June 14, 2011
Berlusconi said on Monday, "We must probably say goodbye to the possibility of nuclear power stations and we must strongly commit ourselves to renewable energy." Shares of Italian renewable energy companies rose after his comments, made at a news conference.
The nuclear fuel in three of the reactors at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant has melted through the base of the pressure vessels and is pooling in the outer containment vessels, according to a report by the Japanese government. The findings of the report, which has been given to the International Atomic Energy Agency, were revealed by the Yomiuri newspaper, which described a "melt-through" as being "far worse than a core meltdown" and "the worst possibility in a nuclear accident." Tepco said it is trying to contain the contaminated water and prevent it from leaking into the sea, but elevated levels of radiation have been confirmed in the ocean off the plant. Studies have estimated that the cost of the accident at Fukushima may rise as high as $250 billion over the next 10 years.
All 54 of Japan's nuclear reactors may be shut by next April, adding more than $30 billion a year to the country's energy costs, if communities object to plant operating plans due to safety concerns, trade ministry officials said on Wednesday.
Imagine a country where corruption is rampant, infrastructure is very poor, or the quality of security is in question. Now what if that country built a nuclear power plant?
It may sound alarming but that is what could happen in many developing countries which are either building nuclear power plants or considering doing so - a prospect that raises serious questions after Japan's experience handling a nuclear crisis.
The NWMO is following a two-track strategy in the north. On the one hand it says that a community has to agree to “host” a nuclear dump; that there must be “informed consent”. On the other hand it works behind the scene, with multi-million dollar inducements, to make sure some people are already benefitting, while sugar-coating a nuclear dump to sound good for the north. Several Métis and First Nations leaders spoke eloquently about how NWMO’s process is undermining the duty to consult. NWMO’s deceit is starting to unravel.
US solar power will compete on price with conventional generation within three years without subsidy thanks to plummeting costs, industry leaders say.
Soaking up the sun
Ottawa Sierra Club Canada has waded into the increasingly heated debate over wind power in Ontario with a report that draws on scientific literature to counter "a campaign of fear" from wind opponents. The report, titled The Real Truth About Wind Energy, concludes there's "no evidence of significant health effects" from wind power. "A link between well-sited wind turbines and health concerns is unfounded," it flatly declares.
The new report by Clearsky Advisors demonstrates the huge economic boost Ontario is getting from the renewable energy sector - thanks to its Feed-In-Tariff (FIT) program. Some highlights:
WattsNEXT? sustainable energy contest open to all Ontarians
New website and contest tells what's watt in Ontario and gives a chance to win a $70,000 solar system!
Do you represent a business? We're asking businesses to sign the Open Letter to Ontario’s political party leaders to save the feed-in-tariff program and Samsung green energy deal. Ontario is poised to be a world leader in renewable energy energy development, already creating more than 13,000 jobs and millions of work hours for those in trades and construction. This is an enviable position that we can ill-afford to jeopardize. Please sign the letter and urge your associates to do the same. To read and sign it visit: www.citizensclimatelobby.ca/content/green-energy-act-open-letter
Background information about the Green Energy Act is available at http://citizensclimatelobby.ca/content/green-energy-act.
A Town Hall Meeting with a focus on opportunities in building the clean energy economy
Wednesday, June 15, 7-9 pm
In the Paris-London Room of the International Living Learning Centre, Ryerson University, 240 Jarvis St. (between Dundas & Gerrard), Toronto
Hon Glen R. Murray, MPP [Toronto Centre], Minister of Research and Innovation
Adriana Mugnatto-Hamu (Climate Change critic for the Green Party of Canada)
Moderator: David Macdonald (United Church of Canada Minister; former MP [Rosedale]; former chair of the standing committee on the environment (1990)
Sponsored by JustEarth (www.justearth.net)
Co-sponsors: Citizens Climate Lobby, Science for Peace, Greenspiration, Transition Toronto, Green 13
The Elliott Allen Institute for Theology & Ecology (EAITE), at St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto presents:
We are part of an immense universe and this changes everything
Wed. June 15, 7:30 p.m.
Muzzo Family Alumni Hall, Room 100, St. Michael’s College, 121 St. Joseph St., Toronto
This film project and companion book is a collaboration of evolutionary philosopher Brian Thomas Swimme and historian of religions Mary Evelyn Tucker. They weave a tapestry that draws together scientific discoveries in astronomy, geology, and biology with humanistic insights concerning the nature of the universe.
The film will be introduced by 2 highly acclaimed Thomas Berry scholars who have worked on its production and content, and will be followed by discussion.
For more info: Dennis.email@example.com Donations accepted.
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