Daily Archives: February 4, 2013

Julian Assange runs for Australian Senate

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Are Mini-Reactors The Future Of Nuclear Power?

http://pd.npr.org/anon.npr-mp3/npr/me/2013/02/20130204_me_15.mp3
http://www.npr.org/2013/02/04/170482802/are-mini-reactors-the-future-of-nuclear-power
by Ben Bradford

February 04, 2013 3:33 AM

fromWFAE

The reactor room at Babcock & Wilcox’s prototype reactor outside Lynchburg, Va. The reactor vessel is behind the orange curtain.

Ben Bradford/WFAE

The U.S. government is investing millions of dollars in what it considers a promising new industry for American manufacturing: nuclear reactors. The plan is to build hundreds of mini-reactors, dot them around the U.S. and export them overseas.

Development of these reactors are already in the works, and at one office park in Lynchburg, Va., where one of these reactors is being assembled, the traditional signs of nuclear reactors are nowhere to be found. There are no cooling towers that look like smoke stacks, no clouds of steam over the buildings — just a research building and a tower about nine stories tall.

A cutaway rendering of Babcock & Wilcox’s mPower reactor. The vertical tubes are the nuclear reactor chambers.

Courtesy of Babcock & Wilcox

Inside, the plant’s manager, Doug Lee, leads the way down through secure doors. It feels like the inside of a refrigerator but noisier. Spinning fans and water pumps drown out the sounds of hissing steam. At the reactor core, Lee stops.

“I can’t let you in here,” Lee says. “But this is the base of the tower, and this is the lower portion of the large tower you saw when you came in. This is our simulated reactor vessel.”

It’s simulated because the design still needs Nuclear Regulatory Commission approval.

“This is analogous to the core in a nuclear plant where the fission reaction takes place,” Lee says.

The entire reactor — the core, the cooling system, everything — is self-contained in this rocket-shaped steel cylinder. The industry says that makes it safer. And the reactors will be small enough to build in a factory and ship on trucks, like prefabricated houses. They’ll generate about one-tenth the power of a typical nuclear power plant. (more).

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WTC7: NIST Finally Admits Freefall (Parts I, II, III)

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Uploaded on Feb 12, 2010
In its draft report, released in August 2008, NIST attempted to cover up evidence that WTC7 fell at freefall, but the coverup was transparent. In its final report, released in November 2008, NIST finally acknowledged freefall, but couched it in a bizarre framework that continues to deny its clear significance. This video displays the brazenness of the NIST WTC7 coverup.

Part II

Part III

Sustainable China – researching religious values for ecological sustainability

http://www.sustainablechina.info/

This blog contains information and ideas about the interrelationship of religion, nature and modernity with a focus on China. The underlying premises are that religious values and ideas are key resources for constructing a sustainable future for the human species, and that nowhere on the planet is this more important than China.

China is the world’s largest country by population, the second largest economy in real GDP terms, and the largest emitter of greenhouse gases.

The impact of modernity in China has been the terrifying devastation of its environment at the same time as an onslaught on China’s traditional religious and cultural values. As China attempts to grapple with the destruction of its natural environment, it is also experiencing a resurgence of interest in religion and spirituality. This blog explores the possibility of fostering a new philosophy of sustainable development, one that marries scientific understanding with a renewed appreciation for traditional Chinese values of harmony with and respect for the landscape. ….(more).

Global Climate Change http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre130
Environmental Justice http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre145
Environment Ethics http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre120

China’s Green Leap Backward | The Nation

http://www.thenation.com/article/172263/chinas-green-leap-backward#

Lucia Green-Weiskel
January 16, 2013 | This article appeared in the February 4, 2013 edition of The Nation.    Photo: Reuters/Jason Lee

Signaling China’s ambition to be the world’s leader in solar energy, Beijing officials announced in January that the country had installed an impressive seven gigawatts of solar power capacity in 2012 and would add an additional ten gigawatts this year. The bold announcement is consistent with the “Green Leap Forward,” China’s goal to assert global leadership in renewable energy and low-carbon development. At the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen three years ago, Wu Changhua, China director of the London-based Climate Group, galvanized an auditorium of environmentalists by stating that low-carbon growth had become “mainstream” in China. No longer a fringe industry, clean energy would be transformed into a robust market, with mass-scale production enabling global distribution and bringing downward pressure on prices everywhere. China would become a cornucopia of state-of-the-art, cheap and abundant green technology, all flowing from the enlightened thinking of its centrally planned economy and ambitious energy-savings targets. ….(more).

Global Climate Change http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre130
Environmental Justice http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre145
Environment Ethics http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre120

Strike Four in Climate Change: A “Climate Space” to rethink analysis and strategies | Focus on the Global South

http://focusweb.org/content/strike-four-climate-change-climate-space-rethink-analysis-and-strategies

by Pablo Solon

In baseball, when you have 3 strikes, you are out. In the climate change negotiations we already have 4 strikes. Copenhagen, Cancun, Durban and now Doha. Four attempts and each of the results were bigger failures than the last. The emission reductions should have been at least 40 to 50% until 2020 based on 1990 levels. Four COPs later, the current numbers are down to a measly 13 to 18%. We are now well on our way to a global temperature increase of 4 to 8ºC.

“The perfect is the enemy of the good” is what some UN negotiators say. To which we can reply: “When our house is burning down, the worst thing you can do is lie to us”. It’s time to rethink what is happening and try to find new strategies to avoid a global catastrophe.

It isn’t because of the lack of evidence

Climate change is no longer a theoretical possibility. It has real impacts on the lives of people, nature and the economy. ….(more).

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Joe Romm on Climate, Obama, Keystone, and Consequences


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Published on Feb 4, 2013

Joe Romm is the internet’s leading defender of climate science, and proponent of renewable energy solutions. He’s one of the journalists that other journalists read to keep up with climate policy.
In a pivotal moment for America’s energy policy, I had the chance to sit down with Dr. Romm for a quick orientation on where we are, and where we are going.

http://www.climateprogress.org

Language Intelligence available here
http://www.amazon.com/Language-Intelligence-persuasion-Shakespeare-ebook/dp/B008RZD4L2

Global Climate Change http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre130
Environment Ethics http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre120

Climate Change and Social Action

Climate-Change-Soc-Acthttp://environment.harvard.edu/sites/default/files/climateactionfinal.pdf

Climate Change and Social Action

Monday, February 11, 2013

4:00pm – 5:30pm Contact Name:
Lisa Matthews
matthew
617-495-8883
Sanders Theatre
45 Quincy Street, Cambridge

Global Climate Change http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre130
Environmental Justice http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre145
Environment Ethics http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre120

Richie Rich gets Richer


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Published on Jul 23, 2012

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As countries like Greece and Spain struggle under massive debts that are impoverishing its people, the elites around the world are getting richer and richer. This report looks at the ever widening gap.

“There are customers that have all the way up to 100 vehicles in their garage.” Torsten Muller-Otvos from Rolls Royce tells us. Each one costs about half a million and last year Rolls Royce sold more cars than ever before in their 100-year history, but then the luxury industry knows no crisis. Since 2009 the rich have become on average 6 percent richer. So while one in six Americans now has no health insurance, Manhattan’s 58 billionaires have gotten richer. As Manuel Koch points out the ratio of return expected by the rich has totally shifted, “People used to be happy making three million profit. Today companies like Apple account for 6 billion profit. That’s profit! Not turnover.” But despite their greater income the super-rich aren’t too happy about the idea of their tax loopholes being closed. In their minds they give back, even if its not through taxes. “I know a lot of rich friends who have charities…when they reach a certain level they give back to the community. So I think less tax is always better than too much.” But as the world struggles through a financial crisis and the globe-trotting elite continue to grow wealthier, there’s not much evidence they have their communities interests at heart.

Environmental Justice http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre145
Environment Ethics http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre120

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Oil Wars – Sudan – YouTube


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Uploaded on Nov 30, 2007

Sep 2002
In Sudan, a vicious civil war over oil has cost thousands of Sudanese lives.

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