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September 18 Energy News

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Opinion:

¶ “Trump’s climate science denial clashes with reality of rising seas in Florida” • In Miami, Donald Trump said he believed scientists have tricked Americans into accepting that global warming is caused by the burning of fossil fuels. Meanwhile, the city is spending $500 million in a program to protect itself from the rising ocean. [Los Angeles Times]

Sandy Garcia sits in her vehicle on a flooded street in Fort Lauderdale. (Joe Raedle / Getty Images) Sandy Garcia sits in her vehicle on a flooded
street in Fort Lauderdale. (Joe Raedle / Getty Images)

World:

¶ The president of Costa Rica inaugurated the Reventazon Hydroelectric Plant in the country’s Caribbean region, the second-biggest infrastructure work in Central America after the Panama Canal and the largest of its kind in the region. The dam has a capacity of 305.5 MW, enough to power 525,000 homes. [Latin American Herald Tribune]

¶ A University of Waterloo study says bringing solar and wind energy to Canada’s remote…

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September 17 Energy News

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Opinion:

¶ “Is the power of king coal overstated?” • If you want to shock and appall a politician, just suggest Australia put limits on building new coal mines. They ask, “How else will the poor countries be able to develop their economies to become rich as we are?” Short answer: by relying more on energy that emits less carbon. [The Sydney Morning Herald]

The simple truth is that no-one knows what the future holds.  (Photo: Simon O'Dwyer) The simple truth is that no-one knows what the future holds.
(Photo: Simon O’Dwyer)

¶ “Nuclear power station is a ‘£100bn boondoggle’ says top Scots expert” • The Tories are backing the wrong energy horse with the “£100 billion boondoggle” that is the new nuclear power station Hinkley Point C, according to one of Scotland’s leading energy experts. It risks increasing fuel poverty and consumer fuel bills. [The National]

Science and Technology:

¶ A process called “biofabrication” was devised as an alternative…

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September 18, 2016 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

6th Citizen-Scientist International Symposium on Radiation Protection Date: Friday, October 7 – Monday, October 10, 2016

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From the Reality of Chernobyl and Fukushima

Date: Friday, October 7 – Monday, October 10, 2016
Venue: Main Hall, Fukushima Gender
 Equality Centre 1-196-1 Kakunai, Nihonmatsu, Fukushima, 964-0904

The Citizen-Scientist International Symposium on Radiation Protection (CSRP), a politically, financially, ideologically and religiously independent non-profit organization, has been committed to keeping to minimum the damages on health and environment caused by the Tokyo Electric Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant disaster that followed the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami in March 11, 2011.

CSRP has been inviting administrative officials, researchers, NGOs, member experts of governmental inquiry commissions and international organizations working on radiation protection, etc. Since around the 3rd CSRP, this approach has started to bear fruit, because scientists and other stakeholders with different positions and paradigms began to share the same table of discussion, thus gradually making possible constructive exchange of views.

In the course of this approach, however, we began to encounter a new challenge that may concern the premise of the CSRP; the deeper we got into scientific discussion, the higher the hurdle for participation got for the general public, especially for younger generations. Also, the diversity of voices were to be alienated from pointed scientific discussions that are decisive for the decision-making of the radiation protection of the general public. This lead us to some interrogations : “Isn’t ‘science’ given too much importance in decision-making?”; “Is ‘science’ the only way for citizens to bring today’s situation under their power?”

While always continuing to examine new scientific findings with respect to health, environmental and social impacts of low-dose exposure, we added the theme of “Between Art and Science” to the 5th symposium last year, exposed various art works inspired by nuclear power and nuclear disasters, and organized a panel discussion with artists and scientists. This was the CSRP’s new attempt to question “science” and “scientificity” with a view to reexamining the relationships between science, art and philosophy before and after the modernity. The 6th CSRP of this year, held in the city of Nihonmatsu, Fukushima Pref., will collaborate with the Institute of Regional Creation by Arts, the University of Fukushima, to cosponsor the Fukushima Biennale 2016. We hope this new attempt will bring new visions to the participants.

As a place to learn and make full use of new findings exploring the effects of low-dose radiation exposure accumulating day by day, and to think together about the rights of people facing the consequences of the nuclear accident and about what epidemiology and public health should do in order to minimize the damage, we open the 6th Citizen-Scientist International Symposium on Radiation Protection.

http://csrp.jp/csrp2016/engindex.html

September 18, 2016 Posted by | Fukushima 2016 | , , | Leave a comment

Photos show nuclear tragedy’s toll on pets

They never came back because the radiation levels were too high. The animal rescue teams knew the animals were abandoned and left there, so they had three weeks to go in there to find them,” said O’Connor, who added that farm animals usually had to be euthanized.

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Akira Honda, founder of Nyander Guard Animal Rescue, shows photos of animals left behind in the aftermath of the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster in Japan. The photos are on display at Ventura County Animal Services’ Camarillo shelter.

Shortly after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in 2011 in Japan, nearby residents were immediately evacuated from their homes because of the risk of radiation exposure. They were forced to leave their animals behind.

Akira Honda, nicknamed Taicho, immediately raced to the disaster area from his hometown six hours away to help, and realized the need for an animal shelter near the radiation-contaminated exclusion zone.

A month later, Taicho established the Nyander Guard Animal Rescue about 25 miles away.

Photos of the animal rescue operation in Japan are being exhibited until Tuesday at the Ventura County Animal Services shelter in Camarillo. A fundraiser is also being held for the continued care of animals at Nyander Guard.

Taicho toured the no-kill Camarillo shelter, met with Camarillo Mayor Mike Morgan and shared his story with visitors to the shelter on Saturday.

Visitors to the exhibit have an opportunity to donate to Nyander Guard, which has rescued 740 dogs and cats and currently cares for more than 200 animals.

Kerry O’Connor, a Nyander Guard volunteer from Camarillo who now lives in Japan, helped bring the photo exhibit to the Camarillo shelter. Some of the photos of animals with severe injuries are too graphic and are kept in a separate notebook that can still be viewed.

O’Connor went to Japan to volunteer after the nuclear disaster that followed an earthquake and tsunami. She said residents in Fukushima were assured they’d be back at home after a day or so, so they left their animals.

They never came back because the radiation levels were too high. The animal rescue teams knew the animals were abandoned and left there, so they had three weeks to go in there to find them,” said O’Connor, who added that farm animals usually had to be euthanized.

A lot of people were scared but realized saving the animals was the right thing to do,” said O’Connor, who translated for the Japanese-speaking Taicho.

She said the rescued dogs and cats had been exposed to radiation.

But unless you had a really high dosage in a short amount of time, it really does not affect them until about 30 years later, and they don’t live that long,” O’Connor said.

Taicho had a cat rescue operation before he started Nyander Guard.

At Nyander Guard, cats are able to roam in cat rooms, while bigger dogs have spacious kennels and smaller dogs are kept indoors. The dogs are walked twice a day and sometimes taken on trips to parks.

Although five years have passed since the disaster, the shelter still rescues and feeds abandoned animals in the restricted areas, which are becoming extremely hard to enter.

In addition to Nyander Guard, Taicho recently acquired another shelter that aided in rescuing the Fukushima animals, which tripling the staff’s work.

His goal is to make Japan a place where animals shelters are no-kill and to start a national protection organization.

http://www.vcstar.com/story/news/2016/09/17/photos-show-nuclear-tragedys-toll-pets/90376664/

Study on the impact of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident On Animals:
(Adobe. 64pg. PDF.)

http://noui.kitasato-u.ac.jp/study_impact.pdf

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Information about malformations of fetus and abortions in Fukushima

This video is from April 9, 2016,  6 months ago.

Two evacuated women from Fukushima talk about their experiences. One of them gives information about malformations of fetus and abortions.

With English subtitles which are not great but you can follow the story.

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Long-term stays start in Tomioka

 

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Shizuo Suzuki stands in front of his shop in Tomioka, Fukushima Prefecture, on Wednesday, with the empty shopping street visible in the background.

TOMIOKA, Fukushima — Long-term stays (see below) for residents of Tomioka, Fukushima Prefecture, started on Saturday. Evacuation orders for the town limits issued after the accident at Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings, Inc.’s Fukushima No.1 nuclear power plant still stand.

The success of the project will hinge on how many residents the town can get back, with a view to having the evacuation orders lifted in April next year.

Shizuo Suzuki, 63, who resumed business 2½ years ago on a shopping street in the town’s Chuo district, which is part of a zone people are allowed to enter during the daytime, is hoping for some of the bustle of the town to return.

Suzuki’s hardware shop is on Chuo shopping street, which is on the west side of the JR Joban Line’s Tomioka Station. Suzuki took over the shop, which was established in 1952, after his father died in 1998. Before the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, the shop mainly dealt with materials such as cement, gravel and reinforced steel, supplying local building companies.

Although the earthquake didn’t do much damage to the shop, the nuclear plant accident which followed forced Suzuki and his 58-year-old wife to move out. After they drifted around various places in Fukushima Prefecture, including a gymnasium in Kawauchi, a neighboring village to the west of Tomioka, and a home of their relatives in Aizuwakamatsu, they finally settled in Iwaki.

Entering Tomioka became easier when the government eased regulations in 2013. The area around Suzuki’s shop was designated a residence restriction zone, making it possible for him to resume business there.

Suzuki, who was then working part-time at a construction company in Iwaki, decided to go back to his shop in January 2014. Although he did not know how many customers would come, he was looking forward to working in his hometown again.

I wanted to stay positive and uphold my sense of purpose in life,” he said. Commuting from Iwaki, he cleaned up the shop and resumed business in March 2014, after decontamination of the area was complete.

Suzuki still commutes to Tomioka from Iwaki, which takes about an hour each way by car. The shop is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Five or six workers involved in decontamination work or building demolition in the neighborhood visit the shop daily and purchase items such as shovels, crowbars and ropes. As Suzuki’s shop is the only one to have resumed business in the area, the bustle of the shopping street has not yet returned.

According to the municipal government, shops that have reopened other than Suzuki’s are limited to convenience stores and gas stations. The town plans to open a commercial facility, publicly funded and privately operated, that includes a home-improvement center and restaurants at the end of November, for long-term-stay residents and in preparation for the lifting of evacuation orders.

Streets will come back to life as people start returning for long stays. I hope other shops will resume business too,” Suzuki said. He had his home next to the shop demolished as it had decayed while he was away. He intends to rebuild his house and live in the town when other residents start to return.

Long-term stay

In anticipation of the lifting of evacuation orders, registered residents are allowed to stay in their houses to find out what problems they may face when they return to the town. The number of registered residents in Tomioka, Fukushima Prefecture, as of July 12 was 9,679 from 3,860 households. According to the central government, 119 residents from 56 households have applied for long-term stays as of Thursday.

http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0003221490

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LDP policy chief calls for decommissioning of Monju reactor

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Toshimitsu Motegi, chairman of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party’s Policy Research Council, on Friday called for decommissioning the Monju prototype fast-breeder nuclear reactor in central Japan as a cost-effective step for the troubled facility.

In an interview, Motegi said that he cannot think of any option other than decommissioning for the reactor in Tsuruga in Fukui Prefecture, which is operated by the Japan Atomic Energy Agency.

Now is the time to make a decision,” Motegi said.

The Monju reactor, which reached criticality for the first time in 1994, has been in operation only for 250 days so far, while more than ¥1 trillion has been spent on the reactor, a core facility for Japan’s nuclear fuel cycle policy.

He also cited a failure to find a new operator of the reactor to replace the JAEA, though the Nuclear Regulation Authority urged the education and science minister to take such a step in November last year.

The JAEA is effectively banned from restarting the reactor following a series of problems, including its failure to conduct maintenance checks properly.

Motegi said hundreds of billions of yen more would be necessary for the reactor to meet the current stricter reactor safety standards for restart.

Also in the interview, Motegi said that the LDP will start discussions Tuesday on whether to extend the maximum term of office for the LDP president.

The LDP will revise its rules at a party convention next year if it reaches a conclusion on the issue by year-end at its headquarters for political system reforms, he said.

The LDP currently sets the maximum term of its president at two consecutive three-year terms. Some party members have called for allowing Abe to serve another three years to allow him to remain prime minister when Tokyo hosts the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/09/16/national/ldp-policy-chief-calls-decommissioning-monju-reactor/#.V9xyR-uvirU

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Nuclear power as climate treatment – a cure worse than the disease – theme for September 16

Let’s pretend that nuclear power is really “zero carbon” (which it isn’t)

Let’s pretend that thousands of “conventional” nuclear reactors, or millions of little geewhiz new Small Modular Nuclear Reactors could be set up within just  a few years, in time to be effective against climate change ( we know they would take from about 70 years at the earliest)

Do we need a dirty,  dangerous, unsafe, land and water polluting industry as an environmental cure?

(Especially when clean renewable energy and energy efficiency can be set up quickly)

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September 18, 2016 Posted by | Christina's themes, climate change | Leave a comment

Climate and Nuclear news to 18th September

a-cat-CANCLIMATE.  Approaching the First Climate Tipping Point — On Track to Hit 1.5 C Before 2035.   Low Arctic sea ice in 2016 – close to record low level. Marshall Islanders culture threatened: emigration as sea level rises.   Polar bears losing habitat as sea ice melting earlier, and refreezing later. Extreme drought: the impact of climate change and El Nino on the Amazon rainforest. Climate change endangers nuclear facilities, as water supplies heat up and evaporate.

NUCLEAR. In Britain, Prime Minister Theresa May finally gave the go-ahead for the Hinkley Point C nuclear power project. This decision, like New York’s decision to subsidise the nuclear industry, will have global effects.

The decision was probably inevitable, given the circumstances. The factors at play were:

For everyone else, especially the British public, it’s  a very bad deal. –  E3G, a leading climate change think tank sets out reasons why going ahead with Hinkley is a massive mistake. It is  a megaproject which could become a “stranded asset”.  After all, Hinkley still might not ever happen.  Renewables are faster and better.

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 DNA damage, cancer caused by ionizing radiation identified.   Linear No Threshold Theory (LNT) of ionising radiation is backed by new research.

Gloom pervades The World Nuclear Association (WNA) Symposium 2016.

USA.  Hillary Clinton’s role in the Fukushima nuclear disaster cover-up. Illegal hiding of emails.  Nuclear industry will grind to a halt, if no waste disposal solution.   America giving up on the Mixed Oxide Nuclear Fuel (MOX) nuclear reprocessing boondoggle.

UK. It could have been an ISIS terrorist. Lucky it was only a peace protestor holding up nuclear weapons convoy

SOUTH AFRICA  South Africa’s economy could be destroyed by this unnecessary nuclear power build.

IRAN. West not keeping its commitment for Iran trade, in nuclear deal.

RUSSIA. Russia has not changed its nuclear weapons doctrine -Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) conference

SOUTH KOREA. Earthquakes cause South Korea to halt four nuclear reactors.

CANADA. Canadian political parties forced to reimburse illegal SNC-Lavalin donations.

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