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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Frontline: Coal's Deadly Dust


TONIGHT at 10/9c on PBS
Coal miners across Appalachia are dying from a resurgence of severe black lung disease. But could this epidemic have been prevented?

This is one of many tough questions grappled with in Coal’s Deadly Dust, a new investigation from FRONTLINE and NPR that premieres tonight on PBS. 

NPR Correspondent Howard Berkes was reporting on the disease when he received a tip about an outbreak of severe black lung — a disease that epidemiologists thought was nearly gone. Berkes met with a radiologist whose clinic was so overwhelmed with such cases, he turned to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), for answers. The NIOSH researchers found it difficult to believe what the radiologist had seen.

From 2011 to 2016, federal researchers at NIOSH had counted only 99 cases of this incurable disease nationwide; however, FRONTLINE and NPR identified more than 2,000 in Appalachia alone in the same time frame. In most cases, silica dust, not coal dust, likely played the key role.

Silica dust is known to be nearly 20 times more toxic than carbon-based coal dust — but as the film reveals, federal regulators and the mining industry never treated the lethal dust as a unique threat.

“It’s pretty difficult to hear the miners just working so hard to catch their breath and to know that the reason for that is those exposures at work that we absolutely know how to prevent,” Celeste Monforton, a former top official at the Mine Safety and Health Administration says. She adds, “It’s abundantly clear…this problem really is a silica problem…this is such a gross and frank example of regulatory failure.”

And while the mining industry and federal regulators both say they've made progress in protecting miners, there still is no plan for tougher regulation of silica at coal mines – and there are still more than 50,000 coal miners working nationwide.

Also this hour, FRONTLINE presents Targeting Yemen. Correspondent Safa Al Ahmad offers a report from on the ground in Yemen, where she investigates the escalation of the deadly U.S. fight against Al Qaeda and its lasting impact on Yemeni civilians.

Coal's Deadly Dust premieres tonight at 10 p.m. EST/9 p.m. CST, followed by Targeting Yemen. Watch on PBS stations (check local listings) or online.

Thank you for watching.

FRONTLINE Audience Engagement Specialist

EM Update | Vol. 11, Issue 3 | Jan. 22, 2019

EM Update | Vol. 11, Issue 3 | Jan. 22, 2019
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2019 – 2026 Nuclear Decommissioning Service Market with Top Prominent Key Players (Areva Group, Babcock International Group PLC, Studsvik AB, Westinghouse Electric Company), Global Analysis and Forecast to 2026 - openPR

2019 – 2026 Nuclear Decommissioning Service Market with Top Prominent Key Players (Areva Group, Babcock International Group PLC, Studsvik AB, Westinghouse Electric Company), Global Analysis and Forecast to 2026 - openPR: Press release - qyreports - 2019 ? 2026 Nuclear Decommissioning Service Market with Top Prominent Key Players (Areva Group, Babcock International Group PLC, Studsvik AB, Westinghouse Electric Company), Global Analysis and Forecast to 2026 - published on openPR.com

A law enforcement trailblazer rose from the segregated South to the elbow of presidents - The Washington Post

A law enforcement trailblazer rose from the segregated South to the elbow of presidents - The Washington Post: A retired black Secret Service agent and federal inspector general ends five decades of government service.

Op-ed: Federal shutdown devalues so-called 'non-essential' workers

Op-ed: Federal shutdown devalues so-called 'non-essential' workers: We owe it to our country to become more informed about the valuable roles our government plays.

Former U.S. Nuclear Safety Regulator Withheld Vital Aid During Fukushima Crisis, Says Top Official

Former U.S. Nuclear Safety Regulator Withheld Vital Aid During Fukushima Crisis, Says Top Official: The nuclear safety expert in charge of the U.S. government’s response to the 2011 Fukushima nuclear accident says he was denied critical resources by the former chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), Gregory Jaczko, who fueled the deadly panic and unnecessary evacuation in Japan.

Former U.S. Nuclear Safety Regulator Withheld Vital Aid During Fukushima Crisis, Says Top Official

Former U.S. Nuclear Safety Regulator Withheld Vital Aid During Fukushima Crisis, Says Top Official: The nuclear safety expert in charge of the U.S. government’s response to the 2011 Fukushima nuclear accident says he was denied critical resources by the former chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), Gregory Jaczko, who fueled the deadly panic and unnecessary evacuation in Japan.

"Serbia will be forced to build nuclear power plant" - Business & EconomyEnglish - on B92.net

"Serbia will be forced to build nuclear power plant" - Business & EconomyEnglish - on B92.net: Latest Serbia news in English, latest Kosovo news in English, Serbian economy news, Serbian business news, Serbian politics news, Balkan regional news in English

GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy Completes Decommissioning Project at Reactor in Sweden

GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy Completes Decommissioning Project at Reactor in Sweden

People tend to have strong opinions about nuclear power. Meet a few who changed their minds. | Grist

People tend to have strong opinions about nuclear power. Meet a few who changed their minds. | Grist: Here’s what we can learn from people who changed their minds on the controversial power source.

EU approves France’s plan to replace nuclear plant with 300 MW of PV – pv magazine International

EU approves France’s plan to replace nuclear plant with 300 MW of PV – pv magazine International: The European Commission said the subsidy scheme to be adopted for the project is in line with the EU state aid rules. The 40-year old Fessenheim nuclear plant has faced several safety issues over the decades.

Perry Nuclear Power Plant community forum -- an in-depth look at the questions and answers given | Business | news-herald.com

Perry Nuclear Power Plant community forum -- an in-depth look at the questions and answers given | Business | news-herald.com

Nuclear Power Market: Growth Factors, Applications, Regional Analysis, Key Players And Forecasts to 2023 – TOP Tribune

Nuclear Power Market: Growth Factors, Applications, Regional Analysis, Key Players And Forecasts to 2023 – TOP Tribune

Wylfa: 'More cash for region' over nuclear plant delay - BBC News

Wylfa: 'More cash for region' over nuclear plant delay - BBC News: About 9,000 workers had been expected to build the £13bn Wylfa Newydd plant on Anglesey.

Quarter of World's Power Could be Nuclear by 2050 Despite UK 'Disappointments' - Sputnik International

Quarter of World's Power Could be Nuclear by 2050 Despite UK 'Disappointments' - Sputnik International: Horizon Nuclear Power, a subsidiary of the Japanese conglomerate Hitachi, announced on last week it was halting construction of two new nuclear reactors at Wylfa Newydd in Wales. Sputnik spoke to Dr. Jonathan Cobb, a senior analyst with the World Nuclear Association, about the future of nuclear energy.

Is Wales the Tipping Point for Nuclear Energy?

Is Wales the Tipping Point for Nuclear Energy?: Hitachi's move to suspend plans for a nuclear power project in Wales may signal a decline for nuclear energy, but the outlook is more complicated.

Dismantling of Oskarshamn 2 internals completed - World Nuclear News

Dismantling of Oskarshamn 2 internals completed - World Nuclear News: The decommissioning of unit 2 at the Oskarshamn nuclear power plant in Sweden has passed a major milestone with the completion of the segmentation of the reactor internals.

Flamanville EPR hot tests to start next month - World Nuclear News

Flamanville EPR hot tests to start next month - World Nuclear News: Hot functional testing of the Flamanville EPR in France, which had been scheduled to start before the end of 2018, will now begin in February, EDF said yesterday. The loading of fuel into the 1650 MWe pressurised water reactor is still expected by the end of this year.

USA clears way for HALEU - World Nuclear News

USA clears way for HALEU - World Nuclear News: The US Department of Energy has completed an environmental assessment clearing the way for the fabrication of high-assay low-enriched uranium fuel for advanced nuclear reactors at the Idaho National Laboratory. Meanwhile, the US Department of Defense has issued a Request for Information for a small mobile reactor using HALEU fuel to provide electrical power in rapid response scenarios.

Nuclear fusion, a disruptive power source for crowded cities: Don Pittis | CBC News

Nuclear fusion, a disruptive power source for crowded cities: Don Pittis | CBC News: Holy grail of power generation, commercial nuclear fusion could be "a decade away" creating a new disruption not just for fossil fuels but for traditional carbon free energy systems.

Bipartisan Duo Emerges as Senate Panel Sets Course on Energy

Bipartisan Duo Emerges as Senate Panel Sets Course on Energy: Both senators come from rural, fossil-fuel-producing states with large swaths of poverty. Both have angered climate advocates. And both have backed President Donald Trump’s energy and environment nominees.

Uranium prices: projects flounder as market uncertainty continues

Uranium prices: projects flounder as market uncertainty continues: Uranium prices rose in 2018, prompting hopes for a sustained rally. But a host of factors still make the uranium market a risky bet.

Perry Nuclear Power Plant community forum -- an in-depth look at the questions and answers given | Business | news-herald.com

Perry Nuclear Power Plant community forum -- an in-depth look at the questions and answers given | Business | news-herald.com

Even Nobel Prize-Winning Physicists Need a Little Luck | Essay | Zócalo Public Square

Even Nobel Prize-Winning Physicists Need a Little Luck | Essay | Zócalo Public Square: The general public may view the scientific enterprise as rational and methodical, moving forward in an orderly, cohesive way. But science moves in fits and

No significant environmental impact of proposed INL uranium fuel processing, DOE says | Local News | postregister.com

No significant environmental impact of proposed INL uranium fuel processing, DOE says | Local News | postregister.com: The Department of Energy announced last week that processing high-assay low-enriched uranium (HALEU) stored at Idaho National Laboratory will not have a significant environmental impact.

Military eyes mobile nuclear reactor with semiautonomous operation for rapidly deployable atomic power

Military eyes mobile nuclear reactor with semiautonomous operation for rapidly deployable atomic power: U.S. military researchers are surveying industry to find companies able to develop a small mobile nuclear reactor for forward-deployed fighting forces on land and at sea

Military eyes mobile nuclear reactor with semiautonomous operation for rapidly deployable atomic power

Military eyes mobile nuclear reactor with semiautonomous operation for rapidly deployable atomic power

3019 Doomsday Clock

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists will host a live international news conference at 10 a.m. EST/1500 GMT on Thursday, January 24, 2019, to announce the 2019 time of the Doomsday Clock. The news conference will take place at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Watch the announcement live on clock.thebulletin.org, on our Facebook page, or on Twitter.

 

    Speakers for the Doomsday Clock announcement on January 24, 2019 include:
  • Jerry Brown, executive chair, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists; former Governor of California
  • William J. Perry, chair, Bulletin Board of Sponsors; former Secretary of Defense
  • Rachel Bronson, president and CEO; Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
  • Herb Lin, Bulletin Science and Security Board; Senior Research Scholar for cyber policy and security at the Center for International Security and Cooperation and Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution, both at Stanford University
  • Robert Rosner, chair, Bulletin Science and Security Board; William E. Wrather Distinguished Service Professor in the Departments of Astronomy & Astrophysics and Physics, and the Harris School of Public Policy Studies at the University of Chicago 
  • Susan Solomon, Bulletin Science and Security Board; Lee and Geraldine Martin Professor of Environmental Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Sharon Squassoni, Bulletin Science and Security Board; Research Professor of Practice at the Institute for International Science and Technology Policy, Elliott School of International Affairs, The George Washington University

 

CTO of General Fusion Forecasts Ten Years to Commercial Fusion | The Energy Collective Daily

CTO of General Fusion Forecasts Ten Years to Commercial Fusion | The Energy Collective Daily

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al Engineers (ASME) & Nuclear Energy Insider are hosting a webinar (January 29, 10am ET) on ‘Advanced Manufacturing: Cutting Schedule and Cost from SMR Construction’

As the commercialisation of SMRs rapidly approaches, costing and scheduling challenges are imminent. Tackling these issues is key to solving the deployment puzzle and unleashing the power of SMRs.
The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) & Nuclear Energy Insider are hosting a webinar (January 29, 10am ET) on ‘Advanced Manufacturing: Cutting Schedule and Cost from SMR Construction’, featuring insight from both the US and the UK.
Click here to secure your space at the webinar now
Hosted by Bob Stakenborgh, with David Gandy (EPRI), Dr Shiva Majidnia (TWI) and Dr Channa Nageswaran (TWI) all presenting, find out how to slash your schedule time and construction costs, bringing you to market faster than ever before.
Just a snapshot of what you’ll learn:
  • NuScale Reactor Vessel – Find out how EPRI can use Advanced Manufacturing to cut the NuScale Reactor Vessel construction times from 3 years to less than 1
  • ASME Codes & Standards – Focusing on boiler and pressure vessels, find out first how ASME are modifying existing codes and adding new ones, and how this will affect your business
  • Advanced Inspection Methods - Discover how TWI will implement advanced non-intrusive inspection methods, to keep your reactor in operation longer than ever before
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The Internet and Satan’s Game | Word on Fire

The Internet and Satan’s Game | Word on Fire

Monday, January 21, 2019

Why Ask What Martin Luther King Would Have Wanted? | Mary Pezzulo

Why Ask What Martin Luther King Would Have Wanted? | Mary Pezzulo: Martin Luther King was born in 1929. He would have been ninety this year. He's not a part of the distant past. To understand what he would have wanted, we just have to look at what he said, because we live in the exact same world he did.

Responding to the Controversies over my March for Life Remarks | Mary Pezzulo

Responding to the Controversies over my March for Life Remarks | Mary Pezzulo: I believe the Faith of the Church, careful reasoning, and my own eyes and ears, over what people who co-opt my religion for the sake of secular politics instruct me to pretend I see and hear

The Next US-North Korea Summit - FPIF

The Next US-North Korea Summit - FPIF: Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un are scheduled to meet again. Here are several reasons to be optimistic about next month's summit.

Atomic Show #263 - Musicians choosing to be atomic advocates - Atomic Insights

Atomic Show #263 - Musicians choosing to be atomic advocates - Atomic Insights: Forgive me, dear readers and listeners. It has been more than two months since my last post and more than 11 months since my last Atomic Show podcast. It

UN chief calls for US-N.Korea roadmap to scrap nuclear weapons

UN chief calls for US-N.Korea roadmap to scrap nuclear weapons: United Nations, United States (AFP) Jan 18, 2019 - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday urged the United States and North Korea to agree on a roadmap for serious negotiations on scrapping Pyongyang's nuclear and ballistic weapons.

Ukraine highlights role of science in nuclear sector - World Nuclear News

Ukraine highlights role of science in nuclear sector - World Nuclear News: The National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine has launched a target programme for scientific research, Nuclear and Radiation Technologies for the Energy Sector and Social Needs for 2019-2023. The resolution was adopted on 16 January, following a meeting of the presidium of the institution, chaired by its president, Boris Paton.

PG&E's Woes Have Spread to New York's ConEd, 3,000 Miles Away - Renewable Energy World

PG&E's Woes Have Spread to New York's ConEd, 3,000 Miles Away - Renewable Energy World: PG&E Corp.’s woes are spreading to the East Coast.

Trump’s Space Force is a strategic mistake - Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

Trump’s Space Force is a strategic mistake - Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists: Trump and his Space Force are changing how the world thinks about space, but not for the better.

Hitachi Halts Nuclear Megaproject In The UK | OilPrice.com

Hitachi Halts Nuclear Megaproject In The UK | OilPrice.com: In what could be another major hiccup for the nuclear power industry in the United Kingdom, Japanese tech giant Hitachi has halted its work on the Wylga Newydd project

Hitachi Freezes Plans to Build Four ABWRs in the UK | Neutron Bytes

Hitachi Freezes Plans to Build Four ABWRs in the UK | Neutron Bytes

The Inner Sanctums of Climate Change Propaganda | PSI Intl

The Inner Sanctums of Climate Change Propaganda | PSI Intl: Attention goes to Greenpeace and celebrity scientists. Far more important personages inhabit the nexus between Big Green philanthropy

Why Climate Change Isn't Science

Why Climate Change Isn't Science: There must be a nonscientific reason for the

Schumer's Green Energy Subsidies Cost Much More Than Trump's Wall

Schumer's Green Energy Subsidies Cost Much More Than Trump's Wall

The Growing Absurdities Of The German Energiewende - The Global Warming Policy Forum (GWPF)The Global Warming Policy Forum (GWPF)

The Growing Absurdities Of The German Energiewende - The Global Warming Policy Forum (GWPF)The Global Warming Policy Forum (GWPF): In Bavaria, two gas-fired power plants of the latest generation stand around as investment ruins. Nevertheless, one of the operators wants to build a third one at the same location. This can only be understood against the background of the misguided German Energiewende. At the beginning of the year, the number of successful reports on …

Trump Signs Another Bipartisan Law to Boost Advanced Nuclear | Greentech Media

Trump Signs Another Bipartisan Law to Boost Advanced Nuclear | Greentech Media

The Green New Deal Is a Trojan Horse for Socialism

The Green New Deal Is a Trojan Horse for Socialism

Japan's plans to sell nuclear plants overseas derailed | The Japan Times

Japan's plans to sell nuclear plants overseas derailed | The Japan Times: The government and related industries need to face up to the situation surrounding the nuclear power business and reassess the way forward.

Europe's New-Generation Nuclear Plants Stagger Over The Start Line | Zero Hedge

Europe's New-Generation Nuclear Plants Stagger Over The Start Line | Zero Hedge: Years late and massively over-budget, Europe’s first EPR nuclear plants in Finland and France are on the verge of “energizing”, as the sector jargon goes...

Westinghouse will provide Ukraine with its technology of nuclear fuel production to build plant - Nasalyk

Westinghouse will provide Ukraine with its technology of nuclear fuel production to build plant - Nasalyk: Ukraine has received permission from U.S.-based Westinghouse to use nuclear fuel technology in the construction of a plant, Ukraine's Minister of Energy and Coal Industry Ihor Nasalyk has said during "an hour of questions to the government" in the Verkhovna Rada.

With uranium mining under pressure, Wyoming lawmakers suggest tax cuts | Energy Journal | trib.com

With uranium mining under pressure, Wyoming lawmakers suggest tax cuts | Energy Journal | trib.com: When the uranium industry suffers, small communities near uranium mining operations in places like Converse County suffer.

Bellefonte backers say MLGW rate hikes 'fork in the road' for TVA switch - The Daily Memphian

Bellefonte backers say MLGW rate hikes 'fork in the road' for TVA switch - The Daily Memphian: The CEO of Nuclear Development LLC said Memphis is at a crossroads for a potential shift away from TVA as the city's electrical power supplier with recent rate hikes proposed by MLGW. The coming city council decision on the rate hikes could intersect with the push by Nuclear Development.

Why There Are No Nuclear Airplanes - The Atlantic

Why There Are No Nuclear Airplanes - The Atlantic: Strategists considered sacrificing older pilots to patrol the skies in flying reactors. An Object Lesson.

Plymouth Select Board OKs Entergy PILOT agreement - News - Wicked Local Plymouth - Plymouth, MA

Plymouth Select Board OKs Entergy PILOT agreement - News - Wicked Local Plymouth - Plymouth, MA

Lawmakers oppose NRC's plan to extend Seabrook license by Jan. 30 | Local News | gloucestertimes.com

Lawmakers oppose NRC's plan to extend Seabrook license by Jan. 30 | Local News | gloucestertimes.com: NEWBURYPORT — The state's two U.S. senators and U.S. Seth Moulton jointly sent a letter to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission opposing its decision to grant the owners of the Seabrook,

No ruling for now on Nevada bid to block plutonium shipments

No ruling for now on Nevada bid to block plutonium shipments: RENO, Nev. (AP) — A federal judge in Nevada said Thursday she's unlikely to decide before next month whether to block the U.S. Energy Department from shipping a metric ton of weapons-grade plutonium from South Carolina to a nuclear security site north of Las Vegas. U.S. District Judge Miranda Du expressed sympathy at times for the state's argument during an evidentiary hearing in Reno stretching nearly six hours that the federal government has failed to complete an adequate environmental review necessary to ship the radioactive material to Nevada.

DOE funding for Westinghouse accident-tolerant fuel development


DOE funding for Westinghouse accident-tolerant fuel development

http://www.world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/DOE-funding-for-Westinghouse-ATF-development

Ukraine highlights role of science in nuclear sector


Ukraine highlights role of science in nuclear sector

http://www.world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Ukraine-highlights-role-of-science-in-nuclear-sect

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Russia and Serbia to cooperate in nuclear power - World Nuclear News

Russia and Serbia to cooperate in nuclear power - World Nuclear News: Russia and Serbia have signed an intergovernmental agreement on cooperation in nuclear energy and a joint statement on strategic partnership for the construction of a centre of nuclear science, technology and innovation.

Nuclear Fusion 54 - Researchers At The U.S. Department Of Energy Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory Discover New Destabalizing Processes In Tokamaks | Nucleotidings

Nuclear Fusion 54 - Researchers At The U.S. Department Of Energy Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory Discover New Destabalizing Processes In Tokamaks | Nucleotidings

Nuclear News Roundup Jan 18, 2019 | Nucleotidings

Nuclear News Roundup Jan 18, 2019 | Nucleotidings

Radioactive Waste 371 - Deep Isolation Tests Drilling Deep Boreholes To Dispose of Spent Nuclear Fuel - Part 1 of 2 Parts | Nucleotidings

Radioactive Waste 371 - Deep Isolation Tests Drilling Deep Boreholes To Dispose of Spent Nuclear Fuel - Part 1 of 2 Parts | Nucleotidings

The next steps for Horizon - World Nuclear News

The next steps for Horizon - World Nuclear News: Horizon Nuclear Power today outlined the procedure it will follow now that its new-build projects have been suspended. The UK subsidiary of Japan’s Hitachi said it had made substantial progress with its plans to provide at least 5.4 GWe of new capacity across two sites - Wylfa Newydd and Oldbury-on-Severn.

Brian Wilson: Why ditching nuclear is bad for climate change, good for Putin - The Scotsman

Brian Wilson: Why ditching nuclear is bad for climate change, good for Putin - The Scotsman: If the UK gets rid of nuclear power, it will become more reliant on fossil fuels from Russia, writes Brian Wilson.

U.S. 'Likely to Accept N.Korea as Nuclear Power' - The Chosun Ilbo (English Edition): Daily News from Korea - National/Politics > Politics

U.S. 'Likely to Accept N.Korea as Nuclear Power' - The Chosun Ilbo (English Edition): Daily News from Korea - National/Politics > Politics: U.S. 'Likely to Accept N.Korea as Nuclear Power'

Israel Began Nuclear Weapons Program Without Telling Gov't, Knesset, Memos Show - The Ghana Guardian News

Israel Began Nuclear Weapons Program Without Telling Gov't, Knesset, Memos Show - The Ghana Guardian News: Israel's longstanding policy has been to neither admit nor deny that the country has nuclear weapons. However, estimates by reputable intelligence companies suggest the country has between 80 and 400 nuclear warheads, making it the only nuclear-armed state in the Middle East.Tel Aviv began work on ...

Federal Plan Could Reclassify Hanford Nuclear Waste . News | OPB

Federal Plan Could Reclassify Hanford Nuclear Waste . News | OPB

U.S. nuclear innovation act becomes law » Kallanish Energy News

U.S. nuclear innovation act becomes law » Kallanish Energy News: Bipartisan legislation modernizing U.S. nuclear regulation and supporting the establishment of a licensing framework for next-generation advanced reactors has been signed by President Trump.

Book World: Former NRC chairman's reckoning with his rocky tenure and resignation - Alton Telegraph

Book World: Former NRC chairman's reckoning with his rocky tenure and resignation - Alton Telegraph

NRC Begins Assessment of the Power Reactor Cyber Security Program - Lexology

NRC Begins Assessment of the Power Reactor Cyber Security Program - Lexology: Staff members from the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC’s) Office of Nuclear Security and Incident Response and Office of Nuclear Reactor…

Nuclear plants — and inspectors — continue to work through shutdown | Energy News Network

Nuclear plants — and inspectors — continue to work through shutdown | Energy News Network: The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is fully funded through 2019 and not affected by the partial government shutdown.

Lawmakers oppose NRC's plan to extend Seabrook license by Jan. 30 | Local News | newburyportnews.com

Lawmakers oppose NRC's plan to extend Seabrook license by Jan. 30 | Local News | newburyportnews.com: NEWBURYPORT — The state's two U.S. senators and Congressman Seth Moulton jointly sent a letter to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission opposing its decision to grant the owners of the Seabrook

Living the Nuclear Past–and Future – LobeLog

Living the Nuclear Past–and Future – LobeLog: by Susan Southard Landing at Nagasaki Airport last November, I joined a line of Japanese men, women, and children waiting to disembark from our plane. Most were likely returning home on this holida…

The Attack on Iran that Wasn’t – LobeLog

The Attack on Iran that Wasn’t – LobeLog: by Shemuel Meir The title of Ehud Barak’s recently published autobiography My Country, My Life declares that it is a book not just about Barak’s life, but also a first person account of some the mo…

Apophis asteroid could strike Earth in 2068, warn Russian scientists — RT World News

Apophis asteroid could strike Earth in 2068, warn Russian scientists — RT World News: The ominously-named Apophis asteroid could have hundreds of opportunities to hit the Earth over the course of the next century, Russian scientists have warned.

Trump’s Space Force: Nuclear Lunacy | naked capitalism

Trump’s Space Force: Nuclear Lunacy | naked capitalism: Why Trump's effort to revive Reagan's "Star Wars" vaporware increases the risk of nuclear war.

Bishop Barron's Gospel Reflection January 19, 2019

Saturday, January 19, 2019
First Week in Ordinary Time
Mark 2:13-17
Friends, today’s Gospel recounts Jesus’ banqueting with Matthew and his friends after he calls him to be a disciple. The very first thing that Jesus does is to invite Matthew into intimacy with him, reclining around a table for a meal with friends.

In this account, the Pharisees see Matthew’s intimacy with Jesus and they comment, "Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?" Notice that it never occurs to them that the influence might move from Jesus to the sinners rather than from the sinners to Jesus.

And then Jesus’ wonderful comment: "Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do. I did not come to call the righteous but sinners." He is admitting that Matthew and his fellows are sinners. He is not in the least "soft" on sin. But he has come to bring precisely such people into intimacy with him.

Saturday of the First Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 310

Reading 1 Heb 4:12-16

The word of God is living and effective,
sharper than any two-edged sword,
penetrating even between soul and spirit,
joints and marrow,
and able to discern reflections and thoughts of the heart.
No creature is concealed from him,
but everything is naked and exposed to the eyes of him
to whom we must render an account.

Since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens,   
Jesus, the Son of God,
let us hold fast to our confession.
For we do not have a high priest
who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses,
but one who has similarly been tested in every way,
yet without sin.
So let us confidently approach the throne of grace
to receive mercy and to find grace for timely help.

Gospel Mk 2:13-17

Jesus went out along the sea.
All the crowd came to him and he taught them.
As he passed by, he saw Levi, son of Alphaeus,
sitting at the customs post.
Jesus said to him, "Follow me."
And he got up and followed Jesus.
While he was at table in his house,
many tax collectors and sinners sat with Jesus and his disciples;
for there were many who followed him.
Some scribes who were Pharisees saw that Jesus was eating with sinners
and tax collectors and said to his disciples,
"Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?"
Jesus heard this and said to them,
"Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do.
I did not come to call the righteous but sinners."

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time: Expecting extravagance | National Catholic Reporter

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time: Expecting extravagance | National Catholic Reporter: "There's nothing worth doing that isn't worth overdoing." Thus spoke one of my delightfully irreverent college friends. Impudent as that sounds, it echoes one commentary about the first of Jesus' sign...

The shabbiest U.S. president ever is an inexpressibly sad specimen - The Washington Post

The shabbiest U.S. president ever is an inexpressibly sad specimen - The Washington Post: What a misery it must be to be Donald Trump.

Eisenhower’s Nightmare, Nukes-In-Space Edition | The American Conservative

Eisenhower’s Nightmare, Nukes-In-Space Edition | The American Conservative

Could the pope’s call to end the death penalty keep Catholics off juries? - The Washington Post

Could the pope’s call to end the death penalty keep Catholics off juries? - The Washington Post: “Death qualified” juries shield capital punishment from social change

Everyone needs to listen to this song dedicated to Our Lady

Everyone needs to listen to this song dedicated to Our Lady

Exclusive photos: A march unlike any other

Exclusive photos: A march unlike any other

Israeli officials discount U.S. concerns over China: 'The security warnings are a joke' - Business - Haaretz.com

Israeli officials discount U.S. concerns over China: 'The security warnings are a joke' - Business - Haaretz.com

Germany and China pledge to open markets, deepen financial cooperation

Germany and China pledge to open markets, deepen financial cooperation

14 Mind-Blowing Signs at March for Life 2019 | Matthew Schneider

14 Mind-Blowing Signs at March for Life 2019 | Matthew Schneider: On Friday, January 18, thousands in the pro-life movement marched in DC for an end to abortion. I took pictures of some of the best signs. Here you go (titles link to Tweets). 1. This woman is glad she walked out of an abortion clinic 2. The way we respect different forms of life should lead us to respect unborn

One Friday in April, 1968 | A Class Divided | FRONTLINE | PBS | Official Site

One Friday in April, 1968 | A Class Divided | FRONTLINE | PBS | Official Site: The story behind Jane Elliot's "brown eyes/blue eyes" experiment.

(33) A Class Divided (full film) | FRONTLINE - YouTube

(33) A Class Divided (full film) | FRONTLINE - YouTube

Friday, January 18, 2019

As reproductive technology outpaces US immigration law, families struggle to stay together.


As reproductive technology outpaces US immigration law, families struggle to stay together. 
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Westinghouse Awarded $93.6M To Support EnCore Fuel Development - News - Nuclear Power News - Nuclear Street - Nuclear Power Plant News, Jobs, and Careers

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The IAEA and Climate Change: Adaptation, Monitoring and Mitigation

The IAEA and Climate Change: Adaptation, Monitoring and Mitigation

From the IAEA Bulletin
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The IAEA has assisted Sudan in using nuclear technologies to combat the effects of climate change. (Photo: N. Jawerth/IAEA)
Climate change is one of the biggest environmental challenges affecting humanity today, causing a dangerous rise in sea levels and disturbances to the water cycle and leading to more frequent extreme weather events. The IAEA helps Member States combat climate change on a variety of fronts: mitigating the production and release of greenhouse gases (GHGs) and monitoring and adapting to their negative effects.
Atmospheric levels of GHGs have fluctuated for billions of years, primarily due to natural orbital, solar and volcanic activities. Since the middle of the eighteenth century, anthropogenic factors have steadily increased the concentration of CO2 in the Earth’s atmosphere, from approximately 278 parts per million to over 400 parts per million as of 2016, according to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. This is in addition to substantial increases in the concentration of other potent GHGs, including methane and nitrous oxide.
Dealing with the effects of climate change is not just one country’s problem — it’s the problem of the entire planet. That is why the IAEA supports its Member States in enhancing understanding of how nuclear science and technology can offset some of the consequences of climate change.
Martin Krause, Director, Department of Technical Cooperation, IAEA
“Dealing with the effects of climate change is not just one country’s problem — it’s the problem of the entire planet,” said Martin Krause, Director at the IAEA’s Department of Technical Cooperation. “That is why the IAEA supports its Member States in enhancing understanding of how nuclear science and technology can offset some of the consequences of climate change.”

Adaptation

Some of the most acute effects of climatic changes are global increases in water scarcity and food shortages, the loss of biodiversity and more frequent climate-induced natural disasters. Unseasonably high temperatures in winter and spring, unpredictable weather and very short rainy seasons contribute to water scarcity in many regions. This, in turn, greatly affects agricultural systems, global food chains and, in particular, small-scale farmers and herders.
To help communities and countries adapt, the IAEA supports activities in plant breeding, soil and crop management, livestock production and insect pest control. For example, Sudan is using nuclear science and IAEA assistance to help more than 35 million people cope with climate change. Activities include breeding new plant varieties that are drought and heat tolerant; setting up and optimizing irrigation systems that save water and fertilizer as well as improving crop yields; and combating disease-carrying insects with a nuclear-based insect pest control method called the sterile insect technique (SIT).

Monitoring

As the international community works towards long term solutions to the consequences of climate change, reliable data on how GHGs cause the changes occurring on land, in the oceans and throughout the atmosphere are critical. The IAEA uses a variety of nuclear techniques, primarily isotopic, to identify and monitor the risks and threats associated with GHG emissions, and then shares that data with Member States to help further research and the formulation of sustainable climate policies. Costa Rica, for example, has worked with the IAEA to quantify carbon capture and monitor GHG emissions from the dairy and agricultural sectors. Data that Costa Rican scientists gain from stable isotope analysers, which help quantify carbon emissions, facilitate efforts to move farming towards carbon neutrality.

Mitigation

Mitigating climate change is the long term goal, which requires approaches and technology that will reduce GHG emissions. The IAEA provides support to Member States to assess the development of their energy systems and helps them study how nuclear energy could play a role in energy generation. A well-informed and knowledgeable group of professionals is essential to develop and maintain sustainable national energy policies.
The IAEA is conducting a coordinated research project with Member States on how domestic energy policies can contribute towards countries’ obligations under the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change. Through adaptation to and monitoring of the adverse consequences of climate change and the mitigation of GHG emissions, the IAEA works with its Member States to preserve and restore the environment and protect energy systems from climate-related weather events and disasters.
The IAEA helps countries use nuclear science and technology to combat climate change. (Infographic: R. Kenn/IAEA)
The role the IAEA plays in simultaneously mitigating the production and release of greenhouse gases (GHGs) and monitoring and adapting to their negative effects is a topic experts discussed during the IAEA's 2018 Scientific Forum. See more information about the Forum, titled Nuclear Technology for Climate: Mitigation, Monitoring and Adaptation, here.