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Friday, October 20, 2017

dotemirates - Having nuclear weapons 'matter of life and de...

dotemirates - Having nuclear weapons 'matter of life and de...

Utility Week – Clean baseload challenge 'overplayed' by nuclear lobby

Utility Week – Clean baseload challenge 'overplayed' by nuclear lobby

Hillary Clinton, uranium, and a Russian spy ring - Western Free Press

Hillary Clinton, uranium, and a Russian spy ring - Western Free Press

Tehran: U.S. ‘irresponsible approach” on nuclear deal has created new situation - Tehran Times

Tehran: U.S. ‘irresponsible approach” on nuclear deal has created new situation - Tehran Times

Kerry: Leaving nuclear deal’s fate to Congress is ‘very dangerous’ - Tehran Times

Kerry: Leaving nuclear deal’s fate to Congress is ‘very dangerous’ - Tehran Times

S Korean Commission Recommends Resuming Construction of Nuclear Reactors

S Korean Commission Recommends Resuming Construction of Nuclear Reactors

UN Disarmament Envoy Urges Russia to Discuss Nuclear Disarmament With US

UN Disarmament Envoy Urges Russia to Discuss Nuclear Disarmament With US

The Expense of Renewables Is Outweighed by the Health-Care Savings They Provide

https://www.technologyreview.com/the-download/608685/the-expense-of-renewables-is-outweighed-by-the-health-care-savings-they-provide/?utm_source=MIT+Technology+Review&utm_campaign=d9dd48349b-The_Download&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_997ed6f472-d9dd48349b-153856085

The Lancet Commission on pollution and health

The Lancet Commission on pollution and health

Hanford vit plant 2 steps closer to treating radioactive waste | Tri-City Herald

Hanford vit plant 2 steps closer to treating radioactive waste | Tri-City Herald

Enemies of the Earth: Unmasking the Dirty War Against Clean Energy in South Korea by Friends of the Earth (FOE) and Greenpeace — Environmental Progress

Enemies of the Earth: Unmasking the Dirty War Against Clean Energy in South Korea by Friends of the Earth (FOE) and Greenpeace — Environmental Progress

Victory! Pro-Nuclear Win in South Korea Gives Momentum to Atomic Humanists Everywhere — Environmental Progress

Victory! Pro-Nuclear Win in South Korea Gives Momentum to Atomic Humanists Everywhere — Environmental Progress

South Koreans recommend gov't complete 2 nuclear reactors

South Koreans recommend gov't complete 2 nuclear reactors

Presidential First Use of Nuclear Weapons: Is it Legal? Is it Constitutional? Is it Just? | Arts & Humanities Division

Presidential First Use of Nuclear Weapons: Is it Legal? Is it Constitutional? Is it Just? | Arts & Humanities Division

A dozen reasons for the economic failure of nuclear power | Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

A dozen reasons for the economic failure of nuclear power | Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

Growing threat: Cyber and nuclear weapons systems | Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

Growing threat: Cyber and nuclear weapons systems | Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

Time to insert the control rods on North Korea | Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

Time to insert the control rods on North Korea | Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

Blockchain: A new aid to nuclear export controls? | Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

Blockchain: A new aid to nuclear export controls? | Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

UPDATE 1-Turkey's first nuclear plant gets initial approval

UPDATE 1-Turkey's first nuclear plant gets initial approval

As world turns off, icy, dark Finland turning on nuclear power

As world turns off, icy, dark Finland turning on nuclear power

South Korea Will Resume Reactor Work, Defying Nuclear Opponents - The New York Times

South Korea Will Resume Reactor Work, Defying Nuclear Opponents - The New York Times

Coal, nuclear power are vital to grid reliability and national security, McKinley says | The State Journal | theet.com

Coal, nuclear power are vital to grid reliability and national security, McKinley says | The State Journal | theet.com

Sen. Cantwell, colleagues urge FERC to reject Perry’s proposed market rules - Daily Energy Insider

Sen. Cantwell, colleagues urge FERC to reject Perry’s proposed market rules - Daily Energy Insider

The Logic Behind Rick Perry's FERC Letter

The Logic Behind Rick Perry's FERC Letter

U.S. nuclear energy would be safe from hurricanes - Washington Times

U.S. nuclear energy would be safe from hurricanes - Washington Times

Ameren making $130M of repairs to Missouri nuclear plant | News & Observer

Ameren making $130M of repairs to Missouri nuclear plant | News & Observer

ARPA-E Modeling Enhanced Innovations Trailblazing Nuclear Energy Reinvigoration (MEITNER) program

ARPA-E-Comms <arpa-e-comms@hq.doe.gov>



10:55 AM (52 minutes ago)

Good Morning:

Today, ARPA-E published a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for up to $20 million for the Modeling Enhanced Innovations Trailblazing Nuclear Energy Reinvigoration (MEITNER) program. The deadline to submit Concept Papers for this FOA is 5:00PM ET, Monday, December 4, 2017.

Through the MEITNER program, ARPA-E seeks to identify and develop innovative technologies to enable the advanced nuclear reactor design community to mature their designs for future commercial deployment. These enabling technologies can establish the basis for a modern, domestic supply chain supporting nuclear technology. The MEITNER program targets transformative technologies that simultaneously achieve lower construction cost and autonomous operations while increasing safety.

Additional information, including a FOA summary, the full FOA, and how to find project teaming partners, is available on ARPA-E’s online application portal at the following link:https://arpa-e-foa.energy.gov/Default.aspx#FoaId9688fafc-3b63-42af-9786-77d930987b4a  
                                                                                             
ARPA E encourages outstanding scientists, engineers, and practitioners from different organizations, scientific disciplines, and technology sectors to form new project teams for the MEITNER program. In addition to the advanced nuclear reactor design community, the following disciplines and sectors will also be helpful in advancing the technologies encouraged by MEITNER:

·         mechanical engineering
·         computer science
·         robotics
·         sensors
·         civil and environmental engineering
·         chemical engineering
·         materials science

We apologize if this notification has been sent to you more than once; we are trying to reach the largest possible audience. To that end, please forward this email to any colleagues who may be interested. If you or your colleagues have any questions please submit them by email to ARPA-E-CO@hq.doe.gov.

Sincerely,

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ARPA-E Communications

Thursday, October 19, 2017

The Energy Collective Daily: In the Growing Wave of Climate Litigation, Could the Automobile Industry be Next?

In the Growing Wave of Climate Litigation, Could the Automobile Industry Be Next? | The Energy Collective Daily

Link to The Energy Collective

Rick Perry to Nuclear Millennials: It’s a Pivotal Moment to Preserve US Nuclear Technology and Leadership - Nuclear Energy Institute

Rick Perry to Nuclear Millennials: It’s a Pivotal Moment to Preserve US Nuclear Technology and Leadership - Nuclear Energy Institute

The UAE’s Nuclear Path: Q&A with Ambassador Hamad Alkaabi


The UAE’s Nuclear Path: Q&A with Ambassador Hamad Alkaabi

Barakah Nuclear Power Plant, United Arab Emirates.
In the run-up to the IAEA’s International Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Power in the 21st Century, read about the nuclear power programme of the conference’s host country, the United Arab Emirates, which is expected to bring its first nuclear power reactor into operation in 2018.
The UAE started building the first unit of the Barakah Nuclear Power Plant in 2012 and currently has four units under construction. We sat down with Ambassador Hamad Alkaabi, Permanent Representative of the UAE to the IAEA, to talk about his country’s nuclear power programme.
"We chose nuclear power for its commercial and environmental competitiveness. What makes our programme successful is our Government’s robust commitment, a viable business model, high public acceptance and strong international cooperation and support, including with and from the IAEA."
Hamad Alkaabi, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the UAE to the IAEA
Why did the UAE choose to embark on a nuclear power programme?
The UAE’s decision to pursue a nuclear power programme was based on the need to meet the country’s increasing energy demand. We chose nuclear power for its commercial and environmental competitiveness. The early phase of the programme included a detailed road map addressing all infrastructure requirements and associated costs. The decision to go ahead with the programme was based on full understanding of its financial implications. The development of a nuclear power programme requires solid investment and risk mitigation strategies. What makes our programme successful is our Government’s robust commitment, a viable business model, high public acceptance and strong international cooperation and support, including with and from the IAEA.
How has the IAEA helped with this process?
The IAEA has provided guidance on the development of our national nuclear infrastructure. Our planning was based on the IAEA’s Milestones Approach, whereby eight IAEA review missions were conducted covering various areas and stages of the programme. Moreover, the reports from these review missions were made public, which contributed to increased confidence in the programme among stakeholders and the public at large.
How will cooperation with the IAEA evolve once the Barakah Plant is connected to the grid?
The focus of our cooperation will naturally shift to more advanced areas of commissioning and safety of operation, but we will continue to be interested in technical support and peer review missions.
The UAE’s commitment to the highest standards of operational transparency, safety, security and non-proliferation, as well as our cooperation with the IAEA has enabled our programme to serve as a model for many countries embarking on nuclear power. We look forward to sharing our experience with other IAEA Member States.
How can a country develop a strong nuclear regulator when it is developing a nuclear power programme?
A competent nuclear safety regulator is the cornerstone of any successful nuclear programme. First, we established the right framework through a comprehensive nuclear law that gives the regulator the power, independence and resources it needs to carry out its mandate. Second, we have established the regulatory capabilities by focusing on maintaining the needed skills. This is done on the one hand by acquiring external experts with global experience, while training local experts and developing their skills on the other. We also coordinate with the industry so that building regulatory capabilities becomes a gradual process directly linked to the progress of the project and its schedule. Not to mention the valuable support received from the reactor’s country of origin and other internationally recognized technical support organizations.
A foreign workforce has played an important role in the UAE’s nuclear push. How will the country secure a skilled and sustainable workforce in this sector for the long term?
Building a sustainable national capacity is a challenge for any country using nuclear. In newcomer States, nuclear projects necessarily dictate a reliance on a foreign workforce and expertise, particularly at the beginning of a project. To address the challenge of ensuring the availability of sufficient manpower throughout all phases of the nuclear programme, the UAE developed a robust human resources strategy that identifies the scale and type of expertise needed. It is an integrated approach that includes scholarships and on-the-job training and mentoring. Youth empowerment and capacity building are key priorities in our policy.
What is the UAE’s rationale for hosting the IAEA’s International Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Power in the 21st Century?
In 2012, the UAE became the first newcomer State in almost three decades to start the construction of a nuclear power reactor. This makes it a uniquely relevant case to many Member States. The support we received for hosting this Conference is recognition of the UAE’s successful efforts and responsible approach in developing a peaceful nuclear programme. Moreover, the Conference is an important forum to discuss the current and future role of nuclear power in sustainable development and climate change mitigation. The UAE is happy to host such a timely discussion, given our strong commitment to clean energy, where nuclear, solar and other clean sources will play an important role in our nation’s future energy mix. https://www.iaea.org/newscenter/news/the-uaes-nuclear-path-qa-with-ambassador-hamad-alkaabi

Beyond the Nobel Prize: The Rise of Nuclear-Powered India

Beyond the Nobel Prize: The Rise of Nuclear-Powered India

IAEA Mission Sees Safety Commitment at France’s Bugey Nuclear Power Plant, Areas for Improvement

IAEA Mission Sees Safety Commitment at France’s Bugey Nuclear Power Plant, Areas for Improvement

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Bugey France
An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) team of experts said the operator of France’s Bugey Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) demonstrated a commitment to safety. The team also identified areas for further improvement.
The Operational Safety Review Team (OSART) concluded a 17-day mission today to assess operational safety at the plant’s four 900 MW pressurized water reactors, which were connected to the grid in 1978-79. The plant, located near the city of Lyon, is operated by Electricit√© de France (EDF).
OSART missions aim to improve operational safety by objectively assessing safety performance using the IAEA’s safety standards and proposing recommendations for improvement where appropriate.
Nuclear power generates more than 70 percent of France’s electricity, the largest share in the world. The country has 58 reactors at 19 sites, all operated by EDF. Another reactor is under construction at Flamanville, on the north-western coast.
“The staff at Bugey NPP apply a rigorous approach to ensure the plant is operated in a safe and reliable manner, and are currently implementing a comprehensive modernization programme,” said Team Leader Vesselina Ranguelova, a Senior Nuclear Safety Officer at the IAEA. “The OSART team’s recommendations and suggestions will help further improve the plant’s operational safety, and we also identified good practices that can help improve safety worldwide, if applied by other operators.”
The 15-member OSART team comprised experts from Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Czech Republic, Germany, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America, as well as three IAEA officials.
The review covered the areas of leadership and management for safety; training and qualification; operations; maintenance; technical support; operating experience; radiation protection; chemistry; emergency planning and preparedness; accident management; human, technology and organization interactions; and long-term operation.
The team identified a number of good practices that will be shared with the nuclear industry globally, including:
  • The use of 3D digital technologies in an innovative way to enhance the training and performance of plant personnel.
  • An environmentally-friendly way of treating plant cooling water to remove scale or other impurities.
The mission made a number of recommendations to improve operational safety, including:
  • The plant should strengthen its control over revision and application of plant operational documents.
  • The plant should evaluate the effectiveness of its operational experience programme.
  • The plant should improve preparation and conduct of its maintenance activities to optimize plant performance and further improve equipment reliability.
“The input from this OSART mission is very valuable for the plant,” said Pierre Boyer, Bugey NPP Director. “We are committed to implementing the necessary actions to address our areas for improvement in an effective manner”.
The team provided a draft report to the plant’s management. The plant management and the French Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN) will have an opportunity to make factual comments on the draft, which will be reviewed by the IAEA. The final report will be submitted to the French Government within three months.
BACKGROUND: General information about OSART missions can be found on the IAEA Website. An OSART mission is designed as a review of programmes and activities essential to operational safety. It is not a regulatory inspection, nor is it a design review or a substitute for an exhaustive assessment of the plant’s overall safety status. This was the 197th mission of the OSART programme, which began in 1982.https://www.iaea.org/newscenter/pressreleases/iaea-mission-sees-safety-commitment-at-frances-bugey-nuclear-power-plant-areas-for-improvement

Bulletin of Atomic Scientists Nuclear Roundup October 19, 2017

Nuclear Roundup
October 19, 2017
A daily roundup of quality nuclear policy news.

North Korea

North Korea warns US of ‘unimaginable’ nuclear strike

http://thehill.com/policy/defense/356166-north-korea-warns-us-of-unimaginable-nuclear-strike

North Korea is Building a Bigger, Better Missile Submarine

http://www.popularmechanics.com/military/navy-ships/news/a28687/north-korea-new-missile-submarine-sinpo-c/

South Korea developing missiles to destroy North Korea nuclear facilities

https://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2017/10/19/South-Korea-developing-missiles-to-destroy-North-Korea-nuclear-facilities/3121508418413/

Calls to Bring U.S. Nuclear Weapons Back to South Korea Are Getting Louder

http://time.com/4988994/south-korea-nuclear-weapons/

Kim Jong Un’s Threats Rattle Japan — but There’s a Line It Won’t Cross

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/japanese-people-don-t-want-nukes-despite-north-korea-s-n811791

Judging responses to the North Korean threat

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/opinion/2017/10/19/editorials/judging-responses-north-korean-threat/#.WeipjflSxrQ

Pollack: Let’s Walk This Through: If North Korea Launches An ICBM, Then…

http://www.defenseone.com/ideas/2017/10/us-missile-defense-north-korea-icbm/141866/?oref=defenseone_today_nl

Commentary: North Korea playing a longer nuclear game than the U.S.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/commentary/ct-perspec-north-korea-nuclear-game-1019-story.html

United States

GOP chair of nuclear safety agency secretly urges Trump to abolish it

https://www.publicintegrity.org/2017/10/19/21217/gop-chair-nuclear-safety-agency-secretly-urges-trump-abolish-it

The U.S. Military's Worst Fear: What if Its Nuclear Weapons Don't Work in a War?

http://nationalinterest.org/blog/the-buzz/the-us-militarys-worst-fear-what-if-its-nuclear-weapons-dont-22790

31 Hanford workers test positive for radioactive contamination

http://www.tri-cityherald.com/news/local/hanford/article179646261.html

ABC15 gets rare look inside Palo Verde nuclear plant

http://www.abc15.com/news/state/abc15-gets-rare-look-inside-palo-verde-nuclear-plant

21st century nuclear deterrence & missile defense

https://www.defense.gov/News/Special-Reports/21st-Century-Nuclear-Deterrence-and-Missile-Defense/

International

Moscow tells Tehran Russia remains committed to nuclear deal

https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-iran-nuclear-russia/moscow-tells-tehran-russia-remains-committed-to-nuclear-deal-idUKKBN1CO17I

Russia tests new rocket after beating missile range record

http://www.newsweek.com/russia-tests-new-rocket-after-beating-missile-range-record-687863

General Interest

Growing threat: Cyber and nuclear weapons systems

https://thebulletin.org/growing-threat-cyber-and-nuclear-weapons-systems11201

This nuclear fallout shelter was untouched for 55 years. It might come in handy now.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/the-school-fallout-shelter-was-untouched-for-55-years-it-might-come-in-handy-now/2017/10/17/6b3dfe90-b295-11e7-9e58-e6288544af98_story.html?utm_term=.52185a9b7735

Why There Is No Chance a Piece of Paper Will Ban Nuclear Weapons. Zero.

http://nationalinterest.org/blog/the-buzz/why-there-no-chance-piece-paper-will-ban-nuclear-weapons-22788


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Changes could endanger Vermont Yankee sale | The Brattleboro Reformer | Brattleboro Breaking News, Sports, Weather, Traffic

Changes could endanger Vermont Yankee sale | The Brattleboro Reformer | Brattleboro Breaking News, Sports, Weather, Traffic

(14) John Kutsch - Welcome to Thorium Energy Alliance Conference #8 - TEAC8 - YouTube

(14) John Kutsch - Welcome to Thorium Energy Alliance Conference #8 - TEAC8 - YouTube

Fukushima Update 10/19/2017

Fukushima Update 10/19/2017

Lawson will use drones to deliver goods to repopulating evacuees of Minamisoma… Fukushima sake is served to Great Britain’s Parliament… Tokyo will require a new emergency cooling system for BWRs… Kansai Electric Co. intends to decommission Oi units #1 & #2… Nuclear energy may not be a big election issue in Japan.

http://www.hiroshimasyndrome.com/fukushima-accident-updates.html

Pictures: Effects of Nuclear Bomb Testing in Kazakhstan

Pictures: Effects of Nuclear Bomb Testing in Kazakhstan

Diplomat: Nuclear deal stronger, U.S. more isolated - Tehran Times

Diplomat: Nuclear deal stronger, U.S. more isolated - Tehran Times

Khamenei: We Will Shred 'Nuclear Deal' if Trump Tears it Apart - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English

Khamenei: We Will Shred 'Nuclear Deal' if Trump Tears it Apart - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English

Fuel Assemblies for Nuclear Power Market to Witness Widespread Expansion During 2013 – 2019 – satPRnews

Fuel Assemblies for Nuclear Power Market to Witness Widespread Expansion During 2013 – 2019 – satPRnews

Radioactive Waste Management Market: Strategic assessment of Evolving Technology, trends and Next Generation Industry analysis by 2022 – satPRnews

Radioactive Waste Management Market: Strategic assessment of Evolving Technology, trends and Next Generation Industry analysis by 2022 – satPRnews

Unification Minister sees “effectively no chance” NK will give up nuclear weapons : North Korea : News : The Hankyoreh

Unification Minister sees “effectively no chance” NK will give up nuclear weapons : North Korea : News : The Hankyoreh

RUSSIAN DEPUTY FOREIGN MINISTER RYABKOV MEETS IRANIAN DEPUTY FORMIN, CONFIRMS RUSSIA'S COMMITMENT TO NUCLEAR DEAL - RUSSIA'S FORMIN

RUSSIAN DEPUTY FOREIGN MINISTER RYABKOV MEETS IRANIAN DEPUTY FORMIN, CONFIRMS RUSSIA'S COMMITMENT TO NUCLEAR DEAL - RUSSIA'S FORMIN

Uranium One Means Mueller Must Recuse Himself from Russia Probe - Long Room

Uranium One Means Mueller Must Recuse Himself from Russia Probe - Long Room

Kazakhstan to supply uranium to China  - Nuclear Engineering International

Kazakhstan to supply uranium to China  - Nuclear Engineering International

The Nuclear Options | Seeking Alpha

The Nuclear Options | Seeking Alpha

TASS: Russian Politics & Diplomacy - Putin: US failing to honor commitments for plutonium disposal

TASS: Russian Politics & Diplomacy - Putin: US failing to honor commitments for plutonium disposal

News Reality - Reuters: Putin accuses US of failing nuclear, chemical weapons treaties obligations

News Reality - Reuters: Putin accuses US of failing nuclear, chemical weapons treaties obligations

North Koreans undaunted by the prospect of nuclear war | Euronews

North Koreans undaunted by the prospect of nuclear war | Euronews

NTI Highlights Growing Cyber Threat to Nuclear Systems in Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists article | NTI News NTI Highlights Growing Cyber Threat to Nuclear Systems in Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists article | NTI

NTI Highlights Growing Cyber Threat to Nuclear Systems in Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists article | NTI News NTI Highlights Growing Cyber Threat to Nuclear Systems in Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists article | NTI

TASS: Russian Politics & Diplomacy - Putin: Russia ready to move towards universal nuclear disarmament

TASS: Russian Politics & Diplomacy - Putin: Russia ready to move towards universal nuclear disarmament

Connect Offshore Policy With America’s Energy Reality


Connect Offshore Policy With America’s Energy Reality

https://breakingenergy.com/2017/10/18/connect-offshore-policy-with-americas-energy-reality/?utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=57529882&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-9MaBfGzq2TDBL_IlQpO_84IgMwXExQV5ZF_4a3K2OFUQKCoTi6bIPHQpNaERvVb4X_xYRmMozwIc4qaDmz0tvPYswOHw&_hsmi=57529882

First floating wind farm, built by offshore oil company, delivers electricity | Ars Technica

First floating wind farm, built by offshore oil company, delivers electricity | Ars Technica

US to extend nuclear cooperation deal with Japan: official- Nikkei Asian Review

US to extend nuclear cooperation deal with Japan: official- Nikkei Asian Review

NEI calls for reform to design certification process

NEI calls for reform to design certification process

Sessions says Justice to review Russian uranium deal | TheHill

Sessions says Justice to review Russian uranium deal | TheHill

Senate opens probe into Russian nuclear bribery case | New York Post

Senate opens probe into Russian nuclear bribery case | New York Post

Timeline: The Clintons, the Russians, and Uranium - Hot Air Hot Air

Timeline: The Clintons, the Russians, and Uranium - Hot Air Hot Air

What's Behind China's Breakthrough in Atomic Energy Production - Sputnik International

What's Behind China's Breakthrough in Atomic Energy Production - Sputnik International

US should incentivize the development of small modular reactors: Moniz - Electric Power | Platts News Article & Story

US should incentivize the development of small modular reactors: Moniz - Electric Power | Platts News Article & Story

GOP chair of nuclear safety agency secretly urges Trump to abolish it | Center for Public Integrity

GOP chair of nuclear safety agency secretly urges Trump to abolish it | Center for Public Integrity

CNL releases summary report on Small Modular Reactor RFEOI | Canadian Nuclear Laboratories

CNL releases summary report on Small Modular Reactor RFEOI | Canadian Nuclear Laboratories

Russian Money Talks. America Was All Ears. - Bloomberg

Russian Money Talks. America Was All Ears. - Bloomberg

Iran Doesn’t Have a Nuclear Weapons Program. Why Do Media Keep Saying It Does? « LobeLog

Iran Doesn’t Have a Nuclear Weapons Program. Why Do Media Keep Saying It Does? « LobeLog

Bombshell Revelations about Russia and Obama’s Department of Justice | Power Line

Bombshell Revelations about Russia and Obama’s Department of Justice | Power Line

Report: Obama DOJ blocked FBI informant from telling Congress about corrupt uranium deal | Power Line

Report: Obama DOJ blocked FBI informant from telling Congress about corrupt uranium deal | Power Line

Australia's nuclear testing before the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne should be a red flag for Fukushima in 2020

Australia's nuclear testing before the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne should be a red flag for Fukushima in 2020

Why China's Aircraft Carrier Killer Missile Could Be a Nuclear Weapon in Disguise | The National Interest Blog

Why China's Aircraft Carrier Killer Missile Could Be a Nuclear Weapon in Disguise | The National Interest Blog

The U.S. Military's Worst Fear: What if Its Nuclear Weapons Don't Work in a War? | The National Interest Blog

The U.S. Military's Worst Fear: What if Its Nuclear Weapons Don't Work in a War? | The National Interest Blog

Why you need to get involved in the geoengineering debate – now

Why you need to get involved in the geoengineering debate – now

Fossil Fuel Misinformation Helps Quash Community Effort to Ban Fracking in Youngstown, Ohio | naked capitalism

Fossil Fuel Misinformation Helps Quash Community Effort to Ban Fracking in Youngstown, Ohio | naked capitalism

Seduced by Greed: the Perils of Environmental Collaboration

 

Seduced by Greed: the Perils of Environmental Collaboration

https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/10/19/seduced-by-greed-the-perils-of-environmental-collaboration/

The Experiment in Freedom is Failing

The Experiment in Freedom is Failing

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Russian Money Talks. America Was All Ears. - Bloomberg

Russian Money Talks. America Was All Ears. - Bloomberg

Gulf Coast Oil Spill May Be Largest Since 2010 BP Disaster - Bloomberg

Gulf Coast Oil Spill May Be Largest Since 2010 BP Disaster - Bloomberg

A Plea for Common Sense on Missile Defense « LobeLog

A Plea for Common Sense on Missile Defense « LobeLog

The EU on the JCPOA: Neither “Fix” nor Nix « LobeLog

The EU on the JCPOA: Neither “Fix” nor Nix « LobeLog

Donald Trump didn't create danger of presidential dictatorship, he inherited it


Donald Trump didn't create danger of presidential dictatorship, he inherited it


https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/10/18/we-wouldnt-freaking-out-dictator-trump-if-we-saw-our-past-tyrants-what-they-were-james-bovard-column/587500001/

Obama's DOJ slow-walked probe despite national security concerns | TheHill

Obama's DOJ slow-walked probe despite national security concerns | TheHill

AAAS 2018 Annual Meeting

AAAS 2018 Annual Meeting

Trump’s Iran Policy Is More about Rollback than Nukes

Trump’s Iran Policy Is More about Rollback than Nukes


http://lobelog.com/trumps-iran-policy-is-more-about-rollback-than-nukes/#more-41594

Homeland Security orders federal agencies to start encrypting sites, emails | ZDNet

Homeland Security orders federal agencies to start encrypting sites, emails | ZDNet

NEI calls for reform to design certification process

NEI calls for reform to design certification process

Safety of Nuclear Fuel Cycle Facilities | IAEA

Safety of Nuclear Fuel Cycle Facilities | IAEA

Opinion Article: Nuclear Weapons and World Peace: U.S. Playing The Role of Arsonist and Firefighter - Solomon Times Online

Opinion Article: Nuclear Weapons and World Peace: U.S. Playing The Role of Arsonist and Firefighter - Solomon Times Online

[Editorial] Trump’s message during SK visit will be crucial to peacefully resolving nuclear issue : Editorial & Opinion : News : The Hankyoreh

[Editorial] Trump’s message during SK visit will be crucial to peacefully resolving nuclear issue : Editorial & Opinion : News : The Hankyoreh

Where the Russian uranium scandal might lead

Where the Russian uranium scandal might lead

J.P. Morgan to Buy Payments Firm WePay in First Major Fintech Acquisition - WSJ

J.P. Morgan to Buy Payments Firm WePay in First Major Fintech Acquisition - WSJ

South Africa to generate 9,600 megawatts of nuclear capacity as Zuma appoints new energy minister – Nigeria News Today 2017

South Africa to generate 9,600 megawatts of nuclear capacity as Zuma appoints new energy minister – Nigeria News Today 2017

Study finds 5.3% of domestic and Russian seafood contains radioactive material : International : News : The Hankyoreh

Study finds 5.3% of domestic and Russian seafood contains radioactive material : International : News : The Hankyoreh

Minister: Armenian Nuclear Power Plant closure is economic, not political issue

Minister: Armenian Nuclear Power Plant closure is economic, not political issue

A cabinet reshuffle equals a nuclear deal

A cabinet reshuffle equals a nuclear deal

US to extend nuclear cooperation deal with Japan: official- Nikkei Asian Review

US to extend nuclear cooperation deal with Japan: official- Nikkei Asian Review

Japan's nuclear watchdog to require new cooling system for boiling water reactors | The Japan Times

Japan's nuclear watchdog to require new cooling system for boiling water reactors | The Japan Times

Energy Voice | US nuclear plant under watchdog's eyes after fault found - News for the Oil and Gas Sector

Energy Voice | US nuclear plant under watchdog's eyes after fault found - News for the Oil and Gas Sector

NRG Energy Pulls Controversial California Gas Project - Power Engineering

NRG Energy Pulls Controversial California Gas Project - Power Engineering

Yerevan May Scrap Plans For New Nuclear Plant

Yerevan May Scrap Plans For New Nuclear Plant

NATO Nuclear Exercise Underway With Czech and Polish Participation |

NATO Nuclear Exercise Underway With Czech and Polish Participation |

US commander must 'imagine the unimaginable' on NKorea

US commander must 'imagine the unimaginable' on NKorea

N. Korea nuclear test site may be a 'Tired Mountain': 38 North

N. Korea nuclear test site may be a 'Tired Mountain': 38 North

Iran warns Europe against new nuke deal conditions

Iran warns Europe against new nuke deal conditions

Chinese Slowdown May End Nuclear's Last Hope for Growth - The Energy Collective

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Integrated Farming Finds Success in India with Help of Nuclear Science

Integrated Farming Finds Success in India with Help of Nuclear Science

Rice is one of the crops being cultivated as part of this integrated crop-livestock farming project in India. (Photo credit: N. Jawerth/IAEA)

Farmers have teamed up with scientists to find new ways to produce more food, improve the quality of their farmland and earn more money. With the help of nuclear techniques, they now have a method for producing high quality livestock and more crops while protecting the health of their soil for a future of more fertile farming.
“Given the importance of agriculture and the limited resources available, we need to find ways to make better use of what we have and become more efficient,” said V. Ramesh Saravana Kumar, Principal Investigator of this project facilitated by the IAEA in cooperation with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). “With the methods demonstrated in this project, we have shown that sustainable, integrated crop-livestock farming is the answer.”
Approximately 70% of people in India rely on agriculture as a source of income. Many conventional farming methods involve inorganic fertilizers and using only one crop type each season, which puts a strain on farmers’ soil and water resources. This often leads to less productive crop yields, which in turn means less food and lowered incomes. As the already strained situation gets worse due to climate change, farmers are now in need of more efficient modes of production.
Scientists at the Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University have used nuclear and isotopic techniques to study soil and water use and select and grow crops that thrive on local farms (see The Science box). They integrated their findings with effective livestock production methods involving cattle and goats to develop an easy-to-follow, crop and livestock-based organic farming system.
The project has so far resulted in an increase in organic carbon content in the soil, which gives it structure and makes it healthier and better for growing crops. Livestock reproductive performance has also gone up, including a 15% increase in the cattle’s milk production as well as significant increases in the size of the goats.
“After seeing the positive results, the farmers understand that integrated crop-livestock techniques, which also lead to more organic farming, are the only way to a healthier life. They are now more willing to take part in similar research and advice,” said Kumar. The government at all levels is also now encouraging the use of this method, he added.   
A cycle of growing crops and feeding livestock
The new integrated method is based on a more organic, self-sustaining approach: after farmers grow and harvest crops, they feed livestock the leftover plant parts and grass from the fields, which results in nutrient-rich dung and urine that serves as an organic fertilizer for growing new crops. They then repeat the process. Over time, this revitalizes the soil’s structure and replenishes important nutrients for plants to grow, as well as provides a steady source of healthy feed for livestock.
“Conventional techniques are not sustainable. Instead of continuing business as usual, we can use this integrated farming approach to make the most of land and nutrient resources not just in India, but also potentially worldwide,” said said Lee Kheng Heng, Head of the Soil and Water Management and Crop Nutrition Section of the IAEA.
Ten other countries are now also testing, developing and implementing this integrated livestock-cropping system under the umbrella of this project. So far, in addition to the success in India, Argentina, Brazil, Indonesia, Kenya and Uganda have also been showing promising results.
“What is especially encouraging with these techniques is that they are not limited to certain geographical areas or climates. If land is suitable for crop cultivation, it’s suitable for integrated crop-livestock practices,” Heng said. “This project has demonstrated that this integrated farming approach will have a significant impact on the future of agriculture in India and worldwide.”
THE SCIENCE
To confirm the effectiveness of the integrated crop-livestock approach, scientists use nuclear techniques involving the nitrogen-15 and carbon-13 isotopes. Nitrogen-15 and carbon-13 are stable isotopes, and scientists are able to track these isotopes to measure, for example, how efficiently crops consume nitrogen.
Scientists do this by introducing samples of nitrogen-15 into the soil around the crops. Over several months they observe how much nitrogen-15 is absorbed by the plants. This provides crucial information about how efficiently the crops use the nutrients.
Similarly, scientists add samples of carbon-13 to the soil to assess soil quality. As nutrients are recycled in the soil, organic carbon content goes up. Scientists can measure the changes in organic carbon content by tracking the carbon-13.

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International

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General Interest

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