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Wildfire cloud study sheds light on the processes of ‘nuclear winter’

To better grasp nuclear winter, scientists study wildfire cloud, https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/2019/08/cloud-wildfires-how-nuclear-winter-works/  

A giant cloud from 2017 Canadian fires lingered in the atmosphere for a year, showing scientists how a cloud from a nuclear bomb would behave. BY 


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August 10, 2019 Posted by | Canada, climate change | Leave a comment

The connection between indigenous and nuclear issues

“These trucks are carrying radioactive materials over the water supply for seven states, and they are driving by our communities and our families,”  “This is an unacceptable risk.”

Local activists highlight connection between indigenous and nuclear issues,  https://news.wbfo.org/post/local-activists-highlight-connection-between-indigenous-and-nuclear-issues, 9 Aug 19,  A celebration of Indigenous Peoples and Nuclear-Free Future Day returns Friday to the Buffalo History Museum. Ahead of the event, local Native Americans and environmental activists explained how the issues of indigenous peoples and nuclear power are intertwined.

Representatives from local indigenous communities, the Western New York Peace Center and Peace Action New York State gathered Tuesday at the history museum’s Japanese Garden. Agnes Williams, coordinator of the organization Indigenous Women’s Initiatives, helped hold up two colorful banners that read, “No More Waste” and “Water is Life.”

“The nuclear issue is very important to us as indigenous people because we’re on the beginning and the end of the nuclear chain, at uranium mining and waste disposal,” said Williams, who is a member of the Seneca Nation.

Williams and other speakers discussed the long history of indigenous land around the world and in the U.S. being taken and used for mining, testing of nuclear weapons and then disposal of radioactive waste.

“We thank indigenous wisdom for the guidance,” said Victoria Ross, executive director of WNY Peace Center. “All of our issues are connected. We are working to #UniteTheStruggles.” Continue reading

August 10, 2019 Posted by | indigenous issues, USA | Leave a comment

Barents Observer report on Russian nuclear reactors in the Arctic

Nuclear fuel carrier “Serebryanka” remains inside closed-off waters near missile explosion site, Barents Observer, By Thomas Nilsen. August 09, 2019      “………Barents Observer report 

The Barents Observer has recently published an overview (pdf) listing the increasing number of reactors in the Russian Arctic. The paper is part of Barents Observer’s analytical popular science studies on developments in the Euro-Arctic Region.

According to the list there are 39 nuclear-powered vessels or installations in the Russian Arctic today with a total of 62 reactors. This includes 31 submarines, one surface warship, five icebreakers, two onshore and one floating nuclear power plants.

Looking 15 years ahead, the number of ships, including submarines, and installations powered by reactors is estimated to increase to 74 with a total of 94 reactors, maybe as many as 114. Additional to new icebreakers and submarines already under construction, Russia is brushing dust of older Soviet ideas of utilizing nuclear-power for different kind of Arctic shelf industrial developments, like oil- and gas exploration, mining and research.  “By 2035, the Russian Arctic will be the most nuclearized waters on the planet,” the paper reads.

Also, existing icebreakers and submarines get life-time prolongation. The average age of the Northern Fleet’s nuclear-powered submarines has never been older than today. Several of the submarines built in the 1980s will continue to sail the Barents Sea and under the Arctic ice-cap until the late 2020s.   https://thebarentsobserver.com/en/security/2019/08/severodvinsk-authorities-confirm-mysterious-brief-radiation-spike-after-missile

 

August 10, 2019 Posted by | ARCTIC, Russia, technology | Leave a comment

Tokyo Olympics Undermining democratic values

Bad for Fukushima, bad for democracy’, Play the Game, By Andreas Singler, 7 Aug 19″…….Undermining democratic values
Japanologist and literary scholar Donald Keene, who passed away earlier this year aged 96 and who became a Japanese citizen after ‘March 11’ in solidarity with the suffering country, sharply criticised the media for their Olympic coverage of Rio de Janeiro in his Tokyo Shimbun column. Keene mentioned – “as if living in a totalitarian state” – mass media’s nationalistic approach and lack of journalistic distance. “From the very beginning, I was opposed to Tokyo Olympics,” Keene wrote. He was, according to Satoshi Ukai, one of the few public figures in Japan who could still be allowed such a clear-cut opinion. Keene, by birth a US citizen, was a legend among international Japanologists as an annalist, translator and intimate connoisseur of Japan’s golden generation of post-war writers.

“The longer one reflects about Olympics, the bigger the problems appear,” says Ukai. The fact that big celebrations and major disasters both can fuel nationalism and undermine the democratic culture of a country is one of the issues touched upon by US political scientist Jules Boykoff in his lecture on ‘Celebration Capitalism’ during a symposium at Waseda University in Tokyo on 21 July. His theoretical approach that refers on Naomi Klein’s term ‘disaster capitalism’ and covers Olympics in general appears like a blueprint on the conditions in ‘post-Fukushima’ Japan, where there are only a few years between catastrophe and festival event.

A larger number of laws have been adopted in recent years, partly as so-called anti-terrorism measures in the name of Olympic security. Critics call it an attack on the freedom of press, of expression, and of assembly. Those laws, one by one, caused mass protests driven by various social movements. The United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights, Joseph Cannataci, criticised an Anti-Conspiracy Act of 2017 in an open letter to Prime Minister Abe. And in a report to the UN Human Rights Committee, Special Rapporteur David Kaye sounded the alarm over the country’s eroding freedom of the press. It is hardly possible to report freely about sensitive issues of Japanese history such as Japan’s role in World War II, the ‘comfort women’ issue or, yet, about the real situation in Fukushima, Kaye reported. In just a few years, Japan dropped from number 11 in 2010 to 72 in 2018 and 67 in the current ranking of ‘Reporters Without Borders’.

Andreas Singler is a German freelance journalist, Japanologist and sports scientist (PhD). In 2018 he published his book ‘Sayonara Nuclear Power. Protests in Japan after ‘Fukushima’’, a portrait of Japan’s anti-nuclear movement. In September 2019, his book ‘Tokyo 2020: Olympics and the arguments of the opponents’ will be published (both in German). Website: https://www.andreas-singler.de  https://www.playthegame.org/news/news-articles/2019/0586_bad-for-fukushima,-bad-for-democracy/

August 10, 2019 Posted by | Japan, politics | Leave a comment

RUSSIAN naval base is on mysterious lockdown after an accidental missile explosion

What is Putin hiding? Emergency lockdown of Russian base after ‘nuclear missile’ accident, https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1163716/Russia-latest-news-Putin-military-explosion-nuclear-missile-radiation-leak-world-war-3

A RUSSIAN naval base is on a mysterious month-long lockdown after an accidental missile explosion at the base was linked to a sudden radiation spike in the region. By OLI SMITH, Aug 9, 2019 The world is on alert after a rocket engine explosion on a naval test range in northern Russia was linked to a shock radiation spike. The Kremlin have confirmed the “rocket engine explosion” killed two people and injured six. There are mounting concerns that the explosion took place during the testing of a new nuclear missile.

Local people were reportedly urged to take precautions against radiation.

Adding to the fears, the Archangelsk base where the explosion took place has since been placed on emergency lockdown, with the nearby White Sea also closed.

A Russian expert told the BBC that the Russian Ministry of Defence has refused to disclose the details behind the mysterious lockdown of the base.

Dr Mark Galeotti said the incident was “clearly a bigger issue than the Russians are letting on”.

While the Ministry of Defence has rejected claims of a radiation leak, city officials in nearby Severodvinsk reported a radiation spike between 11:50 and 12:30 before falling and normalising by 14:00.

Dr Galeotti said: “This depot seems to have been used for the testing of one of Russia’s new liquid-propelled nuclear missiles – it is a highly secretive.

“The official response from the Defence Ministry has been ‘nothing to see here, no spike in radiation, no leak in radiation’.

“All we seem to know is the number of dead and injured, and that it was a rocket test. The rest is gossip.”

he Russian expert added: “They have closed off a large swath of the adjoining White Sea to shipping for a month.

“Despite what the Kremlin have said, there must have been some sort of radiation leak – and they want people to not just stay out of harm’s way, but also don’t want people coming to the site with Geiger Counters.

“The Defence Ministry is trying to play this down. It is clearly a bigger issue than they are letting on.”

He went to claim “we know the Russian authorities have a tendency to lie in a crisis situation”, but highlighted in the modern age they are “able to get away with much less”.

Dr Galeotti also suggested that, in his opinion, “this was an accident that clearly involved a nuclear missile , which has led to a radiation leak”.

A woman in Severodvinsk named only Alina told Russian news site lenta.ru: “I work in the hospital where they’re bringing the injured.

“They advise everyone to close their windows and drink iodine, 44 drops per glass of water.”

Children in local kindergartens were taken indoors after the blast and parents were advised not to take them outside in the evening.

August 10, 2019 Posted by | Russia, secrets,lies and civil liberties | Leave a comment

Tower of German nuclear station demolished. The plant was on line for only 13 months

Short-lived German nuclear plant’s cooling tower demolished  https://www.citynews1130.com/2019/08/09/short-lived-german-nuclear-plants-cooling-tower-demolished/, BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, Aug 9, 2019 

BERLIN — The cooling tower of a former nuclear power plant next to the Rhine River in Germany that was online for just 13 months has been demolished, 31 years after it stopped producing electricity.

Remote-controlled excavators on Friday removed pillars that supported the tower at the Muelheim-Kaerlich plant, near Koblenz. The tower, whose top half had already been removed by a specially designed robot, collapsed under its own weight in a cloud of dust a couple of hours later.

Muelheim-Kaerlich was switched off in September 1988 after 13 months in service when a federal court ruled the risk of earthquakes in the area hadn’t been taken into account sufficiently. After a lengthy legal battle, demolition started in 2004. Operator RWE says nearly all radioactive material had already been removed by then.

August 10, 2019 Posted by | decommission reactor, Germany | Leave a comment

Anxiety over Russian nuclear power plant afloat in Arctic

August 10, 2019 Posted by | ARCTIC, oceans, politics international | Leave a comment

Tepco, Chubu Electric Power Co., Hitachi Ltd. and Toshiba Corp to join up to build nuclear power plant in Aomori?

Tepco and three other companies considering joint firm to build nuclear power plant in Aomori, Japan Times, 9 Aug 19, 

JIJI  Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. and three other companies are considering jointly setting up a new firm to construct and manage a planned nuclear power plant in Aomori Prefecture, informed sources said Thursday.

The three partners are Chubu Electric Power Co., Hitachi Ltd. and Toshiba Corp., the sources said.

Under the plan, the new company will build and run a new nuclear plant next to Tohoku Electric Power Co.’s Higashidori nuclear facility, which has been idle since the triple core meltdown at Tepco’s Fukushima No. 1 plant…….

Hitachi has frozen its nuclear plant construction program in Britain, while Toshiba withdrew from nuclear plant construction overseas. https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/08/09/business/corporate-business/tepco-three-companies-considering-joint-firm-build-nuclear-power-plant-aomori/#.XU3f0egzbIU

August 10, 2019 Posted by | business and costs, Japan | Leave a comment

Trump praises ‘very beautiful’ letter from Kim Jong Un amid frozen nuclear talks, tension over military exercises

Trump praises ‘very beautiful’ letter from Kim Jong Un amid frozen nuclear talks, tension over military exercises, By  CONOR FINNEGAN and ELIZABETH MCLAUGHLIN abc news  Aug 9, 2019, President Donald Trump said on Friday that he received another letter from North Korea‘s Kim Jong Un on Thursday amid stalled talks over the regime’s nuclear weapons program and Kim’s recent missile launches.

August 10, 2019 Posted by | North Korea, politics international, USA | Leave a comment

Chernobyl ‘sarcophagus” on the verge of collapse

August 10, 2019 Posted by | safety, Ukraine | Leave a comment

Three British nuclear submariners sacked over cocaine use

Three nuclear submariners discharged over cocaine use,  Telegraph UK   9 AUGUST 2019 

Three sailors serving on a nuclear submarine have been thrown out of the Royal Navy after cleaners “found cocaine in their rooms”.

The submariners on HMS Vengeance failed a compulsory drug test shortly after shore leave in a US military port in Florida in June…..

The three, believed to be lower ranking submariners, were discharged last week after the vessel returned to its home base at Faslane in Scotland. …..
Earlier this year seven sailors were removed from another navy submarine, HMS Talent, and discharged after testing positive for cocaine……. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/08/09/three-nuclear-submariners-discharged-cocaine-use/

August 10, 2019 Posted by | safety, UK | Leave a comment

China’s nuclear policy

August 10, 2019 Posted by | China, politics, weapons and war | Leave a comment

China buried nuclear waste in Sudan desert

Official: China buried nuclear waste in Sudan desert, Dabanga Sudan, November 12 – 2015 KHARTOUM China has buried dozens of containers with toxic waste in the desert of Northern Sudan, according to a high-ranking official. The waste was most probably coming from nuclear plants in China.

According to the former director of the Sudan Atomic Energy Commission in Sudan, Mohamed Siddig, 60 containers have been brought to Sudan together with construction materials and machinery for the building of the Merowe Dam (Hamdab Dam) in the Northern part of Sudan. He did not mention the exact year of the import and the date the nuclear waste was disposed. China worked on the dam between 2004 and 2009.

During a conference held by the Sudanese Standards and Metrology Organisation (SSMO) in Khartoum on Tuesday, he disclosed how the Sudanese authorities allowed the import of the waste ‘without inspection’.  He told the audience that 40 containers were buried in the desert not far from the Merowe Dam construction site. Another 20 containers were also disposed in the desert, though not buried…..

Mohamed Siddig was responsible for the Sudan Radioactive Waste Management programme that started in 1995, a central radioactive waste management facility was established in Soba near Khartoum. The Atomic Energy Committee is responsible for overseeing the safety in activities that involve the use of atomic energy in Sudan, and promoting the use of nuclear techniques.

Gold miners complain

In 2010, the government was already confronted by complaints of local gold diggers, according to the Sudanese newspaper El Tariq. Several gold workers approached the government complaining about many of the worker suffering from cancer and skin diseases. The Sudan authorities downplayed the questions saying the waste they dug up were remnants from earlier times. However witnesses told El Tariq that 500 sealed barrels were discovered in the El Atmur desert area in River Nile State…….https://www.dabangasudan.org/en/all-news/article/official-china-buried-nuclear-waste-in-sudan-s-desert

August 10, 2019 Posted by | AFRICA, China, wastes | Leave a comment

Explosion at Russian missile test, kills two, releases spike of radiation

Radiation spike reported after rocket engine explosion during Russian missile test https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/russia-radiation-spike-explosion-rocket-engine-missile-test-latest-a9046721.html  

Two killed and four injured after blast, defence ministry say, A short-term spike in radiation levels has been recorded after a rocket engine exploded during a test in Russia, regional authorities said.Moscow’s defence ministry said two were killed and four others wounded after the blast at a military shooting range in the northwestern region of Arkhangelsk.

The ministry said there was no release of radioactivity or any toxic substances.

However, Ksenia Yudina, a spokeswoman for the city of Severodvinsk, which has a population of around 185,000, said: “A short-term rise in background radiation was recorded at 12 o’clock in Severodvinsk.”

The defence ministry confirmed six servicemen and civilian engineers were injured, and two died of their injuries. It said the explosion took place during the test of a liquid-propellant rocket engine.

City officials said background radiation levels had fully “normalised”.

An Arkhangelsk port official said the Dvina Bay area of the White Sea would be closed off to shipping for a month following the explosion, the Interfax news agency reported.

The rocket engine explosion occurred at a weapons testing area near the village of Nyonoksa in the Arkhangelsk region, 800 miles north of Moscow, said the Interfax news agency.

Russian media said an area near Nyonoksa is used for tests on weapons including ballistic and cruise missiles used by the navy.

It came two days after 16,500 people were forced to flee their homes when massive blasts rocked an arms depot in Siberia.

Powerful explosions went on for about 16 hours, killing one person and injuring 13.

August 9, 2019 Posted by | incidents, Russia | Leave a comment

Russia’s planned dangerous expansion into the Arctic with nuclear icebreakers, Rosatom in control, increasing climate change

Russia to build two more nuclear icebreakers   https://bellona.org/news/arctic/2019-08-russia-to-build-two-more-nuclear-icebreakers

Russia has said it will build two new nuclear icebreakers in a bid to make a rapidly melting trade route through the Arctic accessible to shipping traffic on a year round basis.  August 7, 2019 by Charles Digges

August 8, 2019 Posted by | ARCTIC, climate change, Russia, technology | Leave a comment