France’s nuclear corporation faces massive costs for decommissioning nuclear reactors

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Nuclear reactor clean-up weighs on EDF, FT.com, 19 Apr 16,  Michael Stothard in Paris French utility faces questions about whether it has set aside enough to decommission power plants

nuke-reactor-deadIn 1997 French utility EDF started to dismantle its first nuclear power plant, a 30-year-old heavy water reactor in Brennilis, north-western France. It was expected to cost €250m.

The bill is now set to be at least half as much again, and the decommissioning is still not done. In fact, there has never been a full dismantling of a reactor in France, the only European country to get three-quarters of its electricity from nuclear power.

EDF, the operator of all 58 of France’s reactors, is preparing to build a new £18bn plant at Hinkley Point in the UK that some at the Paris-based company have warned is too dangerous given its stretched balance sheet. EDF’s other big reactor project…

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What is Sage Herbal Tea Good For?

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Fresh Sage Tea Recipe

Sage tea, also known as herbal tea is one of the finest teas that is also very easy to make. In brief, to make this tea, just pour approximately one cup of boiling water over one tablespoon of sage leaves and then steep to the desired strength. However, if you wish to learn how to make a more refined sage tea, here are the ingredients.

Ingredients

  1. A half oz of fresh sage leaves.
  2. ¼ oz of thinly peeled lemon rind.
  3. Juice from one lemon.
  4. 4 cups of water.
  5. 1 ounce of sugar.

Procedure

  1. Boil the water.
  2. Ensure that the water simmers before adding the other ingredients.
  3. Allow it to steep for 30 minutes while stirring occasionally.
  4. Strain out the leaves and serve when hot.

Health Benefits of Sage Leaf Tea

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Sage herbal tea can be used effectively to cure sore throats, coughs and relieve hot…

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Mark Diesendorf exposes the myths of the nuclear lobby against renewable energy

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highly-recommendedDiesendorf-MarkRenewable energy versus nuclear: dispelling the myths http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_analysis/2987577/renewable_energy_versus_nuclear_dispelling_the_myths.html Mark Diesendorf 19th April 2016 

Don’t believe the spurious claims of nuclear shills constantly doing down renewables, writes Mark Diesendorf. Clean, safe renewable energy technologies have the potential to supply 100% of the world’s electricity needs – but the first hurdle is to refute the deliberately misleading myths designed to promote the politically powerful but ultimately doomed nuclear industry.

Nuclear energy and renewable energy (RE) are the principal competitors for low-carbon electricity in many countries.

As RE technologies have grown in volume and investment, and become much cheaper, nuclear proponents and deniers of climate science have become deniers of RE.

The strategies and tactics of RE deniers are very similar to those of climate science deniers.

To create uncertainty about the ability of RE to power an industrial society, they bombard decision-makers and the media with negative myths about RE and positive…

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Australia to sell uranium to Ukraine? – insensitive timing, economic and security folly

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For security reasons, Australia has suspended uranium sales to Russia. It seems extraordinary that Australia should now enter into a deal with even more unsafe and unstable Ukraine, in its present war and political crisis.      


No doubt the federal parliament’s influential Joint Standing Committee on Treaties (JSCOT) will examine the planned deal, that Julie Bishop signed up to in New York with Ukrainian Energy and Coal Industry Minister Volodymyr Demchyshyn. 

JSCOT recently warned against the agreement to sell uranium to India but its recommendations were ignored by the Coalition Government. Here’s hoping that there will be scrutiny on the Ukrainian agreement and that the government will pay attention. 

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Four big reasons not to sell uranium to Ukraine https://independentaustralia.net/environment/environment-display/fourbig-reasons-not-to-sell-uranium-to-ukraine,8895  Noel Wauchope 18 April 2016 As the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster approaches, Noel Wauchope outlines just a few compelling reasons why the Coalition Government’s uranium deal with…

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Former NBC boss asserts his grandson damaged by vaccines

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Former NBC boss asserts his grandson damaged by vaccines

by Jon Rappoport

April 20, 2016

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The roof is beginning to cave in on the vaccine empire.

Now, in the wake of the unsuccessful attempt to censor the film Vaxxed (trailer), we have Bob Wright, the former CEO of media giant, NBC Universal, authoring a new book, “The Wright Stuff: From NBC to Autism Speaks.”

In its review of the book, Accuracy in Media provides a devastating quote from Wright about his autistic grandson:

“Right after he got the standard one-year vaccinations, he developed a very high fever and screamed for hours. Katie [Wright’s daughter] was so frightened she called her husband to come home from work and they put the baby in an ice bath to bring down the fever. When they called the…

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Wild radioactive Fukushima boars breed like rabbits, ravage local countryside — RT

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” Northern Japan is raising an alarm, as the area surrounding the Fukushima Nuclear disaster zone has been overwhelmed by radioactive wild boars, whose population has increased dramatically over the past 4 years, as they breed freely in the exclusion zone.

With the number of animals steadily growing, the boar population has been devastating the crops of farms in the area. Since the nuclear disaster of 2011, damage to agriculture caused by boars in the Fukushima prefecture has doubled, amounting to some $15 million, according to a report from The Times. Boars also pose a threat to public safety, as reports of rampaging wild beast injuring local residents while roaming the streets have become more frequent over the past few years.

As boars do not have any natural predators to keep their population in check, local governments all over Japan have been organizing big hunting parties to decrease the population…

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April 20 Energy News

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Opinion:

Renewable energy versus nuclear: dispelling the myths • All of the world’s electricity needs can be supplied by renewables. But the first hurdle is to refute the deliberately misleading myths designed to promote the politically powerful but ultimately doomed nuclear industry. [The Ecologist]

Large wind and solar farms are ready now to replace fossil and nuclear electricity. Photo: Brookhaven National Laboratory via Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND) Large wind and solar farms are ready technology. Photo: Brookhaven National Laboratory via Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND)

Science and Technology:

¶ Siemens AG is building a plant near Oxford, England, that makes ammonia by electrolysis instead of through the traditional reaction fed by fossil fuels. If fed by idled renewable power plants, the process would make emissions-free fertilizer used by farmers everywhere. [Bloomberg]

¶ Researchers at Lappeenranta University of Technology in Finland examined new methods of extracting lithium from natural brine sources. They found that the new methods allow for an increase in the purity of the recovered lithium solution all the…

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Japan and Ecuador earthquakes related?

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PHYS.orgAre the Japanese and Ecuador earthquakes related?

“. . . The local perturbations caused by the sudden shift of rock mass across a large rupture results in a cascade of smaller earthquakes, called aftershocks, at distances roughly equivalent to the length of initial fault rupture. Aftershock rates peak immediately following the mainshock and decay exponentially with time.
However, if nearby faults are locked and already stressed, more damaging earthquakes may be triggered in the short term. The 2004 Sumatra magnitude (Mw) 9.2 and 2005 Mw 8.6 Nias earthquakes are the best known examples of short-term “clustering” of very large quakes. . . “

. . . A clear message from earthquake scientists to the public is that the most dangerous time for future large earthquakes in an affected region is immediately (within days to weeks) following a major earthquake. . .
http://phys.org/news/2016-04-japanese-ecuador-earthquakes.html

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Meanwhile, over near Yellowstone . …

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