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Tepco to put some Fukushima decommissioning work on hold during G-7 summit

The majority of decommissioning work at the damaged Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant will be put on hold while the Group of Seven summit takes place in Shima, Mie Prefecture, on May 26 to 27, according to Tokyo Electric Power Co.

Satoshi Togawa, a spokesman for Tepco, told The Japan Times on Friday that the planned suspension was a precaution to reduce “risks” that could disturb the meeting of leaders from the seven major advanced nations.

Such risks could include unexpected leaks of contaminated water from tanks or airborne radioactive material monitoring alarms being triggered, Togawa said.

Tepco will continue other essential operations, such as injecting water to keep melted nuclear fuel cool and processing contaminated water, Togawa said.

The spokesman said the suspension was not designed to reduce the risk of terrorism.

“We have made the decision without any request from the government,” he said.

A 2011 massive earthquake and ensuing tsunami knocked out critical cooling functions for three of six reactors at the plant, triggering a triple meltdown.

The decommissioning effort, which involves some 7,000 workers, is expected to take more than 40 years.

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/05/13/national/tepco-put-fukushima-decommissioning-work-hold-g-7-summit/#.VzXlGXpOKrV

 

 

 

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French prosecutors launch probe into Tokyo’s 2020 Olympic bid

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In this Sept. 7, 2013, file photo, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, center, Governor of Tokyo and Chairman of Tokyo 2020, Naoki Inose, second from left, and other members of the Japanese delegation celebrate as International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Jacques Rogge announces that Tokyo will host the 2020 Olympic Games during the 125th IOC session in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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In this Aug. 21, 2015, file photo, then-IAAF president Lamine Diack adjusts his headphones during a joint IOC and IAAF news conference on the site of the World Athletic Championships in Beijing. French prosecutors say $2 million associated with Tokyo’s bid for the 2020 Olympics was apparently paid to an account linked to the son of the disgraced former IAAF president Diack in the months immediately before and after the Japanese capital won the games.

PARIS/TOKYO (Kyodo) — French prosecutors announced Thursday they have launched an investigation into Tokyo’s campaign to host the 2020 Olympics for alleged corruption and money laundering.

A statement from the prosecutors said a total of 2.8 million Singapore dollars ($2.04 million) has been transferred from a Japanese bank to one in Singapore related to Papa Massata Diack, the son of former International Association of Athletics Federations President Lamine Diack, in July and October 2013 under the name of “Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Bid.”

The prosecutors said they have confirmed there were huge outlays by Diack’s side during the same time in Paris. Tokyo was awarded the Games in September 2013 when Diack was an International Olympic Committee member and was known as an influential power broker in the committee.

“How much influence the former president could have had on other committee members will be the focal point of the investigation,” a French judicial authority member told reporters.

“We carried out our bidding campaign fairly. There’s no issue or things to get worried about,” said Japanese Olympic Committee President Tsunekazu Takeda, who was the chief of the bidding team. “We’ll reply properly if we get asked (by the IOC).”

Olympic minister Toshiaki Endo also said in a TV program he takes pride in Tokyo making a clean bid and denied the allegations.

Japan’s top government spokesman earlier Thursday denied allegations of bribery, saying the government understands the organizing committee conducted the campaign in an appropriate manner.

“We understand the campaign for the 2020 Tokyo Games was conducted in a clean way,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said at a news conference after British newspaper the Guardian reported the Tokyo Olympics organizing committee paid 1.3 million euros ($1.48 million) to the account of Diack’s son.

Suga said he was “not aware of” the report, which also said French authorities were investigating the allegations. “If we receive a request (for investigation) from French judicial authorities, our country will respond appropriately,” he added.

Suga said the Japanese government has no plan to question the Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games or conduct its own investigation into the allegations.

The account in question became a vital piece of the puzzle related to what has been alleged as being institutional corruption at athletics’ governing body.

Complicating the scandal further, the report said Japanese marketing and advertising behemoth Dentsu Inc. has previously been linked to the Diack clan through its long-running sponsorship contract with the IAAF, a deal that was extended by Diack just months before his presidency ended. Dentsu has been previously linked to scandals at both the IAAF and world soccer’s governing body FIFA.

The prosecutors launched an investigation into corruption in the IAAF and Diack was arrested in December, accused of accepting bribes to cover up doping offenses.

A report in January from the prosecutors claimed that Diack did not support the bid from Tokyo’s rival Istanbul as Turkey didn’t pay similar sponsorship money to the IAAF.

http://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20160513/p2g/00m/0dm/002000c

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Defective US Nuclear Breakers By Schneider Electric of France; Schneider Appears Involved in French Nuclear Parts Scandal as Original Owner of Le Creusot Forge Too

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River Bend Nuclear Power Station in Louisiana is one of the nuclear reactors which was supplied with apparently defective Schneider Electric Circuit Breakers.
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River Bend was scrammed during an electrical storm and suffered a loss of coolant: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2016/02/18/lightening-scrammed-nuclear-reactor-lost-cooling-off-for-weeks-on-again-now-off-usnrc-inspection/ Was this related to the defective Schneider circuit breakers?
There are hundreds of them at River Bend Nuclear Power Station.

The French nuclear regulator, ASN, recently reported evidence of irregularities in the quality control of around 400 parts produced, since 1965, at Creusot Forge in Le Creusot France. 50 are known to be in use at French Nuclear Power Stations. Where are the other 350 parts? https://web.archive.org/web/20160513070812/http://www.asn.fr/Informer/Actualites/Irregularites-concernant-des-composants-fabriques-dans-l-usine-Areva-de-Creusot-Forge This seems to overlap almost 20 years, out of almost 150 years, when Creusot Forge still belonged to what is now Schneider Electric. The French Schneiders, with Alsacian roots, literally forged a military industrial complex at Le Creusot, which later morphed into a nuclear industrial…

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May 13 Energy News

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Science and Technology:

¶ No need to wait very long for climate change to show up on the earth’s timeline. Climate scientist Ed Hawkins of the National Centre for Atmospheric Science at the University of Reading, UK posted this hypnotic moving image of climate change on Twitter this week. [CleanTechnica]

Spiralling global temperatures from 1850-2016. Spiralling global temperatures from 1850-2016.

¶ Air pollution in cities worldwide is increasing at an “alarming rate” and killing millions each year, a report by the World Health Organization says. The report says more than 80% of people living in cities that monitor pollution are exposed to air quality levels that fail WHO standards. [The Epoch Times]

World:

¶ Over 850,000 renewable power plants have been set up across the Italian peninsula and it is starting to pay dividends for local communities, according to a report. Thirty-nine of Italy’s municipalities are now running on 100% renewable…

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The news – nuclear and climate change

Significant comprehensive story of the week –  Koch brothers and power utilities connive to stop solar power.

a-cat-CANCLIMATE. Still possible to avert global climate change disaster – UN climate chief.  Canada’s wildfire horror – Climate Change is part of the cause.  Canadian wildfire approaches oil sands project. Koch brothers and power utilities connive to stop solar power. Exxon fighting to the death with its fraudulent claims about climate change.

Even the nuclear industry knows that it’s in a desperate fight for survival.

Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material strengthens nuclear security.

USA.  

RUSSIA. Russia’s new more powerful nuclear missiles

UK. Britain failed to consult Europe over Hinkley nuclear safety dangers – UN.  UN Finds the UK in Violation of Transboundary Environmental Impact Convention for Hinkley Point Nuclear Power station;  Europe at Risk.  £21bn the likely cost of ever more expensive Hinkley Point nuclear power.

FRANCE. Nuclear corporation EDF’s Annual General Meeting faces more financial gloom.

JAPAN. 40-year-old Shikoku reactor to be sixth unit scrapped under stricter safety regimen.

ISRAEL. Nuclear Whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu – indicted yet again!

 CHINA      trebling its wind power capacity.

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President Obama visits Hiroshima. USA builds up its nuclear arsenal

Obama to Make Historic Visit to Hiroshima as U.S. Quietly Upgrades Nuclear Arsenal Democracy Now! | May 12, 2016 President Obama will become the first serving U.S. president to visit Hiroshima, Japan, later this month. The White House said Obama will not apologize for dropping an atomic bomb on the city toward the end of World War II. The attack on Aug. 6, 1945, caused massive and widespread destruction. Shock waves, radiation and heat rays took the lives of some 140,000 people. Three days later, the U.S. dropped a second atomic bomb on Nagasaki, killing another 74,000 people.

President Obama is expected to tour the site of the world’s first nuclear attack with Japan’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe. Obama’s Communications Adviser Ben Rhodes said that Obama’s time in Hiroshima will “reaffirm America’s longstanding commitment—and the president’s personal commitment—to pursue the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons.”

Obama’s visit comes as a report by the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability has revealed the U.S. has been quietly upgrading its nuclear arsenal to create smaller, more precise nuclear bombs as part of a massive effort that will cost up to $1 trillion over three decades. We speak with Kevin Martin, president of Peace Action…………

Kevin Martin: We’re very glad that the president is going to Hiroshima, but we don’t want it to be just another pretty speech where he talks about some day maybe having the right conditions to move towards eliminating nuclear weapons. He’s done that before. He has some accomplishments to show for his presidency, which we can talk about, but, for now, we want him to go with concrete actions. He’s got a bit of time left in his administration and he needs to take concrete action to further that goal. And we can talk about various steps.

As far as the apology is concerned, the hibakusha, the A-bomb survivors, are not asking for it. The Japanese government is not asking for it—for all kinds of reasons. The administration has ruled it out. And I think while I personally would like to see an apology, what might be more meaningful is if he meets with hibakusha and asks their forgiveness for not doing more during his term in office to move towards the elimination of nuclear weapons. But if he will take some concrete steps, then that apology—or that asking forgiveness would be unnecessary.

Amy Goodman: Can you talk about what you are demanding?

Kevin Martin: First of all, as you just mentioned, this 30-year, $1 trillion cockamamie plan—a colleague of ours called it a “trillion-dollar train wreck”—to totally upgrade all of our nuclear weapons complex, from the research laboratories to new warheads to new missiles, bombers, submarines, I can’t think of a worse misappropriation of our tax dollars. And predictably, every other nuclear-weapon state has followed suit, saying that they are going to upgrade their nuclear weapons, as well. It totally shreds any credibility that the United States has on nonproliferation. So that would be the first thing, is cancel that.

There are a lot of other steps that he could take: taking our nuclear weapons off of hair-trigger alert, separating the warheads from their delivery systems, initiating negotiations for the elimination of nuclear weapons globally, initiating talks on a Middle East zone free of weapons of mass destruction, taking unilateral executive action that doesn’t require a long treaty process—negotiations with Russia and then Senate ratification, which would be very difficult. We could cut our reserve nuclear weapons, get rid of a bunch of those. But even the current deployed nuclear weapons, we could go down to a thousand or fewer, as the Pentagon has suggested in the past and the U.S. actually wanted to do with Russia and then challenge Russia to reciprocate. Those are just some of the steps that would be meaningful and worth a trip to Hiroshima……….https://ecowatch.com/2016/05/12/obama-visit-hiroshima/

May 13, 2016 Posted by | USA, weapons and war | Leave a comment

Even the nuclear industry knows that it’s in a desperate fight for survival

NEA head highlights challenges facing nuclear power  World Nuclear News 11 May 2016 William D. Magwood, IV, director general of the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA), highlighted some of the issues hindering the prospects of nuclear power at a two-day conference that started today at the organisation’s headquarters in Paris…….

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“My life will not rise or fall on whether there’s a lot of new nuclear power plants being built or a few. What I think is important is that the choice is there. But I see issues preventing this,” Magwood told delegates at the conference titled Nuclear Energy’s Role in the 21st Century: Addressing the Challenge of Financing. The event was jointly organised by the NEA and the International Framework for Nuclear Energy Cooperation (IFNEC).

The IFNEC is a forum of states and organisations that share the common vision of the safe and secure development of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes worldwide.

The conference has convened leading stakeholders from energy planning authorities, regulators and export credit agencies, as well as vendors, utilities, bankers, rating agencies and insurers, to identify key barriers and develop approaches to address the financing of nuclear projects.

Magwood told them: “I am ready to stand here today and declare that the markets are broken; they don’t work and don’t do what they are supposed to do. The time has come to recognise that we have a situation where large utilities are losing money and are almost on the verge of bankruptcy. When you have a situation in many markets where the only things that can be built are things that are subsidised, then we have a serious problem…….

he “big numbers” given for the cost of nuclear power plant projects often incorporate more than just the cost of building the reactor, he said, and might also include infrastructure costs and transmission assets…….

Cost and budget overruns at Olkiluoto 3 in Finland cannot be described as typical. “……..

A challenge with small modular reactors will be the need to sell “dozens, scores if not hundreds to make it work”, he said. “And if you’re selling them to more than one country, are you going to have to go through the entire regulatory process every time you go to a country. If you do that, you may end up making them uneconomic just by the fact that you have to spend huge amounts of money to get the licence.”……

“In the flux of great change, it can be difficult to finance even modest projects. Nuclear power plants are not modest projects; with total costs ranging from about €6 billion to €12 billion and total project implantation times reaching up to a decade, building a nuclear power plant is one of the most complex of all industrial sector undertakings. Therefore, as one might expect, financing nuclear power plants can often present significant challenges.” http://www.world-nuclear-news.org/NP-NEA-head-highlights-challenges-facing-nuclear-power-110501.html

May 13, 2016 Posted by | 2 WORLD, business and costs | Leave a comment

USA’s missile defense site in Romania provokes Russian anger

missile-envyU.S. activates Romanian missile defense site, angering Russia, Reuters DEVESELU, ROMANIA | BY ROBIN EMMOTT , 12 May 15, The United States switched on an $800 million missile shield in Romania on Thursday that it sees as vital to defend itself and Europe from so-called rogue states but the Kremlin says is aimed at blunting its own nuclear arsenal.

To the music of military bands at the remote Deveselu air base, senior U.S. and NATO officials declared operational the ballistic missile defense site, which is capable of shooting down rockets from countries such as Iran that Washington says could one day reach major European cities……..

When complete, the defensive umbrella will stretch from Greenland to the Azores. On Friday, the United States will break ground on a final site in Poland due to be ready by late 2018, completing the defense line first proposed almost a decade ago.

The full shield also includes ships and radars across Europe. It will be handed over to NATO in July, with command and control run from a U.S. air base in Germany.

Russia is incensed at such of show of force by its Cold War rival in formerly communist-ruled eastern Europe. Moscow says the U.S.-led alliance is trying to encircle it close to the strategically important Black Sea, home to a Russian naval fleet and where NATO is also considering increasing patrols……

Joe Cirincione, an American nuclear expert who is president of Ploughshares Fund, a global security organization, told reporters in Geneva that the shield should be scrapped.

“It was designed to protect Europe from a missile from, well, the only country we were afraid of was Iran. The system was designed to protect against an Iranian nuclear missile. There is not going to be an Iranian nuclear missile for at least 20 years. There is no reason to continue with that program.”…..

Douglas Lute, the United States’ envoy to NATO, said NATO would press ahead with NATO’s biggest modernization since the Cold War. “We are deploying at sea, on the ground and in the air across the eastern flanks of the alliance … to deter any aggressor,” Lute said.

At a cost of billions of dollars, the missile defense umbrella relies on radars to detect a ballistic missile launch into space. Sensors then measure the rocket’s trajectory and destroy it in space before it re-enters the earth’s atmosphere. The interceptors can be fired from ships or ground sites.

The Romanian shield, which is modeled on the United States’ so-called Aegis ships, was first assembled in New Jersey and then transferred to the Deveselu base in containers…….http://www.reuters.com/article/us-nato-shield-idUSKCN0Y30JX

May 13, 2016 Posted by | EUROPE, Russia, USA, weapons and war | Leave a comment

Petition against use of radioactive soil in Japanese public works

sign-thisOn March 30, the Ministry of Environment (MOE)’s working committee decided to allow the use of contaminated soil (lower than 8,000 becquerel/kg) for public works nationwide with “proper containment measures.” The committee argues that the additional effective dose for residents will be less than 10µSv/year, but the Nuclear Reactor Regulation Act specifies 100 becquerel/kg or less as the threshold for reusing concrete and metals from nuclear power plants. Therefore, MOE’s latest policy increases the threshold eightyfold.

We should not allow the government to loosen the regulation and spread the contaminated soils our environment.

Please sing our petition via Google forms ( https://goo.gl/37E4dZ ) or via Change.org ( https://goo.gl/37E4dZ ).
You can read the whole statement here http://www.foejapan.org/en/energy/doc/160427.html .

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£21bn the likely cost of ever more expensive Hinkley Point nuclear power station

Hinkley costsHinkley Point nuclear power station costs could rise to £21bn, EDF says, Belfast Telegraph, 12 May 16   Energy giant EDF has said the cost of building the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station could jump to almost £21 billion, about £3 billion more than it said last year.

In a statement ahead of its annual meeting, the French group estimated the cost of building the twin reactor plant at the Somerset site would be £20.7 billion. EDF said it would provide up to £13.8 billion, while Chinese utility CGN will bring £6.9 billion of financing to the project. It said these latest set of figures provided “a contingency margin”.

However, in October EDF said the project would cost £18 billion, with it providing £12 billion and £6 billion from CGN.

EDF said that the building plan for Hinkley would take around 115 months (nine-and-a-half years) “after the final investment decision until commissioning of the first reactor”.

The French firm had said in October that it expected a final investment decision within weeks and first power in 2025, but that decision has now been delayed until September as the company bids to arrange financing.

This now suggests that if the project completes its financing in September, the plant would not be able to pump out power until the first half of 2026.

This is three years behind EDF’s estimate in 2013, that the plant would be operationalin 2023……..http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/business/news/hinkley-point-nuclear-power-station-costs-could-rise-to-21bn-edf-says-34709042.html

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Fort Calhoun nuclear plant no longer makes financial sense – CEO

nuke-plant-sadFlag-USAOPPD CEO: Shut down Fort Calhoun nuclear plant by end of the year , Omaha.com   MAY 12, 2016. By Cole Epley

The Omaha Public Power District would permanently shut down its nuclear power plant at the end of the year under a plan its chief executive is presenting to the utility’s board Thursday.

That means engineers at Fort Calhoun Station would split their last atom in 2016.

Omaha Public Power District President and Chief Executive Tim Burke on Thursday morning is telling the utility’s board of directors it no longer makes financial sense to continue operations at Fort Calhoun…..

The plant’s now-rectified regulatory issues aren’t the reason for the recommendation to power down, though, Burke said. It’s simply become too expensive from a cost-benefit perspective to operate the country’s smallest nuclear plant, he said.

The utility spends $250 million each year to produce energy and maintain facilities at Fort Calhoun.

That’s a hurdle, Burke says, when it comes to achieving its goal of taking rates from about 7 percent below the regional average to 20 percent below that average.

And the utility’s revenues have been falling. First, there is lower demand for electricity as customers move toward energy efficiency. Second, the utility is getting less money for the excess power it generates that it sells on the open market.

Recently, an oversupply of natural gas and increased regional wind energy production has made it increasingly difficult for OPPD to make up for revenue shortfalls associated with flat or falling demand for electricity, Burke said…….

If the board follows through on the recommendation, OPPD’s wind and renewable generation will comprise 49 percent of the portfolio by 2020, up from 38 percent that is currently forecast.

OPPD’s relationship with renewables grew in 2014 when the utility approved a long-term generation plan that included the phase-out some of its coal-burning units, conversion of others to natural gas and added 400 megawatts of wind power from a massive wind farm near O’Neill, Nebraska.

Under the plan presented Thursday, those plans remain intact, but Burke said the most economically viable course is one that does not include nuclear power and effectively ends more than 40 years of nuclear generation…….

Burke said he expects the plant to enter a “cold shutdown” in October of this year, should the board proceed with the recommendation. In a cold shutdown, pressure and temperature conditions within the plant’s nuclear reactor are lowered to a level that prevents a nuclear chain reaction from occurring.

From there, the utility will proceed with various regulatory applications required to decommission the plant. That process includes dismantling the facility, decontaminating it and safely disposing of radiated materials.

Burke said radiated fuel rods likely would remain on the site — there is nowhere else to transport them since a proposed radioactive waste repository at Yucca Mountain in south-central Nevada is still in limbo. For now, radioactive waste from nuclear power plants is stored on-site in concrete casks.

Decommissioning can take 10 years under a process known as Decon, under which the plant is immediately dismantled and contaminated materials are either decontaminated or removed. In a deferred dismantling process known as Safstor, facilities are maintained for a period of up to 60 years and radioactivity decays to a safe level.

OPPD in its 2015 annual report estimated the costs to decommission Fort Calhoun would be about $884 million. The utility has socked away about $373 million for those costs.

The board will take 30 days to consider management’s proposal, during which time it will field concerns and suggestions from stakeholders and ratepayers.

Contact the writer: 402-444-1534cole.epley@owh.com    http://www.omaha.com/money/oppd-ceo-shut-down-fort-calhoun-nuclear-plant-by-end/article_f8b86658-184e-11e6-b852-8f5144170b67.html

May 13, 2016 Posted by | business and costs, USA | 1 Comment

Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material strengthens nuclear security

flag-UN-Smsafety-symbol-SmNew amendment on safeguarding nuclear facilities comes into force, strengthening a weak link in nuclear security, UN News Centre,  12 May 2016 – After nearly two decades, the Amendment to the United Nations –backed Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material (CPPNM) entered into force on 8 May – strengthening nuclear security and reducing the threat of nuclear terrorism worldwide.

At an event marking the historic milestone, Yukiya Amano, Director General of the International Atomic Agency (IAEA), said: “The entry into force of the Amendment demonstrates the determination of the international community to act together to strengthen nuclear security globally.”

On 8 April, the ratification of Panama brought the number of CPPNM adherences to 102, the threshold necessary to kick the agreement into effect in 30 days. The bolstered Convention,described by Mr. Amano as “the single most important step which the world can take to strengthen nuclear security,” will, among other things, reduce the risk of a terrorist attack on a nuclear power plant and make it more difficult to smuggle nuclear material.

As the only international legally-binding undertaking on the physical protection of nuclear material, the 1979 Convention established measures to prevent, detect and punish offenses.

The Amendment broadens the CPPNM by protecting nuclear facilities and material in domestic use, storage and transport. It also expands on identified offences, such as nuclear material theft, as well as introduces new ones, including nuclear material smuggling and nuclear facility sabotage.

Now that the Amendment has entered into force, new international notification and cooperation requirements will become fully operational, including enhanced information sharing between States in locating and recovering stolen material……..http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=53920#.VzTqW9J97Gg

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Still possible to avert global climate change disaster – UN climate chief

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Hoesung Lee, head of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, voices hope in battle against 2C increase in warming but warns of ‘phenomenal’ costs,
Guardian,  , 11 May 16  The head of the United Nations climate science panel has declared it is still possible to avoid a dangerous 2C increase in global warming – despite more than a dozen record hot years since 2000. But the costs could be “phenomenal”, he said.

In an interview with the Guardian, Hoesung Lee, the leader of theIntergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), defied the bleak outlook of climate scientists who warn the world is hurtling to a 2C rise far faster than anticipated.

Governments set 2C as the danger limit for global warming at the Paris climate conference last year – and agreed to work to limit warming to 1.5C.

Global average temperatures have already risen about 1C since the pre-industrial era because of warming caused by greenhouse gas emissions. February’s hot temperatures stunned scientists, even after a string of record-breaking years.

But Lee insisted the 2C goal remained technically feasible, although it could become prohibitively expensive. “2C is achievable, and if we fail to act according to what the IPCC has been advising, the cost will rise phenomenally,” Lee said. “The sooner we act, we will be able to achieve 2C stabilisation cost-effectively,” he went on. “The longer we wait to take action, the cost will be a lot higher.”…….

Delaying until the middle of the century would be ruinously expensive. “If we fail to act properly, then the emissions reduction will have to double to something like 6% a year, which is unprecedented in any experience.” Even then, however, Lee refused to rule out the feasibility of the 2C goal. “It is achievable if there is a drastic change in the way of doing business,” he said.

Scientists have also said that the world’s carbon dioxide concentration is now on the brink of never again dipping below the 400 parts per million (ppm) milestone, as two important measuring stations, at Cape Grim in Australia and Hawaii’s Mauna Loa volcano, sit on the point of no return……..http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/may/11/un-climate-change-hoesung-lee-global-warming-interview

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American, Russian and Chinese merchants of nuclear war and mass killing

apocalypseIn War We Trust, Even If It’s Nuclear? History News Network, May 12, 2016 by Murray Polner   “……The US has always needed real or imaginary enemies to make its historic addiction to war more palatable. Nowadays it’s perfectly acceptable to damn Vladimir Putin as an authoritarian but he’s no more authoritarian than some of America’s closest allies.  The problem is that, like the US, he commands thousands of nuclear bombs a subject about which I’ve been writing since the start of what sounds like another Cold/maybe Hot War era. The hawkish Hillary Clinton compared him to Hitler after Moscow’s annexation of Crimea. But Henry Kissinger of all people saw through the hot air emanating from Washington’s inner circles (echoed by an uncritical media) when he wrote that excoriating Putin was no substitute for shaping a sane policy, which our foreign policy elites have regularly disdained to do, especially after past and present incompetents and worse have caused the deaths of some 38,000 US military in Korea, 58,000 in Vietnam and 7,000 in Iraq, not to mention millions of innocent Asians and Middle Easterners. No VIP has ever been tried or imprisoned for these deaths.

The US noose around Russia began in earnest when our most lethal weaponry began pouring into Russia’s erstwhile satellites adjacent to Russian borders, (great news for Merchants of Death stockholders). Continue reading

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Koch brothers and power utilities connive to stop solar power

Koch-brothersThe Koch Brothers’ Dirty War on Solar Power All over the country, the Kochs and utilities have been blocking solar initiatives — but nowhere more so than in Florida, Rolling Stone, By  February 11, 2016 After decades of false starts, solar power in America is finally poised for its breakthrough moment. The price of solar panels has dropped by more than 80 percent since President Obama took office, and the industry is beginning to compete with coal and natural gas on economics alone.

But the birth of Big Solar poses a grave threat to those who profit from burning fossil fuels. And investor-owned utilities, together with Koch-brothers-funded front groups like American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), are mounting a fierce, rear-guard resistance at the state level – pushing rate hikes and punishing fees for homeowners who turn to solar power. Their efforts have darkened green-energy prospects in could-be solar superpowers like Arizona and Nevada. But nowhere has the solar industry been more eclipsed than in Florida, where the utilities’ powers of obstruction are unrivaled.

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May 13, 2016 Posted by | renewable, secrets,lies and civil liberties, USA | Leave a comment