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November 1 Energy News



¶ “Oil patch states may have seen the last boom” • A growing body of research says changes in the international oil market, advances in wind power and solar generation, and regulations aimed at curbing climate change may hold down the price of oil and natural gas for years or even a decade. [Environment & Energy Publishing]

North Dakota oil pumps (Photo courtesy of AP Images) North Dakota oil pumps (Photo courtesy of AP Images)

Science and Technology:

¶ A report from Navigant Research on the global market for residential distributed energy resources predicts that annual revenue for the market is set to increase from about $19.7 billion in 2016 to $92.7 billion in 2025, growing at an annual growth rate of 18.8%, and bringing the sector’s total revenue up to $423 billion. [CleanTechnica]

¶ PricewaterhouseCoopers’ annual Low Carbon Economy Index report has found that the global carbon intensity (emissions per unit of GDP)…

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Lord Stern: we need negative emissions to avoid 2C warming #auspol


Speaking at the Royal Society, top climate economist reflects on challenges and opportunities a decade after his seminal review into implications of a warming world.

I am going to speak about five issues. First, I will outline the risks, the required action and the global agenda.
Next, I will speak about the urgency and scale of action required.
Third, I will describe the 21st century growth story, and how to deliver on the global agenda.
Then I will turn to the importance of building sustainable infrastructure.
And finally I will look forward to the next ten years and the prospects for the future.
Let us begin by considering where we may be headed on our current pathway in terms of atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases and global average temperatures.
It is worth remembering just how robust the science of climate change is, built on two centuries of theory and evidence…

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Hot Climate Conjures Trio of Nasty Halloween Tricks — Heatwaves, Record-Low Sea Ice, Fall Greenland Melt


With each passing year, the effects of human-caused climate change become more and more visible. But for some reason, Halloween appears to be a preferred time for the emergence of various hothouse hobgoblins. In 2012, the Atlantic seaboard was reeling after a vicious strike from Hurricane Sandy. Over the past three years, powerful North Atlantic storms had begun to build at this time of year, setting sights on the UK and Europe. This year, as a hurricane-force low roars toward the Aleutians, the nastiness comes in the form of weird heatwaves, record-low global sea ice coverage, and hints of odd late-fall Greenland melt.

Record Heat Strikes Arctic, U.S.

NASA’s Gavin Schmidt has been warning for months that 2016 will be a global scorcher for the record books. Nowhere has this heat been more apparent than in the Arctic. Halloween only serves to reinforce the rule as today’s temperature departure…

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October 31 Energy News



¶ “How the electricity utilities ‘use a little bit of political jiu-jitsu’ to steal the sun” • US electrical utilities, feeling pressure from distributed solar power, are acting to protect their monopolies. In Florida, the utilities are spending tens of millions of dollars to manipulate the electorate into voting to limit solar power’s growth. [Electrek]

Solar array

¶ “Taiwan bows to public opinion in pulling plug on nuclear power” • Like Japan, Taiwan is poor in natural resources. It introduced nuclear power generation in the 1970s. Currently, three nuclear power plants are in operation in Taiwan. However, like Japan, Taiwan is prone to earthquakes and other natural disasters. [Asahi Shimbun]


¶ A 100-MW offshore wind power pilot project will likely be installed in ocean off Gujarat in about three years, according to an expert in renewable energy at DNV GL, which has a 30-consultant team in…

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Tell US NRC to Keep Monitoring-Investigating Nuclear Workers for Drugs and Alcohol – Deadline Friday 4th Nov 11.59 ET

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Tell the US NRC by November 4th 11.59 pm ET that they need to keep monitoring and investigating nuclear workers for drug and alcohol and not leave it to the utilities-fuel fabrication companies, as they seem to want to do. Comment here: It’s quick and easy and can be anonymous.

In 2013 the US NRC blogged: “Watching over a nuclear reactor’s controls or supervising nuclear power plant maintenance are jobs that need a person’s full attention. Nuclear plant workers can’t perform properly if they’re … under the influence of drugs or alcohol. For those reasons, the NRC has strict “fitness for duty” requirements so companies can spot impaired workers and keep them out of the plant./ Human factors were in the spotlight after the Three Mile Island accident in 1979. Afterward, we closely examined how human behavior affects nuclear plant safety. In 1989 the agency issued the…

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Watch National Geographic’s stunning climate-change documentary starring Leonardo DiCaprio #auspol 


You have to admit, it doesn’t sound like must-watch TV: a National Geographic Channel documentary about climate change starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Mixing together the science of our damaged planet and the guy who fought the bear in the movie “The Revenant” seems like a bit of an odd choice.
But the combination works. DiCaprio steps into the role of science journalist, interviewing researchers, innovators, and people living in parts of the world where severe impacts of climate change are already being felt. The film trades in charts and jargon for stunning images of climate catastrophes already underway.
“Before the Flood” is so powerful because it presents climate change as it a really is: a global threat that links together people separated by class and geography.
The film was directed by the Academy Award-winning documentarian Fisher Stevens (of “The Cove”).
Stevens told Business Insider that he isn’t trying to change the…

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What about the Fukushima Daiichi Plutonium Release?

Recently I came across this article from Hideo Watanabe, a Japanese blogger, which I find very interesting. It has the merit to raise some questions about the real quantity of Plutonium released in March 2011 during the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant catastrophe.

The claim of Hideo Watanabe that there was plutonium stocked in reactor 4 and plumed from it seems highly unlikely, as Bellona were in there and they would have picked up on high readings in the number 4 building if the reactor seals had been damaged like the others. That is why I have left that part out in this blog article.

However, his article has the merit to point out the contradictions between the two studies and that August 2015 IAEA report, report which itself has contradictions in its text, regarding the quantity of plutonium released from Fukushima Daiichi reactors in March 2011.

The issue of Pu release from the other reactors and spent fuel pools is a bigger issue as well as the water contamination issues. The measurements earlier on were in Beta and Alpha and little was mentioned on Pu and Uranium isotopes.. Some info came out about Pu but the data was sparse.. There has been no mention of Uranium isotopes but I think Uranium was likely spread around to some degree,

Anyway the discussion on the missing isotopes is valid and worth reminding people about. The general observations are that Fukushima Daiichi has low amounts of Sr 90 compared to Chernobyl and less Pu on average.. There may be Pu hotspots around but they would be hard to find.

The IAEA would like us to believe that the March 2011 Plutonium release from Fukushima Daiichi reactors was very minimal, though their own August 2015 report shows contradictions. Furthermore two independent studies say otherwise.

Inside 200km zone, 240PU/239PU atoms ratios 0.216 – 0.255

Significantly higher than that of global fallout.


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figure 1. (a) Results of 239+240 Pu and 241 Pu activities and 240 Pu/239 Pu atom ratios in surface soil and litter samples collected in the evacuation-prepared area (J-Village) and the deliberate evacuation area (S1, Katsurao Village; S2, Namie Town; and S3, Iitate Village). Data are cited from ref 27. (b) Map showing the locations of marine sediment and seawater sampling sites. Results of 239+240 Pu activity (Bq/kg) and 240Pu/239 Pu atom ratio are shown. Data of sediment samples are cited from ref 37, and seawater samples (FSK1 and FSK 2) are cited from ref 65.


By Hideo Watanabe


Here is the Nature report :

Isotopic evidence of plutonium release into the environment from the Fukushima DNPP accident







The IAEA, published a comprehensive report of Fukushima in August 2015, the Fukushima Daiichi accident technical volume 1: description and context of the accident

Still, in that IAEA’s report there are some contradictions and weaknesses.


In the 2014 study, some researchers are saying the same thing as the Nature report.


Source: Hideo Watanabe’s blog

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