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Climate goals call for speedier expansion of nuclear power

World Nuclear News - Wed, 06/22/2016 - 09:59
Despite challenging market conditions, the global nuclear industry delivered a strong operating performance and improvements in construction times of new reactors in 2015, according to a new report from the World Nuclear Association. The report says that if the world is to meet its climate change targets then the rate of new build will need to accelerate.

‘Climate change’ not the cause: DNA results prove so-called polar bear hybrid was a ‘blonde grizzly’ – Activists & media, ‘now have egg on their faces’

Climate Depot - Wed, 06/22/2016 - 09:18
All the hubris last month about polar bear x grizzly hybrids, based on an unusual-looking bear killed near Arviat, has turned out to be wishful thinking by those who’d like to blame everything to do with polar bears on climate change. An awful lot of “experts” now have egg on their faces. That “hybrid” was [...]

Climate Activist: Civil Unrest from Weather, Food Scarcity Played Role in Arab Spring, Syrian Conflict

Climate Depot - Wed, 06/22/2016 - 09:10
(CNSNews.com) – At a discussion on climate change and food security on Tuesday, an advocate of their connection to national security said both played a role in the unrest and violence taking place across the Middle East and in parts of Africa, and claimed they also affected the French Revolution and the parting of the Red [...]

Pre-order ‘Climate Hustle’ on DVD & Blu-Ray

Climate Depot - Wed, 06/22/2016 - 09:05
Pre-order Climate Hustle on DVD & Blu-Ray! Friend, Climate Hustle is now available to pre-order on DVD and Blu-Ray! Audiences packed theaters across the U.S. for Climate Hustle’s one-night theater event. Since then, CFACT has been deluged by people asking just one simple question: How can I get my own copy of the film? Well [...]

Brazil to export enriched uranium

World Nuclear News - Wed, 06/22/2016 - 07:09
Industrias Nucleares do Brasil (INB) is to export its first enriched uranium under a contract signed with Argentine state company Combustibles Nuclear Argentinos SA (Conuar). The agreement will see the export of four tonnes of uranium dioxide powder for use in the first fuel load for the Carem modular reactor.

Contract for Tianwan III nuclear islands

World Nuclear News - Wed, 06/22/2016 - 02:31
A contract has been signed for the civil construction of the nuclear islands of Phase III of the Tianwan nuclear power plant in Jiangsu province. Construction of unit 5 has already begun, while that of unit 6 is scheduled to start next year.


Climate Science International - Tue, 06/21/2016 - 17:55

June 19, 2016: "California's state religion," by Joel Kotkin, R.C. Hobbs Presidential Fellow in Urban Futures at Chapman University, published in Orange County Register, Santa Ana, California.

"History is replete with stories of decline brought on by enforced official orthodoxy, from Byzantium to China’s Qing dynasty, the Spain of the Inquisition, Nazi Germany, the Soviet Union or the current religious autocracies of the contemporary Middle East. As we seek to limit options and ways of thought about everything from marriage and bathrooms to how the planet operates, we don’t just persecute dissenters. We also undermine our ability to innovate, adapt and evolve as a society."

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‘Going solar isn’t green if you cut down tons of trees’: Six Flags ‘to level 66 acres of trees’ to make room for solar panels

Climate Depot - Tue, 06/21/2016 - 15:48
It’s music to an environmentalist’s ears: Six Flags Great Adventure wants to power its park with solar energy by installing a solar panel farm on a portion of the 134 acres of land it owns in Jackson, New Jersey. But as the company spells out its plan, the needle scratches across the record: To make room for [...]

EPA chief: ‘Get out of that telephone booth where…climate deniers hang out’

Climate Depot - Tue, 06/21/2016 - 13:35
Speaking at MC Greenfest, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy insists that climate change is “happening now.” McCarthy: “You just need to get out of that telephone booth where other climate deniers hang out and open your eyes and see what’s happening.” ADMINISTRATOR GINA MCCARTHY: “They happen to be the most vulnerable when climate change happens. And, [...]

Alex Epstein: ‘First The Government Went After ExxonMobil — Now They’re Going After Me’

Climate Depot - Tue, 06/21/2016 - 12:33
Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey is persecuting ExxonMobil XOM +0.42% and now me for having opinions on fossil FOSL +1.56% fuels she disagrees with. My company, the Center for Industrial Progress, is one of the 12 cited in the new subpoena of Exxon, meaning that Exxon is supposed to release any private or confidential correspondence [...]

Obama: Rising Seas Could Swallow STATUE OF LIBERTY, Ellis Island

Climate Depot - Tue, 06/21/2016 - 11:06
Video-Climate change is threatening to submerge the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, Pres. Obama warned Monday in a speech at Yosemite National Park. Climate change is also causing birds to fly north when the weather gets hot, Obama cautioned. As a result, rising seas threaten to engulf “icons like the Statue of Liberty,” Obama [...]

Areva TN opens concrete component facility

World Nuclear News - Tue, 06/21/2016 - 10:02
Areva TN has opened a new facility for casting concrete components for its NUHOMS horizontal storage modules for used nuclear fuel.

Adult pelvic change: An evolutionary side effect [Letters (Online Only)]

PNAS Early Edition Articles - Tue, 06/21/2016 - 09:36
In their interesting article, Huseynov et al. (1) propose the “developmental obstetric dilemma (DOD) hypothesis,” which posits that human pelvic morphology reflects the changing obstetric needs during a female’s lifetime. In particular, the authors state that the female pelvis reaches its “obstetrically most adequate morphology” during peak fertility, around the...

Developmental obstetric dilemma (DOD) hypothesis [Letters (Online Only)]

PNAS Early Edition Articles - Tue, 06/21/2016 - 09:28
In our study on human pelvic development (1), we propose two hypotheses explaining the narrowing of the female pelvis during postreproductive life. Hypothesis 1 proposes ultimate, evolutionary causes, reflecting selective pressures acting on postreproductive life. Hypothesis 2 proposes proximate, developmental causes, reflecting reduced estrogen levels during postreproductive life. Mitteroecker and...

Phytochrome effects on biomass and metabolism [Plant Biology]

PNAS Early Edition Articles - Tue, 06/21/2016 - 09:08
Plants sense the light environment through an ensemble of photoreceptors. Members of the phytochrome class of light receptors are known to play a critical role in seedling establishment, and are among the best-characterized plant signaling components. Phytochromes also regulate adult plant growth; however, our knowledge of this process is rather...
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