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Things Are Good: Former Nuclear Disaster Site Could Become Solar Plant

One of the worst energy disaster in human history was the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster. It has left a giant chunk of land around Pripyat uninhabitable to humans (although the rest of nature has been thriving because humans aren’t there), now the Ukrainian government wants to reuse the land for a new source of electricity. […]

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Things Are Good: Renewable Energy Capacity Comparable to Nuclear

The future is looking better and better for renewable energy production and recently the capacity for renewable energy is comparable to nuclear. Nuclear energy saw great progress and governmental support to get it where it is today; without such extensive help renewable energy production is now catching up.

Seeing the success of renewables will . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Renewable Energy Capacity Comparable to Nuclear

The Common Sense Canadian: Fukushima residents unsure of return to no-go zone

By Yuri Kageyama, The Associated Press

TOMIOKA, Japan – Whenever Kazuhiro Onuki goes home, to his real home that is, the 66-year-old former librarian dons protective gear from head to toe and hangs a dosimeter around his neck.

Grass grows wild in the backyard. The ceiling leaks. Thieves have ransacked the shelves, leaving papers . . . → Read More: The Common Sense Canadian: Fukushima residents unsure of return to no-go zone

The Common Sense Canadian: Chilliwack residents unmask hazardous waste plant flaws

Chilliwack, BC on the banks of the Fraser River (Photo: Straight.com).

Read this March 3 article in the Globe and Mail about a notice of application filed with the BC Supreme Court challenging the zoning bylaw of Aevitas Inc.’s plans to build a hazardous waste plant neighbouring the Fraser River:

When the City . . . → Read More: The Common Sense Canadian: Chilliwack residents unmask hazardous waste plant flaws

The Common Sense Canadian: Will thorium save us from climate change?

As knowledge about climate change increases, so does demand for clean energy. Technologies like solar, wind, hydro, geothermal, tidal and biofuels, along with energy-grid designs that will help us take advantage of renewables, are part of the equation, as is conservation.

But many argue that, despite Fukushima and other disasters, nuclear is the best . . . → Read More: The Common Sense Canadian: Will thorium save us from climate change?

The Common Sense Canadian: David Suzuki: Citizens asked to help with Fukushima radiation research

An Internet search turns up an astounding number of pages about radiation from Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant meltdown that followed an earthquake and tsunami in March 2011. But it’s difficult to find credible information.

One reason is that government monitoring of radiation and its effects on fish stocks appears to be limited. . . . → Read More: The Common Sense Canadian: David Suzuki: Citizens asked to help with Fukushima radiation research

The Common Sense Canadian: Researchers tackle fracking radiation

Wastewater from fracking can contain high levels of radiation (photo: J Henry Fair)

by Ramit Plushnick-Masti, The Associated Press

HOUSTON – Researchers believe they have found an unlikely way to decrease the radioactivity of some hydraulic fracturing wastewater: Mix it with the hazardous drainage from mining operations.

The wastewater is created when some . . . → Read More: The Common Sense Canadian: Researchers tackle fracking radiation

The Common Sense Canadian: Fukushima water decontamination system breaks down

Tanks containing radioactive water at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant (Issei Kato / Reuters)

Read this Jan. 9 story from RT.com, reporting on the failure of the water decontamination system at Japan’s badly-damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

The operator of the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, TEPCO (Tokyo Electric Power Company) has stopped using . . . → Read More: The Common Sense Canadian: Fukushima water decontamination system breaks down

The Common Sense Canadian: David Suzuki: Fukushima the most terrifying situation imaginable

A video of Dr. David Suzuki’s comments at a recent University Alberta event is going viral, elevating concerns raised by independent media outlets like The Common Sense Canadian surrounding the dire, ongoing risks posed by Japan’s badly-damaged Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear plant.

In the short video from October 31, posted by Aaron Paquette, Suzuki explains the . . . → Read More: The Common Sense Canadian: David Suzuki: Fukushima the most terrifying situation imaginable

The Common Sense Canadian: Nuclear plant spills chemicals into Bay of Fundy

New Brunswick’s Point Lepreau nuclear plant

LEPREAU, N.B. – NB Power says the Point Lepreau nuclear power plant recently released water containing low levels of a chemical used in its steam generators into the Bay of Fundy.

The provincial Crown utility says the release of hydrazine occurred Sunday from a valve located on . . . → Read More: The Common Sense Canadian: Nuclear plant spills chemicals into Bay of Fundy

The Common Sense Canadian: Japan to remove perilous Fukushima nuclear fuel rods

1,500 spent fuel rods remain precariously perched atop the badly damaged Fukushima Reactor 4

TOKYO – Japanese regulators on Wednesday gave final approval for removing fuel rods from an uncontained cooling pool at a damaged reactor building considered the highest risk at a crippled nuclear plant.

Removal of fuel rods from the Unit . . . → Read More: The Common Sense Canadian: Japan to remove perilous Fukushima nuclear fuel rods

The Common Sense Canadian: Ex-Japanese PM calls for end to nuclear power following Fukushima

Naoto Kan testifying at a Japanese hearing to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster

Former Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan (2010-2011) addresses the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear crisis which happened on his watch. While his decision to continue propping up the grossly negligent Tokyo Electric Power Company is disappointing, his bold vision for an end . . . → Read More: The Common Sense Canadian: Ex-Japanese PM calls for end to nuclear power following Fukushima

The Common Sense Canadian: Despite Fukushima radiation, scientists say West Coast fish is safe

Following Japan’s devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami, fear spread about risks of leaked radiation from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant – for the health of those living in or near Fukushima or involved in cleanup efforts, and for the planet and the potential impacts on our complex marine food web.

Shunichi Tanaka, head . . . → Read More: The Common Sense Canadian: Despite Fukushima radiation, scientists say West Coast fish is safe

bastard.logic: The Atomic Road To Damascus (With a Detour Through Goldsboro)

Hey, remember when the US almost detonated an atomic bomb (260 times more powerful than either Fat Man or Little Boy) over North Carolina?

Good times:

The document, obtained by the investigative journalist Eric Schlosser under the Freedom of Information Act, gives the first conclusive evidence that the US was narrowly spared a disaster . . . → Read More: bastard.logic: The Atomic Road To Damascus (With a Detour Through Goldsboro)

bastard.logic: The Atomic Road To Damascus (With a Detour Through Goldsboro)

Hey, remember when the US almost detonated an atomic bomb (260 times more powerful than either Fat Man or Little Boy) over North Carolina?

Good times:

The document, obtained by the investigative journalist Eric Schlosser under the Freedom of Information Act, gives the first conclusive evidence that the US was narrowly spared a disaster . . . → Read More: bastard.logic: The Atomic Road To Damascus (With a Detour Through Goldsboro)

Eclectic Lip: Wiki-immortality!

My August Canadian EV car sales stats update went up recently. Which was cool.

Cooler still, I had a chance to wax poetic about sustainability, and my new-found optimism that we’ll avoid the worst of our dystopian horrors. I was invited to be a guest lecturer for an engineering course at UBC (APSC 150) . . . → Read More: Eclectic Lip: Wiki-immortality!

The Common Sense Canadian: Japan’s Fukushima radiation crisis: a Good News/Bad News story

Fukushima’s crippled Reactor 4, which contains 1,500 precariously-perched, radioactive fuel rods

Addiction experts say the first step toward recovery is recognizing you have a problem.

In that sense, perhaps we’re finally making some progress on what may be the greatest single threat humanity has ever faced: the nuclear catastrophe at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi . . . → Read More: The Common Sense Canadian: Japan’s Fukushima radiation crisis: a Good News/Bad News story

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Say sayonara to seafood – the oceans are no longer safe to eat from in the wake of Fukushima

It looks like sushi time is over – seafood is no longer safe to eat after the Fukushima nuclear disaster. Fukushima continues to dump 300-400 tons of radioactive contaminated water into the Pacific every hour. Japanese experts estimate Fukushima’s fallout at 20-30 times as high as the Hiroshima and Nagasaki nuclear bombings in 1945. Polar . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: Say sayonara to seafood – the oceans are no longer safe to eat from in the wake of Fukushima

The Canadian Progressive: Sierra Club Canada: Shipment of LIQUID radioactive waste presents unprecedented risks!

By: Sierra Club Canada | Press Release: On Wednesday, May 15, the Sierra Club Niagara Group joined the Nuclear Information and Resource Service, Women’s Indigenous Initiatives, and the International Institute of Concern for Public Health at a press conference on Main Street in front of the Hyatt Hotel in downtown Buffalo. This event was called . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Sierra Club Canada: Shipment of LIQUID radioactive waste presents unprecedented risks!

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Americans Now Primed for WWIII

(Gallup: Staggering 99 Percent of Americans See Iran’s Nuclear Program as ‘Threat’ Americans See Civilian Program as a Bigger Threat Than North Korea’s Actual Nukes by Jason Ditz, February 20, 2013) ”A grim new poll from Gallup shows an overwhelming majority of Americans, indeed 99 percent of them, believe that Iran’s civilian nuclear program […]

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Eclectic Lip: Whatever foresight is, it’s not 20/20…

(originally written Jan 3, 2012. Part of my Great Upload of 2013.)

Come December’s end, the nervy among us like to review what they got right in the past year. The nervier like to predict what’ll happen in the New Year. Ever the blithe contrarian, I figured I’d visit the Ghost of Predictions Past and . . . → Read More: Eclectic Lip: Whatever foresight is, it’s not 20/20…

Five of Five: Mr. Fish Netanyahu Cartoon

Mr. Fish Cartoon: Benjamin Netanyahu at the U.N. General Assembly explaining how easy it used to be to beat the absolute shit out of cookie monster back before he obtained a cookie recipe from 1945, which immediately turned him int… . . . → Read More: Five of Five: Mr. Fish Netanyahu Cartoon

DeSmogBlog: Drought, Fracking, Coal and Nukes Wreak Havoc on Fresh Water Supplies

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This is a guest post by EcoWatch, republished with permission.

For the last few months EcoWatch has been covering what's become the worst drought in the U.S. in more than half a century. More than 3,200 daily high temperature records were set or tied in June, and July is in the books . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Drought, Fracking, Coal and Nukes Wreak Havoc on Fresh Water Supplies

DeSmogBlog: New Poll: American Voters Very Concerned About Global Warming Pollution, Support Taxing Dirty Energy

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A new poll released today shows that American voters take global warming pollution very seriously and want to see action from government and the private sector to curb emissions and support clean energy solutions.

The new Yale-GMU survey found that 76% of Americans believe that regulating CO2 emissions should . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: New Poll: American Voters Very Concerned About Global Warming Pollution, Support Taxing Dirty Energy

Polygonic: The emperor’s new clothes: North Korea keeps on marching

Sometimes, you just want to give them a hug.

Pyongyang put on this earnest show of transparency around its rocket launch, inviting foreign journalists into the heart of their futuristic Space Control Centres (SCCs).

Witness the marvels of our microcomputers and our, umm, extraordinarily large antennae!

It was one part quaint, one part . . . → Read More: Polygonic: The emperor’s new clothes: North Korea keeps on marching