March 13 Energy News

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Science and Technology:

¶ Efforts to increase wind power mean that turbine blades are getting bigger and bigger. But a new design in the works takes the idea to levels most people can barely imagine: Blades up to 656.2 feet long – more than two football fields. Today’s longest blades are 262.5 feet. [Los Angeles Times]

Wind turbine blades in storage. Photo by Glyn Drury. CC BY-SA 2.0. Wikimedia Commons. Wind turbine blades in storage. Photo by Glyn Drury.
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¶ This year’s winter has been quite strange, with temperatures throughout much of the northern hemisphere being considerably higher than at any other time since high-accuracy records began over a hundred years ago. Now here is a video showing just how fast Arctic ice is declining. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Night-time temperatures are more sensitive to climate change, a study found. The nights have been warming much faster than the days over the last 50 years, worldwide…

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Reposting: Scientists Predicted Jump in Temperatures

Climate Denial Crock of the Week

The new global temperature graphs from this week are causing gasps across the scientific community. I’m reposting here my 2014 interviews with Kevin Trenberth and Gerald Meehl, who both spoke about the possibility of a “step change” in global temperatures, somehow initiated by large El Nino events, such as what we saw in 1998, and this year.

Worth showing to anyone who thinks scientists do not have a handle on the basic physics of climate.
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Climatecrocks.com, Sept. 14, 2015:

Above, my interview with Kevin Trenberth in 2014.  We agreed that if certain predictions came true, that I’d make sure the video got recirculated – and with today’s new announcement by the UK Met Office, a burgeoning El Nino in the Pacific, and 2015 looking like the warmest year ever – blowing the doors off 2014 – now is that time.

Dr. Trenberth spoke about large cycles in the Pacific…

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Major Leak in India Nuclear Power Station; On-Site Emergency Declared; Swiss-German-French Role in Explosive India Nuclear Tech

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Kakrapar Atomic Power Station India
Kakrapur nuclear power station zoom in
[Read about French-Swiss and German built heavy water facilities blowing up and catching fire in India, below this article, as well as the problem of plutonium production for this reactor type. And, yet, Americans are supposed to believe the Obama Administration lie that taking SWISS MADE plutonium from Switzerland, and 99.5%-100% German Made nuclear waste from Germany, is supposed to help with non-proliferation? India’s first heavy water production plant was provided by Germany in 1962, 12 years before India’s first successful nuclear bomb test.]

From Dianuke.org:
A Major Leak in India’s Nuclear Plant On Fukushima’s 5th Anniv. On-Site Emergency Declared, March 11, 2016, by Kumar Sundaram

The Unit-1 of the the Kakrapar nuclear power plant in India’s Gujarat state underwent an accident today morning at 9.00 am.

The operator of the nuclear plant, the govt-owned Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited(NPCIL), has declared an on-site emergency…

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Neo-Nuclearism as a Cargo Cult

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Forgetting Fukushima, Denying Dai-ichi

By James Heddle

“Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. But everyone is not entitled to their own facts.” – Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynahan

Fuku-the-US-300x296Fallout as Blowback
As the 5-year anniversary rolls around it’s clear to all who care to notice that the Fukushima triple meltdown nuclear disaster is still not ‘under control’ – as Prime Minister Abe claimed to the Olympic Committee in his successful bid to host the coming 2020 Games – but is still on-going, and will be far into the future.

That is to say, radioactive pollution will continue to pour into the oceanic, hemispheric and planetary environment with predictably negative, but unknown, effects on the health and DNA of all life forms in the biosphere.

There’s karmic irony here. The U.S. dropped the first atomic bombs on Japan, then used its political influence and propaganda prowess to sell the country nuclear…

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30 Years After Chernobyl – comprehensive report

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Chernobyl 1986highly-recommended TORCH, Ian Fairlea, March 10, 2016  First of all, apologies to the many readers who have written complaining about the lack of new blogs/information on this website.

The explanation is that I’ve been busy for the past 5 months writing a new report on the health effects of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster -TORCH-2016. This is an update of the 2006 TORCH report. (TORCH means The Other Report on Chernobyl.)

The report (120 pages) was commissioned by Global 2000/Friends of the Earth Austria and funded by the Vienna City Council Environmental Ombuds Office.

The report updates the new health evidence which has been published in peer-reviewed journals during the 10 year period 2006-2016.

In a nutshell, the report finds

  • 5 million people in Belarus, Ukraine and Russia still live in highly contaminated areas
  • 400 million people in less contaminated areas
  • 37% of Chernobyl’s fallout deposited on western Europe; 42% of…

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30 Years After Chernobyl – comprehensive report

Only 40K deaths? Huh? It is over 1 million…

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Chernobyl 1986highly-recommended TORCH, Ian Fairlea, March 10, 2016  First of all, apologies to the many readers who have written complaining about the lack of new blogs/information on this website.

The explanation is that I’ve been busy for the past 5 months writing a new report on the health effects of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster -TORCH-2016. This is an update of the 2006 TORCH report. (TORCH means The Other Report on Chernobyl.)

The report (120 pages) was commissioned by Global 2000/Friends of the Earth Austria and funded by the Vienna City Council Environmental Ombuds Office.

The report updates the new health evidence which has been published in peer-reviewed journals during the 10 year period 2006-2016.

In a nutshell, the report finds

  • 5 million people in Belarus, Ukraine and Russia still live in highly contaminated areas
  • 400 million people in less contaminated areas
  • 37% of Chernobyl’s fallout deposited on western Europe; 42% of…

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A sober look at nuclear industry expansion in Asia

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it’s unclear whether such plans will ever see the light of day. “It will be very difficult to find people willing to invest billions of dollars in this area, especially given the likelihood of another accident taking place in another part of the world,”

Nuclear energy booming in Asia, DW 12 Mar 16 Five years after the Fukushima nuclear disaster, India and China have embraced nuclear power. Other countries in the region also want to build more plants – even in high-risk areas prone to earthquakes and tsunamis…..

China: on track to becoming number 1    Following the Fukushima disaster, China’s government initially suspended the construction of additional nuclear power plants. Instead, comprehensive security policies were adopted. But in the autumn of 2012, Beijing lifted the moratorium on future development – and since then, has pursued a more ambitious nuclear program……….

Nuclear power  is considered a relatively “clean” alternative…

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Fukushima nuclear disaster has profound implications for Australia

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Fukushima five years on, and the lessons we failed to learn, Guardian, Dave Sweeney, 11 Mar 16   After directly fuelling the disaster at Fukushima, Australia should have taken steps to review and reconsider its role in the global nuclear trade Five years ago this week the world held its breath, crossed its fingers and learnt a new word.

Fukushima went from being the name of a provincial Japanese city to becoming global shorthand for a costly and contaminating nuclear disaster.

Fukushima means “fortunate island” but the region’s luck melted down along with the reactors on March 11, 2011. The subsequent system failure, meltdown and uncontrolled release of large volumes of radiation at the Tokyo Electric Power Corporation’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex has become one of the defining events of our age.

It was a game-changer that highlighted the urgent need for the game to change. As the country that supplied…

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“Bottom is falling out of uranium prices “

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text-uranium-hypeNuclear power market still suffers from Japan’s Fukushima disaster -5-year disaster anniversary shows little nuclear power progress in Japan  Market Watch, By MYRAP. SAEFONG MARKETS/COMMODITIES REPORTER 11 MAR 16  “……“Unfortunately, the uranium [and] nuclear market is still suffering significantly as a result of the Fukushima aftereffects,” said Jonathan Hinze, executive vice president of international operations at the Ux Consulting Company, the world’s leading nuclear-fuel consultancy.

In the wake of the nuclear accident, nuclear power became somewhat of an outcast……

Uranium supply ‘overhang’  Back in September, Jim Ostroff, senior editor of Platts Nuclear Publications, estimated that Japanese utilities had around 120 million pounds of uranium stockpiled, which was likely enough to have supplied all of Japan’s pre-Fukushima needs for six years.

Today, there remains an “overhang of excess supply to demand,” he said.

With such few active reactors, the Japanese are not buying uranium to make nuclear fuel and the…

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AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT DENIES LINK BETWEEN RADIATION EXPOSURE AND ILLNESS

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New generations of Australian families suffering deformities and early deaths because of ‘genetic transfer’, news.com.au MARCH 10, 2016 [EXCELLENT PHOTOSlifestyle/health/health-problems/new-generations-of-australian-families-suffering-deformities-and-early-deaths-because-of-genetic-transfer/news-story/5a74b7eab2f433402aa00bc2fcbcbea4 “……..   But the link between exposure to radiation at the test sites and subsequent illness of the BNT veterans and their descendants has never been accepted by the Australian Government.

A Department of Veterans’ Affairs study concluded that “only two per cent of participants received more than the current Australian annual dose limit for occupationally exposed persons”.

Those who can prove they sustained an injury or disease related to their service are eligible for compensation under the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 (SRCA), and its antecedent Acts.

But BNT veterans told news.com.au they are continually rejected on the grounds that the levels of radiation they were exposed to were “too low” to cause their illnesses.

It’s a stark contrast to a 1999 study for the…

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