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December 13 Energy News

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COP21:

¶ A draft of the COP21 agreement was released in the afternoon for delegates to review. Following a break for last-minute corrections from the legal and linguistic group and the Deputy Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC, the body adopted it “with legal force” by acclamation. [CleanTechnica]

¶ The climate deal reached in Paris is “the best chance we have to save the one planet we have”, US President Barack Obama has said. He said it could be a “turning point” for the world to take on the challenge of a low-carbon future. China, the world’s biggest polluter, also hailed the deal. [BBC]

¶ Scientists point out that the Paris accord must be stepped up if it is to curb dangerous climate change. Pledges thus far could see global temperatures rise by as much as 2.7° C, but the agreement lays out a roadmap for speeding…

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More Signs of Gulf Stream Slowdown as Floods Devastate Cumbria, England | robertscribbler

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“On December 6 of 2015 river levels at Sands Centre in Carlisle hit 8 meters above the typical range. The previous record highest level for this river gauge was 4.5 meters — a level the new flood defense systems were designed to contain. But this week’s rainfall simply overwhelmed both flood defenses and previous expectations for the upper limits of extreme weather.”  From: robertscribbler.com

GR:  Weather extremes caused by global warming were not included in the Limits to Growth model described in my last post.  The extremes may accelerate the beginnings of the collapse of human civilization that the model predicted.

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Limits to Growth was right. Research shows pending collapse as human population rises and resources decline

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Four decades after publication, Limit to Growth’s forecasts have been vindicated by new Australian research. Expect the early stages of global collapse to start appearing soon.by Graham Turner and Cathy Alexander, The Guardian, September 2, 2014
Piles of crushed cars at a metal recycling site in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Piles of crushed cars at a metal recycling site in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Photograph: Alamy
Critics called the 1972 book Limits to Growth, which predicted our civilisation would probably collapse some time this century, a doomsday fantasy. Back in 2002, self-styled environmental expert Bjorn Lomborg consigned it to the “dustbin of history.”
It doesn’t belong there. Research from the University of Melbourne has found the book’s forecasts are accurate, 40 years on. If we continue to track in line with the book’s scenario, expect the early stages of global collapse to start appearing soon.
A think tank called the Club of Rome commissioned the Limits to Growth. Researchers working out…

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December 12 Energy News

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COP21: Agreement!

Adieu Fossil Fuels Adieu Fossil Fuels

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The world now has its first universally accepted plan to limit climate change! The agreement will reduce greenhouse gas emissions from human activities to curtail dangerous atmospheric warming and related climate changes, BBC News reported at 3:40 am. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Organizers of COP21 say a final draft text has been reached after two weeks of intensive negotiations. An official in the office of French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said the draft would be presented to ministers at 10:30 GMT. No details of the draft have been released so far. [BBC]

¶ Campaigning organization Friends of the Earth Scotland has launched Fossil Free Scotland, a campaign to end the use of fossil fuels, in Paris during the final days of COP21, with a tagline to ensure “A just transition to a 100% renewable, nuclear-free, zero-fossil-fuel Scotland.” [CleanTechnica

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On Dangers of USNRC Approval of Broken Nuclear Spent Fuel Rod Storage; Lack of Testing-Quality Assurance for Holtec Dry Cask Storage

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Comment (12) of an anonymous individual on FR Doc # 2015-02309
This is a Comment on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Proposed Rule: List of Approved Spent Fuel Storage Casks: Holtec International HI-STORM 100 Cask System, Certificate of Compliance No. 1014, Amendment No. 8, Revision No. 1, Comment Period Closed Mar 9 2015, at 11:59 PM ET
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Holtec implies that they should not have to check the status of the fuel, because of cost to the “user” and speaks of “known” or “suspected” “gross” fuel “breaches”. If they don’t look they can say they don’t know or suspect. This is a huge loophole which the NRC is letting pass through. There is no definition given of grossly breached fuel either. This is all subjective in nature.

These documents violate the clear writing act. What is intended is unclear. Furthermore, it looks like people are being intentionally misled, when discussion…

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