Fukushima Strontium in Teeth Study

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90Sr in teeth of cattle abandoned in evacuation zone: Record of pollution from the Fukushima-Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident

http://www.nature.com/articles/srep24077

From Dr. Leuren Moret:

This is the first tooth study I have seen after Fukushima, I did the first and only baby teeth study that I know of in Japan 11 years ago (pre-Fukushima) in Matsudo City, in Tokyo. The two Japanese babies in the study, that were born in the US, whiteRedRADhad the highest rad levels of all baby teeth samples in my study. One of them was born in Wash. DC. I collected the baby teeth from mothers at a kindergarten in Tokyo. They went wild when I talked to them and told me they NEVER fed babies cows milk until Gen. MacArthur forced it on Japan to support US dairy farmers, and gave me the baby teeth. It was a fantastic experience. The range of Sr-90…

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April 14 Energy News

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World:

¶ According to RenewEconomy, the Greens want to have “… South Australia source 100% of its electricity needs from clean energy by 2030.” Such a clean energy achievement will generate 1,000 jobs and include a SolarReserve 100-MW solar tower and storage plant near Port Augusta. [CleanTechnica]

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¶ Quebec has a plan to increase the overall output of renewable energy 25%, pushing the total amount to 60.9% by 2030 from its current 46.6%. The plan is meant to significantly alter Quebec’s energy profile. Hydro-Quebec is looking at opportunities to provide power to New York and New England. [Platts]

¶ A wine production plant in the South Africa’s Western Cape has commissioned a rooftop solar plant that will provide up to half the energy needed to make 3-million liters of wine a month. The 2‚600 solar panels cover four roofs at…

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A trillion dollars for new nuclear weapons?

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New Hampshire Peace Action Executive Director Will Hopkins and Arnie Alpert of New Hampshire’s American Friends Service Committee office had a terrific op-ed in the Manchester (NH) Union Leader on Monday.

By Will Hopkins and Arnie Alpert
As U.S.-Soviet relations heated to the boiling point during the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, Capt. Vasili Arkhipov, second-in-command of a Soviet submarine, refused to authorize a nuclear missile launch when his ship was cut off from communications with Moscow and under fire from U.S. depth charges. We have him to thank for avoidance of nuclear war.

Nuclear war was narrowly avoided again in 1980, when faulty U.S. alarm systems signaled incoming Soviet missiles. The Pentagon later put the blame on a failed computer chip. In 1983, Soviet satellites mistook unusual sunlight glinting off clouds as incoming missile fire, and once more a cool-headed commander narrowly stopped a nuclear exchange. In 1995, a Norwegian…

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Largest Coal Producer in Bankruptcy

Climate Denial Crock of the Week

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We did not leave the stone age because we ran out of stones.

There was never a war on coal anymore than there was a war on typewriters.

Guardian:

Peabody Energy, the world’s largest privately owned coal producer, has filed for US bankruptcy protection in the wake of a sharp fall in coal prices that left it unable to service a recent debt-fuelled expansion into Australia.

The company listed both assets and liabilities in the range of $10bn (£7bn) to $50bn, according to a court filing on Wednesday.

Peabody’s chapter 11 bankruptcy filing ranks among the largest in the commodities sector since energy and metals prices began to fall in the middle of 2014 as once fast-growing markets such as China and Brazil began to slow.

Peabody’s debt troubles date back to its $5.1bn leveraged buyout of Australia’s Macarthur in 2011, a coveted asset at the time meant to position…

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When Satellites go Boink

Climate Denial Crock of the Week

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A friend dropped me a note the other day, asking what was going on with Arctic ice, which just set a new record for the lowest maximum extent on the modern record.
Quick look at the National Snow and Ice Data Center’s graph showed a peculiar spike.

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..Which looked spurious, given what we know about current temperature conditions in the Arctic.  Several other indicators looked funky, as well.

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A few inquiries revealed that, yes, the satellite was bonkers. Today this from NSIDC:

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America’s biggest ever clean power wind and transmission development

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antnuke-relevantUS Wind Energy Juggernaut: You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet (CT Exclusive Interview), Clean Technica, April 4th, 2016 by Tina Casey  The American Wind Energy Association will release its much anticipated annual report on April 12, and the group’s CEO Tom Kiernan provided CleanTechnica with some advance insights during a one-on-one phone chat last week. Hint: it’s gonna be big.

Kiernan also discussed two recent major milestone developments in the US wind industry, one being the construction of the nation’s first ever offshore wind farm — which will finally open the floodgates to developing the immense Atlantic Coast wind resources — and the other involving the Energy Department in what will be the biggest ever renewable energy project in the US.

The 2015 American Wind Energy Association Report

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Wind power brings jobs boom, clean air, to American communities

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green-collarThe job growth in 2015 is primarily attributable to more wind project development and construction, requiring more than 38,000 employees.

Texas leads the nation with over 24,000 wind energy employees.

antnuke-relevantUS wind power jobs hit record, up 20 percent in 2016 ‘Wind rush’ fuels hiring boom, delivers more consumer savings AWEA,  DENVER, April 12, 2016— American wind power supported a record 88,000 jobs at the start of 2016—an increase of 20 percent in a year—according to the U.S. Wind Industry Annual Market Report, Year Ending 2015, released today by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). Strong job growth coincided with wind ranking number one as America’s leading source of new generating capacity last year, outpacing solar and natural gas.

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper joined in the release at a Vestas wind turbine component factory near Denver, saying “In 2015, Colorado ranked fifth in the nation for wind power capacity…

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Australian oil and gas lobbies spent up big, to discredit science of climate change

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corruption textAustralian oil and gas lobby spent millions advocating against climate action: report Tom Arup  Environment editor, The Age April 12, 2016  Australia’s peak oil and gas industry lobby group spent almost $4 million last year trying to “obstruct” more ambitious climate change policy, according to British research group InfluenceMap.

It was part of an overall $150 million spent globally in 2015 by five major oil companies and lobby groups.

The Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association (APPEA) represents the domestic oil and gas industry and counts among its 70 members giant companies such as Woodside, Shell Australia and Chevron Australia.

According to the analysis, InfluenceMap estimated that APPEA spent about $5.5 million on climate-related advocacy in 2015 though expenditure on staff, public campaigns, advertising and other external public relations.

InfluenceMap then made an assessment of the position, tone and transparency of this work. They determined about $3.9 million of it went towards what they described as “obstructive spending”.

InfluenceMap took its definition of advocacy from…

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A solar world first for Perth: solar panels and battery storage on apartment buildings

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Apartments set for solar world first https://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/wa/a/31335712/apartments-set-for-solar-world-first/  Daniel Mercer – The West Australian on April 13, 2016 Dozens of apartments will be able to use, store and trade power under a world-first trial of micro-grid technology to be unveiled in Perth’s south.

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Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt will today announce the Commonwealth’s green energy fund ARENA has tipped $1 million into a micro-grid project in White Gum Valley.

The $3 million project will have solar panels and batteries installed across four separate apartment developments. It would be up to the strata companies managing the apartment buildings to on-sell the electricity to tenants, rather than State-owned power provider Synergy. The strata companies could sell the electricity cheaper than Synergy or at the same price, currently set at 25.7¢ for every unit of electricity sold. Homes owners and tenants would also be able to trade power to other apartments within the complex during the day and night.

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