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Is climate heating becoming irreversible?

I started this website many years ago, because I was appalled at the lies promoting nuclear power  – lies that minimised the horror of nuclear weapons, nuclear accidents, and the radioactive legacy that we are passing on to our grandchildren and beyond.

Well – those lies are still being spread, by writers paid by the nuclear industry.

A big one is the story that nuclear will beat climate change. (the irony of it – as it’s the other way around). 

Nuclear is irrelevant to climate change, except for taking funding from real solutions.

But – my dilemma now is that climate change is the biggie, because it is sure close to irreversible. (Theoretically, nuclear could be stopped, now)

Perhaps it’s because I am Australian, that I am feeling this problem so acutely right now.  Yes, nuclear is still a horror threat, and still must be covered.

But – omigawd!    Greta Thunberg is so right!  Surely we all know this, in our hearts. We must all act on climate change.

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The oceans are getting hot

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Significant drop in France’s nuclear energy production

Reuters 10th Jan 2020, EDF’s French nuclear power generation fell by a more than expected 3.5 percent last year, the state-owned utility said on Friday. The French company’s domestic nuclear output power dropped to 379.5 terawatt hours (TWh), missing a revised production target of between 384 TWh and 388 TWh.
EDF attributed the drop to a high volume of reactor outages, with nuclear
power output tumbling in the final month of 2019 by 15.2% to 33 TWh. The
operator of France’s 58 nuclear reactors, covering about 75% of the
country’s electricity needs, had revised its 2019 nuclear production
target from 390 TWh to between 384 TWh and 388 TWh in November because of reactor maintenance and safety checks after an earthquake.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-edf-nuclearpower/edf-misses-2019-french-nuclear-power-target-idUSKBN1Z926J

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Britons want real action on climate change, but Boris Johnson’s govt missing in action on this

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Britain’s Sizewell nuclear project in jeopardy, as EDF struggles to get funding

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Letter from Canberra: The apocalyptic fires in Australia signal another future — RenewEconomy

It’s impossible to suppress an incipient rage against the political leaders and coal lobbyists who have only pretended to take the scientific warnings seriously, or dismissed them as fantasies. The post Letter from Canberra: The apocalyptic fires in Australia signal another future appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Bottled Water Use – Many West Cumbrians frightened to drink the tap water —

The Guardian reports in the news on Friday – Harrogate Spring Water plans expansion threatening woodlands. Why are so many people drinking bottled water? In West Cumbria there is a reason. People are frightened to drink the tap water for fear of it making them ill – this is not hysteria – it is being […]

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January 13 Energy News — geoharvey

Science and Technology: ¶ “Can solar geoengineering mitigate both climate change and income inequality?” • Research from the University of California San Diego finds that solar geoengineering – the intentional reflection of sunlight away from the Earth’s surface – may reduce income inequality between countries. The study was published in Nature Communications. [EurekAlert] World: ¶ “EIB […]

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The fallout from a false nuclear alarm 

The fallout from a false nuclear alarm  The Conversation, Jack L. Rozdilsky
Associate Professor of Disaster and Emergency Management, York University, CanadaJanuary 14, 2020
   On Sunday at 7:23 a.m., residents of the Greater Toronto Area were abruptly awakened by an alert issued by Ontario’s Emergency Alert Ready System stating: “An incident was reported at the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station. There has been NO abnormal release of radioactivity from the station and emergency staff are responding to the situation.”At 8:06 a.m., the Ontario Power Generation released a statement that the alert was issued in error and that there was no danger to the public or the environment. At 9:11 a.m., another message from the Provincial Alert Ready System stated that the initial nuclear alert was “in error.”………..

Other false nuclear alerts This false alarm is not the first time that a nuclear-related alert has been issued during in error during an exercise. In January 2018, an alert was issued in Hawaii warning of an impending ballistic missile attack. Thirty-eight minutes later, the alert was rescinded as a false alarm.

In the Hawaii case, similar to what happened in Ontario on January 12, a public alert was accidentally issued during a routine internal test of the Emergency Alert System. The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency released a statement that the false alert was due to human error.

Jeopardizing trust

Within hours of the false nuclear alarm, the office of Ontario’s Solicitor General released a statement of apology and said a full investigation has been launched into the error made during the routine training exercise. Those initial actions are only the first steps in attempting to repair the damage.

If we take the incident in Hawaii as a guide, the fallout was far-reaching. In the immediate term, all upcoming emergency drills and exercises were suspended. Changes were put in place, such as a two-person verification rule along with a new cancellation command system for public alerts. As the false alarm became a scandal, state-level emergency management officials resigned. Human error and poor software design were identified as root causes, and investigations suggested revamping the system, specifically in terms of oversight of the Integrated Public Alert & Warning System in the United States.

The bottom line is that a false alarm for an incident at a nuclear power station erodes public safety efforts. Fortunately, the risks realized from the Ontario emergency alert were not related to actual radioactive fallout. The fallout from the false alarm is that the public’s trust in emergency alert systems was jeopardized. https://theconversation.com/the-fallout-from-a-false-nuclear-alarm-129766

January 14, 2020 Posted by | Canada, politics, safety | 1 Comment