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February 27 Energy News — geoharvey

Opinion:  ¶ “The Supreme Court is hearing a major case on EPA’s authority over planet-warming gases. Here’s what’s at stake” • The US Environmental Protection Agency is going before the Supreme Court in a case that could deal a significant blow to the federal government’s ability to fight the climate crisis and prevent its worst […]

February 27 Energy News — geoharvey

February 28, 2022 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Climate impacts should be a regular part of war coverage

Climate impacts should be a regular part of war coverage

Algernon D’Ammassa

War coverage typically stops short of its implications for climate change. This obscures how war damages our ability to address an existential threat.

February 28, 2022 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Antarctica’s pristine snow besmirched with horrid black pollution, scientists say


Antarctica’s pristine snow besmirched with horrid black pollution, scientists say

Antarctica is showing some worrying signs of pollution in the form of a black carbon layer blanketing the snow, caused by tourists burning fossil fuels.

February 28, 2022 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

UN report on global increase in wildfires due to climate change change

Independent Australia By Sue Arnold | 28 February 2022,

By Sue Arnold | 28 February 2022, Australia can expect an increase in catastrophic wildfires according to a recently released UN report entitled Spreading like wildfire: The rising threat of extraordinary landscape fires.  

Wildfires are now a global issue, with predictions of exponential increases as a result of climate change, poor land-use planning and a lack of focus on mitigation strategies.

The report makes from grim reading. Over 50 experts from research institutions, government agencies and international organisations from around the globe contributed to the report.

No estimate has been made of the economic cost of wildfires by governments. A U.S. study mentioned in the UN report estimates that the annual economic burden of wildfire to be between $71.1 billion–$347.8 billion (AU$98.3 billion–$480.8 billion).

Costs to human lives exposed to wildfire smoke are growing exponentially. The Lancet journal estimates the annual mortality as a result of exposure resulted in 30,000 deaths across 43 countries.

According to the UN study, the extreme weather conditions that were potentially a leading cause of the Australian wildfires in 2019/2020 were shown to be 30 per cent more likely to have occurred because of climate change.

Scientists involved predict that by the end of the century, the probability of wildfires like the 2019/2020 fires will likely increase by 31-59 per cent in a given year……………………………

Australia is very similar to the U.S. in that most of the spending goes on helicopters, firefighters, efforts to put out the fires. It’s often not a good use of resources; other integrated management approaches can be more successful. ………….

IA asked Professor Baker to comment on the many studies which indicate logging of forests raises the risk of more wildfires:

‘When you log, you reduce resilience.’

Plantations are a focus of the report. Victoria and South Australia have significant numbers of eucalypt plantations, many burned incinerating thousands of animals. According to the fire experts, the increased availability of fuel and extensive continuous areas allows fire to spread rapidly and unconstrained. Accumulation of flammable fuels in monoculture plantations, plus extended droughts due to climate change, generate increasingly frequent conditions to high intensity forest fires………………

The International Association of Wildland Fire will hold a Fire and climate: issues and futures conference in Melbourne in June 2022 focused on better preparation and response to ‘this formidable challenge in the new decade’ https://independentaustralia.net/environment/environment-display/un-warns-australia-in-danger-of-increased-wildfires,16098

February 28, 2022 Posted by | 2 WORLD, climate change | Leave a comment

On shaky ground? Latest EDF planning application casts doubt on suitability of Sizewell site

The Nuclear Free Local Authorities (NFLA) were surprised to see a late
planning application from nuclear power operator EDF Energy to East Suffolk
Council seeking permission to carry out testing on its proposed Sizewell C
nuclear power plant site.

Commenting, Cllr David Blackburn, Chair of the
NFLA, said: “The application has gone in just as the Planning
Inspectorate is about to make a recommendation to the Secretary of State on
whether to proceed further with the next stage of the development. EDF wish
to be allowed to conduct on-site trials to test whether their construction
methods will work on the land at their disposal. It ‘beggar’s belief’
that they should do this now at such a late stage in the process, rather
than at the start.”

The application concedes that EDF still need to
conduct soil and ground anchor trails to determine if their strategy to
stabilise the site during the construction of the plant will work. The NFLA
fears that the high-risk strategy might make the site unstable and the
cut-off wall could be sent crashing down endangering the lives of
construction workers.

 NFLA 26th Feb 2022

February 28, 2022 Posted by | safety, UK | Leave a comment

Radiation spike near Chernobyl nuclear plant

A radiation spike has been recorded near Chernobyl’s nuclear power plant
which has been seized by Russian forces, monitoring data shows. Invading
Russian troops took control of the plant – the site of the world’s worst
nuclear disaster in 1986 – on Thursday, Ukraine said.

Radiation levels
increased about 20-fold on Thursday, monitoring stations there reported.
But experts say another major nuclear disaster there is “extremely
unlikely”. The rise was caused by heavy military vehicles stirring
contaminated soil in the 4,000-sq-km (2,485 sq-mile) exclusion zone
surrounding the abandoned plant, Ukraine’s State Nuclear Regulatory
Inspectorate reported. The biggest spike was recorded close to the damaged
reactor.

Radiation levels are continuously monitored there – measured as a
dose that you would receive per hour in a location. Close to the reactor,
you would normally receive a dose of about three units – called
microsieverts – every hour. But on Thursday, that jumped to 65 microSv/hrs
– about five times more than you would get on one transatlantic flight. BBC 26th Feb 2022https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-60528828

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Iran rejects deadline – wants IAEA to drop politically motivated claims in nuclear talks.

Christina Macpherson <christinamacpherson@gmail.com>7:38 AM (10 hours ago)
to me

Iran rejects deadline, ‘politically motivated’ claims in nuclear talks

DUBAI, Feb 27 (Reuters) – Iran said on Sunday it will not accept any deadline set by the West to revive its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers and wants “politically motivated” claims by U.N. watchdog IAEA about Tehran’s nuclear work to be dropped, Iranian state TV reported…………….https://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/irans-top-nuclear-negotiator-bagheri-returns-vienna-tonight-irna-2022-02-27/

Reporting by Dubai Newsroom; Editing by Angus MacSwan and Raissa Kasolowsky

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U.N. nuclear watchdog to hold emergency meeting on Ukraine

U.N. nuclear watchdog to hold emergency meeting on Ukraine, Reuters, By Francois Murphy, Editing by Andrew Cawthorne and Ed Osmond

  • Canada, Poland call meeting at Kyiv’s request – diplomats
  • Russia has seized Chernobyl site, staff unable to leave
  • IAEA calling on “all parties” to ensure nuclear safety
  • Ukraine says missiles hit radioactive waste site in Kyiv

VIENNA, Feb 27 (Reuters) – The U.N. nuclear watchdog’s 35-nation Board of Governors will hold an emergency meeting on Wednesday about Ukraine, where war is raging in a country with four operational nuclear power plants and various waste facilities including Chernobyl……………………….   https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/un-nuclear-watchdog-hold-emergency-meeting-ukraine-diplomats-2022-02-27/

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Russian troops to take over Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant

Russian troops are approaching a second nuclear power plant in Ukraine,
after capturing Chernobyl. Ukraine’s interior ministry has said the
invading troops are approaching Zaporizhzhia. Vadym Denysenko, an adviser
in the Ukraine government, said Russian troops have aimed their rockets at
the site. Kremlin troops stormed the site of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster
on the first day of the invasion. Since then excess gamma radiation levels
have been recorded but it is unclear why.

 Mirror 26th Feb 2022

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/russia-aims-rockets-second-nuclear-26339222

February 28, 2022 Posted by | Ukraine, weapons and war | Leave a comment

Pentagon to deliver Stinger missiles to Ukraine – AP — Anti-bellum

Associated PressFebruary 27, 2022 U.S. to send Stinger anti-aircraft missiles to Ukraine The U.S. for the first time has approved the direct delivery of Stinger missiles to Ukraine as part of a package approved by the White House on Friday. The exact timing of delivery is not known, but officials say the U.S. is currently […]

Pentagon to deliver Stinger missiles to Ukraine – AP — Anti-bellum

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