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Japan pressured by USA right wing to keep nuclear power

Henry Kissinger-linked think tank pressuring Japanese to keep nuclear power (VIDEO) November 9th, 2012 By ENENews
Title: U.S. needs Japan to remain nuclear, expert says (Video)
Source:  Japan Times
Date: Nov. 3, 2012
A “zero-nuclear” Japan will be a serious concern for the United States as its key ally both from economic and security standpoints, the chief of an influential U.S. think tank said at a recent seminar on Japan-U.S. relations. […]

[John Hamre, president and CEO of the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington]  noted there is “too much of a romantic idea about alternative energy in this country as a substitute for nuclear power.” […]

Hamre also said the policy poses a security concern from the viewpoint of international control for nonproliferation of nuclear materials.

A recent issue of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists is not in agreement with many of the conclusions asserted by Hamre. See: “Probable Game-Changer”: Special issue of Bulletin of Atomic Scientists shows exiting nuclear power brings economic and
environmental benefits — ‘Startling’ findings

CSIS Board of Trustees (Selected Trustees):
Richard Armitage — President, Armitage International
Zbigniew K. Brzezinski — Counselor and Trustee, CSIS
William S. Cohen — Chairman & CEO, The Cohen Group
Henry A. Kissinger — Counselor and Trustee, CSIS
Brent Scowcroft — President, The Scowcroft Group

November 12, 2012 Posted by | politics international, USA | Leave a comment

Los Alamos nuclear lab security fix drags on, with escalating consts

Los Alamos nuclear lab fix to cost $41 million The Associated Press 11/10/2012 09: ALBUQUERQUE – The estimate for fixing a new but inoperable $213 million security system at the nation’s nuclear bomb lab has doubled, officials with Los Alamos National Laboratory confirmed Friday.

Lab director Charles McMillan sent employees a memo this week saying it will cost an additional $41 million and take six months to fix the system, which has been under construction for seven years and was supposed to be complete this summer. That is double what officials estimated a few weeks ago, when problems with the security system were first reported. Continue reading

November 12, 2012 Posted by | safety, USA | Leave a comment

Scotland’s radiation contaminated zone has high rate of cancer

the increase in rates of two types of the disease – liver cancer and lymphoma – is of genuine concern.

A full investigation to establish the extent of links between radioactive  contamination and cancer rates, if any, is now required.

A compelling case for transparency on radiation risk, Herald Scotland 12 Nov 12 The slow drip of worrying news about the radioactive contamination at Dalgety Bay does nothing for the people of Fife but engender fear. Today’s revelations in the Sunday Herald that Government scientists have discovered a near-doubling in the incidence of cancers among people living near the contaminated zone will inevitably cause disquiet locally. Continue reading

November 12, 2012 Posted by | health, UK | Leave a comment

Systemic Lupus Erythematosus – high rates near uranium processing plant

Researchers at the University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Children’s Medical Center sought to explain an excessive number of lupus cases reported in a community five miles from a former uranium plant in Fernald, Ohio

“What prompted us was the knowledge that lupus patients may be sensitive to sunlight and irradiation, in addition to literature hinting that miners may be at increased risk for developing lupus,”

HIGH LUPUS RATES NEAR FORMER URANIUM ORE PLANT,, 11/10/2012 – High rates of systemic lupus erythematosus have been linked to living in proximity to a former uranium ore processing facility in Ohio, according to new research findings presented this week at the American College of Rheumatology Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. Systemic lupus erythematosus, also called SLE or lupus, is a chronic inflammatory disease that can affect the skin, joints, kidneys, lungs, nervous system, and/or other organs of the body. The most common symptoms include skin rashes and arthritis, often accompanied by fatigue and fever. Lupus occurs mostly in women, typically developing in individuals in their twenties and thirties – prime child-bearing age. Continue reading

November 12, 2012 Posted by | health, Uranium, USA | Leave a comment

USA nuclear veterans exposed to radiation

All personnel also wore film badges for detecting radiation levels. I never heard results of the radiation levels we were exposed to.

Although a little more than 900 of the tests were below ground, more than 200 resulted in the atmospheric dispersion of ionizing radiation particles, and there were more than 450,000 military personnel and 45,000 civilian scientists who witnessed and participated in these
nuclear event activities.

At present I serve as Washington state commander of the National Association of Atomic Veterans. There are approximately 50 of us in Washington. I help anyone filling claims to Veterans Affairs for health effects caused by exposure to airborne radiation. Many have suffered known cancers associated with exposure.

Monitored radiation from underwater a-bomb test in 1955  November 11, 2012  By PETE BESAS —  I served in the U.S. Navy Air Force during the Korean War as an aviation electronics technician. In May 1955 I took part in atomic testing. “Operation Wigwam” was the world’s only deep-water atomic bomb detonation. Continue reading

November 12, 2012 Posted by | USA, weapons and war | Leave a comment

Film “Nuclear Savage” exposes horror of Marshall Islands atomic bomb tests

Documentary brings a dark side of nuclear past to light By Adrian Gomez / Asst. Arts Editor, Reel NM on Sun, Nov 11, 2012 Adam Jonas Horowitz began his journey as a filmmaker more than 25 years ago. The Santa Fe resident traveled to the Marshall Islands in 1986 on a whim. What he discovered there was shocking. Continue reading

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Uranium dust used as pesticide in Tanzania: urgent need to stop this

Action needed’ on uranium use in Tanzania, DW 11 Nov 12, Reports say Tanzanian farmers have used uranium dust as a pesticide. Immediate inspections are needed, says Ute Koczy, a member of the German parliament and Green Party spokeswoman on development issues. Continue reading

November 12, 2012 Posted by | AFRICA, environment | 2 Comments

Space junk more dangerous as C02 accumulates in the atmosphere

space junk will accumulate at a faster rate and we will see more collisions between space objects as a result

CO2 build-up risks increasing space junk Herald Sun, AAP November 12, 2012   A BUILD-UP of carbon dioxide in the upper levels of Earth’s atmosphere risks causing a faster accumulation of man-made space junk and resulting in more collisions, scientists say.

While it causes warming on Earth, CO2 conversely cools down the atmosphere and contracts its outermost layer, the thermosphere, where many satellites, including the International Space Station (ISS), operate, said a study published in the journal Nature Geoscience.

A contracted thermosphere, in turn, reduces atmospheric “drag” on satellites – a similar force to that experienced when holding one’s hand out the window of a moving car.

This “drag” is what causes satellite orbits to change, drawing them closer to Earth, which means that orbiters like the ISS have to boost themselves back on course with on-board engines. Continue reading

November 12, 2012 Posted by | 2 WORLD, climate change | Leave a comment

Flying through a nuclear mushroom cloud

What It’s Like To Fly Through A Nuclear Mushroom Cloud CASEY CHAN 10 NOVEMBER, 2012   Joe Pasquini, a RAF flight navigator, had the unfortunate job of collecting samples of a nuclear bomb after it exploded. Which meant, Pasquini had to fly an aeroplane covered in wax through the mushroom cloud to capture the floating radioactive particles. That doesn’t sound fun.

Pasquini, who has had seven bouts with cancer since flying that plane through the cloud, describes the experience to the BBC . “It detonated at 8000 feet [2432m]. We had our eyes closed, but even with our eyes closed we could see the light through our eye lids. It
took 49 seconds for the light to stop… I think I saw the face of God for the first time. It was just incredible, it blew our minds away. These were things that had never been seen before, certainly not by English people.”

Flying at 46,000 feet (14km), Pasquini even saw radioactive rain pour over his aeroplane. Yeah, I’m glad I’ll never have to go through a freaking mushroom cloud for testing purposes. Pasquini, who’s now 79, is now helping veterans families get compensation for being put in
harm’s way during their military service

November 12, 2012 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

New ways to store solar energy

Using rust and water to store solar energy as hydrogen e! science News, November 11, 2012 How can solar energy be stored so that it can be available any time, day or night, when the sun shining or not? EPFL scientists are developing a technology that can transform light energy into a clean fuel that has a neutral carbon footprint: hydrogen. The basic ingredients of the recipe are water and metal oxides, such as iron oxide, better known as rust. Kevin Sivula and his colleagues purposefully limited themselves to inexpensive materials and easily scalable production processes in order to enable an economically viable method for solar hydrogen production. The device, still in the experimental stages, is described in an article published in the journal Nature Photonics……

The results presented in the Nature Photonics paper represent a breakthrough in performance that has been enabled by recent advances in the study of both the iron oxide and dye-sensitized titanium dioxide, and both of these technologies are rapidly advancing. Sivula predicts that the tandem cell technology will eventually be able to attain an efficiency of 16% with iron oxide, while still remaining low cost, which is, after all, the attractiveness of the approach. By making it possible to store solar energy inexpensively, the system developed at EPFL could considerably increase the potential of solar energy to serve as a viable renewable energy source for the future. 

Source: Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne 


November 12, 2012 Posted by | energy storage, USA | Leave a comment

Australia -Labor, coalition reject nuclear submarines

“The Americans opened the door some months ago and for financial and strategic reasons we should at least examine the option.”

November 12, 2012


Both Labor and the coalition have ruled out nuclear-powered submarines as replacements for Australia’s ageing Collins subs, indicating the issue is dead in the water for now.

Opposition defence spokesman David Johnston has rejected suggestions by some of his colleagues that Australia consider the nuclear option.

“Nuclear submarines are not coalition policy and they are not on the table for us to be examining,” he told ABC radio on Monday.

Australia did not have the capacity to build and operate its own nuclear reactors and would have to rely on allies, including the United States or United Kingdom.

“We are in no position to make assumptions that we would have access to such technology,” Senator Johnston said.

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UK government criticized over nuke program -“In breach of the Non-Proliferation Treaty”

A member of Medact Nuclear Interest Group says the British government’s replacement program of nuclear weapons would clearly be in breach of the country’s obligations in the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).
Dr Frank Boulton of Medact Nuclear Interest Group told Press TV’s program called The Monarchy that the UK government’s extension of nuclear weapons availability into the second half of the 21st century, “clearly goes against the obligations in good faith to bring about disarmament as quickly as possible.”

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