Daily Archives: March 3, 2015

BBC News – Nuclear power: Energy for the future or relic of the past?

By Richard Anderson Business reporter, BBC News

The Flamanville plant is the first new nuclear plant to be built in France for 15 years
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Those living in Western Europe could be forgiven for thinking nuclear power is a spent force.

Overwhelming public opposition has forced Italy to abandon any plans for reigniting its nuclear industry, while Germany is pressing ahead with its long-held policy of phasing out all reactors by 2022.

Belgium is following its neighbour’s lead, while Spain has no plans to add to its fleet of seven plants. Even France, the poster child for nuclear power, has announced plans to reduce drastically its dependency on atomic energy.

Add the fact that four years after the Fukushima disaster none of Japan’s 48 reactors are back online, and that nuclear’s share of global electricity generation has fallen from 17% to 11% in the past 20 years, and you might assume the industry is in terminal decline.

You would be wrong. Quite wrong.

New nuclear In fact, according to Dr Jonathan Cobb at the World Nuclear Association (WNA), there are 70 nuclear reactors under construction, “the highest number in 25 years”

(read more).

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Africa wants a ‘Marshall Plan’ to tackle Ebola


euronews (in English)

Published on Mar 3, 2015

Countries hit by the Ebola epidemic want a Marshall Plan to tackle the disease, African leaders said at an international conference in Brussels on Tuesday.

Heads of state from the three worst-affected countries said the international community should cancel any outstanding debt and provide assistance to boost their economies.

The leaders of the Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia made the call at a meeting with EU, UN and World Health Organisation officials.

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News On 6 Features Senator Inhofe’s Statements on KeystoneXL


Senator Jim Inhofe

Published on Mar 3, 2015

On February 24,2015, News On 6 covered Keystone XL and Senator Inhofe’s statements regarding the pipeline.

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Monsanto is making us sick: A Protest at Monsanto’s Headquarters


Organic Consumers Association

Published on Feb 5, 2015

On January 30, the Organic Consumers Association (OCA) joined Moms Across America (MAA), SumofUs, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, Harrington Investments and GMO Free Midwest in a protest and confrontation at Monsanto’s annual shareholder meeting.

The meeting was held at Monsanto corporate headquarters outside St. Louis, Mo., in a town called Creve Coeur—which in French means Broken Heart.

It’s a fitting name for the location of a company that has caused so much heartache with its toxic chemicals.

OCA’s mission on January 30 was to let Monsanto know, in no uncertain terms, that its so-called science—bought and paid for with dirty corporate money—is no match for the research being conducted by honest, independent scientists. And that research is clear: Monsanto is making us sick.

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Dr Shealy speaks about the ways Monsanto Makes Us Sick


Organic Consumers Association

Published on Mar 3, 2015

On January 30th 2015, Organic Consumers Association and Moms Across America delivered scientific evidence and personal testimonials to Monsanto shareholders, to drive home the message that GMO foods and Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide pose a threat to human health. While outside the meeting, concerned consumers gathered to protest and listen to speakers who explain the impacts of Monsanto’s poisons on our health.

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Simulated Astronauts Get Taste of Mars, in Hawaii


VOAvideo

Published on Mar 3, 2015

For generations, people have dreamed of traveling to Mars to explore Earth’s closest planetary neighbor. VOA’s Mike O’Sullivan reports that while space agencies like NASA are planning manned missions to the planet, some volunteers in Hawaii are learning how humans will cope with months in isolation on a Mars base.

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Gift Economies Strengthen Communities


VOAvideo

Published on Mar 3, 2015

Recycling has become routine in communities around the world. Cans, bottles, old newspapers are collected and repackaged. Unwanted clothes and toys are passed along to families in need. Now, grassroots organizations have set up local networks, to reuse all sorts of items. In these ‘gift economies,’ neighbors advertise things they don’t want, and ask for what they’d like to have, and donors and recipients are brought together. Faiza Elmasry tells us about one of these – the Buy Nothing Project – whose mission is to help people clear out clutter, save money, reduce waste and create connected communities. Faith Lapidus narrates.
Originally published at – http://www.voanews.com/media/video/26…

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Food on Earth


The Agenda with Steve Paikin

Published on Mar 3, 2015

Steve Paikin talks to two food policy experts about the availability and scarcity of food, how food is produced and farmed in North America, and the political power it holds.

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Ebola leaves damage that will take decades for W.Africa to repair


euronews (in English)

Published on Mar 3, 2015

Back to class at one Liberian school after a seven-month break. The Ebola epidemic had hidden costs, too, and now the disease appears to be on the wane with no new infections the tens of thousands of missed hours of study have to be made up. Four weeks behind Guinea and six after Sierra Leone, the pupils are back.

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Fixing the News | Coleen Christie


TEDx Talks

Published on Mar 3, 2015

Coleen Christie is using the power of television to try to make the world a better place. For over a decade, she has anchored a nightly television news broadcast, empowering viewers with information and connecting them to issues that matter and to each other. Coleen brings a life of journalistic experience from behind the camera to the stage to shed light on the consumption of media in the Information Age.
KEY MESSAGE(s): The bias is in you. Discussing our news consumption choices and the growing influence of bias.

Coleen Christie is an anchor for CTV News, Vancouver. Coleen’s diverse television experience, including working for the CTV network and in her early career as a producer and creative director, has earned her numerous awards. Beginning her career in 1997 as a reporter, she rose to the anchor position.

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