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Scientific warning against health danger from electromagnetic radiation

Scientists warn against mobile phone ‘radiation’ http://www.euronews.com/2015/05/12/scientists-warn-against-mobile-phone-radiation/ Scientists are warning against the constant use of mobile phones, lap tops, tablets and other wireless devices.

They claim too much electromagnetic radiation is being emitted from them which could be a reason for risingcancer rates and an increase in autism and obesity.

Nearly 200 experts are calling on the UN to provide guidelines as they say the radiation is damaging DNA in our cells.Their advice is to turn off devices when not in use.

The scientists, from 39 different countries, are from a group called the International EMF Scientist Appeal.More information about the EMF group can be found here.

A description of the appeal can be found here.

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May 13, 2015 Posted by | 2 WORLD, health, radiation | Leave a comment

Hudson River oil slick caused by nuclear plant fire

Governor says nuclear plant fire produced Hudson River oil slick; 1 reactor remains shut BUCHANAN, N.Y. (AP) 11 May 15— Part of a nuclear power plant remained offline Sunday after a transformer fire created another problem: thousands of gallons of oil leaking into the Hudson River.

At an afternoon briefing, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said emergency crews were out on the water near Buchanan trying to contain and clean up the transformer fluid that leaked from Indian Point 3.

“There’s no doubt that oil was discharged into the Hudson River,” Cuomo said. “Exactly how much, we don’t know.”

The transformer at the plant about 30 miles north of midtown Manhattan failed on Saturday evening, causing a fire that forced the automatic shutdown.

 Cuomo revealed Sunday that even after the blaze on the non-nuclear side of the plant was quickly doused, the heat reignited the fire, but it was again extinguished.

Oil in the transformer seeped into a holding tank that did not have the capacity to contain all the fluid, which then entered river waters through a discharge drain……..

A spokesman for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said several thousand gallons of oil may have overflowed the transformer moat.

The reactor itself was deemed safe and stable throughout, said a spokesman for owner Entergy Corp. The plant’s adjacent Unit 2 reactor was not affected and remained in operation………

The environmental watchdog group Riverkeeper issued a statement Sunday saying the latest Indian Point accident proves that the plant should be closed for good.http://www.usnews.com/news/us/articles/2015/05/10/transformer-fire-shuts-down-part-of-indian-point-power-plant

May 13, 2015 Posted by | environment, USA | Leave a comment

100 per cent renewable energy plan for Apple

Apple wants to run on 100 per cent renewable energy, improve supply chain’s greenness, Manufacturers Monthly  12 May, 2015  Apple has announced plans to run its entire business in China through renewable energy, and to make its supply chain more environmentally friendly.

In a statement released yesterday, CEO Tim Cook said greening manufacturing operations would take years, but would be worth the effort.

“We are excited to work with leaders in our supply chain who want to be on the cutting edge of China’s green transformation,” said Cook…….

According to Apple, 87 per cent of its US operations worldwide are powered through renewable energy, and wants this to reach 100 per cent.

According to the company, 100 per cent of its US operations and all of its data centers are run by renewable power.

It launched its first solar project in Sichuan Province three weeks ago.

http://www.manmonthly.com.au/news/apple-wants-to-run-on-100-per-cent-renewable-energ

May 13, 2015 Posted by | decentralised, USA | Leave a comment

High radiation dpses in 991 Fukushima Daiichi workers

991 Fukushima Daiichi workers with high radiation doses up 1.5-fold in 2014 (Japan) 9 May 2015. A total of 992 workers, mostly employees at subcontractors, saw their radiation doses top 20 millisieverts in the year that ended in March. The previous year, the number of workers with such high external radiation exposure levels stood at 660, according to the data. THE JAPAN TIMES http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/05/09/national/fukushima-1

May 13, 2015 Posted by | Fukushima 2015 | Leave a comment

New Study: 95% Renewable Power-Mix Cheaper Than Nuclear And Gas

#BustTheMyth – #RE_TOOL NOW !!! New Study: 95% Renewable Power-Mix Cheaper Than Nuclear And Gas http://rceezwhatsup.blogspot.com.au/2015/05/bustthemyth-retool-now-new-study-95.html The cost to the consumer of the 100 % renewable scenario is more or less equal to a scenario close to today’s, with only 40 % renewables, a new French government study shows.

Something remarkable is taking place that is bound to lead to a deep reshaping of the energy debate, starting in Europe and North America. It used to be the visionaries and the NGOs who talked about a 100 % renewable future, but now leading number-crunchers and energy experts are joining the chorus. In California, the government energy regulator were recently quoted saying that California’s power grid could handle 100 % renewables.

The city of Vancouver is an example of a big city that recently committed to run 100 % on renewables for power, heating and transportation within 20 years. New studies have been released showing the US can get to 100 % renewables by 2050, at marginal extra cost.

May 13, 2015 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

£2 billion fleet of jets for UK Navy to look for nuclear submarines

RAF to get £2billion fleet of jets to spot Putin’s nuclear submarines off British coast, Sunday Express BRITAIN’S defences are to get a £2billion boost in a bid to counter the ongoing threat from Russian armed forced. By ROB VIRTUE, May 10, David Cameron and George Osborne will be persuaded to part with the cash to buy a fleet of jets to hunt Vladimir Putin’s nuclear submarines, which have regularly been patrolling the coast of Britain in recent months.

Often the Russian underwater vessels have only been discovered after colliding with private boats and now Government ministers are eager to plug the gap in defences with aircraft totrack them.

Around a dozen top of the range planes will be bought for the RAF over the next two years.

These are likely to include the US developed Boeing Poseidon P8, designed for ‘long-range anti-submarine warfare’ and worth around £150million each.

The P8 jets look for magnetic fields under the water’s surface.

Despite the promise of more austerity cuts in the coming months, the Government has been persuaded to invest in submarine detection …….http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/576215/Russian-nuclear-submarine-threat-2billion-invested-in-RAF

May 13, 2015 Posted by | UK, weapons and war | Leave a comment

Portable solar desalination – ideal for developing countries

Scientists are turning salt water into drinking water using solar power The world needs this. Science Alert BEC CREW 27 APR 2015 By inexpensively turning salt water into drinking water using sustainable solar power, a team from MIT in the US has not only come up with a portable desalination system for use anywhere in the world that needs it, but it’s just won the 2015 Desal Prize – a competition run by USAID to encourage better solutions to water shortages in developing countries.

solar-desalination

In order to win the $140,000 prize, entries had to demonstrate how their invention not only works well, but is cost-effective, environmentally sustainable, and energy efficient. And the MIT researchers teamed up with US-based manufacturing company, Jain Irrigation Systems, to do just that.

The team’s invention works by using solar panels to charge a cache of batteries that power an electrodialysis machine that removes salt from the water and makes it perfectly drinkable. David L. Chandler explains for MIT News:………

They’re now hoping to expand their field tests to rural communities in developing countries, in the hopes that they can set them up as irrigation systems in small farms. “A solution with the potential to double recoverable water in an environment where water is becoming more precious by the day could have a huge impact,” environmental and civil engineer Susan Amrose from the University of California at Berkeley, who was not involved in the research, told MIT News. Sources: MIT NewsPopular Science http://www.sciencealert.com/scientists-are-turning-salt-water-into-drinking-water-using-solar-power?utm_content=buffer4a3b6&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

May 13, 2015 Posted by | 2 WORLD, decentralised | Leave a comment

Davis-Besse nuclear plant shuts down due to steam leak

FOX 8 CLEVELAND, MAY 10, 2015, BY ASSOCIATEDPRESS OAK HARBOR, Ohio  — A nuclear power plant has been shut down after a steam leak was found in a non-radioactive portion of the plant in northwest Ohio.

Plant operator FirstEnergy Corp. shut down its Davis-Besse nuclear power plant near Toledo on Saturday night after the leak was discovered around 7 p.m. Saturday in a part of the plant that doesn’t involve the nuclear reactor…….http://fox8.com/2015/05/10/davis-besse-nuclear-plant-shuts-down-due-to-steam-leak/

May 13, 2015 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Entergy’s Arkansas nuclear plant requires highest level of inspection oversight from NRC

Nuclear One earns worst rating  Entergy’s Russellville plant in line for intense inspections, Arkansas Online, 10 May 15  By David Smith Arkansas Nuclear One has the worst performance rating out of all 100 nuclear power plants in the country, the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission says.

The power plant is the only one in the country in the “column four” category of the commission’s rating of overall plant performance. The column four designation means the plant gets the highest level of inspection oversight from the commission.

Column one power plants require the fewest inspections. Plants in column five aren’t permitted to operate, the commission said.

It is rare for a plant to be in column four, said Victor Dricks, a spokesman for the commission.

“Sometimes there are one or even two plants in column four,” Dricks said. “It generally takes several years of very concerted effort on the part of a nuclear power plant operator to address issues and then be returned to column one.”

No nuclear plant has ever been placed in column five, Dricks said.

Representatives from the NRC and Entergy Arkansas will discuss the plant’s “significant decline in performance” at a meeting Tuesday in Russellville. The plant’s two nuclear reactors account for about 61 percent of the electricity that Entergy Arkansas generates in a year.

The public meeting at Lakepoint Conference Center, 61 Lake Point Lane near the nuclear plant, begins at 6 p.m.

Arkansas Nuclear One has received two findings of “substantial safety significance” that pushed its performance rating down into column four.

The first was filed in June last year in connection with the March 2013 handling of a 1 million-pound turbine stator, which fell 30 feet while it was being moved by a contractor, killing of one worker and injuring eight others. The accident occurred in a non-nuclear part of the plant.

The second finding, filed in January, is related to the 2013 accident. It involved Entergy’s failure to design, construct and maintain the seals that protect safety-related equipment in the emergency diesel fuel storage building from flooding.

When the stator fell, it damaged a water main, Dricks said. “The fire pump started and discharged thousands of gallons of water into the turbine building,” Dricks said. “There are floor seals that should prevent the water from flowing down into an auxiliary building. But the seals were defective, so water flowed into areas where it shouldn’t have been.”

Commission inspectors later discovered there were more than 100 unsealed conduits that allowed the water into the auxiliary building, Dricks said.

“They also found some degraded hatches,” Dricks said.

The cumulative effect of these two violations moved the plant into column four, the commission said……..http://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2015/may/10/nuclear-one-earns-worst-rating-20150510/?f=business

May 13, 2015 Posted by | safety, USA | Leave a comment

Apple to run on 100 per cent renewable energy

Apple wants to run on 100 per cent renewable energy, improve supply chain’s greenness, Manufacturers Monthly  12 May, 2015 Apple has announced plans to run its entire business in China through renewable energy, and to make its supply chain more environmentally friendly. In a statement released yesterday, CEO Tim Cook said greening manufacturing operations would take years, but would be worth the effort.

“We are excited to work with leaders in our supply chain who want to be on the cutting edge of China’s green transformation,” said Cook…….

According to Apple, 87 per cent of its US operations worldwide are powered through renewable energy, and wants this to reach 100 per cent.

According to the company, 100 per cent of its US operations and all of its data centers are run by renewable power.It launched its first solar project in Sichuan Province three weeks ago. http://www.manmonthly.com.au/news/apple-wants-to-run-on-100-per-cent-renewable-energ

May 13, 2015 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment