The week that was, in climate and nuclear news
I don’t know which is the worst news this week – climate or nuclear. But I am going away for a week on a boat, WITH NO ACCESS TO ANYTHING DIGITAL. I can’t wait. I’m taking one of those old things we all used to use – A BOOK.
But I digress:
CLIMATE. I hardly know where to start. I think that the worst thing is connected with the collapse of journalism – as articles appear denouncing climate scientists as “frauds”. This, despite the 97 percent scientific consensus on climate change.
NUCLEAR. Remarkable apathy prevails, as nuclear weapons tensions hot up.
CLIMATE January sea ice volume is lowest on record, by a considerable margin. Global warming might accelerate, due to the Interdecadal Pacific Oscillation, “El Tío” (the uncle).
- Trump has no skills to negotiate foreign relations, but he can unleash nuclear war. Trump’s chief advisor, Steve Bannon and his obsession with war. Trump didn’t know what the New START nuclear treaty was, but wanted to get rid of it. Pentagon urges Trump to expand nuclear weapons, ready for “limited” atomic war.
- SOMETIMES there’s A BIT of good news at Hanford nuclear facility.
- Was the Nuclear Control Room Panel Fire at Quad Cities Caused By a Defective GE-Hitachi Switch?
- Risks in nuclear wastes being transported through Texas cities.
- USA Nuclear officials killed study on whether reactors posed cancer risk to nearby residents ‘The cancer rates have surged enormously due to high levels of radiation’
- US nuclear industry looks to Trump to change nuclear regulation rules.
- Florida Power and Light, and the costly nuclear mess it is in.
JAPAN. Toshiba’s nuclear dominoes collapsing . Hitachi to take a 70 billion yen hit after U.S nuclear project fails. Beyond nuclear power: Japan’s smart energy communities mushroom. Robot could not cope with the radiation levels inside damaged Fukushima nuclear reactor. Lost in translation: Fukushima readings are not new spikes, just the same “hot mess” that’s always been there. Fukushima nuclear disaster: Worker sues Tepco over cancer
UK. Blow to UK nuclear strategy as Toshiba considers pulling out of Cumbria plant Europe’s biggest nuclear construction project now hangs in the balance. Harmless radiation” – the message from Britain’s fake charity Weinberg Next Nuclear
CANADA. Nuclear waste dump saga continues in Canada
CHINA. China more than doubled solar capacity in 2016
SOUTH AFRICA Civil society organisations call on President Jacob Zuma to scrap South Africa nuclear deal.
SOUTH KOREA. Seoul Administrative Court finds in favour of local residents, orders closure of nuclear facility.
PAKISTAN. Pakistan demands that India bring its nuclear programme under International Atomic Energy Commission (IAEA)’s safeguards.
INDIA. Toshiba to withdraw from Indian nuclear projects
RUSSIA Russia finally admits to a nuclear reactor failure that it covered up for 2 months
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