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US military flights through Shannon would be ‘illegal’ under new nuclear ban treaty

US military flights through Shannon would be ‘illegal’ under new anti-nuclear treaty

‘Doomsday Clock now stands at two minutes to midnight,’ Irish CND president says, Irish Times, Elaine Edwards 

August 8, 2018 Posted by | UK, weapons and war | Leave a comment

Greenpeace’s drone crash into nuclear power plant illustrates the danger of nuclear terrorism

Bulletin of Atomic Scientists 3rd Aug 2018 , When a Superman-shaped drone crashed into a French nuclear plant on July 3
of this year, officials were lucky it was just Greenpeace demonstrating
vulnerabilities at the facility, and not a terrorist group intent on
attacking the site.

This incident highlights why the 2010 Nuclear Posture
Review’s assessment that nuclear terrorism is “today’s most immediate
and extreme danger” remains relevant: It underscores the importance of
the sustained and persistent six-year effort from 2010 to 2016 to reduce
the threat posed by nuclear terrorism, far from the headline nuclear issues
of Iran, North Korea, and arms control with Russia.

August 8, 2018 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Nuclear fusion – if it ever works – will be far too late to affect climate change

Fusion start-ups hope to revolutionize energy in the coming decades  With the help of venture capital funding and new technologies, a cadre of companies want to commercialize fusion energy in the next 20 years, Science News,   by Katherine Bourzac, AUGUST 6, 2018 | APPEARED IN VOLUME 96, ISSUE 32

“……..A multinational, multi-billion-dollar, multidecade project called ITER promises to demonstrate net energy production from nuclear fusion after its reactor turns on in 2025. (Iter means “the way” in Latin; the project was originally called the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor.) But the ITER design is not scalable—it’s far too large and expensive to serve as a power plant on the electrical grid. Instead, it’s designed to give partner countries the research tools they need to start building practical fusion reactors sometime in 2055 at the earliest.

That’s far too late, some researchers say, especially in the face of climate change. “We need fusion energy to be deployable at a scale of tens of gigawatts at many power plants in the 2030s to tackle carbon emissions,” says David Kingham, executive vice chair of Tokamak Energy, a fusion start-up in Oxfordshire, England.

This dream of clean, abundant energy from nuclear fusion has been echoing in basement labs like the one at MIT since the 1950s. But since that time, no one has yet shown that a fusion reactor can produce more energy than it consumes—let alone run stably for years or decades………

fusion entrepreneurs and the deep-pocketed investors who are sponsoring them are seeing green. “Fusion has been undervalued by governments. It’s long term. It’s speculative. But the upside is huge,” Greenwald, the deputy director of the MIT center and a cofounder of Commonwealth Fusion Systems, says. “There’s trillions of dollars to be made. There’s trillions of watts of additional demand coming,” says Michl Binderbauer, CEO of TAE Technologies in Foothill Ranch, Calif.

Still, there are skeptics who think these start-up companies’ promises are unreasonable—at least on the aggressive time frames they’re promising. And some of the companies, skeptics say, are working on designs that physicists have deemed not ready for the grid anytime soon, while neglecting practical issues such as how to build reactors resilient enough to withstand the intense heat produced during fusion……..

August 8, 2018 Posted by | 2 WORLD, technology | Leave a comment

US Senator Udall Leads 23 Senators In Demanding Answers On Canadian Mining Co Staking Claims Within US National Monument; Trump Proclamation To Allow Mining Being Challenged — Mining Awareness +

“The GSENM area has been inhabited by man for more than 13,000 years. Projectile points (“arrowheads”), other tools, pottery shards, rock art, camp sites, and residential Ancestral Puebloan sites such as pit houses can be found across the landscape. These artifacts are extremely important to the Native Americans who still live here today and view […]

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