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Britain leads race to make nuclear waste safe for 100,000 years 14.2.2016 Guardian: Environment

Boost for UK’s power industry promised by revolutionary cement

British scientists are designing a revolutionary cement that could withstand the impact of intense radiation for thousands of years. The project could prove vital in dealing with the challenges of Britain’s proposed expansion of its nuclear industry.

Related: UK radioactive waste disposal site search continues despite opposition

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Finland supports India's bid for permanent UNSC seat 13.2.2016 New Kerala: World News
Mumbai, Feb 13 : Finland on Saturday expressed its support for India's bid for a permanent seat in the UN Security Council.
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Japan tsunami five years on: share your experiences and memories 12.2.2016 The Guardian -- World Latest
We are looking to make your voice part of our coverage almost five years since the tsunami and nuclear crisis hit north-east Japan Japan is preparing to mark five years since a massive earthquake triggered a tsunami that devastated much of north-east Japan , killing more than 18,000 people and leaving many still unable to return to their coastal homes. In the run up to planned memorials, we’d like to collect some of your memories. Shocking images of 10m-high waves reverberated around the world on 11 March 2011 as the scale of the disaster became clear, with survivors describing the agonising moments relatives were swept from their grasp as livelihoods ...
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At Many Workplaces, Training For A New Threat: Active Shooters 12.2.2016 NPR News
More companies are offering employees training to deal with shooting threats at work. But it presents a dilemma: "How do you create awareness, without creating paranoia?" one expert says.
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Labour and the ‘empty swank’ of keeping Trident | Letters 12.2.2016 The Guardian -- World Latest
On 24 January 1946, the UN general assembly’s first resolution called for the complete elimination of nuclear weapons. Today, nine countries possess more than 15,000 between them, many more powerful than those dropped on Japan in 1945. In 1970, the nuclear non-proliferation treaty (NPT) came into force. This committed the five then existing nuclear weapon powers – the US, USSR (now Russia), UK, France and China, the five permanent members of the UN security council (P5) – to “pursue negotiations in good faith on effective measures relating to cessation of the nuclear arms race at an early date and to nuclear disarmament”. No such negotiations have ever taken place, nor is the NPT mentioned by Ian Jack ( Trident: the British question , 11 February). After 45 years of the P5’s failure to implement their NPT commitment, on 7 December 2015, the general assembly set up an open-ended working group (OEWG) to develop “legal measures, legal provisions and norms” for achieving a nuclear-weapon-free world. This ...
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Cantwell calls for support for Hanford 11.2.2016 AP Washington
KENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) -- Democratic Sen. Maria Cantwell of Washington is worried about an Obama administration proposal to reduce the budget for the Hanford Nuclear Reservation....
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The Country’s Top Scientists Have Some Questions for Tonight’s Debate 11.2.2016 Mother Jones
The presidential debates so far have tended more toward theater of the absurd than substantive policy issues, especially on the crowded Republican stage . But whatever you make of the candidates' discussion of other issues, it's clear that climate change has barely surfaced. An analysis by Media Matters of the first eight primary debates found that as of mid-January, a grand total of 9(!) questions about climate had been asked. That's about one-tenth the number of questions posed on "non-substantive" issues, which the group defines as "the political horserace, campaign gaffes, and other topics that are not related to any policy issue": Media Matters During last weekend's Republican debate, ABC's moderators didn't ask any questions about global warming. But they still found time to ask the candidates for their Super Bowl predictions. The lack of climate questions has been disappointing for many environmentalists and scientists, who were hoping for a clearer view of how the different candidates would (or ...
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White House wants to cut $100M from Hanford cleanup 10.2.2016 Seattle Times: Local

The Obama administration called for a decrease in spending for cleanup of defense sites such as Hanford in fiscal year 2017.
Corporate Power Doesn't Always Win: Remembering the Free Trade Area of the Americas 10.2.2016 Truthout.com
In retrospect, it sounds like a dream come true: a mobilized population, intercontinental organizing, cooperative left-wing governments - all culminating in the downfall of a major corporate-friendly trade agreement that would have covered a large chunk of the global economy. It wasn't just a dream. The proposed Free Trade Area of the Americas, or FTAA - meant to span all of North and Latin America - went down in defeat in 2005. Now, over a decade later, as we face two other upcoming trade deals - the Transpacific Partnership (TPP) uniting 12 Pacific Rim countries, and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) connecting the United States and Europe - the FTAA victory has a lot to teach us about successful social movement strategies, and the challenges of building and sustaining power. Not Just a Trade Deal In 1994, Western hemisphere elites were riding high. The North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA - which stitched the United States, Canada, and Mexico into a trade bloc - had ...
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White House proposes cutting Hanford cleanup budget 10.2.2016 AP Washington
RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) -- The Obama administration wants to spend less money on the ongoing cleanup at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation next year....
Defence production, nuclear deals between India, UAE on the cards 10.2.2016 New Kerala: World News
New Delhi, Feb 10 : A slew of agreements, including on defence equipment manufacturing and civil nuclear cooperation, are likely to be signed between India and the UAE after Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan arrives here later on Wednesday on a three-day visit.
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How to survive a global disaster: a handy guide 10.2.2016 The Guardian -- Front Page
Whether it’s a natural disaster, bioterrorist attack or pandemic, experts reckon society as we know it will collapse within 13 days of a catastrophic event. So what do you do next? On 22 June, 2013, Tara O’Toole and Thomas Inglesby of the Johns Hopkins Center for Civilian Biodefense Strategies, organised a war game like no other. The two researchers, working with an array of bodies such as the ANSER Institute for Homeland Security , set out to simulate the effects of a biological attack on the US. The project was called Operation Dark Winter . What they discovered was that the country was ill prepared to cope. Within two weeks there would be enormous civilian casualties, a catastrophic breakdown in essential institutions, and mass civil unrest. Food supplies, electricity and transport infrastructures would all ...
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Trident really is a destructive weapon – just look at the Labour party | Rafael Behr 10.2.2016 The Guardian -- Front Page
An important debate on the future of national defence has been reduced to parochial bickering. And the voters will notice A debate about nuclear weapons and national security should be hard to trivialise, yet Labour is somehow managing it. For a party that recently governed the country to look so ridiculous in the handling of something so serious demonstrates virtuosity in self-defeat. It is an ensemble performance, with some especially inept solos. On Monday night, Labour MPs heard Emily Thornberry, the shadow defence secretary , set out her position on Trident. A cold reception turned increasingly hostile, with murmurs and heckles of dissent. Some were appalled by what they judged to be her flimsy technical grasp of the brief; most were unpersuaded by the suggestion that a third way between renewal and unilateral disarmament might be available. Thornberry’s deployment of the Spitfire as an analogy for obsolescent military technology attracted particular ...
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SC sues Energy Dept over unfinished nuclear fuel project 9.2.2016 Seattle Times: Nation & World

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina has again sued the federal government over an unfinished project to convert nuclear weapons components into reactor fuel, saying in a lawsuit filed Tuesday that the administration has acted unconstitutionally in failing to complete the mixed-oxide facility by a Jan. 1 deadline. “The federal government has a responsibility to […]
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US military: Robot wars 8.2.2016 Financial Times: Analysis
More money must go to technology to confront China and Russia, say some people in the Pentagon
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Chinese, Indian border troops hold joint disaster drills 8.2.2016 Hindu: Home
"The exercises are designed to implement the Chinese-India border cooperation agreement, to jointly safeguard peace and stability in these areas," the statement said.
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Massachusetts plan could spur hydro imports to New England 7.2.2016 AP Business
BOSTON (AP) -- Tapping into Canadian hydropower is hardly a new concept in energy-starved New England. But Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker's proposal to authorize long-term contracts between utilities and hydropower producers is being viewed in some quarters as a potential game-changer for the region....
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Massachusetts plan could spur hydro imports to New England 7.2.2016 Seattle Times: Nation & World

BOSTON (AP) — Tapping into Canadian hydropower is hardly a new concept in energy-starved New England. But Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker’s proposal to authorize long-term contracts between utilities and hydropower producers is being viewed in some quarters as a potential game-changer for the region. The move is not without doubters, and the question of how […]
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Liability pact makes India-US N-deal a big deal (News Analysis) 7.2.2016 New Kerala: World News
Washington, Feb 7 : India's ratification of an international convention on nuclear energy accident liability has removed a major irritant in India-US relations and would help them unleash the full potential of the landmark India-US nuclear deal.
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New York investigates radioactive leak in groundwater near city 7.2.2016 Guardian: Environment

Governor Andrew Cuomo orders review following detection of ‘alarming levels of radioactivity’ at nuclear power plant 40 miles north of Manhattan

Radioactive material has leaked into the groundwater below a nuclear power plant north of New York City, prompting a state investigation on Saturday and condemnation from governor Andrew Cuomo.

Cuomo ordered an investigation into “alarming levels of radioactivity” found at three monitoring wells at the Indian Point energy center in Buchanan, New York, about 40 miles north of Manhattan.

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