Physician and public health activist Jeffrey Patterson, who joined us in The Atomic Age Symposium in May 2012, passed away on January 23, 2014. The symposium would not have been the same without Dr. Patterson and his passionate presentation, and each and every member involved in the Atomic Age project mourns his passing. May his soul rest in peace.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Read more: ‘No’ to telco tower – Northern – New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/streets/northern/no-to-telco-tower-1.569841#ixzz2zCcbrVS3
Tanjung Bungah assemblyman Tey Yee Cheu accepted the petition from the residents.
Read more: ‘No’ to telco tower – Northern – New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/streets/northern/no-to-telco-tower-1.569841#ixzz2zCclPJ9W
“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
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.
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.
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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