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CO2-Free Study Finds Wind/Solar Power Cheaper Than Nuclear Or CCS via Planetsave

Agora Energiewende today released the results of a cost analysis of four different CO2-free power scenarios in Europe. Says Patrick Graichen, executive director of Agora:

“Wind and solar systems will dominate the power system in increasingly more countries. The battle for the cheapest CO2-free power mix is decided. In the future wind and solar will play an ever greater role in countries across the world as a source of power.”

The German “think-&-do-tank,” funded by the Mercator Foundation and European Climate Foundation, came to two conclusions:

New wind and solar can provide carbon-free power at up to 50% lower generation costs than new nuclear or carbon capture and storage.

A reliable power system based on wind and solar with natural gas backup is 20% cheaper than a system of new nuclear power stations combined with gas.

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Agora advised last year that Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government cap aid to clean-energy developers in order to offset the costs of closing down nuclear reactors and expanding renewables. Agora commissioned this year’s study from Prognos AG, a Swiss economic research consultancy established in 1959. It is freely available on the Agora website.

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避難住民が福島第一原発を視察 via NHK News Web

東京電力福島第一原子力発電所の事故で避難を強いられている住民たちが18日、事故後、初めて原子力発電所の構内で廃炉作業の現場を視察しました。

視察を行ったのは、福島第一原発の廃炉の進め方について広く意見を聞くために福島県が組織した、 「廃炉県民会議」のメンバーです。メンバーから、実際に現場を見たうえで議論を進めたいという意見があがり、視察が行われることになったもので、原発事故 後、避難指示が出された地域に自宅がある住民7人と、県内の飲食店組合や観光協会の関係者など8人の合わせて15人が参加しました。
福島第一原発の構内にバスで入った一行は、水素爆発で建屋が壊れカバーで覆われた1号機や、使用済みプールからの核燃料の取り出し作業が進められている4号機の様子を車内から見ました。
また、汚染水から放射性物質を取り除く設備や、汚染水対策の要とされる「地下水バイパス」計画で水をくみ上げる井戸などを見て回り、施設の稼働状況などについて説明を受けていました。

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Japan Diet OKs civil nuclear pacts with Turkey, UAE via Nikkei Asian Review

TOKYO (Kyodo) – The Diet on Friday approved civil nuclear agreements with Turkey and the United Arab Emirates that will help Japan export atomic power reactors to the rapidly developing economies, in line with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s growth strategy.

The accords, both concluded last year, require the peaceful use of nuclear materials and devices provided by Japan. Their approval by the House of Councillors in a plenary session followed their endorsement by the House of Representatives earlier this month.

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In Turkey, a joint venture involving Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. has won a contract to construct an advanced nuclear power plant, while the United Arab Emirates has been building plants since 2012 and is planning to expand the project.

Japan has already concluded similar accords with 12 countries and an organization, including the United States and Britain, while negotiating with such counties as India.

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帰還住民の被ばく量 職業ごとに推計公表 via NHK News Web

原発事故で避難している福島県内の住民の帰還に向け、内閣府は、避難指示が一部で解除された田村市など3つの市と村について、住民の被ばく量を職業ごとに30のケースに分けて推定しました。
いずれも避難解除の要件とされている年間20ミリシーベルトは下回りましたが、ほとんどのケースで政府が長期的な目標としている年間1ミリシーベルトを上回りました。

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最も高かったのが、いずれの市と村でも山林で働く林業で、飯舘村で17ミリシーベルト、川内村で5.5ミリシーベルト、田村市都路地区で2.3ミリシーベルトでした。
一方、建物で過ごす時間が長い教職員の場合、飯舘村で11.2ミリシーベルト、川内村で1.8ミリシーベルト、田村市都路地区で0.7ミリシーベルトとなりました。
30のケースではいずれも、避難解除の要件とされている年間20ミリシーベルトは下回りましたが、このうち25のケースで、政府が長期的な目標としている年間1ミリシーベルトを上回りました。

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脱原発へ具体策検討 群馬大や関係企業 研究会きょう発足via 東京新聞

脱原発に向けて具体策を検討する「群馬再生可能エネルギー技術交流研究会」が十七日に発足する。群馬大や関係企業が参加し、太陽光、風力、小水力など発電技術の共同研究や事業化に取り組む。
 発起人代表は群大の根津紀久雄名誉教授。研究会は市民に向けた講演会も企画し、補助金などの情報を会員同士で交換する。
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根津名誉教授は「会員同士で知識、技術、経験を生かして意見交換してもらい、人と人とのつながりを大切にしたい。地域経済の発展と市民生活の向上につなげ、新しい道筋を示すことができれば」と意気込んでいる。

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Feds Conducting Radiation Survey in Boston Before Marathon via The Weekly Standard

The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) will spend the four days leading up to the Boston Marathon conducting a helicopter-based survey to measure naturally occurring background radiation in a ten square mile area west of downtown Boston. The measurements are being taken to “establish baseline levels [which] is a normal part of security and emergency preparedness”, especially before large public events such as the marathon.
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A Government Accountability Office (GAO) report in 2006 reported “significant benefits” to such surveys in the event of nuclear terrorism:

There are significant benefits to conducting aerial background radiation surveys of U.S. cities. Specifically, the surveys can be used to compare changes in radiation levels to (1) help detect radiological threats in U.S. cities more quickly and (2) measure contamination levels after a radiological attack to assist in and reduce the costs of cleanup efforts.

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‘No’ to telco tower via The New Straits Times

The protest was led by the Penang EMF Radiation Protection Association on Tuesday.
Association secretary Ong Bee Lay said the telecommunication tower (telco tower) was hazardous to those in the school and people who live nearby.
“We realise that schools are under pressure to adopt new technologies but based on the warning given by WHO (World Health Organisation) and members of the medical and scientific communities these towers may be harmful,” claimed Ong.
“Compulsory exposure to electromagnetic radiation in the classrooms compromises the safety of those in school.
“The warning by WHO in May 2011 claimed that microwave radiation from wireless devices and cell phones may cause cancer,” she said.
Ong said schools, parents and staff were unaware of the enormous number of scientific studies published which suggest that wireless technologies and mobile phones emit microwave/RF radiation and can pose a health risk.
“We fully support the use of computers in schools but medical experts are calling for wired technologies to be used in schools.
“Schools have a responsibility to provide a safe environment for children under their care.

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Tanjung Bungah assemblyman Tey Yee Cheu accepted the petition from the residents.

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“Though it is not fully operational I have always stated my stand against such projects in my constituency.
“Although the Penang Island Municipal Council has approved it, steps should be taken to remove it due to the residents’ discontent.
“The precautionary approach should be more advisable as the residents would be exposed to health risks round the clock,” he added.

Read more: ‘No’ to telco tower – Northern – New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/streets/northern/no-to-telco-tower-1.569841#ixzz2zCct9BUc

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Radiation-linked concerns should shift to handsets: Cellular Operators Association of India

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Radiation-linked concerns should shift to handsets: Cellular Operators Association of India via The Economic Times

NEW DELHI: India’s GSM operators want the telecom department (DoT) to drive regulation of cell tower emissions to pre-empt vested interests from derailing network expansion and hurting quality of mobile coverage.

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Tower emission fears, he said, were being unfairly stoked by “vested interests out to sell their equipment” at a time when global safety concerns revolved around the “use of mobile phones”.

Underscoring the need for uniform pan-India tower radiation norms, Mathews warned that networks would collapse if every nation or state adopted a different set of tower emission rules, given their global nature. More so, since 3G and 4G networks need more power to push mobile signals and the number of towers is linked to population density in a service area.

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Last year, the DoT had tightened tower radiation limits to 0.45 watts per sq metre, or a tenth of the current 4.5 watts per sq metre safety limit (in the 900 MHz frequency band) prescribed by International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP), the global agency that puts out norms on permissible safety limits.

Subsequently, in an advisory dated August 8, 2013, to the chief secretaries of states and union territories, the DoT had asked them to put no restrictions on tower installations in residential areas, educational institutions or hospitals as radiation concerns had been addressed by lowering limits.

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東日本大震災:福島第1原発事故 損賠訴訟 「避難中に自殺」結審 東電側、争う姿勢崩さず /福島via毎日新聞

事故後の自殺を巡り、東電を訴えた初めてのケース。2012年5月の提訴から約2年、夫の渡辺幹夫さん(63)は「東電の責任をはっきりさせたいという思いで続けてきた」と話し、東電側は自殺と原発事故の因果関係の有無や程度を争う姿勢を崩さなかった。判決は8月26日。
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避難後の体重減少や無気力、情緒不安定。振り返れば「おかしい」と思う言動はいくつもあった。でも当時、「病気」だとは考えもせず、裁判になって初めて医師の意見書で「うつ病になっても無理もない状況にあった」と知った。

 裁判では「避難中に急速に心身の不調をきたし、自殺に追い込まれた」とする原告側に対し、東電側は「因果関係は個人の性格や生活状況を総合的に判断すべきだ」などと主張し、自殺と事故の関係性の有無や程度を争ってきた。途中、裁判所は和解を提案したが、渡辺さんは「責任をあいまいにされては困る」と判決にこだわっていた。

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福島原発「廃炉」本当にできるのか!米スリーマイル島は事故から35年、いまだ原子炉解体できず via NHK

スリーマイルではメルトダウンした核燃料を取り出したものの、高い放射線量や膨大な作業コストが壁になっている。スリーマイルでの廃炉作業を記録した内部映像や証言を通して、廃炉作業とはどういうものか、何が障壁となるのかを探る。
福島第1原発からも「放射性物質の封じ込め」に苦闘する現場を伝える。燃料冷却に使った汚染水が漏れて問題になっているが、いまだ原子炉の損傷個所さえ特定できていない。「廃炉」が近隣住民にどんな影響を与えるか、事故から28年たったチェルノブイリの避難民たちの現在も探る。
*NHKスペシャル シリーズ「廃炉への道」第1 回「廃炉・果てしなき道」(仮)

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