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The Next Not-So-Cold War: As Climate Change Heats Arctic, Nations Scramble for Control and Resources 1.9.2015 Truthout - All Articles
President Barack Obama arrived in Alaska on Monday for a three-day tour during which he will become the first sitting U.S. president to visit the Alaska Arctic. On Monday, Obama highlighted the dangers posed by climate change in the region. "Arctic temperatures are rising about twice as fast as the global average," Obama said. "Over the past 60 years, Alaska has warmed about twice as fast as the rest of the United States." As the Arctic region warms, the geopolitical significance of the region is growing as new areas become reachable, spurring maritime traffic and oil drilling. Resources below the Arctic ice cap are worth over $17 trillion, the rough equivalent of the entire U.S. economy. According to investigative journalist James Bamford, the region has become the "crossroads of technical espionage" as the United States, Russia, Canada, Norway and Denmark battle for control of those resources. Bamford joins us to talk about his recent piece, "Frozen Assets: The Newest Front in Global Espionage is One ...
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Trident is too important to be used for bank holiday political football 1.9.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
George Osborne’s tactical manouvre in Scotland cheapened the upcoming nuclear defence question George Osborne didn’t give up much by way of his weekend by spending a grey and wet bank holiday Monday visiting Britain’s Trident nuclear submarine base at Faslane – where it wasn’t a bank holiday anyway. But did his blatantly tactical manoeuvre on a serious and divisive issue cost him in terms of ...
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Nuclear-Energy Official Pleads Guilty in Russian Uranium Sales Bribery Case 1.9.2015 Wall St. Journal: Policy
A Russian nuclear-energy official pleaded guilty Monday in U.S. federal court to conspiracy to commit money laundering for arranging more than $2 million in bribes to help U.S. companies do business with the Russian state-owned nuclear-energy ...
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‘Indira Gandhi planned strike on Pak. nuclear sites’ 1.9.2015 Hindu: News
Such a consideration by the then Indian Prime Minister was being made when the U.S. was in an advanced stage of providing its fighter jets F-16 to Pakistan.
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Europe’s long dry summer 1.9.2015 Guardian: Environment

An antidote to the recent rain is the August edition of Drought News from the European Commission. This details the continuous high temperatures that parts of Europe have been experiencing, along with up to 60% less rainfall.

France, Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg, Hungary, the Czech Republic, northern Italy and northern Spain experienced exceptional conditions. Temperatures topped 30C for 30 days in these countries and 40 days in Spain. This combined with lack of rain had a serious effect on vegetation and river flows.

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Exelon, Pepco to push for merger, despite roadblock 31.8.2015 Chicago Tribune: Business
Chicago-based nuclear power giant Exelon and Pepco Holdings said Monday they will push for a merger despite a ruling last week by regulators in the nation's capital that blocked the proposed $6.9 billion ...
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Are sanctions a good way to fight cybercrime? 31.8.2015 Minnesota Public Radio: Business
The Obama administration is developing a package of unprecedented economic sanctions against Chinese companies and individuals who have benefited from their government’s cybertheft of valuable U.S. trade secrets.
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The government’s efforts to kill off the solar industry and lead us to fracking hell | Letters 30.8.2015 Guardian: Environment
On 29 June the Department of Energy and Climate Change told me, on behalf of Amber Rudd, that “as you may know the government’s position remains that we are committed to seeing solar PV, including wide-scale deployment across community homes and rooftops”. On 7 July 2015 I held a party at the Oxford Ecohouse, with its 1995 first solar roof in Britain, to celebrate one million solar homes built in Britain in 20 years. DECC is now proposing to cut the feed-in tariff rates for solar PV installations by as much as 87% ( Plans for 87% solar subsidy cut ‘could kill the industry’ , 28 August). Big Energy and DECC have realised that if everyone generates their own electricity and heats their water with solar systems, there will be no markets for nuclear electricity and fracked gas. No wonder they are determined to kill off the solar industry. Solar power is citizen power, so – if you do not want a toxic nuclear future or degraded fracked landscapes and lives – keep building those solar roofs, because each single ...
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‘US considered nuclear strike against Afghanistan post 9/11’ 30.8.2015 Hindu: News
Michael Steiner, a senior German diplomat revealed that a nuclear strike against Afghanistan was on the table in Washington, in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001.Mr. Stein...
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Japan's police on alert in wake of reported yakuza group split 30.8.2015 Chicago Tribune: Nation
Japan's largest yakuza group, or crime syndicate, the Yamaguchi-gumi, marks its 100th year in business in 2015, but the group's future looks to be in doubt following two meetings this week in the western city of Kobe that apparently have split the organization in ...
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World digest: Aug. 29, 2015 30.8.2015 Washington Post: World
UKRAINEPutin doesn’t agree on why peace failedThe leaders of France, Germany and Russia backed a new cease-fire in eastern Ukraine in a three-way phone call on Saturday but offered contrasting views of why February’s peace deal is in trouble.Read full article ...
Japan's police on alert in wake of reported yakuza group split 29.8.2015 LA Times: Commentary
Japan's largest yakuza group, or crime syndicate, the Yamaguchi-gumi, marks its 100th year in business in 2015, but the group's future looks to be in doubt following two meetings this week in the western city of Kobe that apparently have split the organization in two.
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Report: In a decade (or sooner), Pakistan could be No. 3 nuclear power 27.8.2015 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Two think tanks estimate that Islamabad could have 350 warheads in the next several years, pushing past rival India and several other nations.
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Outpacing India, Pakistan may get 3rd largest nuclear arsenal: Report 27.8.2015 New Kerala: World News
Washington, Aug 27 : Far outpacing India in the development of nuclear warheads, Pakistan could have at least 350 nuclear weapons within a decade, making it the world's third largest nuclear arsenal, according to a new report.
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Report: In A Decade (Or Sooner), Pakistan Could Be No. 3 Nuclear Power 27.8.2015 NPR News
Two think tanks estimate that Islamabad could have 350 warheads in the next several year, pushing past rival India and several other nations.
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What will happen to oil and gas workers as the world turns carbon neutral? 27.8.2015 Guardian: Environment

Building a wind farm or solar energy project is nothing professionals in fossil fuels can’t manage, but there are too few programmes to help them retrain

Adriaan Kamp used to be a die-hard oilman. After 17 years at Anglo-Dutch oil company Shell, the 54-year-old Dutchman now runs a consultancy based in Oslo advising national governments on transitioning to cleaner energy.

“In 2007 to 2008, we were looking at future energy scenarios in the Shell Group [and] there was a question on my desk about how do we play with renewables,” he says. “And from there, the journey started.”

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Report: Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal could become the world’s third-biggest 27.8.2015 Washington Post: World
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — A new report by two American think tanks asserts that Pakistan may be building 20 nuclear warheads annually and could have the world’s third-largest nuclear stockpile within a decade. Read full article ...
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Review finds vulnerabilities with Hanford plant 27.8.2015 AP Washington
RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) -- A partial review of an unfinished nuclear waste treatment plant on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation found 362 vulnerabilities in its design, according to the watchdog group Hanford Challenge, which obtained a leaked copy of the review....
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Review finds vulnerabilities with Hanford plant 27.8.2015 Seattle Times: Local
A partial review of an unfinished nuclear waste treatment plant on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation found 362 vulnerabilities in its design, according to the watchdog group Hanford Challenge, which obtained a leaked copy of the review.
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Leaked report cites design flaws in plant built to treat nuclear waste 26.8.2015 Washington Post
A nearly completed government facility intended to treat the radioactive byproducts of nuclear weapons production is riddled with design flaws that could put the entire operation at risk of failure, according to a leaked internal report.Read full article ...
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