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by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Apr 5th, 2012 at 05:28:43 AM EST
Fires force shutdown of French nuclear reactor | News | DW.DE | 05.04.2012

Firefighters put out two fires blaze after smoke alarm triggered the shut down of a French nuclear reactor. Officials said there were no injuries or consequences for the environment.

Firefighters battled two blazes at a nuclear reactor in northern France after smoke triggered the alarms and automatically shut down the reactor, operator EDF said.

The firefighters "went into the building housing the reactor of the number two production unit of the Penly nuclear power plant to extinguish two fires," EDF said in a statement.

"There were no injuries, and the incident has no consequences for the environment," it said, adding that an emergency team had checked the plant to ensure the fires were extinguished.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Apr 5th, 2012 at 03:06:02 PM EST
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Boris Johnson, gluing pollution to the ground is no way to clean up London | Siobhan Grimes and Alice Haworth-Booth | Environment | guardian.co.uk

London's air is so toxic that it has been linked to nearly one in five deaths a year. Responsibility for the capital's air quality lies at the door of Boris Johnson, who has responded with shocking languor to this public health emergency. The mayor's flagship solution is to literally glue the pollution to the ground.

His specially adapted gritting lorries have been haunting our highways for the past few months, spraying adhesive up and down our worst pollution hotspots and sticking exhaust fumes to the asphalt. Rather than tackling the problem at its source, by tampering and gluing around air pollution monitors Johnson's aim is to avoid a £300m EU fine for failing to comply with air quality standards.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Apr 5th, 2012 at 03:38:44 PM EST
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Not unexpected from Boris, but you wonder if he can be taken to court over this...
by Metatone (metatone [a|t] gmail (dot) com) on Fri Apr 6th, 2012 at 03:01:53 AM EST
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We are way past the point when it should have been made illegal for a right-winger to hold office.

Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need, but not every man's greed. Gandhi
by Cyrille (cyrillev domain yahoo.fr) on Fri Apr 6th, 2012 at 04:50:39 AM EST
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As Madrid's right-wing mayor used to say when she was environment councillor, "unemployment is worse than pollution".

There are three stories about the euro crisis: the Republican story, the German story, and the truth. -- Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Apr 6th, 2012 at 05:22:35 AM EST
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For the 99.9999% that is; food, potable water, or breathable air?

Sticking the pollution to the ground! What asshole thought of that one? Brilliant!

The good news ... it's only a life sentence. You eventually leave this planet of idiots.

by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Fri Apr 6th, 2012 at 10:01:14 AM EST
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Chilean court rejects opposition to Patagonia dam | Environment | guardian.co.uk

Chile's supreme court has green-lit a controversial dam project in the Patagonia that could generate up to 20% of the country's electricity demand in 2020, but is opposed by environmentalists and local groups for the damage it will cause the region.

The highest legal authority in Chile rejected seven appeals filed against Project HidroAysén, which plans to build five dams, flooding 6,000 hectares. The government had approved the project last year but the case was taken to the supreme court after objections were raised over the environmental impact study.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Apr 5th, 2012 at 03:39:17 PM EST
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Dumb beyond belief

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Apr 6th, 2012 at 01:30:24 AM EST
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£20m wave energy competition unveiled | Environment | guardian.co.uk

Companies making devices that generate renewable energy from the ebb and flow of tides and waves around the UK could win a share of a new £20m government prize announced on Thursday.

It is hoped the scheme, the Marine Energy Array Demonstrator (Mead), will encourage growth in the industry, which has been struggling to create a commercially viable projects. Ministers believe wave and tidal power could in the future generate up to 20% of Britain's energy needs and create 10,000 jobs in the sector.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Apr 5th, 2012 at 03:39:56 PM EST
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while allowing the wind industry to die...

there's something wrong with this country

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Apr 6th, 2012 at 01:31:19 AM EST
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Figured that out , did ya.

The good news ... it's only a life sentence. You eventually leave this planet of idiots.
by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Fri Apr 6th, 2012 at 10:02:52 AM EST
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Alternative Energy and Fuel News: California Charges Forward on EVs
California Governor Jerry Brown announced a $120 million settlement last week with utility company NRG. The funds will be used to develop a large scale infrastructure effort for electric vehicles. This statewide charging network will include at least 200 fast-charging stations and another 10,000 plug-in units at 1,000 locations across the state.
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Apr 5th, 2012 at 03:40:48 PM EST
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Ah, to live in Rivendell while the rest of the planet becomes Mordor.

The good news ... it's only a life sentence. You eventually leave this planet of idiots.
by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Fri Apr 6th, 2012 at 10:05:43 AM EST
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The Associated Press: Coast Guard fires on Japanese ghost ship

The U.S. Coast Guard says it has unleashed cannon fire at a Japanese vessel set adrift by last year's tsunami, stopping the ship's long, lonely voyage across the Pacific Ocean.

Spokesman Paul Webb says a Coast Guard cutter fired Thursday on the abandoned 164-foot Ryou-Un Maru in the waters of the Gulf of Alaska and more than 150 miles from land.

The Japanese ship was destined for scrapping when the Japan earthquake struck so there is no cargo on board.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Thu Apr 5th, 2012 at 05:35:53 PM EST
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Indian Man Single-Handedly Plants a 1,360 Acre Forest : TreeHugger
A little over 30 years ago, a teenager named Jadav "Molai" Payeng began burying seeds along a barren sandbar near his birthplace in northern India's Assam region to grow a refuge for wildlife. Not long after, he decided to dedicate his life to this endeavor, so he moved to the site where he could work full-time creating a lush new forest ecosystem. Incredibly, the spot today hosts a sprawling 1,360 acre of jungle that Payeng planted single-handedly.

great story, h/t steve hynd @ agonist

"We can all be prosperous but we can't all be rich." Ian Welsh

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Fri Apr 6th, 2012 at 05:26:20 AM EST
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UPDATE! USDA Extends Comment Period Through April 27th: USDA To Decide Imminently On Novel "Agent Orange" Corn

UPDATE: Today (2/22/12), the USDA extended the public comment period on this issue until April 27, 2012.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is currently deciding whether or not to approve an application by Dow Chemical for its controversial genetically engineered (GE) corn crop that is resistant to the highly toxic herbicide 2,4-D, one of the main ingredients in Agent Orange.

On February 22nd, just 5 days before the close of the comment period, the USDA extended the public comment period on this issue until the end of April 2012. The Center for Food Safety (CFS), the nation's leading organization in the fight against GE crops, was one of the groups that requested this extension from USDA, and we are pleased the agency responded accordingly. If approved, CFS has vowed to challenge USDA's decision in court, as this novel GE crop provides no public benefit and will only cause serious harm to human health, the environment, and threaten American farms.

by Fran (fran at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Apr 6th, 2012 at 07:25:00 AM EST
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As if we have not already had enough blowback from Agent Orange.

As the Dutch said while fighting the Spanish: "It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Fri Apr 6th, 2012 at 11:32:26 AM EST
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If the Viet Cong had had Agent Orange-ready GM corn, they could have concealed the Ho Chi Minh trail in the corn fields.

I think it's a strategic blunder for the US to release this stuff on the world.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Fri Apr 6th, 2012 at 11:37:37 AM EST
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Don't worry, I'm sure the US has vastly more toxic defoliants available.
by njh on Fri Apr 6th, 2012 at 12:26:25 PM EST
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Apparently Dow presently has a sufficiently strong position in the pirate's cabal to get protection for this looting scheme. That could shift if this impacts Archer Daniels Midland's export markets.

As the Dutch said while fighting the Spanish: "It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Fri Apr 6th, 2012 at 12:33:36 PM EST
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