were not. Continue reading

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Many in India not happy with U.S-India Nuclear Deal

The wages of the nuclear deal The N-deal has turned out to be what the US mandated, not what the Prime Minister had assured India, livemint.com, Brahma Chellaney, 15 Aug 2010,  “…. the final deal ends up giving the US specific rights—enforceable through the pain of unilateral suspension or termination of cooperation—while saddling India with obligations. Continue reading

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How come USA will let Vietnam enrich uranium?

The Shotgun: Filibuster: The first nuclear commandment, Western Standard, 15 Aug 2010, In a story that did not get a lot of press this week, the Obama administration has announced that it plans to go ahead with a nuclear technology deal with the Communist nation of Vietnam, despite that country’s refusal to make a pledge to not enrich uranium. Continue reading

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Little chance of Indian govt passing Nuclear Liability Bill

Desperate govt reaches out to Left. Indian Express.com, 16 Aug 2010, Keen to push through the nuclear liability Bill in the ongoing session of Parliament, Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee Friday reached out to the Left to build a consensus on the contentious Bill.

However, given the Bill is crucial to implementing the India-US nuclear deal, which they had unsuccessfully tried to block, there is little chance of the Left parties coming on board.
At the meeting, CPM’s Sitaram Yechury and CPI’s D Raja listed the Left’s four objections to the Bill. Its primary concern is that it virtually exempts foreign suppliers from any liability in case of an accident — this, Left leaders say, was done at the instance of the US…… Desperate govt reaches out to Left

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Depleted uranium the likely cause of Iraq child cancers

Many are asking whether this spike could be connected to contamination caused by the use of depleted uranium in the bombs and bullets used by American forces.

Iraqi child cancer ‘linked to US weapons’ 16 August 2010  Source: SBS Dateline The number of deformed babies and children with leukaemia is increasing in Iraq, with locals blaming Depleted Uranium weapons used in US attacks,  …. Continue reading

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USA keeps secret any data on depleted uranium use

one major obstacle is standing in the way of these assessments – the refusal by the US to release data on exactly where the weapons have been used and in what quantities. At present, states that use uranium weapons do not have to disclose quantitative or geographical data about their use – no where, no how much, nothing.

Fallujah birth malformations demand transparency over depleted uranium use By International Coalition to Ban Uranium Weapons, 16 Aug 2010, Recent research and a tide of media coverage are indicating that something is very wrong in the Iraqi city of Fallujah. The rates of certain cancers and birth malformations seem to be far higher than those of other countries in the region. Continue reading

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