New York’s proposed Clean Energy Standard a financial gift to the nuclear industry


Tax - payersA gift to the nuclear power industry, The River Reporter May 18, 2016 — State officials are in the midst of a round of meetings regarding the state’s proposed Clean Energy Standard (CES), which will determine how much renewable electricity will be distributed to customers by utilities in years to come. The proposed plan calls for the state to generate 80% of electricity from renewable power by 2050, which is certainly a laudable goal.

Incredibly, however, the proposed CES mandates that rate-payers keep the state’s four nuclear power plants alive by paying higher-than-market prices for the expensive electricity produced by the plants.

As Jessica Azulay, program director of Alliance for a Green Economy, wrote in a memo, “The proposed Clean Energy Standard also includes a gift to nuclear corporations operating in Upstate New York. Due to low electricity prices, declining demand, competition from wind power, and rising nuclear costs, New York’s four…

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May 20 Energy News



¶ While Australian network operators are usually keen to underline the importance of the grid, a survey by Western Power of regional consumers has shown that an overwhelming majority, four out of five, are either very keen or are open to the idea of cutting the line altogether. [RenewEconomy]

Customers want to leave the grid. Most customers want to leave the grid.

¶ The latest inventory of national greenhouse gas emissions, released by the government, indicates that Australian emissions increased 1% over the 2015 calendar year, growing to 3% above 2000 levels, and forecast to be above of Australia’s target of -5% on 2000 levels by 2020. [CleanTechnica]

¶ According to a new report from GlobalData, China was responsible for nearly half of all new wind installations globally during 2015. Only a few weeks ago, GlobalData predicted China’s installed wind capacity would triple by 2030, reaching 495 GW, up from 149…

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85% of Cumbrians say NO to Nuclear Nightmare, While NuGen Peddle their Fairytale in Beckermet

Evening Mail Three Quarters of Voters Say NO Evening Mail

In just one day 85% of 1268 Cumbrians said  NO to the nightmare of new build while NuGen peddle their “sleeping beauty” fairy story.  This poll is far larger than the responses to the first NuGen CONsultation and we suspect far more representative of Cumbria.  Many Sellafield workers who oppose Moorside would be reluctant to take part in a CONsultation which requires the consultee to provide personal information.

At the sleepy village of Beckermet yesterday Nugen peddled their “sleeping beauty” fairy tale. I spoke to some villagers who feel absolutely wretched and desperate but also unable to organise and make a stand against the nightmare which is already beginning on the flood plain of the river Ehen and out at sea with over 300 boreholes. There was no planning permission given or “necessary” for the boreholes which were given the ok by one delegated Copeland council official. The…

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20 May – the week in climate and nuclear news


a-cat-CANCLIMATE CHANGE. Australia’s coming election: climate change policy to be a vote changer. Australia’s political leaders ignoring climate change, in lead-up to election. Great Barrier Reef should be a central election issue – Tim Flannery. As sea levels rise fast, CSIRO sacks world sea level expert ! Sydney Peace Prize to go to Naomi Klein.

Corporations rejoice as Fairfax media sacks a top investigative journalist

SOUTH AUSTRALIA. Now that South Australia’s shonky Nuclear Royal Commission is over, the push for making Australia the hub of global radioactive trash moves into a new stage. And, I’m happy to report, it is a troubled one!

South Australian Premier creates two new Nuclear Advisory Agencies.  Unfortunately their touted “independence” is already in doubt.  Parry Agius – founding member of Uranium lobby group – should not be on a new “independent” Nuclear Advisory Board.  The S.A. government sets up parliamentary…

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Rapid growth in solar energy jobs as oil companies shed workers


green-collarThere Will Be More New Jobs in Solar Than Oil by the End of the Year, Fortune by Jonathan Chew @sochews APRIL 20, 2016, Indeed just released this startling info on energy jobs.

The world’s biggest oil companies are slashing jobs to cope with decreasing revenues, and one knock-on effect has been the drop in oil job postings.

Conversely, however, if the current pace of postings hold, solar would become the largest market for energy jobs by the fourth quarter of 2016, according to numbers tabulated by Indeed, the world’s highest traffic job site…….

Tara Sinclair, chief economist at Indeed. “Whether or not solar overtakes oil on Indeed, energy workers would do well to position themselves for work in renewable fields such as solar, wind, and hydroelectricity.”

This corresponds with a recent report by The Solar Foundation that highlighted the rapid growth of the U.S. clean energy sector. By…

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Renewable energy transition is stalling world greenhouse gas emissions


climate-changeSurge in renewable energy stalls world greenhouse gas emissions Falling coal use in China and the US and a shift towards renewable energy globally saw energy emissions level for the second year running, says IEA, Guardian, John Vidal, 17 March 16, Falling coal use in China and the US and a worldwide shift towards renewable energy have kept greenhouse gas emissions level for a second year running, one of the world’s leading energy analysts has said.

Preliminary data for 2015 from the International Energy Agency (IEA) showed that carbon dioxide emissions from the energy sector have levelled off at 32.1bn tonnes even as the global economy grew over 3% .

Electricity generated by renewable sources played a critical role, having accounted for around 90% of new electricity generation in 2015. Wind power produced more than half of all new electricity generation, said the IEA.

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America’s veterans transition to Climate Change Fighters – Solar Ready Vets


Solar Ready Vets Transforms US Military Into Climate Change Fighters, Clean Technica, May 18th, 2016 by Tina Casey 

At least 190,000 veterans are expected to transition out of the US military each year over the next several years, and the federal program Solar Ready Vets is gearing up to match them with solar jobs. The Energy Department has just announced that it is adding five more military bases to the program’s roster of solar training locations. The agency will also pour $10 million into 10 new training projects that will help rev up the solar industry’s ability to absorb new workers.

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Nearly 100 schoolchildren ‘possessed by the devil’ have ‘contagious visions’ of man in black trying to kill them

The Extinction Protocol

Peru Children
May 2016PERUThe mass case of ‘demonic possession’ has caused some pupils to suffer from seizures while others have fainted at the school. Almost 100 schoolchildren are thought to have been ‘possessed’ by the devil – and see visions of a man in black trying to kill them. In what has been described as a mass case of demonic possession, the pupils in Peru are experiencing seizures alongside their horrifying hallucinations. Experts have struggled to explain the strange goings-on, which also include widespread convulsions and fainting at the school, reportedly built on a Mafia graveyard.
According to local reports, as many as 80 students at the Elsa Perea Flores School in northern Peru’s Tarapoto have been experiencing the supposedly contagious ‘condition’ since last month. A pupil, not named in local media, described their experience: “It’s disturbing for me to think about it. It’s as if someone kept…

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Sodium Fluoride – Once Used as Rat Poison & an Insecticide! Also Known to Kill Humans – Poison on Tap

Rangitikei Environmental Health Watch

Rangitikei Environmental Health Watch

jar-158897_1280Did you know that Sodium Fluoride was once used as an insecticide to kill pests? Or that it has been known to also kill humans? They don’t tell us this when they recommend fluoridated water and we who refuse it are vilified as anti science among other things. Do the research before you drink fluoride. Chances are, if you haven’t done any, you are already drinking it … given it is added to many water supplies in NZ.


Published on Nov 16, 2015

Is fluoride bad for you? Should you be concerned about sodium fluoride being in your water or toothpaste? Learn why Sweden, Norway, Austria, Finland, China and more countries have banned fluoride. How did fluoride get approved for…

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The Stupid. It Burns. Trump Would “Renegotiate” Paris Agreement

Climate Denial Crock of the Week


Republican presidential contender Donald Trump said on Tuesday he would renegotiate America’s role in the U.N. global climate accord, spelling potential doom for an agreement many view as a last chance to turn the tide on global warming.

A pull-out by the world’s second biggest carbon-emitting country would hobble the deal reached in Paris last December by nearly 200 nations, who for the first time in more than two decades found a common vision for curbing greenhouse gas emissions.


“I will be looking at that very, very seriously, and at a minimum I will be renegotiating those agreements, at a minimum. And at a maximum I may do something else,” the New York real estate mogul said in an interview with Reuters.

“But those agreements are one-sided agreements and they are bad for the United States.”

Trump said he did not believe China, the world’s top emitter of…

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Greens Urge Ireland to Insist on Hinkley Nuclear Power Consultation Following UNESC Ruling

Mining Awareness +

Ireland in relation to proposed British Nuclear Power Stations Hinkley and Moorside
Ireland in relation to the two new nuclear power stations, which the UK government wants to impose

Note that if the Government of Ireland fails to act promptly, then the people of Ireland, as well as those in other impacted countries, may complain to the UN under the Aarhus Convention, as explained below the News Release. In fact, members of the public do not have to wait, but can act now if they wish. Their rights have already been violated.

News Release from The Green Party, Ireland:
Greens urge Government to insist on Hinkley consultation following UNESC ruling 9th May 2016

The Green Party today accused the United Nations Economic and Social Council of ‘pulling punches’, following their finding that Britain has breached the Espoo convention, but failure to deliver a recommendation.

UNESC found that Britain failed to notify neighbouring states and the general public of the threat of…

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**Internal exposure concealed: The True state of the Fukushima nuclear power plant accident — Yagasaki Katsuma, The Asia-Pacific Journal

Japan Safety : Nuclear Energy Updates

Yagasaki Katsuma’s article (below) is by far the most complete, well-researched and truthful account of radiation exposure to the Japanese as a result of the Fukushima meltdowns that I have read thus far. I highly recommend that you read this entire article. – MP

” Yagasaki Katsuma, emeritus professor of Ryukyu University, has been constantly sounding the alarm about the problem of internal exposure related to nuclear weapons testing and nuclear electricity generation. Since the explosion at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant (NPP), he has drawn on his expertise to conduct field research, and to support those who evacuated to Okinawa. We asked him to reflect on the five years since the accident at Fukushima Daiichi, and to lay out the issues that lie ahead.

Heading to the blast site 12 days post-explosion

On March 17, 2011, a friend who lived in Fukushima City contacted me. “They’re reporting an onslaught…

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Arctic Melting In “Uncharted Territory”

Climate Denial Crock of the Week

One more reason to support Dark Snow this year:

supportdarksnowNow is the time to support the 2016 Dark Snow Field campaign. More about that here.

Washington Post:

One of the oldest and best-established ideas about global warming is that it will hit the Arctic the hardest. The concept, which goes back to papers published decades ago, is called “Arctic amplification,” and the basic idea is that there’s a key feedback in this system that makes everything worse.

It works like this: Warmer air melts more of the sea ice cover that sits atop the Arctic ocean, especially during summer, which is, of course, ice melt season. That means the ocean is able to absorb more solar radiation than before, when it was covered with ice…

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The more we know, the worse it looks

IPPNW peace and health blog

IPPNW co-president Tilman Ruff IPPNW co-president Tilman Ruff

[Co-president Tilman Ruff addressed the Open-Ended Working Group on nuclear weapons on May 13 in Geneva, on behalf of IPPNW’s Australian affiliate, MAPW, and ICAN. His remarks follow.]

Given some views expressed here in recent days, I feel a medical responsibility to highlight for representatives in this room some crucial evidence on the weapons under discussion.

Public policy should be based on evidence—especially in relation to the most acute existential threat that has ever lain in human hands.

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Major crack in the south wall of Fukushima reactor 4: is this the end of the world as we know it?

The Extinction Protocol

May 20, 2012TOKYOIf there isn’t a large crack there is still the issue of the severely damaged Unit Number Four building ‘tilting.’ The 1500 spent fuel rods pond almost suspended in air on the fifth floor and the extreme potential for a slight earthquake or explosion to unleash a catastrophic radioactive chain of events ‘much worse than Chernobyl.’ “The spent fuel in the hobbled unit 4 at Fukushima Daiichi not only sits in an elevated pool outside the reactor core’s reinforced containment, in a high-consequence earthquake zone adjacent to the ocean — just as nearly all the spent fuel at the nuclear site is stored — but it’s also open to the elements because a hydrogen explosion blew off the roof during the early days of the accident and sent the building into a list.” (See photo) A mysterious black substance five times more…

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Nuclear waste dumping in South Australia – an act of cultural genocide


handsoffNuclear dump protesters warn of ‘cultural genocide’ in South Australia, ABC , 17 May 16 By Claire Campbell  Building a nuclear waste dump in South Australia would be “cultural genocide”, an Indigenous Australian says, as a campaign against a potential facility in South Australia ramps up.

Flinders Ranges Adnyamathanha woman Candace Champion was among unions, community groups and traditional landowners who today launched an alliance to protest the dump if it goes ahead.

Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commissioner Kevin Scarce made a recommendation earlier this month that SA build a used-nuclear fuel and intermediate level waste storage facility as an economic opportunity.The State Government has not committed to building a dump and said community engagement would be pivotal before a proposal was considered.

But the alliance believes going ahead with such a facility would ignore Aboriginal rights and put public health, the environment and the state’s finances at risk. It…

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International solidarity with indigenous peoples against nuclear waste dumping


nuke-indigenous.1If you’re from the United States, then this whole ordeal should sound somewhat familiar.

According to the Scientific American, “[n]ative tribes across the American West have been and continue to be subjected to significant amounts of radioactive and otherwise hazardous waste as a result of living near nuclear test sites, uranium mines, power plants and toxic waste dumps.”

Take Action!

The final decision for the nuclear dumping site will occur in a year, please act now by signing and sharing this petition urging Australian leaders not to dump nuclear waste near Adnyamathanha territory.

Stop Australia From Committing “Cultural Genocide” and Environmental Injustice, 14 May 2016 By Jessica RamosCare2 | Report  Australia is about to make a horrible mistake. The country has (at least, tentatively) earmarked the location of its first nuclear dumping site next to an aboriginal cultural site. And the aboriginal community is speaking…

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Australia’s Lucas Heights is part of the IAEA’s nuclear propaganda blitz on schoolkids


IAEA Invites Students to Learn Nuclear Science Through Play. IAEA,  By Laura Gil, IAEA Office of Public Information and Communication, 12 May 16,  Teachers have reached almost 10 000 students in four Asian countries through a guidebook designed to bring nuclear science and technology closer to young adults. The compendium, which is being tested by the IAEA and education experts from several countries, collects unique teaching strategies and materials to introduce science and technology in education systems.


“We want to challenge students’ curiosity and show them the important role nuclear science and technology play in everyday life,” said Maria Violeta Tupas, Education Programme Supervisor at the Department of Education in the Philippines, who has used the compendium. “And we want to do this during the students’ formative years, so that they realize what it is that motivates them before they choose their career path.”

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Aboriginal groups demand better consultation on nuclear waste dump plan


Alliance to campaign for more consultation sessions Nuclear dump protesters warn of ‘cultural genocide’ in South Australia, ABC , 17 May 16 By Claire Campbell “……Yankunytjatjara Native Title chairperson Karina Lester said the alliance would campaign for more community consultation sessions, particularly in regional areas.

“We do want to see work being done in the interpreting and translating area as well because this is very technical … in particular those who still speak their first language,” she said.

“I think we need to continue to make noise that we are not feeling supported in this, in this decision making process and that we need to be involved.

“The South Australian Government need to really be listening to what Aboriginal people but also the wider group are saying about this very important issue.”

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Australian environment groups unite to oppose govt plans to cut their charitable status


election Australia 2016Federal election 2016: climate survey fires up green council of war Graham Lloyd THE AUSTRALIAN MAY 17, 2016  Peak environment groups have prepared a co-ordinated election blueprint on climate change, the Great Barrier Reef and fossil fuels, staring down threats to cut the charitable status of organisations that play politics.

The groups, including Greenpeace, WWF, the Australian Conservation Foundation and the Wilderness Society, have spent the past fortnight planning a strategy against the background of a parliamentary report that set out a road map to punish critics of the government and resource industry.

Established by ­Environment Minister Greg Hunt, it recommended groups be ­required to spend 25 per cent of fundraising on tree planting and land repair or lose tax-deductible status. It also said organisations should be made ­liable for illegal ­actions of members, supporters or volunteers.

The lower house committee recommendations were not supported by Labor members and the report…

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Mapuche Aboriginal Struggles for Indigenous Land (MASIL) | Chuffed

“In November this year, the first phase of the Mapuche Aboriginal Struggles for Indigenous Land (MASIL) Exchange  will take place, in which Aboriginal and Mapuche activists will join together with Indigenous representatives from  Aotearoa/NZ, Bolivia and Canada, hosted by the Mapuche community of Temukuikui in the South of Chile,  for two weeks of exchange, sharing, discussion, inspiration and building solidarity. 

The Mapuche Aboriginal Struggles for Indigenous Land (MASIL) Exchange is a historic event, which aims to:
• To establish face to face contact and dialogue and build links between Indigenous communities protecting their lands.
• To document all the work that is carried out and to produce a documentary of approximately 60 minutes duration,
for distribution in Australia and internationally.
As well as donating, a great way for you to support the MASIL Exchange is to support and spread it on social media! … ”

– Campaign: 

Indigenous Communities…

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Things really are crook in the uranium industry


Australia’s uranium industry is also struggling just to stand still. The industry accounts for just 0.2 percent of national export revenue and less than 0.01 percent of all jobs in Australia. Those underwhelming figures are likely to become even less whelming with the end of mining and the winding down of processing at the Ranger mine in the NT.

Uranium on the rocks


By Jim Green , 17 May 2016 Indicative of the uranium industry’s worldwide malaise, mining giant Cameco recently announced the suspension of production at Rabbit Lake and reduced production at McArthur River/Key Lake in Canada. Cameco is also curtailing production at its two U.S. uranium mines. About 500 jobs will be lost at Rabbit Lake and 85 at the U.S. mines. A Cameco statement said that “with today’s oversupplied market and uncertainty as to how long these market conditions will persist, we need to focus our…

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Rio Tinto Director ‘Atomic Anne’ Lauvergeon in trouble


Lauvergeon,AnneThe future of Rio Tinto director ‘Atomic Anne’ Lauvergeon is under a cloud, The Age, May 16, 2016 Peter Ker Resources reporter  The future of Rio Tinto director Anne Lauvergeon is under a cloud after French prosecutors starting investigating her conduct while chief executive of energy giant Areva almost a decade ago.

French prosectors spent Friday questioning Ms Lauvergeon over whether she deliberately filed misleading accounts for Areva in 2007.

The investigations centre on Areva’s disastrous takeover of London listed company Uramin in 2007, and the disclosure of multi-billion dollar impairments several years later.

London newspaper the Financial Times reported over the weekend that French prosecutors had confirmed that Ms Lauvergeon was being investigated for “publication of inaccurate accounts” during her time at Areva.

The 56-year-old Ms Lauvergeon, who is known as “Atomic Anne” in France, has served as a non-executive director of Rio since 2014.

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Some parts of tourism industry trying to conceal the plight of the Great Barrier Reef


coral bleachingGreat Barrier Reef tourism operators refuse media and politicians access to bleached reefs, Guardian, Joshua Robertson, 28 April 16Several major operators refuse to take Greens’ senators to bleached reefs as a backdrop for policy announcements, fearing potential impact on tourism.  North Queensland tourism operators are routinely refusing to take media and politicians to see coral bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef for fear the attention will trigger a collapse in visitor numbers, it has been claimed.

Several major operators with the backing of industry heavyweightsrefused to ferry Greens senators Richard di Natale and Larissa Waters to reefs off Cairns, the backdrop for their election campaign announcement on reef policy on Thursday.

They were just the latest in a string of operators denying media requests to help them obtain pictures and footage and report on what scientists say is the worst bleaching event in the…

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World bank assesses huge risks of climate change


World-BankClimate change puts 1.3bn people and $158tn at risk, says World Bank Guardian, Larry Elliott, Economics editor, 
Organisation urges better city planning and defensive measures to defend against rapid rise in climate change-linked disasters The global community is badly prepared for a rapid increase in climate change-related natural disasters that by 2050 will put 1.3 billion people at risk, according to the World Bank.

Urging better planning of cities before it was too late, a report published on Monday from a Bank-run body that focuses on disaster mitigation, said assets worth $158tn – double the total annual output of the global economy – would be in jeopardy by 2050 without preventative action.

The Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery said total damages from disasters had ballooned in recent decades but warned that worse could be in store as a result of a combination of global…

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South Australia – “base load” power from wind and solar – Giles Parkinson


Parkinson-Report-Wind and solar become new “base load” power for South Australia [good graphs] By Giles Parkinson on 16 May 2016

It has only been a week since the closure of South Australia’s last coal-fired generator, but already a new pattern is emerging that points the way to a new energy system, away from “baseload” built around coal, gas or nuclear, to a new system built around wind and solar and other renewables…..

This is expected to be the pattern of the future, as energy systems with high renewable energy penetration rely first on variable energy providers such as wind and solar, and then on “flexible” or “dispatchable” energy from the likes of gas, but ultimately hydro, solar towers with storage, and emerging technologies such as geothermal and ocean energy and battery and other energy storage.

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Jeremy Scahill Outlines How Obama Made Assassination Formal US Policy

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“All Americans should be outraged at the idea that when we’re killing large numbers of people in Muslim countries around the world without knowing who they are, that we somehow are not going to pay a price later?”

By | Mint Press News  

American journalist Jeremy Scahill listens to a question during a panel following the screening of the "Dirty Wars" documentary at the Rio Film Festival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Published in partnership with Shadowproof.

Editor’s Note

On May 5, I interviewed The Intercept’s Jeremy Scahill about the new book released this week, “The Assassination Complex.” It has a foreword from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden and an afterword by The Intercept’s Glenn Greenwald. The book collects the organization’s journalistic work based on the “Drone Papers,” which were provided to the media organization by a whistleblower, who disclosed top secret documents on the government’s expansion of assassination policy in warfare on, and away from, declared battlefields.

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“MSG-Treated” Lab Rats are Obese Rats

Rangitikei Environmental Health Watch

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The FDA has set no limits on how much of it [MSG] can be added to food. They claim it’s safe to eat in any amount. But how can they claim it’s safe when there are hundreds of scientific studies with titles like these:

”The monosodium glutamate (MSG) obese rat as a model for the study of exercise in obesity.” Gobatto CA, Mello MA, Souza CT, Ribeiro IA. Res Commun Mol Pathol Pharmacol. 2002.

”Adrenalectomy abolishes the food-induced hypothalamic serotonin release in both normal and monosodium glutamate-obese rats.” Guimaraes RB, Telles MM, Coelho VB, Mori C, Nascimento CM, Ribeiro. Brain Res Bull. 2002 Aug.

”Obesity induced by neonatal monosodium glutamate treatment in spontaneously hypertensive rats: An animal model of multiple risk factors.” Iwase M, Yamamoto M, Iino K, Apparatchik K, Maraschinos N, Seminarians Fujishima Hyper tens Res. 1998 Mar.

”Hypothalamic lesion induced by injection of monosodium glutamate in…

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Those Who Wage Peace Can’t Count on the Mainstream Media for Support

Rise Up Times

And the race goes on. So does the war, but you’d never know that the one had anything to do with the other.

ROBERT C. KOEHLER for Buzzflash at  May 12, 2016

 2016.12.5 BF Koehler(Photo: mrami)

Even when the mainstream media trouble themselves to acknowledge that the primary season remains open on the Democratic side, that Bernie Sanders — and his millions of supporters — are still in the race, the Bernie revolution is never portrayed as addressing foreign policy and the still-failing, still-catastrophic war on terror.

Yet the war is there, shredding the national economy as it shreds much of the Middle East and, indeed, the whole planet.

Media for the people!  Bringing you the best of the alternative media and original articles and videos.  Click here to help by learning more about Rise Up Times, spreading the word, and making a donation. 

Noam Chomsky, in his…

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Nuclear waste dumping is a NATIONAL issue in Canada: why not in Australia?


Opposition to the project, though, has swelled. More than 180 county boards, city councils and other local elected bodies near the Great Lakes in both countries have passed proclamations urging a veto of the plan.


Plan to store nuclear waste near Great Lakes proves radioactive, WP   By Steve Friess May 16 KINCARDINE, Ontario — If there was an off-key moment during the otherwise flawlessly executed trip to the U.S. Capitol this spring by the new Canadian prime minister, Justin Trudeau, it might have come when he was cornered by Rep. Debbie Dingell.

“We never want to see nuclear waste in the Great Lakes,” the freshman Democrat from Michigan sternly told Trudeau during a visit to the office of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).

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May 18 Energy News



¶ UK building society Nationwide will buy the electricity generated at Baywa’s 45-MW Vine Farm solar park under a fixed-price power purchase agreement for 15 years. The Vine Farm facility, located south of Cambridge, generates enough power for about 11,500 households. [reNews]

BayWa solar park in England. BayWa solar park in England.

¶ Mahachai Green Power Co, a Thai-German joint venture, and DPCleanTech Group, a biomass energy provider, have announced the completion of the first high temperature high-pressure biomass power plant, which converts all forms of coconut waste into energy. [Bioenergy Insight Magazine]

¶ Wind turbine markets, which had been at $32.2 billion in 2011, are anticipated to reach $96.7 billion by 2018. Growth is expected to be worldwide and a result of marked improvements in the technology. In places where wind turbines are installed, they can reduce transmission requirements. [NewsMaker]

Vestas wind turbines in Austria. Photo by Kwerdenker. CC BY-SA 3.o unported. Wikimedia Commons. Wikimedia Commons. Vestas wind turbines in Austria. Photo by…

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6.7M Quake on the Coast of Ecuador, Mount Etna Erupts in Italy

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Same area as other big ones —

Ecuador hit by 6.7 earthquake; president says no damage

“A magnitude 6.7 earthquake struck Ecuador’s coast overnight in the same zone where a 7.8 tremor killed more than 650 people last month. . . .
. . . .President Rafael Correa said the epicenter was the fishing village of Mompiche on the Pacific coast, and only some “small damages” had been caused.”

USGS Report with map

No tsunami warning

New eruption starts at Mount Etna, Italy

Other volcanoes rumbling – headlines from The Watchers

4 DAYS AGO: Earthquake Alert Issued by Nukepro for Japan and Other Places

Updates will go here if the other show drops ….

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America’s Legacy Will Be Its Downfall: Empire Always Comes Home

Rise Up Times

Amidst the constant propaganda and dehumanizing method of reporting “news” in the West, both the humanity and the wishes of the Syrian people are lost completely.

By Brandon Turbeville Global Research May 06, 2016 Activist Post 5 May 2016


Remember, it’s supposed to come right back here because that which the U.S. has created and maybe, perhaps, even the very reason for being that America was set up to do, is almost accomplished. Once it’s accomplished, they’ll be doing the same thing back home. You’ll SUBMERGE into the world system you helped create. Alan

As Western media outlets and the U.S. State Department attempt to gin up public sentiment surrounding alleged bombings of alleged hospitals that…

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9/11 Widow Terry Strada Fights To Release 28 Pages.


By Jerry Alatalo

aaa-40Alphabet Stating the “28 Pages” classified by the George W. Bush administration after September 11, 2001 for reasons of “national security” are “the tip of the iceberg” as to what actually occurred on 9/11, Terry Strada, whose husband perished that historic day, is still pushing – and waiting – for President Barack Obama to declassify the information. Her cause, joined by the many other surviving family members and an increasing number of people in America and around the Earth, is absolutely clear, legitimate and morally correct.

While it has become incontrovertible over the nearly 15 years since the massively consequential events of that day to men and women who’ve only modestly researched the story that there are serious unanswered questions remaining unresolved, one has to feel a special empathy for the family of those who perished. It’s hard to imagine the extreme levels of personal frustration, psychological and…

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Canada Tar Sands Zone Emptied Because of Giant Uranium Find?

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Clinton Foundation uranium connection

ITEM:New York TimesWorkers Evacuated From Alberta Oil Camps Due to Wildfire

Clinton Foundation Torch Alberta For Massive Uranium Deposits


ALBERTA FIRE/URANIUM Connection/Clinton Foundation?

The Rush for Alberta’s Uranium
At the bottom of a coulee on a wind-swept ranch near Whiskey Gap, two drillers manning a portable rig at the back end of a tractor pull a core sample from the ground….

New Uranium Mining Projects – Canada | Alberta Projects

See – Canada Tar Sands Zone on Fire

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May 17 Energy News


Science and Technology:

¶ Earth experienced the warmest April on record, keeping 2016 on track to be the hottest year yet and by the biggest margin ever. New data released by NASA put this April’s land and sea temperatures at 1.11 degrees Celsius warmer than average April temperatures between 1951 to 1980. [CNN]

Coral bleaching, Great Barrier Reef Coral bleaching, Great Barrier Reef

¶ The Ford Motor Company announced that it will use foam and plastic parts sourced from reclaimed carbon dioxide. Ford plans to transition its seating and underhood foam and plastic parts to materials made with reclaimed carbon dioxide, following a test period. [CleanTechnica]


¶ Around 12,000 people have been urged to leave Canada’s oil sands camps near the fire-hit town of Fort McMurray as a resurgent wildfire heads towards them. The vast fire now covers 930 square miles. It had moved away from the city but recently…

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Snowball in Hell: This Year’s Arctic Temps

Climate Denial Crock of the Week


On April 11, a dramatic early spike in melting of snow and ice at the surface of Greenland’s ice sheet prompted a Danish climate scientist to say that she and her colleagues were “incredulous.”

Now, there has been a second bout of unusual melting.

You can see both of them in the graph above from the National Snow and Ice Data Center, or NSIDC. It charts the percentage of the Greenland Ice Sheet experiencing surface melting. In both cases, the thaw exceeded 10 percent of the ice sheet’s area.

One more reason to support Dark Snow this year:

supportdarksnowNow is the time to support the 2016 Dark Snow Field campaign. More about that here.

When I noticed the second spike, I reached out by email to Ted Scambos, lead scientist for the NSIDC science team, to get his reaction to what has been happening in the Arctic lately. Here was his reply:

The Arctic…

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Did Japan learn its lessons from Fukushima quake and tsunami? One US expert suggests they did not — South China Morning Post

Japan Safety : Nuclear Energy Updates

” Lack of full-time, permanent, professional disaster management staff remain weaknesses. “

” A former US government expert on emergency management has questioned whether Japan is applying the lessons from the 2011 massive earthquake and tsunami in its northeast to its response to the recent temblors in Kumamoto Prefecture.

Leo Bosner, 69, who worked for the US Federal Emergency Management Agency for 29 years, is concerned that an integrated response may not have been in place in Japan for the quakes that jolted the south-western prefecture a month ago.

“I discovered many problems” when studying “Japan’s disastrous response” to the 2011 calamity and “I have not really heard of any major improvements,” he told Kyodo News in a recent interview. “So I am a little concerned that these problems may be continuing.”

“It is too early to make a definitive evaluation of the response to the Kumamoto disaster, but recent news…

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Radioactive material from Fukushima plant coming back to Japan in the Pacific — Fukushima Diary

Japan Safety : Nuclear Energy Updates

” Prof. [Michio] Aoyama from [the] Institute of Environmental Radioactivity of Fukushima University reported that the radioactive material discharged from Fukushima plant circulated in the Pacific to come back to Japan offshore.

He implemented seawater analysis at 71 points from 11. 2015 to 2. 2016. The analysis is partially completed to show radioactive material has spread to the South West offshore of Japan. 2 Bq/m3 of Cs-137 was detected in seawater from South West offshore of Kyushu. 1.83 Bq/m3 was detected even offshore of the west coast of Japan.

0.38 Bq/m3 of Cs-134 was also measured to prove this is from Fukushima accident.

It is assumed that the discharged Cs-134/137 travelled to the east in the Northern Pacific. It was carried to the South and West to come back to Japan by taking 2 ~ 3 years.

He comments it is possible that the density of radioactive material increases from now…

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Ban French State-Owned Areva-EDF in India After Scam in French Nuclear Industry Says Former Government Official

Mining Awareness +

France can’t even build one nuclear reactor at Flamanville in France, yet wishes to build a power station with 6 nuclear reactors at Jaitapur in western India. Since EDF is taking over Areva’s nuclear reactor business and they are both owned by the French State anyway, the ban needs to be for Areva AND EDF. The same EPR reactors are proposed by both. And, let’s make the ban worldwide!

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Blacklist Areva Corp in India: Former Secretary Writes After Scam in French Nuclear Industry
MAY 16, 2016
Open letter by Dr. EAS Sarma, Former Secretary in Power Ministry, Government of India, to the Department of Atomic Energy –

To: Dr. Sekhar Basu
 Dept of Atomic Energy (DAE)
 Govt of India
Shri K D Tripathi 
Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas (MPNG)
Govt of India

Dear Dr. Basu/ Tripathi,

Subject:- Substandard parts supplied by Areva company and…

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Dark Snow Project 2016 Field Campaign

Climate Denial Crock of the Week

Let me toot my horn a little.  Here’s why you need to support this year’s Dark Snow Project field campaign.  There’s a track record here that’s worth celebrating, and getting behind.

Florida’s Governor has made it against policy for state employees to use the words “climate change”.

You may have read that in the Washington Post, Miami Herald, or New York Times in spring of last year – but if you were a regular viewer of my video series “This is Not Cool”, you would have known about the blackout in the Sunshine State months ahead of the mainstream media, as I covered it in my piece on South Florida Sea Level rise the year before.

That’s not a fluke or a one-off, it’s been a consistent pattern.

For instance, a major discussion in the climate science community has been, not about whether climate change is happening, but rather –…

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