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At Babcock & Wilcox, Big Risks Go Up in Smoke 30.6.2015 Wall St. Journal: US Business
The split at power-plant builder Babcock & Wilcox shows how U.S. companies are tightening their focuses and scaling back riskier long-term bets in an era of activist shareholders demanding action to boost returns.
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Idaho aquifer decline could hinder radioactive monitoring 29.6.2015 AP Washington
BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- A continued drop in underground water levels could make it more difficult to monitor the movement of radioactive contamination in an aquifer below an eastern Idaho nuclear facility, scientists say....
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Germany's oldest remaining nuclear plant shuts down 28.6.2015 AP Business
BERLIN (AP) -- Germany's oldest remaining nuclear reactor has been shut down, part of a move initiated four years ago to switch off all its nuclear plants by 2022....
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Navy stealthily targets Hood Canal development 28.6.2015 Seattle Times: Top stories
The U.S. Navy has quietly restricted development across thousands of acres of water and land near Hood Canal in western Puget Sound. Last year, in the name of national security, the Navy may have gone too far.
Merkel faces Greek challenge with strong political capital 27.6.2015 AP Business
BERLIN (AP) -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel has emerged undamaged from the global financial crisis, European bailouts, an astonishing U-turn on nuclear power and the crisis over Ukraine....
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Super Mario Bros meets House of Cards: the European Council's badge system 25.6.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
If you thought bureaucracy in the European Union was complicated already you might need to sit down to hear about this ... When they arrive at the Justus Lipsius building in Brussels for a crucial summit on Thursday, Angela Merkel, David Cameron and the 26 other EU leaders will have no need of a badge. They will be given a pin instead. It provides access to all areas, including to an undisclosed safe room in the remote case of an emergency (a bit like in Homeland. Or Josh Lyman’s nuclear emergency card in the first series of The West Wing). Everybody else involved in the European Council (Euco) meeting has to make do with a badge. How good that badge is – how many doors it will open and how many floors of the building remain off-limits in spite of it – is largely communicated by its colour. Gold, for instance, gets you to the “80th floor” (which, depending on how you count it, is actually the seventh floor). This is where you want to be. It is where stuff gets decided. But the most important perk is ...
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Group seeks better deal on San Onofre closure 25.6.2015 LA Times: Business
The San Francisco consumer group that helped broker the $4.7-billion deal dividing costs for the shutdown of the San Onofre nuclear plant said Wednesday that it no longer supports the agreement and called on regulators to reopen talks.
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‘Red’ Ray Davies obituary 24.6.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

My husband, “Red” Ray Davies, who has died aged 85, was a Caerphilly county councillor and tireless peace activist whose energy and passion for justice were unabated to the end.

Ray was born during the depression in the Welsh mining village of Llanbradach to George Davies, a collier, who was blacklisted for his union activities, and his wife Winifred (nee Bate). Ray experienced hunger and disease during his childhood, including TB and diphtheria. The fire in his belly was ignited by the loss of his mother, who died in childbirth, for lack of a hospital bed or a blood transfusion.

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Fukushima Still Roils Toshiba 23.6.2015 Wall St. Journal: US Business
An accounting probe shows that Toshiba continues to struggle with the financial aftereffects of the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster.
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White House: Failure to act on climate could cost 57,000 lives by 2100 22.6.2015 Chicago Tribune: Nation
The Obama administration argues in a new report that failure to act on climate change could cause an estimated 57,000 deaths in the United States from poor air quality by 2100. It says an estimated 12,000 people in 49 U.S. cities could die from extreme temperatures in ...
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Key U.S. commander leaves Middle East after reprimand for misconduct 22.6.2015 Chicago Tribune: Nation
A key Army commander in the U.S. war against the Islamic State has been reprimanded by the Pentagon for steering a defense contract to a firm run by two of his former classmates at West Point, becoming the latest high-ranking officer to land in trouble for personal ...
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China's Communist-Capitalist Ecological Apocalypse 21.6.2015 Truthout - All Articles
331 394 *Projected Chinese consumption in 2035 is calculated assuming per-capita consumption will be equal to the current US level, based on projected GDP growth of 8 percent annually. Latest year figures for grain, oil, coal, fertilizer and paper are from 2008. Latest year figures for meat and steel are from 2010. Source: Earth Policy Institute, 2011 How can this happen? What would the rest of the world live on? Already, as resource analyst Michael Klare reviews in his latest book, The Race for What's Left (2012), around the world existing reserves of oil, minerals and other resources "are being depleted at a terrifying pace and will be largely exhausted in the not-too-distant future." B. Airpocalypse Now Decades of coal-powered industrialization combined with the government-promoted car craze since the 1990s have brought China the worst air pollution in the world. Scientists have compared north China's toxic smog to a "nuclear winter" and the smog is also sharply reducing crop yields. Lung cancer is ...
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Tobias Jones Q&A: ‘When you’ve got lice or nits in your hair, are you allowed to kill them?’ 21.6.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest
Tobias Jones talks about the communal refuge he runs, the criteria for allowing newcomers in and the effect of his faith • Book extract: ‘Communalism can be an antidote to the sadnesses and sorrows of modern life’ Early on in the book, you say that you and your wife, Francesca, opened your house to others “not because of a feeling of superiority, but because of identification”… In my early 20s, I had a pretty acute breakdown. It felt like I’d been skinned alive and I used to sit in an armchair for hours just trying to build up the energy to make a cup of tea. But I remember, too, the exemplary kindness of people who helped me through. That makes it easier for me to understand something of what people are going through here and, hopefully, to pass on some of the kindness that I received. How do people find their way to you? Some of them are referred: many from mental health teams around Somerset and Wiltshire, many from GPs’ surgeries, from rehabs and local and national charities, from parole officers, ...
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'If I burn out, I burn out': meet Taylor Wilson, nuclear boy genius 20.6.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
He fused the atom at 14, has advised the US government on counter-terrorism and plans to beat cancer – and he’s still only 21. What scares Taylor Wilson? Asking a girl for her number ... Taylor Wilson has a Geiger counter watch on his wrist, a sleek, sporty-looking thing that sounds an alert in response to radiation. As we enter his parents’ garage and approach his precious jumble of electrical equipment, it emits an ominous beep. Wilson is in full flow, explaining the old-fashioned control panel in the corner, and ignores it. “This is one of the original atom smashers,” he says with pride. “It would accelerate particles up to, um, 2.5m volts – so kind of up there, for early nuclear physics work.” He pats the knobs. It was in this garage that, at the age of 14, Wilson built a working nuclear fusion reactor, bringing the temperature of its plasma core to 580mC – 40 times as hot as the core of the sun. This skinny kid from Arkansas, the son of a Coca-Cola bottler and a yoga instructor, experimented for ...
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Russia, Saudi Arabia sign n-cooperation agreement 18.6.2015 New Kerala: World News
St. Petersburg, June 18 : Both Russia and Saudi Arabia signed an inter-governmental agreement on Thursday on cooperation in nuclear energy for peaceful purposes during the International Economic Forum here.
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The scare over MRSA in pork shows responsible farming isn’t a luxury – it’s a necessity | Joanna Blythman 18.6.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
The discovery of the superbug due to massive overuse of antibiotics on farms means we have a clear choice – we pay for meat with our cash or our health

Related: What is the superbug LA-MRSA CC398 and why is it spreading on farms?

To say that you boycott factory-farmed meat, and only buy organic, or grass-fed or free-range, has until now, instantly identified you in many people’s minds as one of the neurotic rich – someone with not enough else to worry about.

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The Guardian view on Laudato Si’: Pope Francis calls for a cultural revolution | Editorial 18.6.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
The pope links the destruction of the environment with the exploitation of the poor. The world should pay attention Pope Francis’s encyclical on climate change, Laudato Si’, is the most astonishing and perhaps the most ambitious papal document of the past 100 years, since it is addressed not just to Catholics, or Christians, but to everyone on earth. It sets out a programme for change that is rooted in human needs but it makes the radical claim that these needs are not primarily greedy and selfish ones. We need nature, he says, and we need each other. Our need for mutuality, and for giving, is just as real as the selfish aspects of our characters; the need for awe and stillness in front of nature is just as profound as any other human need. The care of nature and the care of the poor are aspects of the same ethical commandment, and if we neglect either one we cannot find peace. The environment, in the pope’s use of the word, is not something out there: nature as opposed to the human world. The term ...
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Fukushima power plant operator 'knew of need to protect against tsunami' 18.6.2015 Guardian: Environment

Revelation casts doubt on Tepco’s claim that it had taken every possible action to protect the plant which suffered meltdown in 2011 disaster

The operator of Japan’s ruined Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant was aware of the need to improve the facility’s defences against tsunami more than two years before the March 2011 disaster but failed to take action, according to an internal company document.

The revelation casts doubt on claims by Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco) that it had done everything possible to protect the plant, which suffered a triple meltdown after being struck by a towering tsunami.

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Cutting the onshore wind subsidy is perverse nimbyism | Polly Toynbee 18.6.2015 Guardian: Comment is Free
The planet is warming at record rates, yet the Tories’ reckless loyalty to its shire heartlands takes precedence over policy, science and economics Today, the government fulfils one of its most perverse manifesto pledges – to end the subsidy for onshore wind turbines a year early , in April 2016. This is cavalier and contrary policy-making, designed to please the nimbys in its shire heartlands, regardless of wider energy policy, regardless of climate change. As the Tories plunge ahead with far more expensive, disruptive and unpopular fracking, onshore wind energy is the cheapest of all renewables, and Britain one of the most wind-rich spots on earth. What a long journey Cameron has travelled since the days when he fixed a symbolic turbine on his own roof ...
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Paris climate meet must have universal agreement: French envoy 18.6.2015 Hindu: National
Francois Richier says all countries must address different situations of carbon emission faced by them
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