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China orders North Korea to return to nuclear talks

China Bluntly Tells North Korea to Enter Nuclear Talks NYT, By JANE PERLEZ May 24, 2013 BEIJING — The Chinese leader, Xi Jinping, bluntly told a North Korean envoy Friday that his country should return to diplomatic talks designed to rid North Korea of its nuclear weapons, according to a state-run Chinese news agency…. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/25/world/asia/china-tells-north-korea-to-return-to-nuclear-talks.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

May 25, 2013 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Russia’s renewable energy subsidy program

Russia Approves Subsidy Program to Boost Renewable-Energy Output http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-05-24/russia-approves-subsidy-program-to-boost-renewable-energy-output.html By Marc Roca – May 23, 2013 Russia approved an incentive program to boost renewable-energy production, targeting almost 6 gigawatts of new capacity by 2020 and its first solar parks.

The government yesterday signed a decree that includes measures to support wind, photovoltaic and small hydropower projects across the country, Dmitry Babanskiy, a spokesman for the Energy Ministry, said today by e-mail.

The measures will increase the proportion of renewable energy to 2.5 percent of power generation by 2020 from 0.8 percent now, he said.

May 25, 2013 Posted by | renewable, Russia | Leave a comment

Plan for nuclear waste near Lake Huron concerning Michigan State Senators

water-radiationMichigan state Senate says Ontario nuclear waste site ‘raises serious concerns’ The Star, 24 May 13The proposed site, a Senate resolution notes, is less than 1.6 kilometres from the Lake Huron shoreline and “upstream from the main drinking water intakes for southeast Michigan.” State senators in Michigan say that a planned nuclear waste disposal site near Kincardine, Ont., “raises serious concerns.”

The concern is expressed in a resolution passed Tuesday by the Senate.

The senate also proposes that the public comment period on the proposal, which wraps up Friday, should be extended.

Sen. Hoon-Yung Hopgood, who introduced the resolution, said that it will be submitted to the formal comment process on the waste site.

Ontario Power Generation (OPG) proposes to construct the facility at the Bruce nuclear station beside Lake Huron….. The proposed site’s proximity to the lake caught the attention of the Michigan senators.

The resolution, which carried without dissent on a voice vote, notes that Michigan rules prohibit low-level nuclear waste from being stored within 10 miles (16 kilometres) of the lakes and rivers in the Great Lakes system bordering Michigan.

“We encourage Canada to consider similar siting criteria,” the resolution says.

The proposed site, the resolution notes, is less than a mile (1.6 kilometres) from the Lake Huron shoreline and “upstream from the main drinking water intakes for southeast Michigan.”….. http://www.thestar.com/business/economy/2013/05/23/michigan_senate_says_ontario_nuclear_waste_site_raises_serious_concerns.html

May 25, 2013 Posted by | Canada, USA, wastes | Leave a comment

If you don’t test for alpha and beta radiation, does that prove they are not there?

DNR Won’t Test For Most Radiation at Bridgeton Landfill http://stlouis.cbslocal.com/2013/05/23/dnr-wont-test-for-most-radiation-at-bridgeton-landfill/ May 23, 2013 BRIDGETON, MO (KMOX) – A court-approved plan to dig up parts of a burning Bridgeton landfill and cap it with plastic continues Thursday.

Bridgeton resident and mother of three young children Dawn Chapman says the Missouri Department of Natural Resources told her by telephone no testing is being done for “alpha and beta radiation,” despite the fire’s proximity to buried nuclear waste.

“I don’t want my children exposed to any of this radiation,” she said. “You know, you can say it may or may not be above the ground but the point is it’s not supposed to be there. Children are not supposed to be inhaling radiation coming out of the landfill fire.”

State officials confirm to KMOX they are only testing for “gamma” radiation, not alpha and beta. The reason given is that alpha and beta monitoring requires different equipment and lab work which lasts weeks.

May 25, 2013 Posted by | safety, USA | Leave a comment

Radiation incident at Japanese Atomic Energy Lab

Radiation leak reported day after incident at Ibaraki laboratory, Global Post, 24 May 13Radioactive substances were released into the atmosphere Thursday outside the controlled area at one of the Japan Atomic Energy Agency’s nuclear physics laboratories in Ibaraki Prefecture, the Nuclear Regulation Authority’s secretariat said early Saturday morning.

Fifty-five researchers and others who were engaged in experiments and other work at the laboratory may have been exposed to radiation as a result of inhaling the substances, but none were taken to hospital, the government body said. Four have so far undergone checkups and the highest radiation dose detected was 1.7 millisievert.

No impact from the radiation is expected beyond the premises of the accelerator laboratory in Tokaimura….. http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/kyodo-news-international/130524/radiation-leak-reported-day-after-incident-at-ibaraki-

May 25, 2013 Posted by | incidents, Japan | Leave a comment

Nukespeak

Nuclear futures: how 20th century atomic science played on our hopes and fears, The Conversation, Jonathon Hogg, 23 May 13,  Radioactivity is dramatic. You can’t smell it, taste it, or see it. You may be powerless to avoid it. Nuclear history is a story of dramatic contrasts, of hope and tragedy.

Worldwide excitement over Marie and Pierre Curie’s discovery of radium in 1898 launched an era of optimism over the potential benefits of nuclear science. Not long after, H.G. Wells’ imagining of atomic war in The World Set Free in 1914, the Radium Dial Trials of the 1930s, and the top secret Manhattan Project to develop an atomic weapon in 1942 revealed a darker side to nuclear science. When atomic bombs struck Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, it became apparent that humankind had created the means to destroy itself…….
Public knowledge of the destructive power of nuclear energy meant that carefully crafted “nukespeak” emerged from atomic institutions. Nukespeak constructed positive narratives about nuclear science, downplaying potential risks to human populations and the environment. It also served as a useful antidote to the build-up of nuclear weapons testing in the 1950s.

Nuclear states realised they had to educate and reassure their citizens. Those developing nuclear weapons invariably also developed civil defence programmes, leading to JFK’s letter to the American people in 1961, or Britain’s “Protect and Survive” in the 1980s.

These official nuclear narratives were not always trusted, and the rise of the anti-nuclear and environmental movements in the 1950s saw the emergence of increasingly articulate challenges to the government line….

May 25, 2013 Posted by | spinbuster | Leave a comment

How much radiation are passengers exposed to during a flight?

The plane truth about flying revealed BY:BY KATE SCHNEIDER, The Australian, May 24, 2013“…….How much radiation are passengers exposed to during a flight?People travelling in aircraft may be exposed to more ionising radiation than they would be exposed to on the ground. That’s because when you’re flying between 7000 and 12,000 metres (the typical cruising altitude of a commercial aircraft), the Earth’s atmosphere provides less protection from cosmic radiation.

To put this into perspective, during a seven-hour flight from New York to London travellers receive about the same dose of radiation as a chest X-ray; and from New York to Tokyo, two chest X-rays, according to the US Federal Aviation Administration.Passengers receive the same dose of radiation as a chest X-ray on a flight from New York to Tokyo. ….. http://www.theaustralian.com.au/travel/news/the-plane-truth-about-flying-revealed/story-e6frg8ro-1226649790296

May 25, 2013 Posted by | 2 WORLD, radiation | Leave a comment

San Onofre nuclear plant – the beginning of the end for America’s nuclear industry?

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May 25, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Jeremy Rifkin worries about the end of human civilization – May 23 2013.

Published on May 24, 2013

Rifkin: “This is the moment of decision”. Global temperatures might rise up to 6 degrees by the end of the century. He made his remarks during a speech for “The Solar Future” congress in Eindhoven, May 23 2013. Source: http://www.new-energy.tv.

Get Abstract Summary of “The Third Industrial Revolution” by Jeremy Rifkin

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The Third Industrial Revolution

by Jeremy Rifkin

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[Extract}

Changing buildings into “micropower plants” – Existing fossil fuel or nuclear energy power plants concentrate energy production at a few sites and distribute power from those centralized points, as do large wind farms or solar parks. But alternatives exist: Society must rethink its building practices so that each home, office and factory produces energy on-site using green energy sources. For instance, General Motors’s factory in Aragon, Spain, generates enough electricity from its rooftop solar plant for 4,600 households. This democratized power production reduces waste and creates jobs.

http://petersflipboard.wordpress.com/2013/05/22/get-abstract-summary-of-the-third-industrial-revolution-by-jeremy-rifkin/

 

[Arclight2011 note]

Concerning this point from the link;
“… Now most cars run on fossil fuel, but that is changing. By 2030, “charging points” for electric cars and fuel cell cars will be pervasive, and, by 2040, electricity will power three-quarters of all “light-duty vehicle miles traveled.” Such conveyances will help further democratize power creation and distribution, since some designs also will be able to send electricity back to the grid…”
Electricity could be chemically derived instead of having to use more toxic and complicated energy sources that are much less efficient than the Aluminium fuel cell, unfortunately MI5 and the French equivalent has stopped this development;

An Aluminium Fuel Cell – Why Is UK government Blocking It?

Update: at the end of the video where the video audio becomes mysteriously corrupted as the conversation turned to the advice from the business advisor’s that he went to see.

The statement that he got from these financiers was that the UK government will only support “electrically rechargeable” batteries. Meaning, “only that can be charged with nuclear power or a another type of Grid

https://nuclear-news.net/2013/05/03/an-aluminium-fuel-cell-why-is-uk-government-blocking-it/

May 25, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment