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N-test legacy in stratosphere bigger than thought

Levels of radioactive plutonium in Earth’s stratosphere from nuclear tests and accidents is higher than previously thought, but probably not dangerous to humans, scientists in Switzerland said Tuesday.

http://www.france24.com/en/20140107-n-test-legacy-stratosphere-bigger-thought/

07 January 2014 – 

AFP

A view of a radioactive sign near a shelter and containment area built over the destroyed 4th block of Chernobyl's old nuclear power plant on August 25, 2013A view of a radioactive sign near a shelter and containment area built over the destroyed 4th block of Chernobyl's old nuclear power plant on August 25, 2013

A view of a radioactive sign near a shelter and containment area built over the destroyed 4th block of Chernobyl’s old nuclear power plant on August 25, 2013A view of a radioactive sign near a shelter and containment area built over the destroyed 4th block of Chernobyl’s old nuclear power plant on August 25, 2013

Levels of radioactive plutonium in Earth’s stratosphere from nuclear tests and accidents is higher than previously thought, but probably not dangerous to humans, scientists in Switzerland said Tuesday.

It was previously thought that plutonium radionuclides — radioactive atoms which can take decades or thousands of years to degrade — were present in the stratosphere only at negligible levels.

It was also believed that levels of these pollutants were higher in the troposphere, the layer of the atmosphere that is closest to the ground, than in the stratosphere.

Both ideas turn out to be wrong, according to the new study, whose authors also found no likelihood of a hazard to health.

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January 7, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Dutch pension fund sells stake in Fukushima operator over safety concerns

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – Dutch pension fund ABP said it has sold its stake in Tokyo Electric Power Co. after the operator of the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant failed to respond to repeated requests…

norway’s $61 bln klp fund excludes tepco due to fukushima

Mon, 2 Dec 2013 01:00 PM by reuters in category business

OSLO, Dec 2 (Reuters) – Norwegian fund KLP has sold its shares in Tepco, the operator of Japan’s wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant, due to its handling of the disaster, a KLP executive said on Monday.

Tepco forcing families to return home

h/t missingsky101

January 7, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Activists preparing to sue Fukushima nuclear plant suppliers

The nuclear activists will later leave Taiwan to garner support in other countries, including the Philippines, India, South Korea and Germany.

CNA
January 8, 2014, 12:26 am TWN

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/foreign-affairs/2014/01/08/397868/Activists-preparing.htm

TAIPEI — Anti-nuclear activists from Taiwan and Japan are calling for participation in a proposed international group lawsuit against the equipment suppliers of a Japanese nuclear plant that suffered meltdowns in a 2011 earthquake-tsunami catastrophe, in an effort to highlight the responsibilities they have for the disaster.

With the support of 500 Taiwanese citizens out of a target of 2,000, the organizers said Tuesday that they are aiming to enlist 10,000 supporters worldwide by the end of March to file a complaint against equipment suppliers to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, including General Electric, Toshiba and Hitachi.

Shih Shin-min, a professor of chemical engineering at National Taiwan University, questioned the regulations in Taiwan and Japan under which nuclear plant equipment suppliers are exempt from responsibility for nuclear accidents.

It does not make sense that only the nuclear plant operator and the government are held accountable for compensation in the event of a nuclear accident, while equipment suppliers are not, said Shih, who founded the Taiwan Environmental Protection Union.

Safety becomes less of a concern compared to the economy for nuclear plant suppliers under the current regulations, Shih said at a press conference in Taipei accompanied by Akihiro Shima, a member of a group of Japanese lawyers involved in the suit, and Daisuke Sato, a representative of the No Nukes Asia Forum.

The activists said they are seeking 100 Japanese yen (US$0.95) in mental health compensation per affected person, adding that rather than the sum of damages sought, they are trying to shake the perceived protection given to nuclear equipment manufacturers.

Taiwan and Japan are in the same boat regarding the Fukushima Daiichi plant issue, since some of the equipment in Taiwan’s nuclear plants are supplied by Japanese manufacturers, Shih said.

The three existing nuclear plants in Taiwan all have General Electric-manufactured equipment, he noted.

The nuclear activists will later leave Taiwan to garner support in other countries, including the Philippines, India, South Korea and Germany.

January 7, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Secrecy agreement between Fukushima and IAEA revealed by Tokyo newspaper — They hid health effects in Chernobyl… same thing could happen to Fukushima”

http://enenews.com/secrecy-agreement-between-fukushima-and-iaea-revealed-by-tokyo-newspaper-iaea-has-a-history-of-hiding-information-about-health-effects-in-chernobyl-same-thing-could-happen-to-fukushima

Published: January 7th, 2014 at 12:38 pm ET
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Tokyo Shimbun, December 31, 2013, with translation by Fukushima Voice (version 2e), published Jan. 6, 2014: It was discovered that the memorandum of cooperation between the IAEA and Fukushima as well as Fukui Prefectures contain a confidentiality clause […] critics say “it could be preempting the State Secrecy Protection Law.” […] In Fukushima Prefecture, it was the prefectural government that entered into an agreement with IAEA in the area of decontamination and radioactive waste management, whereas Fukushima Medical University entered into an agreement with IAEA in the area of the survey of radiological effect on human health. […] “The Parties will ensure the confidentiality of information classified by the other Party as restricted or confidential.” […] if either the prefectures or IAEA decide to classify information for “they contribute to worsening of the residents’ anxiety,” there is a possibility that such information as the accident information, as well as radiation measurement data and thyroid cancer information may not be publicized. […] IAEA has published reports, after the Chernobyl nuclear accident, stating “there were no health effects due to radiation exposure.” […]

Practical Arrangements between Fukushima Medical University and the International Atomic Energy Agency on Cooperation in the Area of Human Health (pdf), Dec. 15, 2012: The Parties have identified the following areas and activities in which cooperation may be pursued: […] IAEA will assist the University in implementing the Fukushima Health Management Survey project;  […] the Parties will collaborate in capacity building and research on human health programmes, including radiation emergency medicine; […] the IAEA will endeavour to organize conferences, seminars and workshops, in cooperation with the University, with the aim of enhancing public awareness of radiological effects on human health and addressing the issue of “radiation fear” and post-traumatic stress disorders in the Fukushima population; […] The Parties will support the widest possible dissemination of unclassified information […] The Parties will ensure the confidentiality of information classified by the other Party as restricted or confidential. […]

Ruiko Mutoh, representative of  Fukushima nuclear disaster plaintiffs: “IAEA has a history of hiding information about health effects in Chernobyl. The same thing could happen to Fukushima.”

Watch Mutoh at a recent press conference here

Japan’s Nihon TV in 1993: ‘What Happened to Chernobyl Children 7 Years after the Accident’ (Source: tokyobrowntabby2)

January 7, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | 8 Comments

CEO of Vice ; “We have a team there shooting right now. The levels of radiation in the place are through the f****** roof. “

http://beforeitsnews.com/conspiracy-theories/2014/01/ceo-fukushima-radiation-levels-going-thru-the-fking-roof-2458240.html

Tuesday, January 7, 2014 6:10

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Joe Rogan, host: How bad is Fukushima?

Shane Smith, reporter and CEO of VICE (Forbes: ‘One to Watch’ on Forbes 400 record. Est. Net Worth: $400 million): Bad, very bad. […] If you look at Fukushima, it’s an perfect example of the issue with nuclear power. […] The levels of radiation have not f****** gone down. We have a team there shooting right now. The levels of radiation in the place are through the f****** roof. […]

Rogan: I did see a piece on the fish — on tuna’s being 3% [actually around 1,000%, see below] more irradiated than before¹. That’s a big number, 3% after a couple years when you’re dealing with something that’s going to be radiating the ocean for hundreds of thousands of years if it’s still leaking. […]

Smith: There’s a lot of stories now coming out that the Japanese government kept it under wraps, didn’t want to tell anybody. The food around the whole region was irradiated. People in Tokyo were showing increased signs, etc. etc. It’s going to be bad for quite some time. What do you expect?

Rogan: And how the f*** are they ever going to stop it? […] Are they still leaving it up to Japan? […] It’s just unbelievably incredible that they never thought that it would be able to get shut off — that they just built this crazy power plant with no ability to cool it down. […] What really scares me is I don’t think I’ve heard one person come up with any way that makes sense as to how to contain it. Not just hot to contain it, but how to stop it, how to clean the area up — It’s almost just not even discussed. How the f*** do they clean that? […]

Eddie Huang, chef, restaurant owner, TV host: I’m guessing they can’t — that’s why they don’t talk about it.

¹It’s about 1,000% higher,  not 3% — Fox News, AP: “The levels of radioactive cesium were10 times higher than the amount measured in tuna off the California coast in previous years.” The ’3%’ figure came from people comparing this nuclear waste (e.g. cesium-134, -137) to the natural background radiation levels (e.g. potassium-40) in the fish. This comparison is rejected by pro-nuclear scientists, and has been labelled ‘propaganda’.

Watch the full interview here (at 1:59:30 in)

January 7, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Worlwide governments in denial over nuclear meltdowns at Fukushima

secret-agent-SmFukushima Meltdowns: A Global Conspiracy of Denial By William Boardman Global Research, Reader Supported News January 05, 2014 Does anyone in authority anywhere tell the truth about Fukushima?   If there is any government or non-government authority in the world that is addressing the disaster at Fukushima openly, directly, honestly, and effectively, it’s not apparent to the outside observer what entity that might be.

There is instead an apparent global conspiracy of authorities of all sorts to deny to the public reliably accurate, comprehensible, independently verifiable (where possible), and comprehensive information about not only the condition of the Fukushima power plant itself and its surrounding communities, but about the unceasing, uncontrolled release of radioactive debris into the air and water, creating a constantly increasing risk of growing harm to the global community.

While the risk may still be miniscule in most places, the range of risk rises to lethal in Fukushima itself. With the radioactive waste of four nuclear reactors (three of them in meltdown) under uncertain control for almost three years now, the risk of lethal exposure is very real for plant workers, and may decrease with distance from the plant, but may be calculable for anyone on the planet. No one seems to know. No one seems to have done the calculation. No one with access to the necessary information (assuming it exists) seems to want to do the calculation.

There is no moral excuse for this international collusion. The excuses are political or economic or social, but none of them excuses any authority for withholding or lying about information that has potentially universal and destructive impact on everyone alive today and everyone to be born for some unknown generations.

 Japanese authorities may be the worst current offenders against the truth, as well as the health and safety of their people. Now the Japanese government has passed a harsh state secrets law that threatens to reduce or eliminate reliable information about Fukushima. The U.S. government officially applauded this heightened secrecy, while continuing its own tight control on nuclear information. Japanese authorities are already attacking their own people in defense of nuclear power: not only under-measuring and ignoring varieties of radioactive threat, but even withholding the iodine pills in 2011 that might have mitigated the growing epidemic of thyroid issues today. Failing to confront Fukushima honestly, the Japanese are laying the basis for what could amount to a radiological sneak attack on the rest of the world.

Just because no one seems to know what to do about Fukushima is no excuse to go on lying about and/or denying the dimensions of reality, whatever they might be.

There are hundreds, probably thousands of people with little or no authority who have long struggled to create a realistic, rational perspective on nuclear threats.  The fundamental barrier to knowing the scale of the Fukushima disaster is just that: the scale of the Fukushima disaster……..  http://www.globalresearch.ca/fukushima-meltdowns-a-global-conspiracy-of-denial/5363827

January 7, 2014 Posted by | secrets,lies and civil liberties | Leave a comment

Rebellious Fukushima farmer who cares about his cows

ABC News: Gov’t, scientists ‘baffled’ over white spots on cows around Fukushima plant — Farmer: No one knows what they are, I think it’s from radiation; “Our town’s contaminated like Chernobyl… We were just thrown away like trash” — Officials order the animals to be slaughtered (VIDEOS) http://enenews.com/abc-news-govt-baffled-over-white-spots-on-cows-around-fukushima-plant-farmer-no-one-knows-what-they-are-i-think-its-from-radiation-our-towns-contaminated-like-chernobyl-we-were-j

ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation), Jan. 4, 2014 (Emphasis Added):

Mark Willacy, ABC News (Australia) correspondent: He calls himself […] the leader of the Fukushima nuclear resistance movement […]

Masami Yoshizawa, ‘Ranch of Hope’ 14 km from Fukushima Daiichi: I won’t obey what the government says, because we were betrayed. Our community was destroyed by the nuclear disaster. […]

What we saw and heard in Fukushima, “The Ranch of Hope”, Namie

Willacy: A radiation decontamination team arrives […] Yoshizawa has defied a government order to slaughter his cows.

Yoshizawa: Instead of being slaughtered, these cattle should be used to study the long-term effects of radiation. Killing them is destroying evidence. […]

Willacy: Scientists have descended on his property, saying it is important his herd is studied. […] Some of Yoshizawa’s cattle have developed white spots. The ministry of agriculture has begun an investigation, but so far everyone is baffled.

Yoshizawa: “I showed these spots to many vets who came to my farm. But none of them knows what they are. I think it’s the result of radiation.” […]

Watch the broadcast here

Masami Yoshizawa in Tokyo last May, published Dec. 26, 2013 13 (at 5:30 in): Our town is over. The end. It is like Chernobyl. […] Our town has been contaminated like Chernobyl. […] Our lives are totally destroyed. How depressed we are! So sad and empty. […]  We were just thrown away like the trash. […] With all the rest of my life, I would like to fight against TEPCO and the government.

Watch the video here

January 7, 2014 Posted by | Fukushima 2014, Resources -audiovicual | 1 Comment

Anti-nuclear power law sought by community for Shimane Prefecture

logo-NO-nuclear-Smflag-japanCitizens seek nuclear-free Shimane http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/01/06/national/citizens-seek-nuclear-free-shimane/#.UsweM9JDt9U BY ERIC JOHNSTON STAFF WRITER Shimane Prefecture citizens seeking to enact a local ordinance that would phase out nuclear power and develop renewable energy sources have collected more than 92,000 signatures of support from registered voters, well over the minimum needed to force the governor to introduce the ordinance to the prefectural assembly.

The latest move is part of a series of attempts by citizens’ groups around the nation to pass anti-nuclear power ordinances, none of which has succeeded so far.

Kenji Nanki, a spokesman for the group pushing for the ordinance, said local governments are checking the signatures against their voter registration lists but will present them to Shimane Gov. Zenbei Mizoguchi in early February. The governor is then expected to bring the issue to the assembly.

The ordinance calls on Shimane to establish a plan of action for getting out of nuclear power by an unspecified date, to up the use of natural and renewable energy sources, and to establish a committee to develop a concrete policy for that purpose.Chugoku Electric Power Co.’s Shimane nuclear plant, in Matsue, has two reactors. About 469,000 people in Shimane and Tottori prefectures live within 30 km of the plant. Last month, Chugoku Electric formally asked the Nuclear Regulation Authority to inspect reactor 2 to determine whether it meets new safety standards established last year.

Reactor 2 was built in 1989, making it one of Japan’s newer reactors. Shimane’s reactor 1, on the other hand, turns 40 years old this year and its future is uncertain.

January 7, 2014 Posted by | Japan, politics | Leave a comment

“Solar sharing”= agriculture and sunshine, brings new prosperity to Fukushima farmers

Renewable village offers lifeline to Fukushima farmers New Scientist. 06 January 2014 by Rob Gilhool  It seems the most unlikely place to try to put a utopian blueprint into practice. Yet a patch of land in Fukushima, the Japanese prefecture contaminated by nuclear fallout in 2011, holds the foundations of a model village of the future.

solar sharing Japan

The prefecture was affected by the meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, following the earthquake and subsequent tsunami in March 2011. Now construction has started on a community-run project in the coastal city of Minamisoma to reuse farmland contaminated by fallout. About two-thirds of the city’s farmland lies within the nuclear evacuation zone.

So far the Renewable Energy Village (REV) boasts 120 photovoltaic panels, generating 30 kilowatts of power which is sold to a local utility. Plans are afoot to put wind turbines on some of the land. Recreational and educational facilities as well as an astronomical observatory will also be built if further funding can be secured.

Solar sharing  Central to the project is what the Japanese call “solar sharing” – growing crops beneath raised solar panels. One crop that has already been planted, namely rapeseed, was chosen, say project organisers, because its oil is free of contaminants even though the plants themselves take in some radioisotopes such as those of caesium. Generous feed-in tariffs set by the government support the project……..http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn24816-renewable-village-offers-lifeline-to-fukushima-farmers.html#.UsyZe9JDuik

January 7, 2014 Posted by | Japan, renewable | Leave a comment

Raised radiation level found in Missouri Snow

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text-radiationMissouri Snow Found to Contain Radiation DOUBLE Normal Amount http://www.darkpolitricks.com/2014/01/missouri-snow-found-to-contain-radiation-double-normal-amount/ More concerns about possible impact of Fukushima Paul Joseph Watson Prison Planet.com January 6, 2014  Readings taken from snow blanketing St. Louis, Missouri contains double the normal radiation amount, once again stoking concerns that the ongoing Fukushima crisis is now firmly impacting areas of America.

The radiation return from the snow precipitation is returning DOUBLE the normal background amounts. Normal background in this area is approximately 30CPM,” writes YouTube user DutchSinse, alongside a video documenting the readings.

“This means small particles of radioactive material are indeed coming down in the precipitation. Past tests show around 30CPM in the same spot on a nice day with no precipitation,” he adds, noting that snowstorms in 2012 also showed alert level radiation readings.

As we reported earlier, Geiger counter readings taken on a beach in San Francisco returned results five times the safe level of normal background radiation, prompting federal officials to launch an investigation.

Whether such readings are linked to the ongoing Fukushima crisis is unknown, but the fact that officials in Japan have been duplicitous in downplaying the true scale of radiation releases at almost every turn has understandably fanned the flames of suspicion.

Last week it was reported that new plumes of radioactive steam were emerging from the crippled reactor number 3 at the plant, but TEPCO representatives refused to explain the cause.

A former Fukushima worker also recently revealed that duct tape and wire nets were used to “repair” leaking radioactive water tanks in 2012 as a cost cutting measure.

The Department of Health and Human Services has ordered 14 million doses of potassium iodide, the compound that protects the body from radioactive poisoning in the aftermath of severe nuclear accidents, but a DHHS official denied that the purchase was connectde to the Fukushima crisis.

Paul Joseph Watson is the editor and writer for Infowars.com and Prison Planet.com. He is the author of Order Out Of Chaos. Watson is also a host for Infowars Nightly News

January 7, 2014 Posted by | environment | Leave a comment

Rally for renewable energy in New York State

text-Please-NoteRenewable Energy Rally Is Sunday at Walkway Over the Hudson  Posted by:  Posted date: January 05, 2014 POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. – A rally to promote the use of renewable energies in New York is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday at the halfway point of the Walkway Over the Hudson.

Dutchess County Legislator Joel Tyner (D-Clinton) organized the Rally for Green New Deal to promote the possibility that the region could be completely off of dependency of fossil fuels by 2030 if investments were made in renewable energies such as solar, wind, hydro, geothermal and tidal energy.

Tyner is advocating the recommendations of a Cornell/Stanford report titled “Examining the Feasibility of Converting New York State’s All-purpose Energy Infrastructure to One Using Wind, Water, and Sunlight” by Mark Z. Jacobson. The report indicates how turning the state’s energy dependency from fossil fuels (gas, nuclear, coal) to renewable energies by 2030 would save money, create jobs and reduce the pollution and mortality rates. (see report below)

An environmental advocate, Tyner is focusing on the job creation that is possible if the Green New Deal were to be passed……

Preliminary rallies are scheduled for 1 p.m. on both the Poughkeepsie and Highlands sides of the Walkway Over the Hudson. Then at 1:30 p.m. participants from both sides of the river will meet by the flagpole at the middle of the walkway……

For those interested in participating in the rally or future efforts to promote the use of renewable energies in New York, Tyner can be reached via email atjoeltyner@earthlink.net or by calling 845-453-2105………http://hudsonvalleyreporter.com/dutchess/2014/01/renewable-energy-rally-on-sunday-at-walkway-over-the-hudson/

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Comparing Fukushima nuclear meltdown to the Chernobyl one

Fukushima Meltdowns: A Global Conspiracy of Denial By William Boardman Global Research, Reader Supported News January 05, 2014 “…….Chernobyl 1986 and Fukushima 2011 are not really comparable  Chernobyl is the closest precedent to Fukushima, and it’s not very close. Chernobyl at the time of the 1986 electric failure and explosion had four operating reactors and two more under construction. The Chernobyl accident involved one reactor meltdown. Other reactors kept operating for some time after the accident. The rector meltdown was eventually entombed, containing the meltdown and reducing the risk. Until Fukushima, Chernobyl was considered the worst nuclear power accident in history, and it is still far from over (albeit largely contained for the time being). The Chernobyl Exclusion Zone of roughly 1,000 square miles remains one of the most radioactive areas in the world and the clean-up is not even expected to be complete before 2065.

At the time of the March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami, the Fukushima plant had six operating reactors. Three of them went into meltdown and a fourth was left with a heavily laden fuel pool teetering a hundred feet above the ground. Two other reactors were undamaged and have been shut       down. Radiation levels remain lethal in each of the melted-down reactors, where the meltdowns appear to be held in check by water that is pumped into the reactors to keep them cool. In the process, the water gets irradiated and that which is not collected on site in leaking tanks flows steadily into the Pacific Ocean. Within the first two weeks, Fukushima radiation was comparable to Chernobyl’s and while the levels have gone down, they remain elevated.

The plant’s corporate owner, Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), in turn effectively owned by the Japanese government after a2012 nationalization, began removing more than 1,500 fuel rod assemblies from the teetering fuel pool in November, a delicate process expected to take a year or more. There are additional fuel pools attached to each of the melted down reactors and a much larger general fuel pool, all of which contain nuclear fuel rod assemblies that are secure only as long as TEPCO continues to cool them. The Fukushima Exclusion Zone, a 12-mile radius around the nuclear plant, is about 500 square miles (much of it ocean); little specific information about the exclusion zone is easily available, but media coverage in the form of disaster tourism is plentiful, including a Google Street View interactive display.

Despite their significant differences as disasters, Chernobyl and Fukushima are both rated at 7 – a “major accident” on the International Nuclear Event Scale designed in 1990 by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). That is the highest rating on the scale, a reflection of the inherent denial that colors most official nuclear thinking. Designed by nuclear “experts” after Chernobyl, the scale can’t imagine a worse accident than Chernobyl which, for all its intensity, was effectively over as an accident in a relatively short period of time. At Fukushima, by contrast, the initial set of events was less acute than Chernobyl, but almost three years later they continue without any resolution likely soon. Additionally Fukushima has three reactor meltdowns and thousands of precarious fuel rod assemblies in uncertain pools, any of which could produce a new crisis that would put Fukushima clearly off the scale.

And then there’s groundwater. Groundwater was not a problem at Chernobyl. Groundwater is a huge problem at the Fukushima plant that was built at the seashore, on a former riverbed, over an active aquifer. In a short video, nuclear engineer Arnie Gunderson makes clear why groundwater makes Fukushima so hard to clean up, and why radiation levels there will likely remain dangerous for another hundred years……..http://www.globalresearch.ca/fukushima-meltdowns-a-global-conspiracy-of-denial/5363827

 

January 7, 2014 Posted by | history | Leave a comment

USA: popularity of solar power: unpopularity of nuclear

sun-championSolar Popularity Regains Ground In The USA,Renewable Energy News, 7 Jan 14  Solar power has gained more ground in terms of positive perceptions in the US public according to a recent survey; whereas nuclear energy has lost a substantial amount of acceptance.

The Navigant Research survey of more than 1,000 U.S. adults found 79% of respondents favoured the concept of solar energy, followed by wind energy at 72%.

Solar’s result was a substantial improvement on 2012 – up from 69%. Wind also saw gains, up from 66%.

Nuclear energy scored poorly, with just 32% of respondents noting a favourable or very favourable impression of the technology, down from 41% in 2012. The number of people with an unfavourable or very unfavourable view of nuclear power climbed from 20% to 32%……

Solar energy attained both the highest percentage of favourable opinions and one of the lowest scores in terms of unfavourable opinions (6%) among all energy and environmental concepts covered in the survey. ……
The Navigant Research Energy and Environment Consumer Survey white paper can be dowloaded here (PDF and registration required).http://www.energymatters.com.au/index.php?main_page=news_article&article_id=4111

January 7, 2014 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

A nuclear power expert regrets his involvement in that industry

exclamation-No to nuclear JACK BARNES O’Hara http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/letters/2014/01/05/No-to-nuclear/stories/201401050051 January 4, 2014 I must take exception to my former colleague at Westinghouse Electric Co. for his Dec. 29 Perspectives piece, “Atoms f0r Peace, 60 years later”, They are still trying to sell this pig to a public that needs to know the facts. The following are just a few items in response to their claims:

• It will never be known how many workers directly involved with nuclear materials died a premature death due to exposure to high-energy radiation.

• The Japanese were very fortunate that no workers were killed directly by radiation in the Fukushima incident. However, there were very courageous workers who exposed themselves to high radiation to perform emergency shutdowns. Their lives will probably be cut short.

• Millions of pounds of spent fuel from operating plants are still on site. A terrorist’s dream.

• The residue from this technology will be with mankind for thousands of years to come.

• A Chernobyl-type incident at one of the sites that is in a metropolitan area could cause a trillion dollars in damage and render the area unlivable.

There is no good answer to our energy problems and every technology has its down side, but nuclear power is not the solution.

I am sorry that I made it my life’s work.

January 7, 2014 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Strong case for decentralised renewable energy: minigrids for rural areas

highly-recommendedRural Energy Access: The Case for Renewable Energy Mini-Grids http://www.huffingtonpost.com/evan-scandling/rural-energy-access-mini-grids_b_4549777.html
Evan Scandling, 6 Jan 14 Head of Communications, Sunlabob   Two of the heaviest hitters within the international development world — the United Nations and the World Bank — recently came together to underscore their efforts to activate financing dedicated to delivering modern energy access by 2030 to the 1 in 5 people globally currently living without electricity.

World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim made it clear that an additional $600-$800 billion a year between now and 2030 will be needed from government, international agencies, civil society and the private sector to achieve universal electrification, as well as double renewable energy adoption and energy efficiency.

What hasn’t yet been made clear is how that financing will be targeted. Historically, donor aid and financing has spent hundreds of billions of dollars on energy infrastructure — but oftentimes the rural poor don’t reap the benefits. Only 8 percent of the World Bank’s energy financing in 2012 targeted the poor.

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January 7, 2014 Posted by | renewable | Leave a comment