Prime Minister Shinzo Abe proposes re-opening plants shuttered after disaster
TIME, By Bryan Walsh, February 25
If there was one thing that seemed certain in the wake of the Fukushima Daiichi meltdown in 2011—the worst atomic accident since Chernobyl—it was that nuclear power in Japan and the rest of the world was in major trouble.
Now our national power grid has become a matter of national security:
BBC, January 31
Australian authorities have approved a project to dump dredged sediment in the Great Barrier Reef marine park as part of a project to create one of the world’s biggest coal ports.
The decision was made by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.
Scientists had urged it not to back the project, [...]
Al Jazeera America, By Renee Lewis, January 30
Risks of some birth defects increased as much as 30 percent in mothers who lived near oil and gas wells.
Living near hydraulic fracturing — or “fracking” — sites may increase the risk of some birth defects by as much as 30 percent, a new study suggests. [...]
Reuters, By David Ljunggren, January 16
Ottawa – Canada bluntly told the United States on Thursday to settle the fate of TransCanada Corp’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline, saying the drawn-out process on whether to approve the northern leg of the project was taking too long.
The hard-line comments by Foreign Minister John Baird were the [...]
Bloomberg, By Jeremy van Loon, December 19
Enbridge Inc. (ENB)’s Northern Gateway oil-sands pipeline cleared a major hurdle as Canada’s energy regulator ruled the C$7.9 billion ($7.4 billion) conduit can move ahead under certain conditions.
The National Energy Board approved the project, subject to 209 conditions, and said that Canada would be “better off” with [...]
Reuters, December 9
Ottawa – Canada intends to lay claim to the North Pole as part of a bid to assert control over a large part of the resource-rich Arctic, Foreign Minister John Baird said on Monday.
Baird said Canada had filed a preliminary submission to a special United Nations commission collecting competing claims and [...]
You may or may not be aware, but World War III has already started. We just haven’t gotten caught up in it. Yet.
Huffington Post, By Naoto Kan (Former Prime Minister of Japan), October 28
The accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant was the most severe accident in the history of mankind. At Unit 1, the fuel rods melted down in about five hours after the earthquake, and molten fuel breached and melted through the reactor [...]
Researchers at a US lab have passed a crucial milestone on the way to their ultimate goal of achieving self-sustaining nuclear fusion.
BBC, October 7
Harnessing fusion – the process that powers the Sun – could provide an unlimited and cheap source of energy.
But to be viable, fusion power plants would have to produce [...]
New York Times, By Justin Gillis, September 27
Stockholm — For the first time, the world’s top climate scientists on Friday formally embraced an upper limit on greenhouse gases while warning that it is likely to be exceeded within decades if emissions continue at a brisk pace, underscoring the profound challenge humanity faces in bringing [...]
AP, September 19
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday ordered the operator of Japan’s crippled nuclear power plant to scrap all six reactors at the site instead of just four scheduled for decommissioning and to concentrate on tackling pressing issues like leaks of radioactive water.
But Mr. Abe insisted that radioactive water had been [...]
BBC, September 20
The outgoing government in Norway has buried [ar, ar!] much-vaunted plans to capture carbon dioxide and store it underground amid mounting costs and delays.
The oil and energy ministry said the development of full-scale carbon dioxide capture at Mongstad oil refinery had been discontinued.
It said it remained committed to research into [...]
Philly.com, By Andrew Maykuth, September 12
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s decision to prosecute a major Marcellus Shale natural-gas driller for a 2010 wastewater spill has sent shock waves through the industry.
But environmentalists Wednesday hailed the prosecution of the Exxon Mobil Corp. subsidiary as a departure from the soft treatment they say the industry [...]
Desmogblog, By Steve Horn, September 11
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has granted the first ever LNG export permit license to Dominion Resources, Inc. to export gas obtained from the controversial hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) process in the Marcellus Shale basin.
It’s the fourth ever export terminal approved by the DOE, with the three others [...]