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European states divided, as decision looms on December 22nd about including nuclear as ”green”

The EU is set to make a final decision on December 22 on whether to
include nuclear power and natural gas in its green taxonomy. The issue is
dividing EU members, with France and number of nuclear CEE states, such as
the Czech Republic, Hungary, Bulgaria and Romania, in favour of including
atomic energy and natural gas, while Germany is leading a group that also
includes Italy, Spain, Denmark, Austria and Luxembourg that is against
including gas and nuclear in the green taxonomy.

Pro-gas and pro-nuclear
countries regard gas as a transition fuel that can help reduce emissions in
countries such as Poland and the Czech Republic that are now aiming to
reduce coal’s role in power generation. The nuclear lobby, meanwhile, is
strong, with energy ministers from Bulgaria, Croatia, Czechia, Finland,
France, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia speaking out in
October to support nuclear’s inclusion in the taxonomy.

 BNE Intellinews 17th Dec 2021

https://intellinews.com/bnegreen-gas-and-nuclear-still-in-the-running-to-be-included-in-eu-green-taxonomy-230317/

December 17, 2021 Posted by | climate change, EUROPE | Leave a comment

 EDF shares slide after faults found at nuclear plant

EDF shares slide after faults found at nuclear plant. Shares in EDF EDF.PA
plunged on Thursday after the French power giant found faults at a nuclear
power station and shut down another plant using the same kind of reactors,
leading it to cut its core profit goal for this year.

 FT 16th Dec 2021

https://www.ft.com/content/430280fc-250d-4fc2-863c-a0b16a960018

December 17, 2021 Posted by | business and costs, France | Leave a comment

Nuclear Free Local Authorities call for ”no watering down” of safety regulations regarding future nuclear fusion reactors

The Nuclear Free Local Authorities Network has called for ‘no watering
down’ of the safety regulations that will be applied to future fusion
reactors in its response to a public consultation by the Department of
Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy.

In his letter to the BEIS, Councillor David Blackburn, Chair of the NFLA Steering Committee, outlines
the many challenges and risks that would be posed by operating nuclear
fusion, including the risk posed by the large quantities of radioactive
wastes that would result and the danger of radioactive tritium entering the
water supply.

Most frightening is the requirement to constantly and safely
contain the immense temperatures needed to spark and sustain a fusion
reaction and the long-term damage that the whole structure will suffer from
prolonged exposure to neutron radiation, a situation which if not carefully
monitored could result in the very integrity of the reactor vessel being
placed in jeopardy.

 NFLA 15th Dec 2021

December 17, 2021 Posted by | safety, technology, UK | Leave a comment

‘Anti-5G’ necklaces are radioactive and dangerous, Dutch nuclear experts say

‘Anti-5G’ necklaces are radioactive and dangerous, Dutch nuclear experts say,  Officials issue product alert and say ‘quantum pendants’ could damage DNA with prolonged use, Guardian, Daniel Boffey in BrusselsSat 18 Dec 2021 People who wear “anti-5G” pendants to “protect” themselves from radio frequencies emitted by phone masts have been told by the Dutch nuclear authority that their necklaces are dangerously radioactive.

Owners of “quantum pendants” and other “negative ion” jewellery have been advised to store them away, as they have been found to continuously emit ionising radiation.

The product alert was issued by the Dutch authority for nuclear safety and radiation protection (ANVS) in relation to 10 products.

“Exposure to ionising radiation can cause adverse health effects,” the safety agency said. “Due to the potential health risk they pose, these consumer products containing radioactive materials are therefore prohibited by law. Ionising radiation can damage tissue and DNA and can cause, for example, a red skin. Only low levels of radiation have been measured on these specific products.

“However, someone who wears a product of this kind for a prolonged period (a year, 24 hours a day) could expose themselves to a level of radiation that exceeds the stringent limit for skin exposure that applies in the Netherlands. To avoid any risk, the ANVS calls on owners of such items not to wear them from now on.”……………… https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2021/dec/17/anti-5g-necklaces-radioactive-dutch-nuclear-experts-quantum-pendants

December 17, 2021 Posted by | 2 WORLD, radiation | Leave a comment

Finland’s Olkiluoto nuclear plant to power up 12 years late

Finland’s Olkiluoto nuclear plant to power up 12 years late news 24 17 Dec 21, Finland’s long-delayed Olkiluoto 3 nuclear reactor will begin powering up this month and start producing electricity in January next year, the plant’s operator announced on Thursday………………

the French-developed EPR reactor model, touted as offering higher power and better safety, has been plagued by delays and cost overruns, leading to bitter compensation disputes between TVO and Areva.

Other EPR builds in France and the UK have also been beset with delays, with Hinkley Point in southwest England pushing back its planned electricity production by half a year to mid-2026.

Costs have swelled by around 500 million ($705 million, 580 million euros) to as much as 23 billion. https://www.news24.com/fin24/International/finlands-olkiluoto-nuclear-plant-to-power-up-12-years-late-20211217

December 17, 2021 Posted by | Finland, politics | Leave a comment

Adapting to climate change will only get more expensive


Adapting to climate change will only get more expensive

A new estimate puts the cost of adapting and repairing coastal infrastructure damaged by climate change in the United States at hundreds of billions annually. The sooner adaptation planning begins, the less expensive it will be

December 17, 2021 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Paradigm change needed to address the current crisis in Ukraine, Russia and NATO — IPPNW peace and health blog

Statement of the IPPNW Executive Committee issued 17 December 2021 The International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) is deeply concerned about the current tensions between NATO, Ukraine and Russia. There is an acute danger of war which could easily escalate into a nuclear war. Recognizing the security needs of Russia, Ukraine as […]

Paradigm change needed to address the current crisis in Ukraine, Russia and NATO — IPPNW peace and health blog

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