July 8, 2011
Dosimeters to be given to 34,000 children in city 45 miles from Tepco plant after high radiation readings
Soil radiation 40 miles from Japan's stricken nuclear plant is above levels that prompted resettlement after the Chernobyl disaster.
Decline in support for nuclear
Supporters of nuclear are rich men
In New Mexico, an out-of-control wildfire that began Sunday has already burned nearly 80 square miles and is a mile or less from Los Alamos National Laboratory, home to a nuclear weapons plutonium facility.
Note: We think the fires have recede, thank goodness.-a
Extreme weather may be no match for our aging nuclear fleet and that's bad news millions of Americans who live nearby.
“The German government has been very emphatic on trying to reduce energy consumption, so energy efficiency is going to be very important, and to expand the development to renewable technologies, specifically wind and solar. So the anticipation is that nuclear will gradually phase out and that renewables will take up a larger and larger share of the power generation.”
4 min. news video report: http://www.bloomberg.com/video/70329988/#ooid=xsOWNoMjoyPngmZeQYAHcIf4bjuYEAQC
Reprocessing spent fuel does not eliminate the need for a geological repository -- or ease the challenge of identifying suitable sites.
The Onion (humour)
Panelists debate whether the U.S. is doing enough to heed the warnings of coal industry scientists who say turbines could blow the Earth right into the sun.
3 minute video: http://www.theonion.com/video/in-the-know-coal-lobby-warns-wind-farms-may-blow-e,20876/
Ontario has had a surge in renewable power generation over the last several years, which has resulted in numerous benefits for the province, including thousands of green jobs, and cleaner air and water. However, this green energy expansion has met with some resistance, and many people are claiming that it is just too expensive. A new study released by the Pembina Institute called Behind the Switch: pricing Ontario electricity options shows that this simply isn't the case.
The report concludes that maintaining the renewable energy portfolio will likely only result in an increase of $4/month on Ontario electricity bills 10 years down the road. This seems to be a very minor investment for a very large dividend: moving away from dirty coal and nuclear towards a greener future.
Read Behind the Switch: pricing Ontario electricity options
Read the Star article: Don't blame green power: energy bills rising anyway, study says
Ottawa Citizen: Bills increasing due to upgrading system, not green energy subsidies, report finds
Pembina's Tim Weis talks about the findings
Ripley-area farmer and wind energy supporter Jutta Splettstoesser noted an Ipsos Reid poll conducted last July that surveyed 1,361 adults across Ontario and indicated 89% of those surveyed support wind energy in their region of the province.
To the alternative energy industry, Colby's conclusions buttressed claims that wind turbines are a benign presence. But to the industry's foes, he has become a lightning rod, opening him to attacks on his research and his integrity.
The first, 100%-owned First Nation solar farm in Ontario is already to gear up and produce power once given the final Hydro One go ahead, says Alderville First Nation Chief Jim Bob Marsden. The large project includes about 24,000 solar panels on ground-mounted posts, although there may be a pilot project of moveable panels with project partner, SilFab, an Ontario manufacturer of solar panels, Marsden said.
Steam Powered Theatre is pleased to announce the premiere of:
at the 2011 Toronto Fringe Festival - July 7-17
It is May 21, 1946, at the Los Alamos Research Facility, less than a year after the atomic bomb levels Hiroshima. Canadian Physicist, Louis Slotin, is training his replacement. During the testing of a 'demon-core', the highly reactive centre of a nuclear bomb, the plutonium goes critical and Louis is exposed to a lethal dose of radiation poisoning. Oh, and his replacement is sleeping with his wife.
For details, dates, location: http://www.steampoweredtheatre.com/Site/Home.html
Wed. July 13, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
MaRS Discovery District, Atrium, 101 College, Toronto
Join John Podesta in a discussion about how Ontario and other jurisdictions should be positioning themselves in the global race towards clean energy. Mr. Podesta is President and CEO of the Centre for American Progress and Chief of Staff to US President Clinton, and has served on the US National Security Council and also as co-chair of President Obama’s transition.
Sponsored by Environmental Defence, WWF, BlueGreen Canada, and MaRS
Thur. July 14
6 p.m. – pre-film live music concert with musicians Glen Alan, Mark Cassidy, Jessica Speziale and No Nonsense A Cappella
7 p.m. - Two Award-winning documentaries, The End Of Suburbia (54 min.) and Petropolis(43 min.)
at Rainbow Cinemas Market Square (80 Front Street East), Toronto
Toronto filmmaker Gregory Greene (Director of The End Of Suburbia) will be in attendance for a post screening Q&A.
Co-hosted by The Toronto Dollar and Transition Toronto. Presented by MINT Film Festival: www.mintff.org
All-purpose cards, blank inside. Original drawings illustrate some ways to deal with climate change such as solar, wind and planting trees.
Printed on FSC paper from responsible sources
Cost for 8 cards/envelopes: $10 (plus shipping)
Produced by Shirley Farlinger and The Climate Change Card Company. Drawings by Don Morrison.
To order contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Send a letter now to Premier Dalton McGuinty and Conservative Leader Tim Hudak and ask them for assurances that SNC Lavalin – or any other nuclear provider – not be allowed to pass its cost overruns onto taxpayers and ratepayers. It’s your money – make your voice heard now before new nuclear contracts are signed. http://www.cleanairalliance.org/aecl
Send a letter now to Environment Minister John Wilkinson and provincial party leaders calling for a ban on coal-fired electricity exports. http://www.cleanairalliance.org/wilkinson_letter
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