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China’s photovoltaic solar power industry rebounds

 

Shunfeng Photovoltaic, which is buying the main unit of bankrupt former top solar panel maker Suntech Power Holdings, this month vowed to invest 80 billion yuan ($13 billion) to develop 10-GW projects – nearly 30 percent of Germany’s solar installed capacity – over the next three years.

“We want to develop 3 GWs a year so we need more panel capacity,” said Shunfeng chairman Zhang Yi.

26/01/2014

http://www.evwind.es/2014/01/26/chinas-photovoltaic-solar-power-industry-rebounds/42382

China’s solar panel industry is showing signs of booming again after a prolonged downturn – raising fears of another bust when the splurge of public money that is driving a spike in demand dries up.

Lured by generous power tariffs and financing support to promote renewable energy, Chinese firms are racing to develop multi-billion dollar solar generating projects in the Gobi desert and barren hills of China’s vast north and northwest.

The sweeteners have not only lured traditional energy investors like China Power Investment Corp, but also a host of solar panel makers and even companies such as toll road operator Huabei Express and Jiangsu Kuangda Auto Textile Group.

Some solar panel manufacturers, encouraged by a recovery in sales in the last two quarters – largely on surging demand from China and Japan – are expanding production capacity, even though the overall sector remains mired in a severe glut.

But industry officials worry fast-growing generation capacity will increase fiscal pressures on China and Japan and force them to cut subsidies which will then hit demand, just as happened with previous big solar users Germany, Spain and Italy.

“The key is whether the Chinese government is determined enough to boost solar generation,” Sun Haiyan, senior executive at Trina Solar, said when asked if the current solar expansion in China was sustainable.

China already boasts solar manufacturing capacity of about 45 gigawatts (GW), enough to meet global demand this year.

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January 26, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

US Physicians Claim Radiation Risks Due to the Fukushima Nuclear Accident

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

http://fukushimavoice-eng2.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/us-physicians-claim-radiation-risks-due.html
The following is the English translation of the The Wall Street Journal Japan Online article posted on November 13, 2013. Permission for translation was obtained from the author, Misako Hida.

Disclaimer: Wall Street Journal Japan Online is not responsible for the translation.

Note: Although most of the links were not part of the original article, they were provided within the translation for easy accessibility to appropriate information at the discretion of the translator.

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NY Report by Misako Hida
November 13, 2013

US physicians claim radiation risks due to the Fukushima nuclear accident

Intake of radioactively contaminated air, water and food brings radioactive material inside the body, causing internal radiation contamination. It is a critical responsibility of adults to protect lives and health of children, who will carry on the future, from radiation exposure.

Last month, there was a symposium held in New York City to discuss the “Fukushima Report” by United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effect of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR). A former president of a non-governmental organization (NGO) “Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR)” and Assistant Clinical Professor in Department of Medicine at University of Iowa, John W. Rachow, M.D., urged not to underestimate the risks of health effects on Fukushima children, by excerpting the following quote by President Kennedy.

“The number of children and grandchildren with cancer in their bones, with leukemia in their blood, or with poison in their lungs might seem statistically small to some, in comparison with natural health hazards. But this is not a natural health hazard-and it is not a statistical issue. The loss of even one human life, or the malformation of even one baby-who may be born long after all of us have gone-should be of concern to us all. Our children and grandchildren are not merely statistics towards which we can be indifferent.”


This was part of the July 27th Radio and Television Address to the American People by President Kennedy, the day after the United States and the former USSR reached an agreement to sign the Partial Test Ban Treaty in 1963, in the midst of Cold War when the United States and the former USSR were engaged in the arms race.

A Fukushima child being tested for radiation exposure (March 13, 2013). (Photo courtesy of Reuters)

“A 50-year-old speech by President Kennedy fits the UNSCEAR report just right,” says Rachow.

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January 26, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Japans Cancer cover up law – Quietly enacted and now in place?

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Op-Ed

26 January 2014

Whilst Japans new secrecy law was being unveiled, under the noses of the big international NGO`s and Global press scrutiny (sort of), a little known Cancer Registration Law was quietly brought into being.

 

Screenshot from 2014-01-26 21:59:30

 

This registry law comes with teeth – up to a 2 year prison sentence for doctors or other health staff with the option for a huge fine (For the doctors). The law and its threatening posture means that the Law has really now begun and few if any cancer statistics will be released. Apart from coourageous japanese whistleblowers. We bloggers should all support their efforts to get the hidden truth out there to the masses.

 

Some debate on this is floating around the Japanese Blog scene. And I will attempt to recreate some of the comments here. I will also leave links and comments in Japanese for our Japanese viewers for further investigation;

 

 

The Cancer registration Law (がん登録法 ) had passed the lower house (It passed the Upper house sometime before) recently (6/12/13) along with the new secrets law. Doctors are complied with registering this information on their patients who have developed cancer.

They get of up to 1,000,000 yen fine or 2 years in the jail if they leak the data of their cancer patients. They said it’s going to take an effect from January in 2016 at the earliest.

 

 

The In this law all the hospitals in Japan are required to notify the specific “cancer registry “ department;

 

The details that will be passed exclusively to the secretive cancer registry are the ;

 

Names, birth dates, type of cancer , grade, treatment, and other valuable epidemiological research data.

 

Data in Japanese language..

 

 

http://saigaijyouhou.com/blog-entry-1385.html

 

http://www.mhlw.go.jp/file.jsp?id=148306&name=2r985200000352di.pdf

 

 

 

医療機関に患者の情報提供を義務づけ、がんに関する全国規模のデータベースを整備するなどとした「がん登録推進法」が、衆議院本会議で、可決され、成立しました。
「がん登録推進法」は、参議院ですでに可決されており、6日の衆議院本会議で可決され、成立しました。

 

 

特定秘密保護法案ばかりに抗議が集中していますが、特定秘密保護法案と同時期に可決された「がん登録法案」も非常に危険な内容となっています。「がん登録法案」という法案は癌患者の登録を定めた法案ですが、実はこの癌患者に関する情報を漏洩した方に対して、「2年以下の懲役又は100万円以下の罰金」という罰則が設けられているのです。

 

がん登録法では全ての病院にがん患者の氏名、生年月日、がんの種類・進行度、発見の経緯や治療内容などを届けるように義務付けているので、確かに個人情報が漏洩しないようにすることは重要だと言えます。

 

 

しかしながら、福島原発事故で行政は多くの情報隠蔽や情報工作をしていることから、この制度が悪用される可能性も考えれ、状況次第では全国の癌患者に関する情報が隠蔽されるかもしれません。がん登録法で登録された癌の情報は政府や医療関係者しか閲覧することが出来ないため、ここから何も公表されないと、私達国民は癌の発生状況などを知ることは不可能になってしまいます。

 

January 26, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Estimate of Consequences from the Fukushima Disaster

Estimate of Consequences from the Fukushima Disaster
Abstract
In the immediate aftermath of the Fukushima disaster, the plants operator, the Japanese authority and the IAEA insisted for a month that the accident would pose no (immediate) health consequences. This work explores consequences that can be expected using the USNRC code MACCS2 in order to assess the validity of the statement
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All the data and information used are from available sources published during the accident bythe Japanese authorities and internet sites.
A range of possible atmospheric source terms is estimated, using three methods:
dosimetric measurements at the plant, simplified accident progression, and aerial USDOE maps of
surface contamination. Estimates from other sources are also included to arrive at the ranges.
Detailed site population input for the code is constructed from current information on population around the plant, Japan, Korea, China and Siberia
Evacuation models are constructed to reflect the multi stage evacuation scheme adopted during the accident.
Acute consequence models are then surrogated for in input to account for effects of Acute Radiation Syndrome, and chronic health effects are corrected for the lack of reciprocity at low and intermediate doses.
For the range of source terms, acute consequences are calculated as best as the code allows, given the prolonged releases from the accident, together with chronic excess deaths and illnesses.
Since much of the radioactive releases are deposited in the ocean some assessment is also given of the enviro
nmental damage to the sea life.
Economic impact is assessed to some extent using simplified rough data just to show also this aspect of the accident.
The authors thank Mr. Salih Güntay (Paul Scherrer Institut, Switzerland) for having reviewed this work and for his many useful suggestionsScreenshot from 2014-01-26 20:26:42Extract

….It is obvious from all results that the IAEA, the Japanese authority and their experts were not telling the whole truth. The declarations, which, as noted, probably induced an unusually large part of the population (estimated 27%!) to remain in their homes, will probably result in an additional 200 cancer deaths or in a few months more than 20% of the total lifetime incurred dose for that population, even though they may have been forcibly removed at a later date.

The large number of cancer fatalities predicted for the City of Tokyo

results for a good part from ingestion of food and water contaminated up to the legal limits.

Individual lifetime (societal) risks of death are shown in Table 12.

Obviously the target of 1e4-year as level of acceptable individual risk

or “dose limited to 1 mSv per annum” regardless of frequency of occurrence [45] is well exceeded for an accident such as happened at Fukushima

for a very large number of people .Individual risk for the area almost promptly evacuated to 20 km is smaller because the 73% of the people who are removed disappear from the calculations for some time,

but they are still counted to arrive at the statistical averages….

Report Title Estimate of Consequences from the Fukushima Disaster
Reference NO Cazzoli Consulting/Cazzoli paper 2011-09-05
Project NO 00-004
Keywords
Size 1,23 MB
Publish Date 2011-09-05
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January 26, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Yes, things are very bad at Fukushima but it’s not the Apocalypse

Many people have been exposed to significantly elevated levels of radiation. Thousands of square kilometers have been contaminated and will be for many decades to come by radioactive fallout from the accident….

http://www.greenpeace.org/international/en/news/Blogs/nuclear-reaction/yes-things-are-very-bad-at-fukushima-but-its-/blog/47984/

Blogpost by Jan Beránek – January 24, 2014

There have been a number of news stories recently about the radiation escaping into the ocean at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant that have raised great concern. Some are worried about how escaping radiation  may or may not be affecting ocean eco-systems around the world.

Since Greenpeace has been working on the Fukushima nuclear crisis since it first began in March 2011, we can offer some thoughts on people’s concerns.

We have sampled sealife along the Japanese coastline, both from the Rainbow Warrior and in conjunction with local fishermen and Japan’s food cooperatives.

You can find some of the results of our independent measurements on our Radiation Surveys – Fukushima webpage.

While we don’t have a marine biologist on our team, we have a number of radiation specialists whose findings and assessments we share with scientists and academic researchers.

There are many reasons to be concerned about the continuing impacts of the disaster on people and the environment. These include the ongoing leaks of contaminated water from the damaged Fukushima reactors into the ground and ocean, the unresolved issue of how to reliably store huge volumes of contaminated water, as well as the massive amounts of radioactive material produced by the decontamination efforts in Fukushima Prefecture.

Then there is the plight of over 100,000 evacuees. Their lives are in limbo.  After nearly three years, they still have not received proper compensation from either the government or the corporations responsible for the accident.

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January 26, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Nuclear firm aims to meet energy ambition

China contributes about 10 percent of AREVA global sales revenues.

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China’s investment in Britain’s 16 billion pounds ($26 billion) Hinkley Point project was its first foray into Europe’s nuclear power market, according to media reports.

http://www.globaltimes.cn/NEWS/tabid/99/ID/839549/Nuclear-firm-aims-to-meet-energy-ambition.aspx

Global Times | January 27, 2014

China will become the world’s largest nuclear energy user by 2030, and more than half of the world’s new reactors will be built in China over the next 20 years, a senior executive of AREVA, a leading French nuclear technology provider, told the Global Times.

China is the fastest-growing energy market globally, said Rémy Autebert, senior executive vice president of AREVA Asia-Pacific.

The share of electricity from nuclear power projects in China can reach 10 percent or even more in 2030 from the current level of about 2 percent, he said.

The rapidly growing demand for electricity linked to economic growth, and air pollution caused in particular by traditional coal firing power generation will be the major motivators for China to develop clean and safe nuclear power plants, he noted.

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January 26, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

British Nuclear Veterans “Fissionline” Number 13

Please take time to look at this blog from Paul Langley! Stunning evidence from the near past (before the right of expression was revoked in the UK)

January 26, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Drone to check Japan nuke plant radiation

  • AAP
  • January 27, 2014

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/latest-news/drone-to-check-japan-nuke-plant-radiation/story-fn3dxix6-1226810980519

A DRONE designed to measure radiation levels more accurately has been used for the first time around the Fukushima nuclear power plant in northern Japan, public broadcaster NHK reports.

The remote-controlled drone took off from Namie, a city about six kilometres from the power plant, and measured radiation levels for about 30 minutes, providing real time data to scientists.

The unmanned aircraft can fly much lower than manned aircraft, which must stay at a minimum altitude of 300 metres.

The drones can take a flight path that follows the terrain around the plant, allowing scientists to gather exact radiation figures, the aircraft’s creators said.

The drone was developed by the Japanese Atomic Energy Agency and the Japanese Space Exploration Agency.

The team overseeing the project expects to conduct several more test flights and have the drones fully operational by 2015.

The earthquake and tsunami that hit northeastern Japan on March 11, 2011, killed more than 15,000 people, left more than 3000 others missing and damaged the Fukushima nuclear power plant, causing the worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl.

January 26, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Almost Everything in “Dr. Strangelove” Was True


Thanks to Murakami Haruki, the anti-nuclear movement is now a common front, bolstered by anger at government-industry collusion and hope that, finally, something may be done to wind down nuclear power and replace it with sources that do not destroy life and defile land, water and air. – See more at: http://www.japanfocus.org/-Roger-Pulvers/3570#sthash.eHDlK1Cj.dpuf

Thanks to Murakami Haruki, the anti-nuclear movement is now a common front, bolstered by anger at government-industry collusion and hope that, finally, something may be done to wind down nuclear power and replace it with sources that do not destroy life and defile land, water and air. – See more at: http://www.japanfocus.org/-Roger-Pulvers/3570#sthash.eHDlK1Cj.dpuf

Image and quote source ; http://www.japanfocus.org/-Roger-Pulvers/3570

By Eric Schlosser, The New Yorker

25 January 14

http://limitlesslife.wordpress.com/2014/01/26/almost-everything-in-dr-strangelove-was-true/

his month marks the fiftieth anniversary of Stanley Kubrick’s black comedy about nuclear weapons, “Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.” Released on January 29, 1964, the film caused a good deal of controversy. Its plot suggested that a mentally deranged American general could order a nuclear attack on the Soviet Union, without consulting the President. One reviewer described the film as “dangerous … an evil thing about an evil thing.” Another compared it to Soviet propaganda. Although “Strangelove” was clearly a farce, with the comedian Peter Sellers playing three roles, it was criticized for being implausible. An expert at the Institute for Strategic Studies called the events in the film “impossible on a dozen counts.” A former Deputy Secretary of Defense dismissed the idea that someone could authorize the use of a nuclear weapon without the President’s approval: “Nothing, in fact, could be further from the truth.” (See a compendium of clips from the film.) When “Fail-Safe”-a Hollywood thriller with a similar plot, directed by Sidney Lumet-opened, later that year, it was criticized in much the same way. “The incidents in ‘Fail-Safe’ are deliberate lies!” General Curtis LeMay, the Air Force chief of staff, said. “Nothing like that could happen.” The first casualty of every war is the truth-and the Cold War was no exception to that dictum. Half a century after Kubrick’s mad general, Jack D. Ripper, launched a nuclear strike on the Soviets to defend the purity of “our precious bodily fluids” from Communist subversion, we now know that American officers did indeed have the ability to start a Third World War on their own. And despite the introduction of rigorous safeguards in the years since then, the risk of an accidental or unauthorized nuclear detonation hasn’t been completely eliminated.

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January 26, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

China’s Nuclear Parasol now over the Ukraine?

“China pledges unconditionally not to use or threaten to use nuclear weapons against the nuclear-free Ukraine and China further pledges to provide Ukraine nuclear security guarantee when Ukraine encounters an invasion involving nuclear weapons or Ukraine is under threat of a nuclear invasion.

Screenshot from 2014-01-26 16:23:58

🙂  Errrrr?

http://thediplomat.com/2014/01/chinas-nuclear-parasol/

January 26, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

UK – Power plant convictions quashed by top judges

http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/main-topics/general-news/power-plant-convictions-quashed-by-top-judges-1-6388097

22 January 2014

Screenshot from 2014-01-26 16:10:40

Twenty-nine environmental campaigners convicted after a power station protest in North Yorkshire where a police officer was working undercover have had their convictions overturned.

Court of Appeal judges quashed the convictions of the protesters who ambushed a freight train on its way to Drax, near Selby, because of the failure to disclose the involvement of former officer Mark Kennedy.

The Lord Chief Justice, Lord Thomas, said the “complete and total failure” to reveal the undercover presence of Mr Kennedy was the fault of either West Yorkshire Police or the Crown Prosecution Service.

The actions of the former officer, who spent seven years posing as Mark “Flash” Stone, led to the collapse in 2011 of the case against six protesters accused of planning to invade the coal-fired Ratcliffe-on-Soar power station in Nottinghamshire and a review of police undercover tactics.

Yesterday’s hearing in London came after an announcement in 2012 by then-director of public prosecutions Keir Starmer that there were concerns about the safety of convictions relating to the Drax protest in 2008.

Lord Thomas said: “There was a complete and total failure, for reasons which remain unclear, to make a disclosure fundamental to the defence. In those circumstances, this court has no alternative but to quash the convictions.”

Participants in the non-violent protest at Europe’s largest coal-fired power station were sentenced in 2009 and 2010 at Leeds Crown Court.

They were charged under the Malicious Damage Act 1861 with obstructing engines or carriages on railways.

January 26, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment