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October 16, 2017
CIVIL NUCLEAR
Greenpeace fireworks shine light on French nuclear safety concerns



Metz, France (AFP) Oct 12, 2017
Greenpeace activists set off fireworks inside a nuclear plant in eastern France early Thursday after breaking into the facility to underline its vulnerability to attack. The anti-nuclear group, known for its daring and often spectacular publicity stunts, said the fireworks were set off at the foot of a spent fuel pool - where nuclear plants store highly radioactive fuel rods that are removed from reactors after their use. "Our activists launched a firework in the perimeter of a French nuclear p ... read more

SOLAR DAILY
Low-carbon advocates say U.S. renewables breaking records
Washington (UPI) Oct 4, 2017
Amid the pushback on Washington's efforts to back coal and nuclear power, a report from low-carbon advocates found clean energy has organic momentum. ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
French, Belgian nuke plants vulnerable to attack: Greenpeace
Paris (AFP) Oct 10, 2017
International experts warned on Tuesday about security shortcomings at French and Belgian nuclear plants that make them vulnerable to attack, in a report commissioned by the Greenpeace group. ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
Japan government, TEPCO liable for Fukushima crisis: court
Tokyo (AFP) Oct 10, 2017
Japan could have foreseen and avoided the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, a court ruled on Tuesday, ordering the government and the power plant operator to pay damages to local residents. ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
New 'molecular trap' cleans more radioactive waste from nuclear fuel rods
Winston Salem NC (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
A new method for capturing radioactive waste from nuclear power plants is cheaper and more effective than current methods, a potential boon for the energy industry, according to new research publi ... more
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DISASTER MANAGEMENT
Fukushima operator gets first safety approval since 2011 disaster
Tokyo (AFP) Oct 4, 2017
The operator of the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant cleared a major regulatory hurdle Wednesday to restart two reactors in Japan, its first since the 2011 tsunami sparked the worst atomic accident in decades. ... more
DISASTER MANAGEMENT
Radioactive cesium leajing into ocean 60 miles from Fukushima
Washington (UPI) Oct 3, 2017
Scientists have discovered a surprising new source of radioactive cesium some 60 miles from the Fukushima nuclear plant that was damaged by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
Largest Nuclear Training Center In France Opens Its Doors
Normandy, France (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
TRIHOM has inaugurated its new learning center in Normandy, France. The event was attended by Philippe Knoche, the CEO of New AREVA, as well as company managers and representatives from the region. ... more
TECH SPACE
Dosage formulations for anti-radiation drug being developed
Washington (UPI) Sep 26, 2017
Humanetics Corporation is to develop solid-dosage formulations of BIO 300, a drug to mitigate the toxicities of exposure to radiation. ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
UAE to open Arab Gulf's first nuclear reactor in 2018
Abu Dhabi (AFP) Sept 25, 2017
The United Arab Emirates on Monday announced plans to open a nuclear power plant next year, in what would be a first for the emirate and the Arab Gulf region. ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
BWXT awarded contract extension for nuclear waste facility operations
Washington (UPI) Sep 27, 2017
Nuclear Waste Partnership LLC has received a contract extension for management and operations at the U.S. Department of Energy's Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, the company announced Thursday. ... more


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TECH SPACE
Positive, negative or neutral, it all matters: NASA explains space radiation
Houston TX (SPX) Sep 24, 2017
Charged particles may be small, but they matter to astronauts. NASA's Human Research Program (HRP) is investigating these particles to solve one of its biggest challenges for a human journey to Mars ... more
TECH SPACE
Space radiation is risky business for the human body
Houston TX (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
While people protect their eyes from the sun's radiation during a solar eclipse, NASA's Human Research Program (HRP) is working to protect the whole human body from radiation in space. Space radiati ... more
DISASTER MANAGEMENT
Japan government not responsible for Fukushima: court
Tokyo (AFP) Sept 22, 2017
A Japanese court ruled Friday that the plant operator not the government was responsible for the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, ordering the former to pay damages. ... more
NUKEWARS
51 countries line up to sign UN treaty outlawing nuclear weapons
United Nations, United States (AFP) Sept 20, 2017
With the North Korean nuclear crisis looming large, 51 countries on Wednesday lined up to sign a new treaty outlawing nuclear weapons that has been fiercely opposed by the United States and other nuclear powers. ... more



NGOs slam UN aviation agency plan for biofuels
Berlin (AFP) Oct 9, 2017
Nearly 100 environmental and poverty fighting groups jointly released a letter Tuesday slamming a UN proposal that backs large-scale use of biofuels in commercial planes. Extensive burning of biofuels would vastly expand the production of palm oil, which critics say drives deforestation, higher CO2 emissions and conflicts with indigenous peoples displaced from their land. The UN's Intern ... more
Liverpool UK (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
Breakthrough in direct activation of CO2 and CH4 into liquid fuels and chemicals
Ames IA (SPX) Oct 06, 2017
Surrounded by potential: New science in converting biomass
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
A key step in synthetic fuel production from seawater patented by NRL
Solar panels shine in darkest Amazon, the 'last frontier'
Ituxi Extractive Reserve, Brazil (AFP) Oct 11, 2017
In the darkest reaches of Brazil's Amazon, solar panels are bringing light - and could help save the rainforest. Aurelio Souza is working to install solar panels in villages along the remote Purus and Ituxi rivers in the western Amazonas state. "The Amazon is the last big frontier for electricity in the country," says the consultant for a joint program of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) a ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 11, 2017
Total moves deeper into solar energy market
Adelaide, Australia (AFP) Oct 12, 2017
Flying Dutch win world solar car race in Australia
Washington (UPI) Oct 5, 2017
Statoil taps solar market in Brazil
OX2 hands over Ajos wind farm to IKEA Finland
Stockholm, Sweden (SPX) Oct 10, 2017
In December 2015, IKEA Finland signed a purchase agreement with OX2 for 13 wind turbines in Kemi, northern Finland. All the terms of the agreement have now been met and IKEA Finland has taken ownership. "The renewal of the Kemi Ajos wind farm has been an important project for us on our path to gain energy independence. The IKEA vision is to create a better everyday life for the many people ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 10, 2017
Huge energy potential in open ocean wind farms in the North Atlantic
Miami (AFP) Oct 9, 2017
Wind farms in Atlantic could power the world: study
Washington (UPI) Sep 22, 2017
Germany gets economic lift with wind energy
'Fuel-secure' steps in Washington counterintuitive, green group says
Washington (UPI) Oct 1, 2017
A proposal to address what the Trump administration outlined as threats to traditional energy sources is counterintuitive, sustainable energy supporters said. The U.S. Department of Energy said last week it was calling on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to change how the wholesale electricity sector works by offering compensation for "traditional" power generators. In a ... more
Menlo Park CA (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
SLAC-led project will use AI to prevent or minimize electric grid failures
Beojing, China (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
Scientists propose method to improve microgrid stability and reliability
Washington (UPI) Aug 29, 2017
ADB: New finance model needed for low-carbon shift in Asia
Low-cost battery from waste graphite
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
Kostiantyn Kravchyk works in the group of Maksym Kovalenko. This research group is based at both ETH Zurich and in Empa's Laboratory for Thin Films and Photovoltaics. The two researchers' ambitious goal at the Empa branch is to make a battery out of the most common elements in the Earth's crust - such as magnesium or aluminum. These metals offer a high degree of safety, even if the anode i ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 10, 2017
Sodium could replace lithium for more cost-efficient battery storage
Washington (AFP) Oct 6, 2017
Tesla delays truck launch, eyes battery power for Puerto Rico
Osaka, Japan (SPX) Oct 06, 2017
A new way to produce clean hydrogen fuel from water using sunlight
Air pollution kills over 500,000 Europeans a year: report
Copenhagen (AFP) Oct 11, 2017
Air pollution causes more than 500,000 premature deaths across Europe each year despite "slowly" improving air quality on the continent, the EU's environment authority said Wednesday. Although data from the Copenhagen-based European Environment Agency (EEA) reveals some encouraging signs, in large part the result of new technologies, air pollution remains the leading environmental cause of ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 11, 2017
Scientists trace path of inland plastic pollution from rivers to oceanw/ll
Tipitapa, Nicaragua (AFP) Oct 5, 2017
Polluted lake is poor Nicaraguans' lifeline
Tokyo (AFP) Oct 4, 2017
Olympics: Tokyo 2020 water venue polluted
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Chevron abandons Great Australian Bight drill plans
Sydney (AFP) Oct 13, 2017
Energy giant Chevron Friday joined BP in ditching plans to drill in the Great Australian Bight citing weak oil prices, with environmentalists urging other major players to follow suit. The company had planned to drill exploration wells to look for oil or natural gas after acquiring two deepwater blocks spanning more than 32,000 square kilometres (12,355 square miles) off the pristine South A ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 11, 2017
Kurdish oil export payments continue after referendum
Washington (UPI) Oct 11, 2017
Canadian trade group makes pitch for global edge
Washington (UPI) Oct 11, 2017
Iranian energy companies lay out investment options in Amsterdam
What NASA's simulated missions tell us about the need for Martian law
Kent UK (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
Six people recently returned from an eight-month long isolation experiment to test human endurance for long-term space missions. Their "journey to Mars" involved being isolated below the summit of the world's largest active volcano in Hawaii (Mauna Loa), and was designed to better understand the psychological impacts of manned missions. NASA, which aims to send expeditions to Mars by the 2 ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
Debate over Mars exploration strategy heats up in astrobiology journal
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 10, 2017
Opportunity Feeling the Chemistry
Leeds, UK (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
Mimetic Martian water is under pressure
As Paris climate goals recede, geoengineering looms larger
Berlin (AFP) Oct 11, 2017
Even if you are terrified of heights, jumping out of a plane with a makeshift parachute may begin to look like a good idea once you know the aircraft is running out of fuel. That, arguably, is akin to the mindset of climate scientists and policymakers brainstorming in Berlin this week on how to compensate for humanity's collective failure to curb the greenhouse gases - caused mainly by burn ... more
Berlin (AFP) Oct 11, 2017
'Plan B': Seven ways to engineer the climate
Washington (UPI) Oct 11, 2017
British government unveils green spending plans
Washington (UPI) Oct 10, 2017
Cheaper to invest in climate change fight than to rebuild; EPA chief rolls back US plans
NASA Pinpoints Cause of Earth's Recent Record Carbon Dioxide Spike
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 16, 2017
A new NASA study provides space-based evidence that Earth's tropical regions were the cause of the largest annual increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration seen in at least 2,000 years. Scientists suspected the 2015-16 El Nino - one of the largest on record - was responsible, but exactly how has been a subject of ongoing research. Analyzing the first 28 months of data from NASA ... more
Miami (AFP) Oct 12, 2017
Spikes in carbon emissions detected with NASA satellite
New York, NY (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
Columbia researchers observe exotic quantum particle in bilayer graphene
Corvallis OR (SPX) Oct 06, 2017
Sunlight and the right microbes convert Arctic carbon into carbon dioxide
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Navy officers fired over 'preventable' USS McCain collision
Washington (UPI) Oct 11, 2017
Two top Naval officers have been fired from their positions on the USS John S. McCain over the warship's "preventable" deadly collision with an oil tanker in August. Cmdr. Alfredo J. Sanchez, the commanding officer of the Arleigh Burke class destroyer, and his executive officer Cmdr. Jessie L. Sanchez were relieved of their duties on Tuesday by Navy Vice Adm. Phil Sawyer, the commander ... more
Tokyo (AFP) Oct 11, 2017
US sacks top navy commanders after deadly warship collision
Washington (UPI) Oct 5, 2017
Leonardo to provide new communications software for Australian submarines
Washington (UPI) Oct 5, 2017
Navy to commission 14th Virginia-class submarine
Iranians mock 'ridiculous' Trump speech
Tehran (AFP) Oct 14, 2017
Iranians responded with anger and mockery on Saturday to the bellicose speech against their country by US President Donald Trump and his threats to tear up the landmark nuclear deal. "I was so angry last night," said Layla, 42, who runs an artisan shop in Tehran. "This person hates Iran so much that even if we don't support the ideas of the regime, we find ourselves supporting them and t ... more
Washington (AFP) Oct 15, 2017
Iran move won't weaken US hand with N.Korea: Tillerson
Geneva (AFP) Oct 13, 2017
Nobel peace laureates denounce Trump's Iran move
Washington (AFP) Oct 16, 2017
Gulf widens between Washington and UN partners
Iraq-Syria border set for last major assault on IS: US general
Baghdad (AFP) Oct 7, 2017
The "final large fight" in Iraq against the Islamic State group will take place on the border with Syria, a general in a US-led coalition against the jihadists said Saturday. He spoke two days after Iraqi forces recaptured the northern town of Hawija, the centre of one of the jihadist group's two remaining enclaves in Iraq. "The next fight and the final large fight will be in the Middle ... more
Brussels (AFP) Oct 7, 2017
Belgium seeks to bring back children stranded by IS
Beirut (AFP) Oct 5, 2017
Major battlefronts against IS in Iraq and Syria
The Hague (AFP) Oct 4, 2017
Sarin used in Syria 5 days before Khan Sheikhun: OPCW
Trudeau warns Trump in Bombardier, Boeing row
Washington (AFP) Oct 11, 2017
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday warned US President Donald Trump that Canada would not make military buys from Boeing while the United States was targeting Canada's Bombardier with heavy import duties. The US aerospace firm, claiming its competitor received unfair state subsidies, successfully petitioned the Trump administration to impose financial penalties on Bombardier ... more
Sydney (AFP) Oct 12, 2017
F-35 stealth fighter data stolen in Australia defence hack
Washington (UPI) Oct 11, 2017
Boeing KC-46A tankers exchange fuel mid-flight for first time
New Delhi (AFP) Oct 6, 2017
Five killed as India military chopper crashes
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Trump warns federal help for Puerto Rico not open-ended
Washington (AFP) Oct 12, 2017
Donald Trump warned Thursday that his willingness to help hurricane-battered Puerto Rico was not unlimited, prompting a furious backlash, with the mayor of San Juan branding the president a "Hater in Chief." Puerto Rico is struggling to recover after Hurricane Maria ripped through the island, leaving 44 people dead and cutting power and running water to much of its population, and its gover ... more
Washington (AFP) Oct 13, 2017
Branson calls for sustainable rebuilding of storm-battered Caribbean
New Delhi (AFP) Oct 9, 2017
India's top court bans firecracker sales before Diwali
Rio De Janeiro (AFP) Oct 10, 2017
New military op in gang-plagued Rio favela
US spacewalkers repair aging ISS robotic arm
Miami (AFP) Oct 5, 2017
Two NASA astronauts wrapped up a successful spacewalk Thursday to repair the International Space Station's aging robotic arm, the US space agency said. The outing by Americans Randy Bresnik and Mark Vande Hei ended at 3 pm (1900 GMT), marking a "very successful day," a NASA spokesman said. The spacewalk lasted six hours and 55 minutes, almost a half hour longer than planned because the p ... more
Raleigh NC (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
Sensitivity to time improves performance at remotely controlling devices
Washington (AFP) Oct 5, 2017
Mattel scraps plan for digital assistant for kids
Hong Kong (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
Servosila introduces Mobile Robots equipped with Software Defined Radio payloads


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