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General Electric finds nuclear, fossil fuels, soon costlier than solar

new technology breakthroughs are making it possible for solar generated electricity to be the most economical choice within the next three to five years.

Report: GE says fossil fuels, nuclear soon costlier than solar power, SmartPlanet,  By David Worthington | May 27, 2011  General Electric is forecasting that solar power could soon be a more affordable than fossil fuels and nuclear power, the company’s global research director told Bloomberg. Continue reading


May 28, 2011 Posted by | renewable, USA | Leave a comment

Would you trust Japan to lead global nuclear safety discussions?

Japan Seeks Lead Role in Nuclear Safety Guidelines,, 27 May 11 By GEORGE NISHIYAMA DEAUVILLE, France—Japan wants to host an international meeting to discuss nuclear safety issues next year, as part of its efforts to share lessons learned from the nuclear crisis triggered by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, Prime Minister Naoto Kan said Thursday.

Addressing a lunch session marking the start of the G-8 leaders summit, Mr. Kan also said Japan wanted to contribute to creating an international standard on nuclear safety.

“It is our nation’s obligation to share information and lessons learned from the unprecedented experience we went through, and to achieve the highest possible safety standards for nuclear energy,” Mr. Kan told G-8 leaders after the summit host, French President Nicolas Sarkozy, asked him to make the opening remarks…..Japan Seeks Lead Role in Nuclear Safety –

May 28, 2011 Posted by | Japan, marketing | 3 Comments

300 km of seabed near Fukushima highly polluted with radiation

High radiation found on seabed in 300-km stretch off Fukushima  Japan Today 28th May, TOKYO —Radiation levels up to several hundred times normal have been detected on the Pacific seabed in a 300-kilometer-long area off the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, the science ministry said Friday.

The ministry said high-level radioactive materials were detected on the seabed in a north-south stretch ranging from Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture, to Choshi, Chiba Prefecture, and warned the contamination could affect the safety of seafood. The science ministry said it detected iodine and cesium on the seabed at 12 spots 15- to 50-km from the coastline between May 9 and 14…..High radiation found on seabed in 300-km stretch off Fukushima ‹ Japan Today: Japan News and Discussion

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Small scale renewable energy is challenging big utilities

Small-scale renewable energy is more accessible to new entrants compared with the forward purchase of huge amounts of baseload generation from burning fossil fuels, which is the routine business of big utilities.

Change so far is happening slowly and from a tiny base but the cost of small-scale renewable technologies is falling.

Micro-Power Presents Slow-Burn Threat to Utilities  Planet Ark: 27-May-11 SPAIN AND U.K. : Martin Roberts and Gerard Wynn  A wide rollout of small-scale renewable energy poses a long-term challenge to utilities as households switch to home generation and the supply market opens, executives at green specialists and independents say. Continue reading

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Japanese govt makes some concessions to Fukushima parents worried about radiation

An environment ministry spokesman said Friday’s announcement does not mean it is altering the 20 millisieverts dosage standard, rather it is formally stating its aims to reduce radiation dosages. …The ministry will also distribute dosimeters to teachers at schools in the prefecture, where the unstable nuclear power plant is located,

Japan Bows to Parent Pressure Over Radiation Concerns WSJ , May 27, 2011 Education Minister Yoshiaki Takaki for the first time said on Friday the government will seek to reduce the radiation levels on school grounds in Fukushima Prefecture to one-twentieth of the current annual limit amid concern from parents over health risks. Continue reading

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Offshore renewable energy innovation centre for UK

UK Government invests in offshore renewables innovation centre | Energy Efficiency News, 28 May 11, The UK Government yesterday announced plans to invest in an offshore renewable energy technology and innovation centre to help businesses commercialise wind, wave and tidal power. Continue reading

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Radioactive iodine found in fish in Hong Kong

Hong Kong finds radioactive iodine in fish | Herald Sun: AFP * May 28, 2011  A SMALL amount of radioactive iodine-131 has been found in a sample of fish taken from a wholesale market in Hong Kong, the Government said today……  Hong Kong finds radioactive iodine in fish | Herald Sun

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Around the world in solar-powered boat

World’s largest solar boat to arrive in Brisbane  cnet AustraliaBy   May 27, 2011  The MS Tûranor PlanetSolar, the world’s largest solar boat, is circumnavigating the globe and will arrive in Australia this weekend. 

According to PlanetSolar, it is attempting to break the world record by travelling around the world (approx 27,000 nautical miles) to show that renewable energy technologies are effective and can be relied upon, as well as to demonstrate the potential of environmentally friendly modes of transport…..World’s largest solar boat to arrive in Brisbane – Travel Tech

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India’s national anti-corruption campaigner joins Gujarat battle against nuclear power

The resolve to fight till the last against land acquisition by the government or private companies for industrialization received a boost from anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare, who on a recent visit to Gujarat said a nation-wide campaign against land acquisition for industrialisation was the next move he would like to undertake.

Gujarat villagers vow to oppose Bhavnagar nuclear plant News One 27 May 11 Jaspara (Gujarat), May 27 (IANS) Village council members of over 50 coastal villages in Gujarat’s Bhavnagar district Friday took a pledge to oppose the proposed 6,000 MW nuclear power project at Mithi Virdi, saying they would not allow the government to acquire their fertile lands. Continue reading

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Sheep Mountain Alliance has legal win in its battle against uranium milling

Denver District Judge Brian Whitney sided with the Telluride-based Sheep Mountain Alliance, which contends the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) may have violated various state and federal laws in issuing a permit for the mill. The lawsuit can now move forward…...

Denver district judge allows uranium mill lawsuit to move ahead, The Colorado Independent,  By David O. Williams | 05.27.11  A Denver district judge this week rejected motions by the state of Colorado and a Canadian uranium mining company to throw out a lawsuit challenging the proposed Piñon Ridge Uranium Mill in Montrose County. Continue reading

May 28, 2011 Posted by | Legal, Uranium, USA | Leave a comment

Unnecessary medical radiation endangers children and premature infants

Experts believe the negative effects of radiation are cumulative, meaning that the more radiation one receives, the higher the risk of cancer. This reality is especially concerning for premature infants whose development is constantly monitored through radiological exams

Children are Being Exposed to Unnecessary Radiation,  U.S. Politics Today , May 27, 2011, While over-radiation of anyone can cause burns and an increased risk of cancer, those concerns are amplified in children. – The most vulnerable of human beings are sometimes the most mistreated. Such is the case with premature infants.

In 2007, doctors at State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn discovered that hospital staff repeatedly over-radiated premature babies during X-rays and CT scans. For example, when chest x-rays were ordered for one newborn, he underwent 10 full body X-rays without being covered by a protective shield.

The Lack of Standardized Regulation

It is the responsibility of each state to set its own regulatory standards for radiological workers. However, several states have no regulations in place at all. That means that in many parts of the country workers are not required to possess any formal minimum qualifications before they begin irradiating people.

Fortunately, the American Society of Radiologic Technologists has long been lobbying Congress to pass the CARE bill, which is supported by 26 organizations that represent over half a million American health care professionals. The CARE bill mandates nationwide regulation of radiological workers. The regulation focuses on minimum educational and certification standards for entry into the radiological profession as well as continuing education requirements to ensure competent behavior…….

Experts believe the negative effects of radiation are cumulative, meaning that the more radiation one receives, the higher the risk of cancer. This reality is especially concerning for premature infants whose development is constantly monitored through radiological exams. At Downstate Medical Center, it was discovered that babies’ entire, unshielded bodies were being imaged instead of “coning” (limiting) the radiation to the specific area of the body being examined. Only time will tell how these babies’ bodies will be affected as a result.

The Case for Medical Malpractice and Other Lawsuits

As widespread concerns regarding over-radiation of infants, children and adults comes to light, more cancer patients will undoubtedly wonder whether their condition stems from excessive radiation exposure. Patients and their attorneys will increasingly need to analyze the images from any previous exams to determine the extent of their radiation exposure. Problematic results may be grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit…..

Children are Being Exposed to Unnecessary Radiation – U.S. Politics Today – News Media Monitoring

May 28, 2011 Posted by | health, USA | Leave a comment

Will Japan change energy policy, or will powerful nuclear lobby prevail?

The fate of the Shimane plant could provide clues to whether a serious shift in energy policy is in store or whether powerful interests backing nuclear power will stage a comeback……..

Japan city grapples with nuclear doubts after Fukushima crisis By Linda Sieg   May 27, 2011 MATSUE, Japan (Reuters) For decades, local politician Tomoaki Tanaka campaigned on a platform promoting nuclear power as a safe form of energy and a welcome economic boon to his hometown of Kashima, nestled between mountains and the sea in southwestern Japan.

Like many politicians in the rural backwaters that host Japan’s 54 nuclear power plants, Tanaka was a small player in a nexus linking local interest groups with powerful forces in Tokyo promoting atomic power and, critics say, ignoring the risk of disaster in this earthquake-prone land. Continue reading

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Mohamed ElBaradei writes on nuclear weapons proliferation

.So long as nuclear weapons remain a security strategy for a few possessor countries, with umbrella arrangements that extend that security to a secondary circle of “allied” countries; so long as others are left out in the cold, the proliferation risk continues.

The uranium cocktail circuit Tehelka – Arundhati Ghosh, 27 may 11 FOR MOST of the last century, nuclear weapons were held to be the ‘currency of power’; unfortunately, even today, this belief refuses to die. In The Age of Deception, Mohamed ElBaradei, perhaps one of the most outspoken and therefore controversial directors-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), has focused on the major nuclear crises during his tenure, the second Gulf War, the challenge to the Non-Proliferation Treaty NPT from North Korea, the Iran question and the discovery of Pakistan’s AQ Khan network.

He has illustrated candidly and in detail how countries with nuclear weapons and power sought to use that power to constrain the ambitions of other countries to acquire those weapons and in this tension, deception has played a role on both sides.

As ElBaradei says with some acerbity, “The (nuclear) threat will persist as long as the international community continues to address only the symptoms of each new nuclear proliferation challenge: waging war against one country, making a deal with a second, issuing sanctions in a third and seeking regime change in still another. So long as nuclear weapons remain a security strategy for a few possessor countries, with umbrella arrangements that extend that security to a secondary circle of “allied” countries; so long as others are left out in the cold, the proliferation risk continues. With the emergence of sophisticated extremist groups, for whom the threat of retaliation is irrelevant, the nuclear deterrent has become no more than a temporary if not delusional security strategy.”

ElBaradei was clearly referring to Iraq, Libya, North Korea and Iran and the contortions in negotiations that took place to achieve political agendas… Tehelka – India’s Independent Weekly News Magazine

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Fears of Al Qaida attack on Pakistan’s nuclear facilitues

Attack on naval base raises fresh nuclear fears, gulfnews, 27 May 11A serious breach of the security perimeter could lead to calls for a unilateral American move to secure the atomic weapon, Islamabad: A raid by militants on a Pakistani naval base this week has raised fresh anxiety about Pakistan’s ability to protect its nuclear sites. Although Western governments and analysts agree there is little chance militants could succeed in stealing nuclear material in an assault like the one in Karachi, attacks by Al Qaida or the Taliban against a nuclear facility remain a possibility…..gulfnews : Attack on naval base raises fresh nuclear fears

May 28, 2011 Posted by | Pakistan, safety | Leave a comment

Germany’s 7 oldest nuclear plants will not be re-starting

Oldest German nuclear plants to stay closed, By Gerrit Wiesmann in Berlin  May 27 2011 The seven oldest of Germany’s 17 nuclear power stations will not go back into operation when a three-month safety review finishes in June, the country’s federal and state environment ministers agreed on Friday. Continue reading

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