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Legal matters.  Judge rules nuclear reactors causing thyroid cancers    Judge adds General Electric, EBASCO, Toshiba and Hitachi as defendants in nuclear radiation case

Fukushima: Japan has chosen to incinerate tons of radioactive waste.  TEPCO removes second canopy panel covering nuclear reactor.  Fukushima radioactivity detected of West Coast of USA.  New book Fukushima: Dispossession or Denuclearization?

Germany Anti-nuclear activists held up a train carrying uranium for conversion to nuclear fuel, and organise an international  meeting to oppose  uranium transport hosted by SOFA Münster.

Syria. Five nuclear engineers murdered – by Israel?

France. Mysterious drone flights still going on above nuclear power plants.

Iran nuclear talks struggle on – may continue beyond the deadline of November 24 . Meanwhile Russia ramps up its nuclear marketing pitch to Iran.

South Africa.  China joins the throng trying to flog off nuclear reactors to South Africa. South Africa’s nuclear dealskept secret from Cabinet and Treasury!

Bolivia. 56 prominent individuals across the globe write to oppose nuclear energy for Bolivia

USA. weakens environmental radiation safety standards.  Tax-payer money invested in dodgy new nuclear gimmick ,Power Reactor Innovative Small Module (PRISM)   Note how these days they leave out that nasty word “nuclear”.Renewable energy threatened as  Republicans take over in the Senate   Thorium – no prospects as an energy source, but China might use it for weapons

UK. Raised incidence of cancers and birth defects in families of British veterans of nuclear bomb tests

 

November 12, 2014 Posted by | Christina's notes | Leave a comment

Activists hold up uranium train in Hamburg 

protestflag_germanyAnti-nuclear activists stopped a trainload of  ”yellow cake” uranium in Hamburg harbour, Germany, for more than seven hours. The train is taking 15 containers of the ore from Kazakhstan to Malvési in southern France for processing, a frequent run.

While two activists suspended themselves over the railway track, eight were temporarily arrested on the ground. Whatever route the trains take – and the Railways always try to keep that secret – all of them run through densely settled parts of Germany.

Activists usually find out the train runs and are again being alerted to mount protest actions in their areas.

After the processing in southern France, the uranium comes back to Germany as uranium hexafluoride for enrichment in Gronau and later processing into nuclear fuel in Lingen.

“That has nothing to do with getting out of nuclear power,“ activists note, alluding to 2023 when all German nukes are slated to be closed down.

If you understand German, go to Robin Wood for updates.

The activists have demanded that Mayor Olaf Scholz, a Social Democrat, close Hamburg harbour to nuclear shipments, as the city of Bremen has done.

From 28-30. November an international meeting to oppose uranium transportation will be held in Münster, hosted by SOFA Münster.

November 12, 2014 Posted by | Germany, opposition to nuclear | 2 Comments

Any credibility to the G20?

G20-danse-macabreG20 faces crucial test of its credibility as Brisbane summit looms  theguardian.com, Monday 10 November 2014 Is the Group of 20 a genuine agent for change, or just another tired horse on the merry-go-round of international confabs? “…..The G20 was widely praised for stabilising the world economy during the global financial crisis of 2008, but the body has struggled for impact – critics say relevance – since those panicked days. The once-shiny crown of the “world’s premier economic body” has lost a little of its lustre.

In less critical times, its members have struggled to find consensus, descending instead into self-interested bickering, and reforms the G20 has promised have dwarfed those it has actually delivered.

This week’s Brisbane meeting of the Group of 20 will be a crucial test: can it be a genuine agent for change, or just another tired horse on the merry-go-round of international confabs?

The G20 is unquestionably powerful. Collectively, G20 economies account for two-thirds of the world’s people, 85% of its gross product, and three-quarters of global trade.

Unlike the too-exclusive G7, it includes the emerging giants of China, India and Indonesia, along with broader South American, African, and Asian representation. But with only 20 members, it’s nimble enough to make decisions, as it demonstrated during the global crisis……….

In the midst of the [2008 financial] crisis, the G20 co-ordinated the massive fiscal stimuli being pumped into the world’s economies to pull them back from the brink. It redesigned international regulatory rules (through the Basel III agreement), and reformed existing international public institutions such as the International Monetary Fund………

“….if leaders start to lose interest in it, it just becomes yet another meeting in an incredibly-crowded international program, it becomes international space junk, rolling around, sucking up resources and time,” he says. [says Mike Callaghan, program director of the Lowy Institute’s G20 Studies Centre,]………..http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/nov/10/g20-faces-crucial-test-credibility-brisbane-summit-looms

November 12, 2014 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Tell US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (USNRC) to come clean on radiation safety standards!

child-anitinuke-posterProtect children from radiation. DEMAND NRC extend time for comments, show us the documents!

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (USNRC) is  rewriting its radiation regulations using documents that are not open to the public. Industry, however, has access to these documents.

These potential regulations will affect workers and the public, including vulnerable children.

This goes against open and democratic principles of governance. NRC has taken a number of years to write its potential rule even with full access to these documents. NRC should, therefore, not expect us to be able to obtain, read and assess the basis for this rule in a few short months.

NRC must turn over the documents and extend the comment deadline, giving us the resources and time needed to comment properly. TELL THEM SO.

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November 12, 2014 Posted by | ACTION | 4 Comments

USA nuclear weapons system – unaffordable, and in decay

Foundation of US nuclear system showing cracks By ROBERT BURNS, AP National Security Writer Wane.com  November 8, 2014, WASHINGTON (AP) — The foundation of America’s nuclear arsenal is fractured, and the government has no clear plan to repair it.

The cracks appear not just in the military forces equipped with nuclear weapons but also in the civilian bureaucracy that controls them, justifies their cost, plans their future and is responsible for explaining a defense policy that says nuclear weapons are at once essential and excessive.

It’s not clear that the government recognizes the full scope of the problem, which has wormed its way to the core of the nuclear weapons business without disturbing bureaucracies fixated on defending their own turf. Nor has it aroused the public, which may think nuclear weapons are relics of the past, if it thinks about them at all.

This is not mainly about the safety of today’s weapons, although the Air Force’s nuclear missile corps has suffered failures in discipline, training, morale and leadership over the past two years. Just last week the Air Force fired nuclear commanders at two of its three missile bases for misconduct and disciplined a third commander.

Rather, this is about a broader problem: The erosion of the government’s ability to manage and sustain its nuclear “enterprise,” the intricate network of machines, brains and organizations that enables America to call itself a nuclear superpower.

What have been slipping are certain key building blocks — technical expertise, modern facilities and executive oversight on the civilian side, and discipline, morale and accountability on the military side.

The shortfalls are compounded by tight budgets and what experts call a decline in political support for the nuclear system. In the absence of a headline-grabbing nuclear accident in recent decades and receding fears of nuclear war, these problems generally are paid little heed.

The scientific and military capability is arguably the best in the world, but its underpinnings have weakened gradually.

The White House and Congress have paid little attention, allowing the responsible government agencies to “muddle through,” according to a congressional advisory panel. This is the case despite the fact that the U.S. still has thousands of nuclear weapons — more than it says it needs — and is approaching decision points on investing enormous sums to keep the arsenal viable for future generations………

“Unaffordable,” is the blunt conclusion by a panel of defense experts who reviewed the Pentagon latest defense plan…….http://wane.com/2014/11/08/foundation-of-us-nuclear-system-showing-cracks/

November 12, 2014 Posted by | USA, weapons and war | 1 Comment

Dark Hotel – sophisticated internet hackers who steal nuclear secrets

computer-spy-nukeWatch That Wi-Fi: Hackers Use Hotel Internet To Steal Nuclear Secrets, Gizmodo 

Security researchers recently identified an elite team of possibly state-sponsored hackers that infiltrate hotel Wi-Fi networks to gain access to the computers of high-level executives and leaders, probably to steal nuclear secrets. They’re calling this band of cyber-spies DarkHotel.

Wired‘s Kim Zetter recently published a report about Kaspersky Labs and its efforts to track down the hacker group and one of the most unnerving things about DarkHotel is how insanely talented the hackers are. While the security researchers have managed to identify the group’s tactics and trace some of its members back to South Korea, they’re still not entirely sure who these hackers are and why they’re doing what they’re doing.

“[The primary targets are] all nuclear nations in Asia,” Kaspersky’s Costin Raiu told Wired. “Their targeting is nuclear themed, but they also target the defence industry base in the U.S. and important executives from around the world in all sectors having to do with economic development and investments.”

What’s maybe most alarming out of all of this, is actually how DarkHotel operates. The attacks have been going on for at least seven years and are highly targeted. It appears that the hackers know exactly when specific executives and leaders will be staying in specific hotels and then install the malware — anything from simple Trojans to sophisticated kernal-mode key loggers — right before they arrive. Sometimes they install backdoors on the targets’ computer, so that they can break back in at a later date. After the attack is complete and the guest checks out, DarkHotel covers its tracks — very well……….http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2014/11/watch-that-wi-fi-hackers-use-hotel-internet-to-steal-nuclear-secrets/

November 12, 2014 Posted by | 2 WORLD, secrets,lies and civil liberties | Leave a comment

Israel behind the murders of five nuclear engineers in Syria?

Hezbollah blames Israel for killing of five nuclear engineers in Syria One of the scientists was Iranian; Hezbollah suspects Syrian rebels working for Israel carried out the attack. By  | Nov. 11, 2014 Hezbollah is blaming Israel for the deaths of five nuclear engineers, four Syrians and one Iranian, on Monday in Damascus.

Initial Syrian reports said that four Syrians were killed in an ambush, but later Syrian state television admitted that a fifth scientist, an Iranian, was also among the victims.

The five were killed after gunmen opened fire on their bus in an area not affected by the fighting between rebel groups and Syrian President Bashar Assad’s forces.

“We can confirm that five scientific experts were martyred by terrorists as part of the ongoing plots of the Zionist entity,” an unnamed Hezbollah commander based in Beirut said in a report published Tuesday by the . Sydney Morning Herald……….

Last May, a military and scientific research center in Damascus was struck in an attack attributed to Israel. In January, Syrian officials accused Israel of striking another scientific research center northwest of Damascus.

In 2007, Israel bombed a suspected Syrian nuclear reactor — an attack confirmed by U.S. officials. Israel has never commented on the incident. http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/1.625906

November 12, 2014 Posted by | secrets,lies and civil liberties, Syria | Leave a comment

Luxury underground apartments on sale to prepare for nuclear apocalypse

Paranoid US millionaires can buy Survival Condos to survive nuclear war in style, Telegraph UK,  By , New York 11 Nov 2014 Former weapons silo in Kansas converted into luxury underground apartments complete with pool, bar, dog park and cinema Paranoid millionaires in the United States are being offered the opportunity to buy a flat in a luxury underground apartment building in which to see out a nuclear apocalypse in style.

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Called “Survival Condos,” the apartments in a former weapons silo at a secret location near Concordia in rural Kansas are on the market for between $1.5 million (£950,000) and $4.5 million (£2.8 million), and come complete with access to a swimming pool, bar, movie theatre and “hydroponic” vegetable garden.

Dog lovers have a place to walk their pets, while a “holding cell” can be used as a prison to house any residents who turn unruly during the long days and nights underground. There is a shooting range and rock climbing wall.

In the event of nuclear war or other disaster, the complex is designed to keep up to 70 people alive for five years, providing food, water and even entertainment.

The complex’s online marketing brochure describes itself as “Survival Bunker Security / Full Luxury Resort Living.”……..http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/11223714/Paranoid-US-millionaires-can-buy-Survival-Condos-to-survive-nuclear-war-in-style.html

November 12, 2014 Posted by | spinbuster, USA | Leave a comment

TEPCO reassures world that radioactive contamination ,leaking from Fukushima to Pacific is no health problem

TEPCO Publishes Arrogant Press Release To The US On Fukushima, Simply Info  November 11th, 2014

As news came out about yet another finding of Fukushima radioactive contamination offshore of North America, TEPCO published a rather bizarre press release.

The corporate statement insists the contamination “Level raises no concern for human or animal health”. …..

TEPCO’s press release can be found here:
http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/press/corp-com/release/2014/1243939_5892.html
Archive copy to preserve original text
TEPCO _ TEPCO ISSUES STATEMENT ON WOODS HOLE REPORT FINDING VERY LOW LEVEL OF CESIUM 134 FROM FUKUSHIMA OFF CALIFORNIA COAST  http://www.fukuleaks.org/web/?p=14080

November 12, 2014 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Imagine a bright clean sustainable world!

renewable-energy-world-SmSolarpunk: a new movement sees the future in a positive light BIANCA NOGRADY ABC Environment 10 NOV 2014 A new theme is emerging in science fiction literature and art: solarpunk. It imagines the future as bright, green and sustainable. “IMAGINE A SUSTAINABLE world, driven by clean and renewable energy. Now imagine large space sailboats driven by solar radiation, production of biofuels via nanotechnology, the advent of photosynthetic humans, and, as there is no perfect society, even terrorism against corrupt businesses and governments. Welcome to the bright green world of solarpunk.”

The past decade has seen a huge rise in post-apocalyptic and dystopian science fiction, particularly aimed at young adults, exploring a variety of unpleasant possible futures, ranging from planet-wide desolation and starvation, to a world in which the uber-rich live in space-borne luxury while the poor languish on a stricken Earth.

But a new theme may be emerging; one that reflects our desire for a more optimistic but also more realistic vision of humanity’s near-future; that acknowledges we have some enormous challenges and changes ahead, but allows us to believe we may yet meet those challenges and survive not only as a species but as a civilisation.

You may not have heard of solarpunk, and given that this sub-genre and cultural movement has so far largely been discussed only on social media sites such as Tumblr and Twitter, you wouldn’t be the only one………

solarpunk’s most important feature is its optimism, at a time when the prevailing winds are blowing due apocalypse.

“When you start talking to people about climate change, it’s very easy for them to hit on the immensity of it all and just freeze up and say maybe it doesn’t mean anything, why should I care if there’s nothing I can do, what does this mean etc,” says Flynn.

“I think there’s a lot that people can do to reframe thinking about how we talk about it and react towards it, and I think art has a role to play in that.”

As billions of people in the developing world begin the rise out of poverty, they are looking for a vision of the ‘good life’, he says, and unfortunately, at the moment, that vision tends to involve fast food, large cars, big houses, and conspicuous consumption.

“We need to have more models of what a scalable sustainable vision of a life lived with human dignity will be.”

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Iran nuclear talks may go on beyond November 24

diplomacy-not-bombsflag-IranIran nuclear mediators hint at extended talks, Aljazeera, 11 Nov 14  Despite no breakthrough in Muscat, Western powers and Iran consider continuation of dialogue after November 24 deadline.

11 Nov 2014 Iran and world powers have held more talks in Oman’s capital amid growing signs that a deal on Iran’s nuclear programme would be extended for the second time beyond a November 24 deadline.

The one-day meeting on Tuesday came after lengthy discussions between John Kerry, US secretary of state, and Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iran’s foreign minister, broke off in Muscat late on Monday with no signs of progress………http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2014/11/iran-nuclear-mediators-hint-at-extended-talks-201411111324419151.html

 

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Denmark’s challenge: aiming for 100% reneweable energy by 2050

Denmark Aims for 100 Percent Renewable Energy, Justin Gillis, NYT, NOV. 10, 2014 COPENHAGEN — Denmark, a tiny country on the northern fringe of Europe, is pursuing the world’s most ambitious policy against climate change. It aims to end the burning of fossil fuels in any form by 2050 — not just in electricity production, as some other countries hope to do, but in transportation as well.

Now a question is coming into focus: Can Denmark keep the lights on as it chases that lofty goal?

Lest anyone consider such a sweeping transition to be impossible in principle, the Danes beg to differ. They essentially invented the modern wind-power industry, and have pursued it more avidly than any country. They are above 40 percent renewable power on their electric grid, aiming toward 50 percent by 2020. The political consensus here to keep pushing is all but unanimous……….

The trouble, if it can be called that, is that renewable power sources like wind and solar cost nothing to run, once installed. That is potentially a huge benefit in the long run………

Throughout Europe, governments have come to the realization that electricity markets are going to have to be redesigned for the new age, but they are not pursuing this task with urgency. ……..http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/11/science/earth/denmark-aims-for-100-percent-renewable-energy.html?_r=0

November 12, 2014 Posted by | Denmark, renewable | Leave a comment

Alternative summit C20 calls for changes to G20 Agenda, and Climate Change as a standalone item

G20-danse-macabreC20 calls on G20 to act on inequality, tax avoidance and climate change ABC News By AM business editor Peter Ryan Mon 10 Nov 2014, The C20 (Civil Society 20) is calling on G20 leaders to take action this weekend to improve the lives of the most vulnerable in society.

C20 chair Tim Costello said the group was looking for an outcome on Sunday that clearly demonstrates G20 leaders’ commitment to fairness by taking concrete, measurable action to reduce inequality and address climate change.

“It will be a sad legacy of the Australian presidency if we go backwards in the fight against poverty by failing to tackle growing inequality,” Mr Costello said.

“The G20’s Brisbane Action Plan must build on the formal commitment made in St Petersburg last year for inclusive growth to be a central focus of G20 decision making.

“Otherwise meeting the 2 per cent growth target will be a hollow achievement and leaders will be judged as indifferent to those most in need.”………

The C20 also argues that climate change is a critical economic issue confronting the G20 and must be discussed as a standalone item on the G20 agenda.

Mr Costello condemned the decision by the Australian presidency to ignore the impact of climate change on the global economy as a retrograde and damaging step.

“This G20 will ultimately be judged by the fairness test,” he said.

“Whether that’s fairness to future generations by facing up to climate change; fairness to the bottom 20 per cent of poorest households; fairness to 75 million young people unemployed worldwide; or fairness to taxpayers by declaring tax havens immoral.”

The Australian C20 Steering Committee comprises representatives of international and domestic civil society organisations including World Vision Australia, ACOSS, WWF, Oxfam, Transparency International, the National Council of Churches, and the National Employment Services Association. A number of individuals are also involved in the C20.

The C20 has focused its engagement with the G20 around the four key areas of:

November 12, 2014 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Why Australia should be selling renewable technologies to India, not dirty coal and uranium

Australia, India’s dirty energy friend Instead of being India’s dirty fuel friend, Australia can build a sustainable energy relationship with India by helping boost India’s growing renewables industry.  http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2014/11/10/comment-australia-indias-dirty-energy-friend By  Ruchira Talukdar 10 NOV 2014  As heads of state prepare to arrive in Brisbane next week for the G20 summit where climate change will be conspicuous by its serious absence on the agenda, the Australian government is finalising paperwork to start exporting uranium – a highly risky fuel – and approving giant mines like Carmichael in central Queensland to ship coal – a climate change culprit – to India.

The Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is also preparing for a four day Australia tour alongside attending G20, including addressing a joint sitting of federal Parliament. It will be the first official visit by an Indian head of state in nearly three decades, marking the beginning of a strong phase in Australia-India relations. This new cooperation might sound like good news to the Indian diaspora in Australia and make regional cooperation experts enthusiastic, but its basis in extracting and exporting dirty and dangerous forms of energy to India needs to be questioned.India is a densely populated country with many living in poverty, inadequate infrastructure, and a lack of government planning to deal with complex weather systems. This makes it ill-prepared to deal with the scale of impacts from unchecked climate change on humans and ecosystems as highlighted in the latest IPCC report – decreased river flows, increased food insecurity from fall in food production, increased tropical diseases, sea level rise and mass human displacement. Neither are its 22 running nuclear power plants managed to avoid future disasters of the scale of Fukushima or Chernobyl, as a scathing 2013 report by the Indian national auditor general on the lack of nuclear safety in India showed. Continue reading

November 12, 2014 Posted by | environment, India | Leave a comment

Pressure on Iran nuclear talks as deadlin eapproaches

Germany: Nuclear talks with Iran nearing ‘make-or-break’ moment for deal WP,  Brian Murphy November 11   The West is facing a “make-or-break moment” to reach a deal with Iran over its nuclear program, Germany’s foreign minister said Tuesday after high-level negotiations again failed to reach a breakthrough.

The statement by Germany — part of a six-nation group in talks with Iran — underscores the growing pressures to achieve at least a general accord before a self-imposed Nov. 24 deadline.

Talks resumed Tuesday in Oman’s capital, Muscat, with various envoys after meetings that included Secretary of State John F. Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif………http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/2014/11/11/39c1aaa4-6998-11e4-9fb4-a622dae742a2_story.html

November 12, 2014 Posted by | general | Leave a comment