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Donald Trump can launch nuclear weapons anytime: even Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis (now sacked) could not have stopped him.

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December 24, 2018 Posted by | politics, USA, weapons and war | 2 Comments

Melting Arctic ice pouring out water at an accelerating rate -14,000 tons of water per second

Melting Arctic ice is now pouring 14,000 tons of water per second into the ocean, scientists find

A new survey finds that the region has contributed almost an inch to rising seas since 1971.https://www.washingtonpost.com/energy-environment/2018/12/21/melting-arctic-ice-is-now-pouring-tons-water-per-second-into-ocean-scientists-find/?utm_term=.45ab481784ea By Chris MooneyDecember 21

new scientific survey has found that the glaciers of the Arctic are the world’s biggest contributors to rising seas, shedding ice at an accelerating rate that now adds well over a millimeter to the level of the ocean every year.

That is considerably more ice melt than Antarctica is contributing, even though the Antarctic contains far more ice. Still, driven by glacier clusters in Alaska, Canada and Russia and the vast ice sheet of Greenland, the fast-warming Arctic is outstripping the entire ice continent to the south — for now.

However, the biggest problem is that both ice regions appear to be accelerating their losses simultaneously — suggesting that we could be in for an even faster rate of sea-level rise in future decades. Seas are rising by about three millimeters each year, according to NASA. That’s mainly driven by the Arctic contribution, the Antarctic and a third major factor — that ocean water naturally expands as it warms.

For Arctic ice loss, “the rate has tripled since 1986,” said Jason Box, first author of the new study and a scientist at the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland. “So it clearly shows an acceleration of the sea-level contribution.”

“Antarctica will probably take over at some point in the future, but during the past 47 years of this study, it’s not controversial that the Arctic is the largest contribution of land ice to sea-level rise,” he said.

Scientists in the United States, Chile, Canada, Norway and the Netherlands contributed to the work, published in Environmental Research Letters.

The Arctic is also losing floating sea ice at a rapid pace, but that loss does not contribute substantially to rising seas (though it has many other consequences). Sea ice losses closely match what is happening on land, which makes sense because both phenomena are being driven by the fast warming of the atmosphere in the Arctic, which has heated up at a rate much faster than seen in lower latitudes. Warming seas are also driving some of the ice loss.

Here’s the new study’s tally of where all the Arctic ice loss has come from since 1971:  [diagram on original]

The total Arctic loss at present is 447 billion tons of ice per year — which Box calculated is about 14,000 tons of water per second. That’s for the period between 2005 and 2015. Between 1986 and 2005, the loss is calculated at around 5,000 tons per second — therefore, the rate has almost tripled.

Separate research has recently found that the Antarctic’s loss rate has also tripled in just a decade, reaching 219 billion tons per year from 2012 to 2017.

Assuming these numbers are correct and summing them together, the world’s polar regions are losing about 666 billion tons of ice to the ocean each year — amounting to a little bit less than two millimeters of sea-level rise annually.

Treating the Arctic as a whole can miss something, though, notes Christopher Larsen, a glacier expert at the University of Alaska at Fairbanks.

Namely, the Arctic acceleration documented in the study is really being driven by Greenland, which contains more than 20 feet of potential sea-level rise, dwarfing all other Arctic ice sources.

“With respect to the present rate of ice mass loss, and the increasing rates thereof, it is Greenland that has the most significant rate of increased mass loss in the present day,” Larsen said in an email.

“This is especially noteworthy as ultimately Greenland has the most ice to lose in the Northern Hemisphere,” he said. “As rapid as ice loss is now or may become anywhere in the north, the regional totals of ice mass within Alaska or the Arctic Canada are smaller than what Greenland holds.”

To give a sense of the scale of the Arctic losses, Box imagined what it would mean if they were distributed among Earth’s human population.

“If you take the 7.7 billion people on Earth and divide the present-day numbers, from 2005 to 2015, each person on Earth would have the equivalent of 160 liters per day, every day, every year,” Box said.

 

 

December 24, 2018 Posted by | oceans | Leave a comment

Drones pose potential danger to nuclear facilities, not just to airports

David Lowry’s Blog 22nd Dec 2018 Labour backbencher Paul Flynn MP raised in a question on drone risks in April 2016 in the House of Commons, there is also the spectre of a droneattack on critical energy infrastructure, such as nuclear power plants, in a question on drone risks, to be dismissed by the then Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin: “There is no complacency whatever from the Government on the use of drones.” It seems he was wrong.

David Lowry’s Blog 22nd Dec 2018

http://drdavidlowry.blogspot.com/2018/12/droning-on-ministerial-complacency-real.html

December 24, 2018 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Britain’s historic nuclear records removed from public view

December 24, 2018 Posted by | secrets,lies and civil liberties, UK | Leave a comment

Top court orders TEPCO to pay compensation for voluntary evacuation from Fukushima

December 18, 2018 (Mainichi Japan) TOKYO — The Supreme Court on Dec. 13 upheld the lower court ruling ordering Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) to pay about 16 million yen in compensation to a man in his 40s and his family that voluntarily evacuated Fukushima Prefecture to western Japan after the 2011 nuclear disaster.

December 24, 2018 Posted by | Japan, legal | Leave a comment

Orano or is it Framatome or is it Areva – shaken by a new corruption case

Ouest France 19th Dec 2018, A new case is shaking the French nuclear group Orano, formerly known as
Areva. An investigation was opened by the Paris prosecutor’s office for “corrupt foreign public official”, involving one of the providers of Orano, the company Eurotradia International. “We did not notice anything abnormal
and we are now at the disposal of justice,” said the spokesman of Orano, which ensures to have terminated its contracts with Eurotradia.
https://www.ouest-france.fr/economie/entreprises/areva/orano-anciennement-areva-visee-par-une-enquete-judiciaire-pour-corruption-6140465

December 24, 2018 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Communities call on France’s government to stop EDF from setting up nuclear facilities on agricultural land.

December 24, 2018 Posted by | France, opposition to nuclear | Leave a comment

$billions cost to South Carolina residents, as a result of the failed VC Summer nuclear project

2018 Newsmaker: V.C. Summer Nuclear Debacle

V.C. Summer nuclear cancellation costs SC residents billions https://www.postandcourier.com/news/v-c-summer-nuclear-cancellation-costs-sc-residents-billions/article_5e47be44-f711-11e8-b849-7fd4061473e5.html

·      By Andrew Brown abrown@postandcourier.com,24 Dec18

·         Electric customers with South Carolina Electric & Gas got stuck paying another $2.3 billion for two unfinished nuclear reactors at V.C. Summer station in Fairfield County this year.

·         The state’s regulators on the Public Service Commission ruled that SCE&G’s parent company, SCANA Corp., could charge customers for the failed South Carolina nuclear project and approved Dominion’s takeover of the utility in December.

·         It capped off a year-long struggle between the utility company and the Office of Regulatory Staff, the state’s utility watchdog agency.

·         The $9 billion nuclear boondoggle was cancelled last year, but the financial fiasco continued to consume the state’s political and legal systems in 2018.

·         The public service commission’s ruling largely seals the fate of SCE&G customers, but the future of Santee Cooper, the minority owner of the failed project, remains up in the air.

·         The legislature is preparing to consider whether to sell Santee Cooper, a state-run utility. Meanwhile, federal law enforcement officials continue to probe the debacle and explore possible criminal charges.

 

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December 24, 2018 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment