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Radiation poses major obstacle to future deep-space astronauts bound for Mars

Radiation poses major obstacle to future deep-space astronauts bound for Mars, By Doris Elin Urrutia 3 Apr 20

A roundtrip from Earth to Mars, plus time on the Red Planet, would mean a human crew could spend months or years in deep space.

Mars seems to be on everybody’s mind in the space industry. There are already several robotic missions to the Red Planet underway, and companies and space agencies are already working to one day send humans there.

But a crewed mission would present many more challenges. One of these obstacles is radiation, and so researchers are working to find a way to protect a crew against the dangerous radiation of deep space.

Humans evolved underneath the protective blanket that is the Earth’s atmosphere and magnetosphere. Our bodies are not like the robots we shoot into the far reaches of the solar system. We are made of organic matter that needs to be shielded from harmful radiation. ……

April 4, 2020 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Morgan, Gardner: More Time Needed For Nuclear Storage Discussion  

Morgan, Gardner: More Time Needed For Nuclear Storage Discussion

APRIL 1, 2020 BY 8 O’CLOCK BUZZ   Interim nuclear storage is a problem, not just with where the highly radioactive materials are stored, but the routes of transportation on rail, highways, and waterways. Leona Morgan from the Nuclear Issues Study Group and Rose Gardner from the Alliance for Environmental Strategies discuss the current proposals and are urging an extension to the public comment period for the bill.

April 2, 2020 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

In the current mood – time for international co-operation and prompt action to stall global heating

FT 23rd March 2020 , None of the fundamentals have changed: emissions will fall a little this year in line with energy consumption but the shift is not permanent. Nick  Butler says there will be a time, and a need, to recapture the world’s attention. We should do this – he says – by focusing on two areas that link action on climate with the current mood.
The need for international co-operation and making goals far more immediate and tangible. “It is time to move on from proclamations of extinction and vague promises to do something by 2050. Over the coming weeks we should turn our idle, if wellwashed, hands to producing a practical, pragmatic plan to reduce emissions over the next decade.”

March 24, 2020 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Global response to Covid-19 is rapid. Response to climate change is too damn slow

Climate Policy Times 15th March 2020
The deadly threat posed by the rapid spread of Covid-19 has resulted in
unprecedented action from governments around the world. There’s a lesson
here for climate change: it’s too damn slow. What would happen, for
example, if we learnt that the polar icecaps had reduced by almost half
overnight, rather than since the 1980s? What if some of the world’s
largest lakes mysteriously dried up over January, not over the past decade?
What sort of panic would ensue if a quarter of the world’s population
found their homes under water tomorrow, instead of being told it would
happen in 80 years?

March 16, 2020 Posted by | general | 1 Comment

Greta Thunberg calls for Friday climate rallies to be held online

Greta Thunberg calls for Friday climate rallies to be held online,    Climate activist Greta Thunberg has called on fellow climate activists to move their weekly rallies online to prevent the spread COVID-19.

March 14, 2020 Posted by | general | 1 Comment

Snazzy little nuclear reactors the next big thing for Australia? I don’t think so


I was at lunch the other day and out came the familiar theme – Australia should go nuclear to de-carbonise the economy.

Well, a just-released report from the NSW Parliament’s State Development Committee should put an end to such talk – it is just too expensive and problematic.

The report, detailed in Channel 9 media, found the cost of the two reactors being built in the US is now thought to be between $20.4 billion and $22.6 billion for each reactor.

In the UK the cost of two reactors being build has jumped seven-fold to $25.9 billion each.

And those being built in France and Finland are now costed at upwards of $17.7 billion each.

Cost over-runs and delays mean that big nuclear power plants are only going to be built where there are massive government subsidies.

And this is even before factoring in the cost of the odd Fukushima or Chernobyl.

This morning on social media the pro-nuclear trolls were out in force – people are living happily now at Chernobyl one said.

Well I visited Chernobyl 18 months ago and there is nothing normal about it.

Maintaining the remains of the reactors at Chernobyl consumes 10 per cent of Ukraine’s admittedly modest GDP, and the long term effects of radiation continue to be felt.

This is why nuclear proponents now talk about snazzy new small reactors which are going to be the next big thing.

The same story is unfolding in small reactor construction as large – cost over-runs, very few small reactors actually under construction, and the need for massive, yes there’s that word again, government subsidies.

We already know what the answer to our carbon crisis is – renewables. Wind and solar plus storage is already cheaper and getting cheaper every day.

The future is not nuclear.

March 10, 2020 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Karen Silk remembered – nuclear unsafety whistleblower

Observer 23rd Feb 2020, Life is never easy for whistleblowers – see Mordechai Vanunu, Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden among many others. But in 1974 Karen Silkwood, a lab technician who had doubts about the safety of the nuclear plant she worked at in Oklahoma, died – in extremely mysterious circumstances – before she could reveal the information.

It was her death itself that led
investigations into safety practices at the plant. Joyce Eddinton
interviewed Meryl Streep, who played Silkwood in Mike Nichols’s eponymous
film, for the Observer Magazine of 8 April 1984 (‘The Karen Silkwood

February 24, 2020 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

The containers the U.S. plans to use for nuclear waste storage may corrode

February 3, 2020 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Accident in the Hinkley Point site area

Somerset Live 20th Jan 2020, There have been multiple reports this evening of severe delays around the Hinkley Point site after a serious crash in the area. Emergency services including an air ambulance are reported to have attended the scene this evening, Monday, January 20.

January 23, 2020 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Watch the 2020 Doomsday Clock Announcement on January 23

Watch the 2020 Doomsday Clock Announcement on January 23By Gayle Spinazze, January 8, 2020  The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists will host a live international news conference at 10 a.m. EST/1500 GMT on Thursday, January 23, 2020, to announce the 2020 time of the Doomsday Clock. The news conference will take place at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Watch the announcement live on our website or on our Facebook page……….

January 21, 2020 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Nuclear industry in terminal decline – over to solar and wind

Nuclear Futures, Oil Price 18th Jan 2020
Nuclear energy has been on the decline in much of the world (with some notable exceptions in the nuclear-friendly administrations in China and Russia). This is not new news.
Now, however, Chatham House, the UK’s Royal Institution of International Affairs, has taken things a step further by taking the official stance that nuclear will never be a serious contender as a solution to catastrophic climate change.
As paraphrased by environmental news site EcoWatch, the energy experts at Chatham House “agreed that despite continued enthusiasm from the industry, and from some politicians, the number of nuclear power stations under construction worldwide would not be enough to replace those closing down.”
The consensus was that this is nuclear’s swan song, and we are now
unequivocally entering the era of wind and solar power.

January 20, 2020 Posted by | general | 1 Comment

Nuclear weapons are an existential threat and intertwined with the climate threat

Guardian 16th Jan 2020

January 18, 2020 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

EDF’s dubious plan to finance Sizewell C nuclear build will actually increase costs

Dave Toke’s Blog 13th Jan 2020, EDF say they want to start building Sizewell C in 2022 because they will save money through transferring staff from building Hinkley C.
This sounds  a very dubious argument for the simple reason that building another two units of their ‘European Pressurised Reactor’ (EPR) at the same time as Hinkley will put even greater pressure on staff resources – which are very scarce in the highly specialised nuclear industry – and lead to increased

problems and costs, not savings.

January 18, 2020 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Expensive but necessary – to protect nuclear reactors from cyber threats

January 13, 2020 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Nuclear weapons systems don’t make either Russians or Americans safer

Is Russia’s 100-Megaton Nuclear Torpedo More Trouble Than Its Worth? The National Interest, Lyle J. Goldstein, The National Interest•January 8, 2020

Key Point: The development of new weapons systems may benefit the military-industrial complex, but they don’t benefit the safety of Russians or Americans.

January 11, 2020 Posted by | general | Leave a comment