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Problems at the Poles – Climate Change effects on ice! Handy resource link

Pine Island Glacier Antarctica

Kris Van Steenbergen
@KrVaSt

— Pine Island Glacier — Its glacier tongue is about to lose an even bigger part than we thought: 750 to 1000 km² ???
Screenshot from 2020-01-29 01-33-28
Short video image
https://twitter.com/KrVaSt/status/1222136904457641985

Greenland Ice sheet

— Southeast Greenland — marine glaciers are accelerating (50 to 240 m/day in January!) reasons (coupled one-on-one): – lack of sea ice – ocean warming (deep layers) – dark surface (rock & sand) – changing currents – warm underflow (ice tongues) – snowfall upstream
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January 29, 2020 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

A spoon full of sugar helps the radioactive oatmeal go down

When MIT and Quaker Oats paired up to conduct experiments on unsuspecting young boys

smithsonianmag.com

When Fred Boyce and dozens of other boys joined the Science Club at Fernald State School in 1949, it was more about the perks than the science. Club members scored tickets to Boston Red Sox games, trips off the school grounds, gifts like Mickey Mouse watches and lots of free breakfasts. But Fernald wasn’t an ordinary school, and the free breakfasts from the Science Club weren’t your average bowl of cereal: the boys were being fed Quaker oatmeal laced with radioactive tracers.

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The Fernald State School, originally called The Massachusetts School for the Feeble-Minded, housed mentally disabled children along with those who had been abandoned by their parents. Conditions at the school were often brutal; staff deprived boys of meals, forced them to do manual labor and abused them. Boyce, who lived there after being abandoned by his family, was eager to join the Science Club. He hoped the scientists, in their positions of authority, might see the mistreatment and put an end to it

We didn’t know anything at the time,” Boyce said of the experiments. “We just thought we were special.” Learning the truth about the club felt like a deep betrayal.

The boys didn’t find out the whole story about their contaminated cereal for another four decades. During a stretch between the late 1940s and early 1950s, Robert Harris, a professor of nutrition at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, led three different experiments involving 74 Fernald boys, aged 10 to 17. As part of the study, the boys were fed oatmeal and milk laced with radioactive iron and calcium; in another experiment, scientists directly injected the boys with radioactive calcium.

The Fernald students’ experiment was just one among dozens of radiation experiments approved by the Atomic Energy Commission. Between 1945 and 1962, more than 210,000 civilians and GIs were exposed to radiation, often without knowing it. What seems unthinkable in today’s era of ethics review boards and informed consent was standard procedure at the dawning of the Atomic Age.

More here;

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/spoonful-sugar-helps-radioactive-oatmeal-go-down-180962424/

And a recent exploration by some Youtubers of one of the Schools (Fernald state school)

January 29, 2020 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Fukushima truth nuclear testimony, #OHCHR #UNHRC September 2018

3 video testimonies from Fukushima residents, some displaced, describing their personal experiences and traumas because of the Fukushima nuclear disaster and Earthquake

Fukushima 311 Watchdogs

In this video (part 1 of a series) Junko, a mother and ex decommissioning worker describes the health situation in answer to a question put to her by Rachel Clark (Japanese translator) on behalf of the team at nuclear-news.net and Nuclear Hotseat.
Junko describes the health effects on her children and workers cleaning up the soil in contaminated areas.

https://nuclear-news.net/2018/09/05/fukushima-nuclear-testimony-ohchr-unhrc-crin-safecast-september-2018-part-1/

In this video 2 families compare the risk of staying in place (as recommended by the nuclear industry post Fukushima and another finally that left quickly. A mother and daughter develop Thyroid abnormalities for listening to the Japanese authorities.

https://nuclear-news.net/2018/09/13/fukushima-truth-nuclear-testimony-ohchr-unhrc-crin-september-2018-part-2/

There is an understandable lack of trust in the government program and one of the evacuees did not want to give the Fukushima medical Hospital any personal information preferably.

Dr Oshyama does do an independent research on evacuees and is more trusted. She discovered the 2 thyroid abnormalities in the…

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January 28, 2020 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

A health survey in Fukushima covered up by the Japanese Media – Hidden epidemiology from 2011 – video

Radiation Causing Unusual Changes: What’s Happening to Children? (This video as well as others have been continually taken down on request of persons unknown.. you have to wonder why?) [Arclight2011]

By tokyobrowntabby This video is from a webcast program called “ContAct,” webcasted on July 14, 2011 by OurPlanet-TV ( http://www.ourplanet-tv.org/?q=node/287 ) an independent net-based media.

Translation by EX-SKF( http//:ex-skf.blospot.jp ) & tokyobrowntabby and captioning by tokyobrowntabby. (Who had to stop translating and had most of her (TBT)videos removed)

January 28, 2020 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Shocking update (2013) on the citizens of Pypriat (Chernobyl disaster) repost

On Sunday the 27 April 2013 in a little room somewhere off Grays Inn road London, a meeting took place. In this meeting was Ms Tamara Krasitskava of the Ukrainian NGO “Zemlyaki”.

 

In this meeting she quoted that only 40 percent of the evacuees that moved to Kiev after the disaster are alive today! And lets leave the statistics out of it for a moment and we find out of 44,000 evacuated to Kiev only 19,000 are left alive. None made it much passed 40 years old

…..3.2 million with health effects and this includes 1 million children…

T .Kraisitskava

“….I was told to not talk of the results from Belarus as the UK public were not allowed to know the results we were finding!….”

A.Cameron (Belarus health worker from UK)

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* A draft movie report from Chernobyl Day meeting is now ready. It’s a speech by Tamara Krasitskava from Ukraine. She is a chairperson of Zemlyaki, Ukraine NGO in Kiev to represent evacuees from Pripyat city.
* Those who missed the meeting, and those who were there but want to enjoy her speech again, please watch it. And please let us know if you find a problem when you watch it.

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* Tamara Krasitskava is a chairperson of Zemlyaki, Ukraine NGO in Kiev to represent those who had to collectively evacuate from Pripyat
* Speech was done by Russian, and interpreted into English.
* Chernobyl Day London Public Meeting was organized by “JAN UK” on Sat 27 April 2013.
http://www.JANUK.org
http://twitter.com/JAgainstNukesUK
http://www.facebook.com/JapaneseAgain…
* The nuclear accident happened on Saturday 26 April 1986, 1:23am. It was, for the most of he residents, midnight of Friday 25 April.

January 28, 2020 Posted by | Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Chernobyl Children Charity accepts prestigious TV award on behalf of HBO in London

News: 28 Jan 2020

Humanitarian and Activist Adi Roche accepts ‘Best Limited Series’ award on behalf of cast and crew of HBO and Sky’s mini-series ‘Chernobyl’

28 Jan 2020

In an unusual departure at tonight’s UK National Television Awards ceremony in London, one of Ireland’s leading humanitarian aid activists Adi Roche has accepted the award for Best New Drama which was won by the HBO and Sky’s acclaimed mini-series ‘Chernobyl’.

Sister Pictures and Sky invited Adi Roche to accept the award on their behalf in recognition of the inspiring work which she has been doing with the victims of the deadly Chernobyl nuclear accident over the past 3o years. Traditionally, the producers and cast of a film accept such awards.

In accepting the award Adi, Roche Founder and Voluntary CEO of Chernobyl Children International, said;

“This award-winning series revealed to a global TV audience the true heroes of Chernobyl.  It has shone a light on the brave men and women who suffered and sacrificed, saving millions of lives…often at the cost of their own. So tonight I would also like to accept this award on behalf of all of them.  Because, be in no doubt, by giving their very lives they prevented an even greater catastrophe… one that would have lasted thousands of years.”

 

The Liquidators – the men who saved the world

 

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Adi has been honoured by these ‘Liquidators’ in the past for acknowledging their plight.  Long-time friend and supporter Valeriy Zaytsyev, bestowed his ‘Liquidator medal’ on to Adi, a medal was received for his service in clean-up efforts following the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster on April 6, 2016 in Gomel, Belarus.  Zaytsyev was an officer in the Soviet Army and on May 30, 1986, one month after the accident, received orders to head to the 30km Chernobyl exclusion zone, where he participated in decontamination operations.

“While I was there, I came down with a high fever and after four days, blood poured from his mouth, nose and ears. In the years afterwards I lost all my teeth, was operated on for cataracts, a condition common among liquidators, and survived a heart attack.” (Valeriy Zaytsyvey).

 

Who is Adi Roche?

 

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Roche was one of the first responders to the Chernobyl Disaster and has worked to protect countless vulnerable people since the immediate aftermath of the Chernobyl disaster in 1986 by providing support to children living in the affected areas. She formally founded Chernobyl Children International (CCI) a UN non-profit organisation in 1991 to develop programmes that restore hope, alleviate suffering and protect current and future generations in the Chernobyl regions.

“The impact of that shocking nuclear accident can never be undone: so many people across Europe and beyond continue to feel the impact of its deadly legacy to this day. My charity, Chernobyl Children International, works with those children, families and communities still affected, and we applaud this new telling of a story that had all but faded from people’s memories,” said Adi Roche.

 

Chernobyl Children International and the UN

 

 

In its campaign to raise worldwide awareness of the terrifying reality of the Chernobyl explosion, CCI has developed close working relations with the United Nations and is a United Nations Non-Governmental Organisations accredited development organisation, the only charity working in the region to be honoured with such status.

On the 26 of April 2016, Adi gave a landmark address to the UN General Assembly in New York. In an unprecedented move the Belarusian UN delegation provided Adi with their speaking time at the General Assembly discussion on Chernobyl in recognition of the international role Ireland and Chernobyl Children International has played in helping the victims of the Chernobyl catastrophe. It was the first time an ordinary person (non-diplomat/non-political person) has been extended the honour of speaking at the UN General Assembly during a country’s allocated time.  The UN has also designated the 26 April as “International Chernobyl Disaster Remembrance Day.”

Adi Roche’s Work to Date

 

 

A National Television Award being accepted by someone who is a humanitarian and not a performer is a most unusual occurrence and is an amazing recognition of the contribution that CCI and the Irish people have made to support those affected by the nuclear fallout in Ukraine and Belarus. To date 26,500 children have visited Ireland on Rest and Recuperation breaks and €107 million has been given in aid.

Media enquiries to Sarah Cremin, Chernobyl Children International.

E: scremin@chernobyl-ireland.com T: 086-2453820 or 021-4558774

Twitter link

January 28, 2020 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

New danger of Fukushima radioactive and toxic contamination in small particles found

In a new report using estimated spread of highly toxic and radioactive particles has been reported in a new study. Looking at an area close to the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster zone throws some light on a previously ignored aspect of possible health effects.

Highlights

The distribution of Cs-rich microparticles emitted from the FDNPP is determined.

Cs-rich microparticles account for a significant fraction of FDNPP-deposited Cs.

The timing and source of the Cs-rich microparticle formation has been estimated.

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Over the past 9 years, the nuclear industry has reported on the dose of radiation (as found in bananas) as the primary danger to the health and well being of the citizens of the Fukushima Prefecture and surrounding prefectures. Using debatable measuring techniques they tell us that there are no major health effects. The dose method of measurement itself has been widely debated among UNSCEAR members and the wider scientific community.

There has also been some debate on the problems with the internal contamination of humans and animals and resultant health effects.

The new study shows us that this debate has now moved further away from the biased claims of the nuclear industry sponsored experts and towards the more balanced risk assessment proponents.

First is the issue of micro (nano) particles that can bypass the Blood Brain Barrier and lodge in the brain and this too, is an issue to wildlife, livestock and fish health also, those consuming such produce. There may also be an issue concerning the consumption of plant matter so contaminated with these micro-particles.

It raises some issues on the decontamination efforts being done by the Japanese Government concerning the movement of contamination from highly polluted forests that will never be cleaned up for hundreds of years (concerning radioactive Cesium 137 particularly) to decontaminated areas as had been reported recently in the Japanese media and elsewhere.

More studies need to be funded by independent scientists to connect the different studies and connect them together to reach a greater understanding of the process`s involved concerning health and environmental impacts from nuclear disasters. These new findings add weight to the United Nations Rapporteurs concerns discussed in his report on Japan.

Link to new report Jan 2020 (Picture above is from the report)

Abundance and distribution of radioactive cesium-rich microparticles released from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant into the environment

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0045653519322581?via%3Dihub

Links to Nano Particle concerns to health from pollution

Toxic air pollution particles found in human brains

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/sep/05/toxic-air-pollution-particles-found-in-human-brains-links-alzheimers

Brain damage in fish from plastic nanoparticles in water

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/09/170925104730.htm

Link to UNSCEAR internal arguments

https://nuclear-news.net/2013/12/26/medical-experts-criticise-unscear-report-for-playing-down-consequences-of-fukushima-nuclear-accident/

link to articles discussing UN concerns on contamination issues being downplayed

https://nuclear-news.net/2013/06/23/fukushima-a-stunning-report-brushed-aside-by-the-japanese-government/

https://nuclear-news.net/2018/10/29/despite-health-dangers-japan-is-sending-residents-back-to-irradiated-fukushima-areas/

Link to article discussing issues concerning the redistribution of contamination to cleaned areas

https://nuclear-news.net/2019/10/14/typhoon-hagibis-re-spreads-nuclear-contamination-far-and-wide-workers-heightened-risk-at-fukushima/

https://nuclear-news.net/2020/01/21/fukushimas-hot-particles-in-japan-their-meaning-for-the-olympics-and-beyond/

https://nuclear-news.net/2020/01/21/radiation-concerns-overshadow-tokyo/

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posted by Shaun McGee aka arclight2011

Posted on 28th January 2020

January 28, 2020 Posted by | Uncategorized | 3 Comments

To 27 January – climate and nuclear news

Australia’s bushfires still dominate the climate news. Despite helpful rain, as of last Tuesday, 107 fires were still burning.-More extreme heat, and more fires, are predicted. Indeed, as I write, a new bushfire is reported, in Australian Capital Territory.

Still, Australia is far from the only climate story this week.  Climate change could unlock new microbes and increase heat-related deaths.    Deadly flooding and landslides are striking Brazil. Extreme weather is causing falling iguanas, rise of deadly spiders and swarms of locusts.  And, no doubt of prime importance to “sensible” and “corporate” humans, Climate Change could blow up the economy and the banks aren’t ready.

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists has moved the “Doomsday Clock” to 100 minutes to midnight, its closest to doomsday since it began ticking, due to nuclear proliferation, failure to tackle climate change and “cyber-based disinformation”.

Six legal arguments against the extradition of Julian Assange to America.

New interactive flood-risk map shows that global vulnerability to sea level rise is worse than previously understood.  Davos conference – an expensive exercise in corporate spin. Greta Thunberg says climate demands ‘completely ignored’ at Davos.

The global danger as insect species disappear

Nuclear recycling is a bad idea.  The nuclear nations push the fantasy of Small Modular Nuclear Reactors.

World’s first public database of mine tailings dams aims to prevent deadly disasters.

Solar, storage, and wind tipped as top energy job generators.

EUROPE. Wildfires – drastic climate effects in Australia, but Europe cops it, too.

USA.

IRAN. Understanding Iran.  Iran will never seek nuclear weapons – P.M Rouhani.

NORTH KOREA. North Korea abandoning talks with “hostile” USA.

JAPAN.

UK. Significant item –   In UK deep disposal is planned for the mounting, costly and forever problem of nuclear wastes. Rolls Royce’s fantasy plan for so-called ‘mini’ nuclear reactors. In UK “big” nuclear power versus “small” (both unaffordable) at Wylfa

FRANCE. Sloppy safety and waste management at Electricite de France’s nuclear sites.

CANADA,  Ontario landowners sign deal with agency looking to store used nuclear fuel.

INDIA. India – a case study in regulatory capture by the nuclear industry.   India joins the panic to sell costly, impractical, nuclear power to Africa and Middle East.  India installed 7.5GW of solar and 2.4GW of wind in 2019.

SWEDEN. Swedish Parliament Rejects Proposal to Halt Nuclear Shutdown.

ROMANIA. Romania quits deal with China for new nuclear reactors.

RUSSIA. Unsafety of Russia’s November-class submarines.

January 27, 2020 Posted by | Christina's notes | 1 Comment

Nuclear recycling is a bad idea

This “interim storage” initiative is a statement of the failure of the nuclear industry and the federal government to address the most toxic waste we have ever created.
Nuclear power: Recycling a bad idea, Citizens Awareness Network By DEB KATZ, 1/26/2020Nuclear industry advocates always seem to come up with grand ideas that nuclear power will “solve” our energy problems. Now it’s a solution to climate change.
Their solutions always downplay any problems with high-level nuclear waste claiming that nuclear power is safe and finding a solution for its toxic waste is easy. If it’s so easy, why don’t they have a workable solution? Is it really just peoples’ unreasonable fears that obstruct the industry and the federal government from creating a final solution?

Originally we were told that there was no waste problem because the waste would be reprocessed and used again in bombs and new “breeder” reactors. That idea failed! Miserably! The only reprocessing facility for commercial nuclear waste that ever existed was West Valley in upstate New York and it shuttered after only five years because it contaminated the land and water around it with radiation. It remains a Superfund site to this day. Without the technology to safely reprocess it, nuclear fuel waste remains in fuel pools and dry storage at reactor sites all over the country.

Because of the threat of nuclear proliferation, where the waste is stolen and used as bomb material by evil forces, President Jimmy Carter ended the research on reprocessing and breeder reactors. Suddenly there was a “waste problem.” Carter commissioned a study to determine the best way to deal with the problem. The level of naivety, arrogance and thoughtlessness is remarkable. Some of the ideas included sending the waste into space, but a payload accident could contaminate the planet; placing the waste in a hole in Antarctica or Greenland ice and letting it melt down into the ocean bed was considered, but the waste would contaminate the ocean. Carter’s commission finally settled on deep geological burial in a hole or an abandoned mine.
All this was codified under the 1982 Nuclear Waste Policy Act (NWPA). Once established, investigations began to determine the best dump site/s. But every state that was identified as a potential site for a repository threatened to sue. Instituting the NWPA was in crisis. The NWPA was amended and Congress targeted Yucca Mountain because
Nevada had little political clout at the time.
After spending $14 billion of taxpayer money developing Yucca Mountain, it failed to meet the necessary criteria for safe isolation of the deadly material. With the failure of the federal government and the nuclear industry to establish Yucca Mountain as the national repository for nuclear waste, nuclear corporations were forced to establish onsite storage at their operating and shuttered reactor sites. Six out of nine reactors in New England have shuttered due to significant public opposition and their inability to compete with gas and renewables. These six sites are in varying degrees of cleanup. Without a “solution” as to dealing with the nuclear waste, these sites have devolved into ad hoc nuclear waste dumps. All have created onsite storage for their high level waste. It costs a lot to store the waste onsite — at least $5 million out of pocket for each year. This waste could remain onsite for decades if not centuries. So costs could really add up for corporations without any revenue. Naivety, arrogance, and thoughtlessness add up to a lot of money!

With waste piling up at shuttered reactor sites throughout the country, the industry has a perception problem. This is not a favorable image for an industry trying to reinvent itself as the answer to global warming. So what’s the industry’s answer? It wants to create “interim storage” dump sites in west Texas and New Mexico in working poor, Hispanic communities to make this problem disappear. These sites don’t have to meet the strict environmental standards that sunk Yucca Mountain— i.e., isolation from the environment for 1,000 years and isolation from groundwater for 10,000 years.

This “interim storage” initiative is a statement of the failure of the nuclear industry and the federal government to address the most toxic waste we have ever created. We don’t need more nukes; we don’t need half baked “solutions”. We need a commitment to put our best minds to solve this thorny problem. What is needed is a scientifically sound and environmentally just solution, not more magic or wish fulfillment. A qualified “panel” must be established and funded to create the standards required to meet the health and safety of the public and the planet, not the profit-driven, short-sighted monetary bottom line of a moribund industry.

Deb Katz is the executive director of the Citizens Awareness Network, which was founded locally in 1991 and has offices in Shelburne Falls and Rowe. Here’s a link to our website www.nukebusters.org.

January 27, 2020 Posted by | Reference, reprocessing, USA | 1 Comment

Six legal arguments against the extradition of Julian Assange to America

Six legal arguments show why the US extradition of Julian Assange should be denied  https://www.thecanary.co/uk/analysis/2020/01/25/six-legal-arguments-show-why-the-us-extradition-of-julian-assange-should-be-denied/ Tom Coburg  25th January 2020 The first of two articles examining Julian Assange’s upcoming extradition trial.

There are at least six legal reasons why the extradition request by the US against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange should be dismissed by the UK courts. The main extradition hearing is scheduled to commence 24 February 2020, with district judge Vanessa Baraitser presiding. The evidence to support Assange is compelling.

1. Client-lawyer confidentiality breached
2. The initial charge is flawed
1. Client-lawyer confidentiality breached
3. Initial charge relies on co-operation from Manning
4. Additional charges raised by the US are political
5. US legal precedent argues that Assange’s work is protected by the US Constitution
6. Threats of violence against Assange mean he’s unable to receive a fair trial

1. Client-lawyer confidentiality breached Continue reading

January 27, 2020 Posted by | civil liberties, legal | Leave a comment

New interactive flood-risk map shows that global vulnerability to sea level rise is worse than previously understood.

Eastern Daily Press 23rd Jan 2020, Huge swathes of the Broads, the Fens and even parts of Great Yarmouth and Norwich could be under water in 30 years unless drastic action is taken to halt global warming.

That is the shocking conclusion drawn from a new
interactive flood-risk map built by US-based researchers who claim that
global vulnerability to sea level rise is worse than previously understood.

https://www.edp24.co.uk/business/farming/climate-central-interactive-coastaldem-map-show-impact-of-coastal-flooding-by-2050-1-6478282

January 27, 2020 Posted by | 2 WORLD, climate change, oceans | Leave a comment

Democratic presidential candidates not well informed on nuclear weapons

2020 Dems Need To Get Up To Speed on Nuclear Weapons. Fast. https://www.defenseone.com/ideas/2020/01/democratic-presidential-candidates-need-get-speed-nuclear-weapons-fast/162577/    Last week, U.S. voters had two opportunities to inspect the leading Democratic presidential candidate’s national security credentials. In both the Democratic debate in Iowa and the New York Times editorial board’s interview series, candidates were asked to explain their views on key aspects of nuclear weapons policy. Unfortunately, all three of the leading candidates flubbed some of their responses. For the existential sake of the country, the candidates need to get up to speed on nuclear weapons policy. Fast.

  • Despite being a leader on a number of nuclear weapons issues, including a promise to commit the United States to a No First Use doctrine, Sen. Elizabeth Warren seemed unaware of the controversial existence of U.S. nuclear weapons in Turkey. Even though the issue made headlines as recently as October.
  • Despite giving an answer that spoke eloquently of his long abhorrence of nuclear weapons, Sen. Bernie Sanders did not seem to know how many countries have nuclear weapons. The number is nine, not the eleven or twelve the senator claimed.
  • Despite his compelling recent defense of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal he helped obtain, Vice President Joe Biden seemed to mischaracterize President Trump’s North Korea policy. Speaking of the North Koreans at the Democratic debate, he said the President “weakened the sanctions we have against them.” CNN’s fact-checkers soon rebuked the Vice President. As they put it, “Trump has not weakened the sanctions his administration has placed on North Korea to date, and has in fact ratcheted them up from the Obama administration.”No one is perfect, but these mistakes matter for several reasons. Nuclear weapons are the most acute national security threat we face. From Iran to North Korea, South Asia to Russia, they are still drivers of major international dangers. Any lack of clarity on such a grave topic should be alarming. But there are also more specific implications of each of the candidate’s misstatements. With tensions between the U.S. and Turkey increasing on a number of fronts, the question of whether to keep basing U.S. nuclear weapons at Incirlik is a serious one, especially when one considers that Turkey might attempt to steal them.
  • With the 2020 Nonproliferation Treaty Review Conference looming, the question of how many countries have nuclear weapons is a crucial barometer for judging the success of that agreement. And by criticizing nonexistent sanctions relief, Vice President Biden ignores the real failure of the Trump administration’s North Korea policy, which has been its inability to translate summitry into productive diplomacy.Clearly, the country should expect better on this important issue from the leading Democratic candidates. Moreover, it is also to the candidates’ electoral benefit to get up to speed on nuclear weapons policy.
  • First, the candidates should remember that the emerging consensus within the Democratic Party on nuclear weapons issues is politically popular. All three aforementioned candidates support a No First Use policy, as do 57 percent of voters in Iowa and 73 percent of voters in New Hampshire. All three support extending key arms control agreements with Russia, like New START. They are in the company of eight in ten registered voters, including over 75 percent of Republicans. And all three prefer the diplomacy of the Iran nuclear deal to starting another endless war in the Middle East – as do the American people.
  • Second, nuclear policy issues are frequently used as ‘gotcha’ questions by the media. The media will keep asking questions on nuclear policy and it’s important for candidates to be ready. For instance, during the 2016 primaries the media infamously tripped candidate Trump up with a ‘gotcha’ question on the nuclear triad. Trump took the hit but recovered in the general election, by which time he had learned his way to a more coherent responseThird, nuclear issues simply aren’t going away. With tensions high from South Asia to the Korean Peninsula and Iran, the candidates will likely need to address a nuclear-related foreign policy crisis soon. Such moments can be politically decisive – there’s no faster way to solidify support than by handling a crisis well; it was only in the heat of the financial collapse of 2008 that Sen. Obama’s lead over Sen. McCain solidified. Candidates should do their homework in advance of such a moment.The three front-runners have each made important contributions to preventing the use and spread of nuclear weapons, although voters could use more policy specifics. Unlike some of their competitors, they have also had the courage to answer pressing questions about nuclear weapons. But with the Iowa caucus just days away, they need to do more.

    Akshai Vikram is the Roger L. Hale Fellow at the Ploughshares Fund, a global security foundation. Before coming to Ploughshares, he worked as an opposition researcher for the Democratic National Committee and a campaign staffer for the Kentucky Democratic Party

January 27, 2020 Posted by | election USA 2020 | Leave a comment

Should women run the world? — Beyond Nuclear International

Would nuclear weapons go away if men leave power?

via Should women run the world? — Beyond Nuclear International

January 27, 2020 Posted by | Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Donald Trump tweets that US will not lift sanctions to secure nuclear deal with Iran

US will not lift sanctions to secure nuclear deal with Iran , https://www.sbs.com.au/news/us-will-not-lift-sanctions-to-secure-nuclear-deal-with-iran 26 Jan 2020, Donald Trump has tweeted that the US will not lift sanctions on Iran in order to negotiate a new nuclear deal.

The United States will not lift sanctions on Iran in order to negotiate, US President Donald Trump has tweeted, seemingly in response to a Der Spiegel interview with Iran’s foreign minister.

“Iranian Foreign Minister says Iran wants to negotiate with The United States, but wants sanctions removed. @FoxNews @OANN No Thanks!” Trump tweeted in English on Saturday and later in Farsi.

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif responded on Sunday by tweeting an excerpt from the interview with Der Spiegel published on Friday, where he said Iran is still open to negotiations with America if sanctions are lifted.

“@realdonaldtrump is better advised to base his foreign policy comments & decisions on facts, rather than @FoxNews headlines or his Farsi translators,” Zarif said in the tweet with the interview excerpt.

Tensions between Iran and the United States have reached the highest levels in decades after the US killed top Iranian General Qassem Soleimani in a drone strike in Baghdad on January 3, prompting Iran to fire missiles days later at bases in Iraq where US troops are stationed.

Tensions between the two have been increasing steadily since Trump pulled the United States out of Iran’s nuclear pact with world powers in 2018 and reimposed sanctions that have driven down Iran’s oil exports and hammered its economy.

January 27, 2020 Posted by | Iran, politics international, USA | Leave a comment

World’s first public database of mine tailings dams aims to prevent deadly disasters

World’s first public database of mine tailings dams aims to prevent deadly disasters https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-01/g-wfp012320.php

Previously unreleased data offer unprecedented view into mining industry’s waste storage practices

GRID-ARENDAL 24 JAN 2020 ENVIRONMENTAL ORGANIZATION GRID-ARENDAL HAS LAUNCHED THE WORLD’S FIRST PUBLICLY ACCESSIBLE GLOBAL DATABASE OF MINE TAILINGS STORAGE FACILITIES. THE DATABASE, THE GLOBAL TAILINGS PORTAL, WAS BUILT BY NORWAY-BASED GRID-ARENDAL AS PART OF THE INVESTOR MINING AND TAILINGS SAFETY INITIATIVE, WHICH IS LED BY THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND PENSIONS BOARD AND THE SWEDISH NATIONAL PENSION FUNDS’ COUNCIL ON ETHICS, WITH SUPPORT FROM THE UN ENVIRONMENT PROGRAMME. THE INITIATIVE IS BACKED BY FUNDS WITH MORE THAN US$13 TRILLION UNDER MANAGEMENT.

Until now, there has been no central database detailing the location and quantity of the mining industry’s liquid and solid waste, known as tailings. The waste is typically stored in embankments called tailings dams, which have periodically failed with devastating consequences for communities, wildlife and ecosystems.

“This portal could save lives”, says Elaine Baker, senior expert at GRID-Arendal and a geosciences professor with the University of Sydney in Australia. “Dams are getting bigger and bigger. Mining companies have found most of the highest-grade ores and are now mining lower-grade ones, which create more waste. With this information, the entire industry can work towards reducing dam failures in the future.”

The database allows users to view detailed information on more than 1,700 tailings dams around the world, categorized by location, company, dam type, height, volume, and risk, among other factors.

“Most of this information has never before been publicly available”, says Kristina Thygesen, GRID-Arendal’s programme leader for geological resources and a member of the team that worked on the portal. When GRID-Arendal began in-depth research on mine tailings dams in 2016, very little data was accessible. In a 2017 report on tailings dams, co-published by GRID and the UN Environment Programme, one of the key recommendations was to establish an accessible public-interest database of tailings storage facilities.

“This database brings a new level of transparency to the mining industry, which will benefit regulators, institutional investors, scientific researchers, local communities, the media, and the industry itself”, says Thygesen.

The release of the Global Tailings Portal coincides with the one-year anniversary of the tailings dam collapse in Brumadinho, Brazil, that killed 270 people. After that disaster, a group of institutional investors led by the Church of England Pensions Board asked 726 of the world’s largest mining companies to disclose details about their tailings dams. Many of the companies complied, and the information they released has been incorporated into the database.

For more information on tailings dams, see the 2017 report “Mine Tailings Storage: Safety Is No Accident” and the related collection of graphics, which are available for media use.

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GRID-Arendal supports environmentally sustainable development by working with the UN Environment Programme and other partners. We communicate environmental knowledge that motivates decision-makers and strengthens management capacity. We transform environmental data into credible, science-based information products, delivered through innovative communication tools and capacity-building services.

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