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November 30, 2010 Posted by | technology, USA | , , | 1 Comment

Renewed call for nuclear disarmament, from Pope Benedict

Benedict said nuclear weapons were a major cause of concern, raising tension and mistrust in many parts of the world through their possession and threat of being used

Pope calls for new push for nuclear disarmamentVATICAN CITY, Business Recorder,  (November 28, 2010) : Pope Benedict XVI called Saturday for a new push towards nuclear disarmament, as he received the credentials of Japan’s new ambassador to the Vatican, Hidekazu Yamaguchi. Continue reading

November 30, 2010 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

A sailor’s testimony on Monte Bello nuclear bomb tests

Monte Bello Veteran « Paul Langley’s Nuclear History Blog,  By  Mr N.R. Batley , 30 Nov 10, “I served on HMS Narvik for the Monte Bello Islands tests the only protection we had was a piece of negative film in a flat badge type holder that we pinned on to our clothes by means of a safety pin that was allways coming lose and being lost the badge that is. At no time did we have any medical check ups or questions as to how we felt. I have a photo that would show how close to the bombs being tested we were with the only safeguard roll your sleeves down and turn your collar up on our no8 shirts. If required I would give evidence but be quick I have cancer heart trouble.” Monte Bello Veteran « Paul Langley’s Nuclear History Blog

November 30, 2010 Posted by | civil liberties, UK | 1 Comment

A soldier’s testimony of Christmas Island’s nuclear bomb tests

HMS Cavalier « Paul Langley’s Nuclear History Blog,  By   SIDNEY FANNING  :November 28, 2010 In 1963 whilst on HMS Cavalier we was ordered to go to Christmas Island for five days on the way home from the FES. When the ship eventually got home, tests upon the eyes were carried out, which I have been told is to find out whether you have been eradiated or not. Many of my shipmates have died in the 50′s and 60′s, and those of us that are left have many diseases, some associated with radiation. HMS Cavalier « Paul Langley’s Nuclear History Blog

November 30, 2010 Posted by | civil liberties, UK | | 1 Comment

The world’s need to face up to the reality of Climate Change

...As the world discusses mitigating climate change at the UN climate conference in Cancun, starting today, what is really needed is for the world to face the truth, which may then foster our capacity to act……

Do we have the mindset to save the planet?UN Climate Change Conference In Cancun, The Age Lyn BenderNovember 29, 2010 Where were you when you first realised that climate change was happening? Were you caught up in the horror of the worst bushfires in Victoria’s  (Australia) history on Black Saturday 2009? Or moved by images of distraught parents in the aftermath of record monsoons that had flooded Pakistan? Or did you know sooner when Hurricane Katrina submerged 80 per cent of New Orleans? Continue reading

November 30, 2010 Posted by | general | | Leave a comment

Climate change shows in hugely destructive tundra fire

Unprecedented tundra fire likely linked to climate change Sustainable Ecosystems and Community News: , 30 Nov 10, A thousand square kilometers of the Alaskan tundra burned in September 2007, a single fire that doubled the area burned in the region since 1950. However, a new study in the Journal of Geophysical Research finds that the fire was even more unprecedented than imagined: sediment cores found that it was the most destructive fire in the area for at least 5,000 years and maybe longer.
If such fires occur every 200 years or every 500 years, it’s a natural event,” University of Illinois plant biology professor Feng Sheng Hu explains in a press release. “But another possibility is that these are truly unprecedented events caused by, say, greenhouse warming.” Sustainable Ecosystems and Community News: Unprecedented tundra fire likely linked to climate change

November 30, 2010 Posted by | climate change, USA | Leave a comment

Increased use of CT scans carries radiation risks

CT Scan Use Surging in Hospital ERs Study authors extol benefits, but note concerns about increasing exposure to high-dose ionizing radiation Bloomberg, By Alan Mozes Nov. 29 — The use of CT scans as a diagnostic tool is surging in emergency departments across the United States, new research indicates.In the 13-year period leading up to 2007, CT scan use in ERs increased by nearly sixfold, the study team found.The trend has raised concerns about the potential risks posed by more frequent exposure to the ionizing radiation emitted by CT scanners, they added…CT Scan Use Surging in Hospital ERs

November 30, 2010 Posted by | health, USA | Leave a comment

Antiquated USA mining law allows free uranium grab by foreign companies

“The roots of the problem reach back to the 1872 mining law, which allows any claimholder, domestic or foreign, to mine on the majority of America’s public lands – and to take billions of dollars in minerals for free,”

Uranium deal with Russians shows need for mining reform, activists say « Colorado Independent By David O. Williams 11/29/10 ,Mining reform groups over the weekend reacted sharply to Wednesday’s decision by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (pdf) to allow the transfer of two uranium mining licenses in Wyoming to Atomoredzoloto (ARMZ), a firm controlled by the Russian state nuclear agency. Continue reading

November 30, 2010 Posted by | business and costs, Uranium, USA | Leave a comment

UK govt struggles with escalating costs of planned nuclear power

What’s not sorted is the money…One way or another the government does seem desperate to provide support for nuclear companies . But the financial risks are large – and apparently growing.

Nuclear on the ropes? environmentalresearchweb, 30 Nov 10, The UK government has now dismissed three proposed sites for new nuclear power plants: first it dropped Dungeness in Kent and then Braystones and Kirksanton in the Lake District, Continue reading

November 30, 2010 Posted by | politics, UK | Leave a comment

Radioactive waste shipments through the Great Lakes

Based on Bruce Power’s estimates, the steam generators are approximately 90% plutonium. In particular, the steam generators are approximately 64% plutonium-239. According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, plutonium-239 has a half-life of 24,100 years.

Why the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission Should Stop Bruce Power’s Radioactive Shipments through our Great Lakes | rabble.ca, by Emma Lut, 24 Nov 10, Bruce Power has applied for a licence at the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) to ship 16 radioactive steam generators through the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway to Sweden. Continue reading

November 30, 2010 Posted by | environment, USA | Leave a comment

$4.3 billion to make new plutonium pits for America

a building project at Los Alamos called the Chemical and Metallurgical Research Replacement Nuclear Facility (CMRR). The intended function of this facility is to increase the capacity to produce new plutonium pits. The actual site of the nuclear fission, they’re the beating heart of the warhead…..The CMRR,… “was marketed to Congress as a $350 million building [but] has grown to an estimated $4.3 billion

The Front Line of Disarmament: Blocking a Nuclear Facility Six Times the Cost of the Manhattan Project, THE HUFFINGTON POST, Russ Wellen: 29 Nov 10, That is, six times the cost of the division of the Manhattan Project (to develop nuclear weapons during World War II) that was based in New Mexico. Continue reading

November 30, 2010 Posted by | USA, weapons and war | , , | 1 Comment

China should crack down on nuclear smuggling to North Korea

“China does not place enough of a priority on counter-proliferation intelligence. According to Western intelligence officials, Chinese intelligence agencies do not allocate enough resources to understanding and detecting illicit nuclear trade conducted by North Korea and Iran inside China. In addition, the government has not done enough to investigate the export violations of which it is aware.”

Letter from China: Lips and Teeth : The New Yorker, November 24, 2010 by Evan Osnos “…..according to David Albright and Paul Brannan of the the Institute for Science and International Security, North Korea relies on smuggling networks in which it “procures for its uranium enrichment program either from China or by using it as a transshipment point.” Continue reading

November 30, 2010 Posted by | China, secrets,lies and civil liberties | | Leave a comment

Iran claims attacks on its nuclear facilities and scientists

Iran says its nuclear program under attack, The Age, Hiedeh FarmaniNovember 30, 2010 – A defiant Iran has admitted that its atomic program may have come under cyber-attack as one of its top nuclear scientists was killed by a bomb attached to his car in the capital and another was wounded by a similar device.
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Monday blamed the attacks against the two senior scientists in Iran’s controversial nuclear program on Israel and Western powers led by the United States which accuse Iran of seeking to make atomic weapons…………. Interior Minister Mostafa Mohammad Najjar blamed the Israeli spy agency Mossad and the CIA.Israel’s foreign ministry declined to comment on the reports.Iran says its nuclear program under attack

November 30, 2010 Posted by | Iran, politics international | Leave a comment

France’s struggle to be the world’s king of nuclear reactor sales

The real problem, ….. is that Areva’s main reactor offering, one of the most advanced on the market, is too expensive—

France Aims to Be Atop the Nuclear Pile – WSJ.com,  29 Nov 10, “……..In an attempt to restore its companies to prominence, the French government has reorganized the nation’s nuclear sector. Continue reading

November 30, 2010 Posted by | France, politics | Leave a comment

Airport scanning and the cancer risk

“Even if the risk associated with an individual going through a scanner one time is miniscule,” he said, “when you multiply that miniscule risk by say two or three hundred to correspond to the potential annual usage of a commercial air crew or a very frequent flier, the estimated risk may still be small, but it is no longer `miniscule.`”

Can You Get Cancer From Airport Scanners?, The SOP, 29 Nov 10, Jerome R. Corsi A Columbia University expert in radiation today confirmed that it is quite “likely” that the radiation from screening machines being installed nationwide by the Transportation Security Authority to use on airline passengers will cause cancer.

The word comes from David J. Brenner, of Columbia`s Center for Radiological Research, and whose research involves radiation biology, low dose risk estimation and radiotherapy.

There`s no use depending on TSA “research” that denied or minimized that risk because those results have been bought and paid for, he noted…….

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Brenner undermined Department of Homeland Security statements that X-ray imaging scanners are safe by explaining the government`s research is not peer-reviewed.

“We know the radiation dose is very low, but there are different views about how low is low,” Brenner, a Ph.D., told WND.

“TSA is basing its claims for safety on research the government has commissioned,” he said, “not on peer-reviewed independent studies published in scientific journals.”

He cited a report by three scientists from Arizona that is peer-reviewed that concluded that cancer is a public health “concern” from even low doses of radiation.

The article, “The Dose from Compton Backscatter Screening,” was co-authored by Peter Rez of the Department of Physics at Arizona State University in Tempe, Robert L. Metzger of Radiation Safety Engineering, Inc., in Chandler and Kenneth Mossman of Scholl of Life Sciences at Arizona State University in Tempe.

It was accepted for publication October 7, 2010, in the Oxford “Journal of Radiation Protection Dosimetry,” a peer-reviewed journal.

“The major public health effect of concern at low doses of ionizing radiation is cancer,” Rez, Metzger and Mossman wrote. “It is not possible to determine reliably whether a radiogenic risk is present in an X-ray screened population because of the high spontaneous incidence of cancer and the multifactorial nature of disease causation.”

Rez, Metzger and Mossman also pointed out that the health risk increases if the TSA X-ray equipment malfunctions, noting that, “serious consideration should be given to the possibility of unintended and unnecessary doses to passengers due to malfunctioning equipment.”

“Even if the risk associated with an individual going through a scanner one time is miniscule,” he said, “when you multiply that miniscule risk by say two or three hundred to correspond to the potential annual usage of a commercial air crew or a very frequent flier, the estimated risk may still be small, but it is no longer `miniscule.`”

His greatest worry is the overall population risk.

“The bigger concern is indeed the overall population risk,” he argued. “To illustrate generally what I mean here, suppose some activity involves a very small cancer risk, and a very large number of people are exposed to the risk, then the chances are that some of them would get cancer as a result of that activity, even though the individual risk is very small.”……..

Can You Get Cancer From Airport Scanners?

November 30, 2010 Posted by | 2 WORLD, health | Leave a comment