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1,500 Children likely to develop heart problems on a yearly basis- Effects of the Fukushima nuclear disaster – banned by Face Book?

 This is a defect in the heart of children caused by radiation from Chernobyl, and it causes physical holes in the heart of the child, along with a host of other issues.

Screenshot from 2014-04-15 20:32:09

Image and quote source; http://www.chernobyl-international.com/programmes/medical-programmes-projects/cardiac-mission

Op Ed Arlight2011part2

Posted to nuclear-news.net

15th April 2012

In an attempt to work out the possible figures of children that will be born annually in Japan with birth defects,  I have used the figures below to make an estimation of the likely impact. Based on figures from Chernobyl from Yablakov (2010) of 8, 300, 000 against a similar area in Fukushima Prefecture and the NW Myiagi prefecture (ACRO France) with a population living in contaminated areas of under 2, 500, 000.  The figures seem to point to 1,500 children a year are likely to be born in future years with birth defects.

There is obviously some dispute as to the figures and areas of contamination. Also, the contamination in the mountains is likely to hit cities like Koriyama that are downhill of this unknown and untested for contamination. there are also some small issues with the population statistics though they seem about right to me.

Japan has no free health services and I would recommend that people not conceive in such a a place and subject their unborn Fetus to the high levels of Gamma radiation. Thanks to local initiatives food contamination is presently being contained mainly but as time goes on, like in Belarus etc, testing becomes lax. So evacuation is a good idea for young people wanting to raise a family. The issue of contaminated food is an international one that needs independent analysis to ascertain the depths of the problem and the IAEA and WHO are not up to the job because they have a nuclear bias.  The quotes and links follow for you to decide if I am right or not;

From Chernobyl Children International

Today in Belarus, over 7000 children await treatment for cardiac conditions that would be practically routine matters in the United States or Europe. The country’s health services are already stretched to the breaking point,  and the waiting list grows by an estimated 800 to 1000 children every year.

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Since its establishment, Chernobyl Children’s Project International has built and maintained a fleet of over 140 ambulances in Belarus and Western Russian

http://www.chernobyl-international.org/programs.html

Quote from the Irish Independent newspaper – April 2014

The €3m spent so far on establishing and maintaining the program has been raised entirely in Ireland by CCI donors and volunteer fund raising activities.

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For the past 10 years, the program has been treating a significant portion of the 6,000 Ukrainian children born with genetic heart diseases every year. Many of these conditions, known as the ‘Chernobyl heart’, have been linked to the radiation leaks from the Chernobyl nuclear plant accident in 1986.”

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Quotes from Chernobyl Children International CEO Adi Roche 2014

https://nuclear-news.net/2014/04/14/kiev-crisis-halts-chernobyl-charitys-e3m-surgery-plan-children-at-risk/

Wiki Information

According to reports from Soviet scientists, 28,000 square kilometers (km ², or 10,800 square miles, mi²) were contaminated by caesium-137 to levels greater than 185 kBq per square meter. Roughly 830,000 people lived in this area. About 10,500 km ² (4,000 mi²) were contaminated by caesium-137 to levels greater than 555 kBq/m². Of this total, roughly 7,000 km² (2,700 mi²) lie in Belarus, 2,000 km² (800 mi²) in the Russian Federation and 1,500 km² (580 mi²) in Ukraine. About 250,000 people lived in this area. These reported data were corroborated by the International Chernobyl Project.[13]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Effects_of_the_Chernobyl_disaster

Ratical website information

Populations which were particularly exposed to radiation by the Chernobyl catastrophe

  1. Clean-up workers (liquidators):
    830,000 (Yablokov 2010)
  2. Evacuees from the 30 km zone and other highly contaminated zones:
    350,400 (Yablokov, 2010)
  3. The population of the heavily irradiated zones in Russia, Belarus and Ukraine:
    8,300,000 (Yablokov, 2010)
  4. European population in zones with minor exposure to radiation:
    600,000,000 (Fairlie, 2007)

http://www.ratical.org/radiation/Chernobyl/HEofC25yrsAC.html

Saved information from Christina Mac Phearson`s Blog with links

Dr Wertelecki reminds us that there are many causes of birth abnormalities. One well recognised cause is foetal alcohol syndrome, due to alcoholism in the mother. However, the program did in fact research this question. 6 universities joined it in a  very well funded and thorough study of pregnant women. It showed that in this Northern area, alcohol use among pregnant women is statistically less than in the Ukraine in general. . Alcohol does not explain the birth abnormalities. Radiation is the obvious major cause.

https://nuclear-news.net/information/health-environment/birth-defects-in-the-chernobyl-radiation-affected-region-2/

Asahi.com

According to the prefectural government’s statistics division, the population of the prefecture as of May 1 was 1,950,341, a drop of about 18,000 from the previous year and of about 74,000 from the pre-quake figure in March 2011.

http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311disaster/recovery/AJ201305250033

More Asahi.com

Screenshot from 2014-04-15 18:23:52

2,569 402 people were counted in the census before the disaster

2,525 023 in 1st February 2013

http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311disaster/recovery/AJ201302260076

More information on population statistics here;

http://www.citypopulation.de/Japan-Fukushima.html

Fukushima University

This is another figure from Fukushima University with no date attached showing about 160, 000 more people than Asahi figures

Fukushimaprefecture:

Total population: 2,121,682
male: 1,034,680
female: 1,087,002
area: 13,781 km2

Safecast citizen radiation monitoring

Screenshot from 2014-04-15 19:01:46

Alternative radiation mapping posted by EXSKF ;

https://nuclear-news.net/2012/09/28/professor-yukio-hayakawas-radiation-contour-map-of-the-fukushima-i-nuke-plant-accident-ver-7/

ACRO France radiation monitoring

The contamination is very large and comparable to the environment of Chernobyl.
The Maeda field of Iitate-mura is the most contaminated place.
Iodine contamination is the largest and it is better to evacuate the population.
On the long time range, cesium 137 is the most worrying element because it has a half-life of 30 years.

Regarding the results expressed in Bq/kg of soil, most of them are higher than the limit fixed by the Japanese authorities at 5 000 Bq/kg for agriculture. Rice cannot be cultivated.

The data expressed in Bq/m² can be compared to the definition of the zones in Belorussia after the Chernobyl disaster (law of 1991) :
185 000 – 555 000 Bq/m²: migration allowed
555 000 – 1 480 000 Bq/m²: right to rehousing

Most of the results are higher than one of these limits.

http://www.acro.eu.org/OCJ_en.html

Final note from Arclight2011part2

Food contamination is likely to be the adding to the heart problems of radiation causing heart defects as UNSCEAR has claimed that 50 percent of the food is likely to be contaminated and that is why they set 100 bq/Kg limit as opposed the the European standard of 1250 Bq/Kg (Codex Alimentarius food “safety” standards). As an aside, food and beverage from Japan is NOT checked at USA and European Ports as it is presumed to be checked by the Japanese Authorities.

April 25, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | 4 Comments

Maksim Viniarski goes on hunger strike-Chernobyl remembrance march – Because of World Hockey match

http://freeales.fidh.net/2014/04/two-more-opposition-activists-arrested-ahead-of-chernobyl-way-march/

Two activists of the Alternatyva opposition movement, Aliaksandr Stsepanenka and Uladzimir Siarheyeu, were detained last evening in Minsk. They were charged with disorderly conduct and sentenced to five days of arrest by the Minsk Tsentralny District Court.

According to Alternatyva leader Aleh Korban, the detentions are primarily related to the forthcoming Chernobyl Way demonstration.

Opposition activist Maksim Viniarski goes on hunger strike to protest sentencing

http://freeales.fidh.net/2014/04/activist-viniarski-goes-on-hunger-strike-protest-sentencing/

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The King
: . . . He has chosen death:
Refusing to eat or drink, that he may bring
Disgrace upon me; for there is a custom,
An old and foolish custom, that if a man
Be wronged, or think that he is wronged, and starve
Upon another’s threshold till he die,
The Common People, for all time to come,
Will raise a heavy cry against that threshold,
Even though it be the King’s.
– W.B. Yeats, The King’s Threshold

Maksim Viniarski, activist of the European Belarus opposition movement, was sentenced last evening to 12 days of arrest by the Court of Minsk’s Frunzenski district.

During the trial, an ambulance was called, who said Maksim had to go to hospital because of tonsillitis. However, the police opposed and said he would go to the detention center in Akrestsin Street. In response, Maksim Viniarski declared a dry hunger strike.

Maksim Viniarski was detained by police when leaving the Korona shopping mall in Minsk. The police officers said the activist looked like a criminal.

At the police station he was charged with disobeying police officers.

Coordinator of the European Belarus movement, Maksim Viniarski, who was recently released after a 15-day arrest, said that before the release a police officer offered him to leave the city during the forthcoming Ice Hockey World Championship.

In response to this warning, Viniarski told human rights defenders that he might be detained to be preventively isolated because of his socio-political beliefs.

Chernobyl pickets banned in Vitsebsk, Navapolatsk and Hrodna

http://freeales.fidh.net/2014/04/chernobyl-pickets-banned-in-vitsebsk-navapolatsk-and-hrodna/

Local authorities in Vitsebsk, Navapolatsk and Hrodan have banned a number of awareness-raising pickets, scheduled for April 26 to mark the anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster. According to the officials, the organizers failed to submit an appropriate application.

Four representatives of the political party Belarusian Popular Front in Vitsebsk sent a request to the administration of the Chyhunachny district to hold a picket in the local park. However, the bid was rejected, as the applicants failed to attach copies of the contracts as required by the City Executive Committee’s decision. It says that the organizers must sign contracts with the police, public utilities and health care departments. But these services refuse to enter into contracts with the activists. So the activists requested that the authorities did not pay attention to the decision of the Vitsebsk City Executive Committee, but were directly guided by the Law “On Mass Events” and the Constitution. They say that the decision actually makes it impossible to exercise people’s rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly. Over the past five years, not a single opposition activist has managed to sign agreements required by the Vitsebsk executive officials.

In Hrodna, members of the local Belarusian Popular Front’s office have also received from the executive committee official bans on conducting awareness-raising pickets, scheduled for April 26 to mark the anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster.

Activists threatened with preventive detention ahead of Hockey World Championship

http://freeales.fidh.net/2014/04/activists-threatened-arrests-ahead-hockey-world-champ/

Human rights defenders have received information about possible provocations against opposition activists and their preventive detention ahead of the forthcoming Ice Hockey World Championship, due to open on 9 May. This was confirmed by the coordinator of the European Belarus movement Maksim Viniarski, who was recently released after a 15-day arrest.

According to HRC “Viasna” website, he said that before his release he was offered to temporarily leave the capital. A police officer told him that if he considered himself a reasonable person, he should realize that he had but two options: either to leave Belarus or to go to the country for some time (referring to the time of the Ice Hockey World Championship). Because “the issue with everyone” will be resolved anyway, the detention center employee warned the activist.

In response to this warning, Viniarski said that he did not use drugs, used foul language, was not prone to misbehavior, and so his possible arrest should be regarded as preventive isolation because of his political beliefs.

Maksim Viniarski also says that many administrative detainees held under Articles 17.1 (hooliganism) and 17.3 (appearing drunk in a public place) of the Administrative Code will be sent to active therapy centers.

Thus, the authorities of Minsk are preparing a total cleansing of unwanted persons who may in any way mar the image of Belarus among numerous foreign guests expected during the event.

April 25, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | 2 Comments

The past week in nuclear news

 

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Ukraine crisis is highlighting the fact that nuclear reactors are a military TARGET

Japan. Health officials censored on the health problems and deaths due to Fukushima radiation.

Continued campaign of hate against anti nuclear activist Mari Takenouchi

 USA.. Rare birth defects occurring at an unusually high rate  in the region of  Hanford nuclear facility, one of the most radioactively polluted places on the planet

Small Modular Nuclear Reactors (SMRs) Warren Buffett joins the flight of investors away from these new toys, and goes for investment in solar energy.   But now there are yet more new nuclear toys – Small Nuclear Reactors floating on the ocean

US government band Navy back the nuclear industry, and not the 79 sailors sick from Fukushima radiation. Suing TEPCO is their only chance.

NASA considers weakening radiation allowance standards for astronauts travelling to Mars, seeing that space rdaiation is such a health obstacle to tthis project

Taiwan: opposition to nuclear power, and  prominent former opposition leader  Lin Yi-hsiung  begins hunger strikeon this issue

UK. Government agency warns that a nuclear waste dump will be washed away by rising sea levels due to climate change.

Rio Tinto’s Annual General Meeting confronted with the facts on the scandalous health and environmental impacts of their Rossing uranium mine in Namibia

April 25, 2014 Posted by | Christina's notes | Leave a comment

Increased danger at New Mexico Nuclear Waste Facility

civil-liberty-2smPaper: WIPP workers “not permitted to speak” — “Their jobs won’t ever be the same… will face new paradigm” — Concerns plutonium contaminated surrounding salt — Preparing for radiation levels so high, only robots can be used (VIDEO) http://enenews.com/paper-wipp-workers-not-permitted-to-Flag-USAspeak-their-jobs-wont-ever-be-the-same-will-face-new-paradigm-concerns-plutonium-penetrated-surrounding-salt-preparing-for-radiation-l

Albuquerque Journal News, Apr. 22, 2014:WIPP workers face big changes, Their jobs won’t ever be the same — Now that contamination has been discovered underground – although the extent is still unknown – the contractor that runs the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant says workers will face a new paradigm when they return to the site: more formality, tougher rules and more protective gear. […] those working underground will likely be doing their jobs in a more hazardous environment – or one where the risks have been made more evident – with new rules of engagement to protect them from exposure to radiation. […] plutonium and americium may have contaminated rock salt walls, mixed into dust on the floor,and clung to machinery and other equipment underground. If stirred or scuffed up, the radiation can become airborne and inhaled. […] NWP workers are not permitted to speak to the press, according to a spokesman.

KOATApr. 20, 2014: “The more they went into panel 7, the more it started becoming more widespread,” said WIPP deputy recovery manager Tammy Reynolds. […] Inspectors plan to go back down and explore things further, but in case the radiation levels pose too much of a threat, robots will go underground instead. “Robot operators have already been to the WIPP site, received all of the training to go to the underground,” said Reynolds.

Carlsbad Current-ArgusApr. 22, 2014: robots are on standby to support the recovery operations

Watch KOAT’s broadcast here

April 25, 2014 Posted by | health, USA, wastes | 1 Comment

A continuing danger – at best, Chernobyl is merely dormant

Chernobyl-steel-cover-13Tourism, Construction and an Ongoing Nuclear Crisis at Chernobyl NewsWeek, By  / April 17, 2014 “……..For the most part, the defunct station of reactors (the first went live in 1977; the last, the one that blew, in 1983) looks like a tidy industrial park in central Ohio: shorn green lawns, a smattering of abstract art, half-empty parking lots, a canal rife with fish. Nothing indicates that this is the site of the worst nuclear disaster in human history.

Yet as tourists Instagram away at Pripyat’s ruins, Chernobyl is undergoing one of the most challenging engineering feats in the world, as a French consortium called Novarka tries to replace the aging sarcophagus that contains the reactor, a concrete shell hastily and heroically built in the direct aftermath of the meltdown. The place remains a half-opened tinderbox of potential nuclear horrors, and just because much of the world has forgotten about Chernobyl doesn’t mean catastrophe won’t visit here again……..

“It wouldn’t take much of a seismic event to knock it down,” a civil engineer recently explained to Scientific American. The Federation of American Scientists says, “If the sarcophagus were to collapse due to decay or geologic disturbance, the resulting radioactive dust storm would cause an international catastrophe on par with or worse than the 1986 accident……

Nor is the land surrounding the reactor quite the pristine preserve that some have celebrated in nature-has-triumphed-over-our-thoughtlessness-and-incompetence fashion. Earlier this year, a study by University of South Carolina biologist Timothy Mousseau and others indicated that fallen trees weren’t decomposing because, in Mousseau’s words, “the radiation inhibited microbial decomposition of the leaf litter on the top layer of the soil,” turning the ground into a vast firetrap at whose center sits the aged sarcophagus.

So, at best, Chernobyl is merely dormant.  To extend that dormancy for a lot longer, Novarka was contracted in 2007 to build the New Safe Confinement. Though sometimes described as a gigantic hangar, having seen the NSC, I see it as something more elegant, its hopeful parabolic curves recalling the smooth grace of the Gateway Arch in St. Louis. In cross section, it is two layers of steel with a 39-foot layer of latticework in between. Its combined shapes and angles are so fluid and simple, you want to put them on a ninth grade geometry quiz.

Currently being built in two pieces, it will rise 30 stories and weigh 30,000 tons-and cost perhaps as much as $2 billion. When completed, the steel contraption will slide along Teflon rails on top of Reactor No. 4 (a process that will take several days). It is believed to be the largest movable structure on Earth. The NSC will be so enormous that, according to the British technology journal The Engineer, it “is one of a handful of buildings that will enclose a volume of air large enough to create its own weather.”……http://www.newsweek.com/2014/04/25/tourism-construction-and-ongoing-nuclear-crisis-chernobyl-248163.htmlNewsWeek,

April 25, 2014 Posted by | Belarus, environment | Leave a comment

Lin Yi-xiong: the Power of One very influential anti nuclear Taiwanese

In Taiwan, an Anti-Nuclear Activist With Unusual Pull WSJ China Real Time, 23 April 14 Jenny W. Hsu.A high-profile Taiwanese anti-nuclear activist began a hunger strike on Tuesday to protest construction of the island’s fourth nuclear power plant, in what could become another challenge for the already beleaguered President Ma Ying-jeou.

Lin Yi-xiong, the former chairman of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party and a longtime anti-nuclear activist, vowed to sustain on only water until the government suspends construction of the northern Taipei plant.

Lin-Yi-hsiung-Taiwan


Less than 24 hours after Mr. Lin began his strike, both Mr. Ma and Premier Jiang Yi-hua tried to visit him, only to be turned away. Hunger strikes aren’t uncommon in the oft-fractious island, but Mr. Lin is the first striker who has received personal attention from the president and the cabinet leader…….
Analysts say that given his clout and the public’s already-ballooning opposition to nuclear power, Mr. Ma’s ruling Nationalist Party, or Kuomintang, would face more arduous battles ahead of local elections later this year if Mr. Lin dies as a result of his hunger strike.

Mr. Ma—whose approval rating is currently 14%, according to a poll by Taiwan Indicator Survey Research—relied on his accommodative China policies to win re-election in 2012. But these same policies have also become his Achilles heels recently, with more people questioning whether the warmer trade ties with China have benefited Taiwan’s average workers……At 73, Mr. Lin is regarded across party lines as one of the most influential political figures in Taiwan since the 1970s. As a dissident, he was jailed multiple times during the island’s martial law era (1949-87).

In 1980, while Mr. Lin was imprisoned as a dissident, his mother and his seven-year old twin daughters were found stabbed to death in the basement of their home. His oldest daughter survived the attack with severe injuries. The case remain unsolved, and the house, which has been turned into a church, is where Mr. Lin is staging his fast…….Other anti-nuclear activists plan to join Mr. Lin in protest by staging a demonstration in front the Presidential Office on Saturday.http://blogs.wsj.com/chinarealtime/2014/04/23/in-taiwan-an-anti-nuclear-activist-with-unusual-pull/

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April 25, 2014 Posted by | opposition to nuclear, Taiwan | Leave a comment

The Mixed Oxide (MOX) nuclear fuel stuff-up

Flag-USAA Botched Plan to Turn Nuclear Warheads Into Fuel Bloomberg, By    April 24, 2014 As the Soviet Union was unraveling and the Cold War was winding down in the early 1990s, negotiators in Washington and Moscow began talking about how best to dispose of the plutonium inside thousands of nuclear warheads the two nations had agreed to dismantle. The cheapest and easiest method was to immobilize the radioactive material by encasing it in molten glass and burying it. But the Russians balked at that, likening it to flushing gold down the toilet. Ultimately, it was decided that the plutonium would be converted into fuel for nuclear power plants. In September 2000, the U.S. and Russia signed an agreement under which each side would turn 34 tons of weapons-grade plutonium into mixed-oxide fuel, or MOX, that could be combined with uranium for use in commercial reactors.

In the U.S., that huge task would take place at an aging plutonium factory in South Carolina called the Savannah River Site. From the 1950s to the 1980s, the 310-square-mile facility had churned out about 36 tons of weapons-grade plutonium for nuclear warheads. Now, the plant would turn those same warheads into fuel rods. The Department of Energy initially estimated it would cost about $1 billion to convert the plant. Construction began in August 2007, with an expected completion date of 2016.

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The U.S. government even had a ready customer for the rods. Charlotte-based Duke Energy (DUK), one of the largest nuclear power companies in the U.S., signed on as a buyer. From 2005 to 2008, the company ran tests of MOX fuel the Department of Energy got from France. The fuel worked fine. Everything was going according to plan.

Almost seven years after construction began, the MOX plant is now 60 percent built. But it’s looking increasingly likely that it won’t ever be completed….The MOX plant in South Carolina requires 85 miles of pipe, 23,000 instruments, and 3.6 million linear feet of power cables. The project is vastly over budget: The Department of Energy has sunk about $5 billion into it so far and estimates it will cost an additional $6 billion to $7 billion to finish the plant, plus an additional $20 billion or so to turn the plutonium into fuel over 15 years. In its 2015 budget request released in March, the Department of Energy announced it will place the MOX project on “cold standby,” effectively mothballing the project for the foreseeable future. “It’s a major fiasco,” says Edwin Lyman, a senior scientist at the Union of Concerned Scientists. “Billions of taxpayer dollars have been wasted. It’s a classic boondoggle.”

The MOX plant is the latest blunder for the Department of Energy, which has a reputation for mismanaging big, complicated projects, particularly those related to nuclear energy. Costs for a nuclear waste treatment plant in Washington State have nearly tripled to $13 billion. A uranium processing facility in Tennessee once estimated to cost around $1 billion is now tipping the scales at around $11 billion, according to an Army Corps of Engineers study. It’s also running about 20 years behind schedule. A Department of Energy spokesman declined to comment for this article…….http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2014-04-24/u-dot-s-dot-botches-plan-to-turn-nuclear-warheads-into-fuel

April 25, 2014 Posted by | - plutonium, Reference, technology | Leave a comment

Quiet optimism over deal between Iran and the West

diplomacy-not-bombsIran nuclear talks: Quiet optimism over deal between Islamic State and the West on weapons programme The INdependent 24 April 14 All sides in the effort to resolve the stand-off between the West and Iran over its alleged nuclear weapons ambitions have agreed to hold a new round of expert-level negotiations in New York beginning 5 May amid tentative indications that so far, at flag-Iranleast, positive progress is being made. Keeping its side of an interim bargain struck last November and implemented in January, the Joint Plan of Action, the White House has this month released $1bn-worth of Iranian assets in two instalments, the last on 15 April. And last week the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) reported that Iran has so far fulfilled its part of what was agreed, dramatically reducing its stockpile of 20 per cent enriched uranium.

While significant hurdles remain before a final and comprehensive deal can be reached ahead of an informal deadline of 20 July, quiet optimism is gathering around the talks. That assessment stands in sharp contrast with almost every other foreign affairs dossier currently on President Barack Obama’s desk, be it concerning Syria, Russia, Ukraine or the faltering Middle East peace process.

The talks in New York, to be held at the UN on the fringes of a Non-Proliferation Treaty meeting, will be followed up by high-level talks between foreign ministers of Iran as well as the so-called P5+1 – China, France, Russia, the UK, and the US, plus Germany – in Vienna on 13 May.

If the negotiations are still on track it is in spite of loud opposition from hard-line critics of the putative deal both in Iran, on Capitol Hill and, as ever, from inside Israel. Yet those at the negotiating table, including the Iranians, have so far seemed determined to ignore those pressures.

“There is the political will to get an answer,” Iran’s Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, remarked during a visit to Abu Dhabi last week. “The domestic audience will be satisfied if we have a good deal. Of course some people will never be satisfied but that is fine because we have a pluralistic society.” He crucially has the support of the Iranian President, Hassan Rouhani, as well as the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei……..

Meanwhile, in Washington the White House continues to resist calls from some in Congress to stall the release of Iranian assets that had been frozen by sanctions as well as Israeli exhortations to take a stronger line with Tehran. Further encouragement has been drawn by an Iranian concession announced last week radically to reduce the amount of plutonium that could be made at a new heavy-water reactor at Arak. There had been fears that its scientists could switch to plutonium from enriched uranium to build a bomb.

“I’m actually starting to believe that an agreement is possible,” David Petraeus, the former CIA director, told an audience at Harvard University this month. He went on: “It could be that it’s possible before this particular six-month deadline expires,” referring to the target of concluding an agreement by 20 July…….http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/politics/iran-nuclear-talks-quiet-optimism-over-deal-between-islamic-state-and-the-west-on-weapons-programme-9275504.html

April 25, 2014 Posted by | Iran, politics international | Leave a comment

Australia’s Prime Minister gets his climate policies from Creation Science

Abbott-fiddling-global-warmMaurice Newman Rejects Climate Change, Because GodIn Other Words, by Tom Cummings, 24 April 14 “…….Newman rejects the findings of thousands of scientists from hundreds of organisations scattered across 195 countries, because of the analysis of one man: Roy Spencer.

at left, Australia’s Prime Minister, Tony Abbott.

Who is Roy Spencer? Well, he used to be a senior climate scientist with NASA, although all of his former colleagues there disagree with his stance.
But Spencer has other links… and these underpin not only his rejection of man-made climate change, but Newman’s as well.
You see, besides being a former NASA scientist, Roy Spencer is a signatory to something called “An Evangelical Declaration On Global Warming”. This is a declaration made by the Cornwall Alliance, an organisation committed to bringing a proper and balanced biblical view of stewardship to the critical issues of environment and development”.
And what exactly does the “Evangelical Declaration On Global Warming” have to say? First, that the Earth is a product of Intelligent Design, and is “robust, resilient, self-regulating and self-correcting”.
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Second, that fossil and nuclear fuels are indispensable. Third, that reducing CO2 and other greenhouse gas emissions will harm economies.
And fourth, that policies aimed at renewable energy and emission reduction will harm the poor.
There’s a lot more. A LOT more. But that’s the abridged version. The Cornwall Alliance are essentially Christians who think oil and the Bible (not in that order) are the answer to everything.
Roy Spencer, former NASA climate scientist, is a signatory to their Declaration.
And Maurice Newman, chairman of Australia’s Business Advisory Council, believes in Roy Spencer ahead of thousands of other scientists around the world.
Long story short: why does Maurice Newman reject climate change science?  Because God. http://tom-cummings.blogspot.com.au/2014/04/maurice-newman-rejects-climate-change.html?spref=tw

April 25, 2014 Posted by | AUSTRALIA, climate change, politics | Leave a comment

$10 billion renewable energy investment by GE Energy Financial Services

piggy-ban-renewablesGE bankrolls $10bn renewables http://renews.biz/65461/ge-bankrolls-10bn-renewables/ United States-based GE Energy Financial Services has exceeded $10bn in renewable energy investment commitments worldwide, including $8bn in wind power projects.
The financing agency expects it will continue to invest more than $1bn annually in wind, solar and other renewable energy projects, its fastest-growing energy sector and one that often facilitates sales of GE’s energy technology.
“Our rapid growth in renewable energy investments benefits not only GE’s customers and shareholders but society at large,” said GE Energy Financial Service CEO David Nason.
“These benefits will increase as we execute on a robust pipeline of prospective new investments that provide excellent risk-adjusted returns, serve as a catalyst for the growth of GE’s industrial energy business, and provide customer value.”
GE’s renewable energy projects represent 17GW of generating capacity. Of the more than $10bn in cumulative equity and debt investment commitments, $8bn are in more than 12GW of wind farms and $1.7 billion are in 1GW of solar power installations, with the balance in other renewables.
The projects span 16 countries and 28 states, helping 18 states meet their renewable portfolio standards. The developments create an estimated 10,000 direct US jobs, according to National Renewable Energy Laboratory and GE modeling.
GE capital is working in southern California to complete the 550MW Desert Sunlight solar power project, which uses GE power inverters and is already producing more than 375MW.
It’s also building wind farms in Ireland, Nebraska, Illinois and Texas. The wind farms under construction or completed use more than 4,400 GE turbines.

April 25, 2014 Posted by | 2 WORLD, business and costs, renewable | 1 Comment

Unending gloom for the uranium industry

burial.uranium-industryJapanese nuclear forecasts and other key indicators point to lower uranium prices (T.CCO) Stockhouse Editorial, 23 April 14
The following is an excerpt from Canaccord Genuity’s Morning Coffee newsletter.

According to UxC, the uranium spot price dropped US$0.50 this week to US$32.50 a pound, the lowest price in more than eight years (lowest level since November 2005). Canaccord Genuity Base Metals analyst Gary Lampard believes that uranium prices are already close to marginal production costs, and sees minimal potential for substantially lower prices than current.

Further production cutbacks are likely as high-priced contracts from pre-2011 are finally filled and need to be replaced. However, we note Ux Consulting commentary that “key market indicators are already pointing toward lower spot prices, with the question being not if this will happen, but when it will happen.”
The extent and speed of Japanese reactor re-starts is a key forecasting parameter, and we note commentary from Ux Consulting that “it now appears that only a few Japanese reactors may actually restart in 2014, compared to the previous estimate of up to 10 reactors,” and that even after re-starts of Japanese nuclear reactors, “it may be years before they return to the market given their large inventory positions.”

We also note a Reuters analysis, “based on questionnaires and interviews with more than a dozen experts  and input from 10 nuclear operators” published on April 1, 2014, concluded, “fewer than a third, and at most about two-thirds, of the (idled) reactors will pass today’s more stringent safety checks and clear the other seismological, economic, logistical and political hurdles needed to restart,” and that of the 48 non-Fukushima Daiichi reactors, “14 will probably restart at some point, a further 17 are uncertain and 17 will probably never be switched back on.”
http://www.stockhouse.com/news/newswire/2014/04/23/japanese-nuclear-forecasts-and-other-key-indicators-point-to-lower-uranium#MtwE9VTmwDgfQ0h0.99

April 25, 2014 Posted by | 2 WORLD, Uranium | Leave a comment

Electricity from new wind and solar at half the cost of from new nuclear

solar-panels-and-moneyWind and solar generation half the cost of nuclear REneweconomy, By  on 23 April 2014 New-build wind and solar energy systems can generate electricity for up to 50 per cent cheaper than new nuclear power plants, a German study has found.

The research, commissioned by German think tank Agora Energiewende, compares feed-in tariffs for new nuclear in the UK with FiTs for renewables in Germany, and finds that nuclear and carbon capture and storage (CSS) – a technology not yet available in Europe – are both more expensive than wind and solar as energy strategies for preventing climate change.

Released this week, the study also investigates the costs of “complete power systems” using natural gas power as flexible peak load back-up – something nuclear power plants need to achieve a generation capacity that makes them economically viable, and solar and wind farms need to make up for weather-affected intermittency.

The study concludes that, “even today and under conservative assumptions,” a reliable power system based on solar PV, onshore wind and gas would be around 20 per cent cheaper than a system based on nuclear power and gas – a cost gap that was likely to widen as renewables became even more competitive……. http://reneweconomy.com.au/2014/wind-and-solar-generation-half-the-cost-of-nuclear-95493

 

 

 

April 25, 2014 Posted by | 2 WORLD, renewable | Leave a comment

Nuclear power plants and the danger from within

safety-symbol-SmWhen it comes to security at nuclear facilities, danger likely lurks from within, Stanford scholar says The greatest dangers to nuclear facilities are sabotage and theft from insiders, according Flag-USAto political scientist Scott Sagan. Analysis of past incidents can help boost safeguards at these sites.
BY CLIFTON B. PARKER 23 April 14 
Insider threats are the most serious challenge confronting nuclear facilities in today’s world, a Stanford political scientist says.

In every case of theft of nuclear materials where the circumstances of the theft are known, the perpetrators were either insiders or had help from insiders, according to Scott Sagan and his co-author, Matthew Bunn of Harvard University, in aresearch paper published this month by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

“Given that the other cases involve bulk material stolen covertly without anyone being aware the material was missing, there is every reason to believe that they were perpetrated by insiders as well,” they wrote.

And theft is not the only danger facing facility operators; sabotage is a risk as well, said Sagan, who is a senior fellow at Stanford’s Center for International Security and Cooperation and the Caroline S.G. Munro Professor in Political Science……..http://news.stanford.edu/news/2014/april/nuclear-security-risks-042414.html

April 25, 2014 Posted by | safety, USA | Leave a comment

No Faith in Trident tour, by veteran UK anti nuclear campaigner, Bruce Kent

Anti-nuclear campaigner, Bruce Kent, brings crusade to Darlington http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/11167479.Anti_nuclear_campaigner_brings_crusade_to_Darlington/ 23rd April 2014 in News By Hannah Bryan, Report ONE of Britain’s best-known peace campaigners has brought his anti-nuclear crusade to the North-East.

Veteran peace campaigner and retired Catholic priest, Bruce Kent, spoke to crowds at the Friends’ Meeting House, in Darlington, as part of his No Faith in Trident tour.

The 84-year-old highlighted the cost of Trident – Britain’s nuclear weapons system – as well as the legal and moral issues involved with nuclear weapons. He said: “It is about getting people all around the country active in opposing the spending of £100billion on more nuclear weapons, which could instead be spent on the NHS, good education and other services. We should be getting rid of nuclear weapons which make the country more dangerous, not safer.

“The thing that matters the most to me is when people go home after my talk and do something about it, like write to their local MP or newspaper.”

Mr Kent was chair and general secretary of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) throughout the 1980s, and was formerly chair of War on Want.

He remains an active anti-nuclear and anti-war campaigner.

April 25, 2014 Posted by | opposition to nuclear, UK | Leave a comment

Slow poison from USA’s 10,000 abandoned uranium mines

Clean Up “America’s Secret Fukushima”, The US Abandoned Uranium Mines (AUMs), Global Research, By Margaret Flowers 23 April 14 National Campaign. Earth Day Actions at Mt. Rushmore & Cheyenne River Expose Toxic Threats Red Shirt Village, Oglala Lakota Nation (SOUTH DAKOTA) –  Organizations from throughout the United States held an Earth Day ceremony to launch a nation-wide campaign to clean up hazardous abandoned uranium mines (AUMs). Clean Up The Mines! calls for effective and complete eradication of the contamination caused by the estimated 10,000 abandoned uranium mines that are silently poisoning extensive areas of the U.S.

Clean Up The Mines! volunteers from across the country toured abandoned mines this week. They donned hazardous materials suits at Mount Rushmore and carried a large banner to raise awareness of the 169 AUMs in the Southwestern Black Hills near Edgemont. There are another 103 AUMS in the Northwest corner near Buffalo. The Northern Great Plains Region of Colorado, Montana, Wyoming, North and South Dakota contains more than 3,000 AUMs……http://www.globalresearch.ca/clean-up-americas-secret-fukushima/5378869

April 25, 2014 Posted by | environment, Uranium, USA | Leave a comment