Baby whales dying along West Coast from unknown cause — Gov’t experts request rush on tissue testing — Scientist: “May have been born weak” — Carcasses washing up on beaches in US, Canada, Mexico — Highly endangered whale “died from abnormal blood clot formations in heart and lungs” (VIDEO)

Published: December 30th, 2015 at 8:36 pm ET


Canadian Press, Dec 30, 2015 (emphasis added): A female orca calf has been found dead on the west coast of Vancouver Island. Paul Cottrell of Fisheries and Oceans Canada said a surfer spotted the dead whale washed up on Mussel Beach near Ucluelet on Dec. 23… a necropsy was conducted on Christmas Day. Scientists are still awaiting results of tissue-sample testing and a cause of death is not yet known… “All our populations of killer whales are at risk, so it’s a shame regardless of which population it’s from,” he said. “You hate to lose a calf out of these populations.” Scientists have requested a rush on the tissue testing… He said it’s believed the calf was about two months old… Cottrell noted it was especially unfortunate that the calf was female because of their value in contributing to the population.

The Argonaut, Dec 23, 2015: Heavy Seas Beach Dead Whale in Santa Monica… The remains of a 10-foot, 1,200- to 1,400-pound newborn gray whale washed ashore Tuesday afternoon on Santa Monica Beach… Lifeguard Capt. Kenichi Haskett said… officials believe the whale died a day or two after its birth.

Weekly Alibi (New Mexico), Dec 23, 2015: I rented a blue Dodge Neon in Chula Vista and decided to drive as far down the Pacific coast as a week would permit… I stopped in Ensenda and got a stamp for my passport… That night I stayed at a little ranch by the sea… The beaches were empty. I found a small dead whale on the shore one day.

NBC San Diego, Dec 11, 2015: Lifeguards closed off beach access to Del Mar Shores Friday morning after a dead, newborn gray whale washed ashore, officials confirmed… According to Jim Gilpatrick with the NOAA Fisheries, the calf is about three to four weeks old… Biologists are not sure why the whale died. There was no sign of foul play or fishing lines, and Gilpatrick speculated the animal may have been born weak. They took samples to try to determine the cause death.

KHON, Dec 18, 2015: Rodney Kuahiwinui sighted a dead whale at South Point… marine mammal experts were able to identify the animal as a highly endangered false killer whale… Scientists were able to determine [it] died from abnormal blood clot formations in the heart and lungs… Only three Hawaiian false killer whales have been reported stranded in the past 18 years. “With less than 200 individuals alive today, every piece of information is critical,” says [Dr. Kristi West, head of Hawaii Pacific University’s stranding program].

Watch the NBC San Diego broadcast here

Published: December 30th, 2015 at 8:36 pm ET


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  • rogerthat

    Wind, solar power soaring in spite of bargain prices for fossil fuels via The Washington Post

  • rogerthat

    Oman Ama residents reject proposal for nuclear waste disposal site via The Brisbane Times

  • rogerthat

    JANUARY 2, 2016
    Editorial: SC message to world: No more plutonium


    The federal government wants South Carolina to be the dumping ground for more of the world's plutonium, a toxic nuclear weapons component.

    At the same time, it is failing miserably in its promise to process and remove 12 metric tons of plutonium already at the Savannah River Site near Aiken.

    South Carolina should fight with every tool it has to stop a new plan by the U.S. Department Energy to import nearly a ton of plutonium from the Pacific Rim and North America to SRS.

    Not an ounce more should arrive until the existing problem is resolved.

    The news of new shipments is part of an old shell game. In it, the federal government tries to move bad things around because it has enacted no national plan. And it repeatedly fails to live up to its promises and responsibilities to communities around the country.

    Gov. Nikki Haley said a lawsuit against the federal government may be needed. Good for her. But that tactic — like a previous governor's threat to lie down in the road to stop plutonium shipments, as well as previous lawsuits, and laws threatening steep fines against the federal government — has not yet resolved this national problem.

    That's why it would be foolish to trust a new Energy Department proposal to ship about six metric tons of plutonium …

    • rogerthat

      now at SRS to an existing DOE disposal site in New Mexico.

      That would be great, if it could be believed. The proposal faces numerous hurdles, including funding and opposition in New Mexico.

      Meanwhile, the government's program to convert weapons-grade plutonium at SRS into a mixed oxide fuel (MOX) that could be used in commercial nuclear reactors is years behind schedule and billions of dollars over budget.

      So into this quagmire stumbles the federal government with the suggestion to do what? Bring in more plutonium. It's like the theater of the absurd. But it is a serious problem that has been bungled for many decades.

      South Carolina has done more than its share to be a patriotic good neighbor to the nation's nuclear program. Enough is enough.

      Read more here:

  • rogerthat

    Pictures: Lessons Learned from Hiroshima and Nagasaki
    Posted by Ari Beser in Fulbright National Geographic Stories on January 2, 2016

    A new year has begun, and my Fulbright Grant is already halfway complete. I cannot believe how quickly the time has passed. For the last five months, I have been living in Hiroshima and Nagasaki interviewing survivors of the atomic bombs, or Hibakusha as they are called in Japanese. It is the 70th year since the weapons were dropped over these cities, and while the survivors are aging, they are working fervently to make sure their messages stand the test of time.

    In the next few weeks I will transition my work to focus on the Fukushima disaster, but I wanted to share some key moments and influential meetings from the past five months that have made the most impact on me. …

  • rogerthat

    … Washington’s updated plan uses specific milestones and reporting requirements that ensure the DOE fulfills its cleanup obligations. The DOE's proposal, however, extends the deadline by years. Ferguson believes that would give the agency authority to decide unilaterally when deadlines need to be moved even further. …

  • rogerthat

    JANUARY 2, 2016
    One more Hanford waste tank considered emptied

    The Department of Energy ended 2015 able to claim another one of Hanford’s leak-prone single shell tanks emptied of waste to regulatory standards.

    That leaves two more tanks in the group called C Tank Farm yet to be emptied of their mixtures of radioactive and hazardous chemical waste left from the past production of plutonium.

    The court-enforced consent decree required that all 16 C Farm tanks, which were built during World War II, be emptied 15 months ago. A federal judge is expected to set new deadlines.

    The most recently emptied tank, the only one completed in 2015, is Tank C-102. …

    About 15,500 gallons of waste remains in Tank C-102, or about 2,100 cubic feet. …

    the state can agree to consider a tank empty to regulatory standards when the limits of technology are reached. …

    • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar PraisingTruth

      Incidence rate of childhood cancer has spiked since the 3/11Filisjo,a accodemt/

    • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

      UpsideDown, for my taste, Goddard makes some of the best videos in terms of quality. Extra clear and seemingly extra scientific. I wonder, is he anti nuclear? It was this well made video of his that made me focus on the fact there might be, in fact must be, differences in the danger of of a given amount of radiation from background and anthropogenic sources.

      What Goddards excellent videos indicate to me, is that science is is its own source of obfuscation. Mans three pound brain working hard on linear logic and isolated theories, making conclusions based on accepted science that might not be correct. I think Goddard sincerely believes there is zero influence of Fukushima on the west coast. But he presents the science in such a clear way, you know what you are up against if you are going to attempt a cogent argument that, for example 10,000 atom bombs of fallout must have a deleterious effect, its only that science is unable or unwilling to find out how. Making such arguments is not easy, for one reason because biology, radiation and the chain of life is complex and not comprehensively understood.

      If only the anti nuclear community could make videos with Goddards quality….but alas it appears they arent up to it

      • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

        by the way, the zero health effect point on his hormesis graphs…does that represent zero radiation, or zero added radiation? ITs an important distinction. There is no practical way to remove the 70bq/kg of natural radiation in your cells, and thus remains the actual zero point in the tests of dose effects. That is, there is scant science for radiation exposure below that level, and what there is, shows a negative effect of reduced radiation. We have posted those studies, but sorry I cant dig them out just now

        • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

          Oh Boy… there are some key words in these lines! Which words are scary? 🙂

          The new elements don't appear in nature, but are unstable reactive elements made in the laboratory.
          Although they were first discovered between 2003 to 2008, it took some years to verify and reproduce the results.

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        • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar PraisingTruth

          It is zero:

          70 Bq/kg is not normal. When I posted a study which tested a woman 61 times over 4 months, they said her level of potassium-40 was normal: 13 Bq/kg. The mean of her TBK, Total Body Potassium was 2565. This means that half of the time her K-40 was less than 13 Bq/kg.

          Of course, after I posted important information the shills jumped in and started all the distracting personal insults.

          Please join the real world and stop fantasizing.

          • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar PraisingTruth

            Do you have a peer-reviewed citation that posts actual studies of measuring K-40?

            • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

              the information you seek is in your own link. Did you read it?

              Potassium-40 is the predominant radioactive component in human tissues.
              The body content of potassium is under strict homeostatic control and is maintained at a relatively constant level of about 140 g/70 kg. This amount of potassium contains approximately 0.1 uCi (4,000 Bq) of potassium-40. Because the body controls the potassium balance, environmental variations have little effect on the potassium-40 content in the body. This natural potassium-40 delivers a dose of 20 mrem/year (0.2 mSv/year) to the gonads and other soft tissues and 15 mrem/year (0.15 mSv/year) to bone.
              [DHHS/ATSDR; Toxicological Profile for Ionizing Radiation p.241 (PB/99/163388) (1999)] **PEER REVIEWED**

          • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar PraisingTruth

            Quality Control Procedures for a Whole-Body Counter*

          • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar PraisingTruth

            Here is a 17 page explanation of the nuclearist cult dose scam:

            Please also stop the fantasizing about my qualifications. You are details which I never stated.

            • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

              Im sorry PT if I misrepresented your education. The conquest of 20 languages…or did you say study…the study of that many languages is itself an amazing accomplishment. I had said 18, you corrected it to 20. I thought you said you had a math degree, but maybe my memory has failed me. What did I say wrong?

              • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar PraisingTruth

                Please stick to the expert articles and argue with the experts. Forget the messenger. Ad hominem attacks are the mark of a pro-Nuke shill. They have nothing to do with the issues or the studies and conclusions of the experts. My life is none of your business and are a constant stalking procedure.

                • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

                  PT, I gave you all the answers you asked for using your own link. What more can I do? I only repeated a few of the things you yourself have said about your education many times. Is that so bad? Im sorry though if it has caused you anguish. If you dont want people to know about your life, dont post anything about it. I didnt come up with anything new…Ive got no paparazzi spying you with binoculars! I dont stalk you, and dont wish you harm of any kind. On the other hand, you do make many posts after each of mine, in a futile attempt to discredit my little statements. Is that not stalking?

          • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

            I reviewed your link. It had nothing about the zero health effect of radiation being at zero radiation. Why did you post the link? Why did you make the false and unsubstantiated statement?

            In fact, your link contains this, which supports my statement; OTHER TOXICITY INFORMATION/ 21-day-old rats were /nourished/ by potassium chloride (20-30 mg per day) without radioactive isotope potassium-40. Besides the decrease of potassium-40 content in animal tissue (30-50%) a reduced/ body weight /gain/ was obtained. In the second set of experiments /conducted in a / lead chamber with low (20 times) background radiation /simultaneous reducing K-40 and other components of background radiation (radon, products of its disintegration, gamma, beta radiation, cosmic radiation), a/ decrease of young mouse development was observed… . Possible mechanisms of necessity of potassium-40 natural concentration for the normal development of the animal organism are discussed. /Potassium-40/

            • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar PraisingTruth

              Are you talking about the toxnet link for radioactive potassium?

              On the contrary to your thesis, it does not say that there is never any risk from Potassium-40. There is no threshold where everyone in the population is 100T safe. It does not say that it has any hormetic value at all.

              It lists studies where potassium-40 has been harmful.

              • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

                PT, apparently you didnt read my post above, which is a cut and paste from the link YOU provided. There are no people alive and never will be, with a mere 13 bq/kg in their intercellular fluid. After the endless hours spent on this subject, its almost unthinkable you arent aware of the standard science on this. Listen closely, so that you need not waste more of you time on this subject at least;
                The body holds potassium in strict homeostatic control. The electrolyte balance cant vary as you imagine, or a person will die. Remember that. Now potassium has an exact proportion of k-40, the radioactive part. Its known to some 5 decimal points. That means the amount of radioactivity does not vary from potassium sample to sample, nor does the proportion of potassium in your intercellular fluid. This can only mean one thing. Can you guess what it is? Exactly! the ratio of radioactivity to cellular contents is the same for man, woman, fetus, and old age. Actually, there are changes. As we age, we hold less potassium, thus less radioactivity. This is accompanied by reduced health. Yet its just a few percent, perhaps 10 at most. Your efforts to fight everyone on this issue have failed. Its time to admit you didnt properly read up on the issue, and move forward. There is not a person on this board that agrees with you. What should have been a few posts turned into hundreds because of your stubborn insistence that I must be wrong about everything. Is that satisfaction?

              • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

                and to your hormesis statement, what does the study presented from your link, pasted above by me indicate to you about k-40 danger? The one where the rats failed to thrive without the radiation? That was a real world test, while the danger you keep talking about is a mathematical extrapolation only, from failed atomic bomb victim data mainly. I have asked before if you could find ONE TEST that shows the danger of extracellular k-40. You were unable to find the test. I cant figure out why you and a few others are so hung up on hormesis. Adaptive resonse has always been shown in the literature and can also be called a stress response. Not surprisingly, the body doubles up effort to repair damage. Apparently the repair function does not stay at the high level. I dont care about hormesis at all. Why is everyone insane over it? Its a well known effect and exists as part of the mainstream controversy over low level effects. For my taste its stupid. Cutting your finger boosts a repair response but that doesnt mean its healthy. We would do well not to let emotion overrule clear thinking. I am not and never was a hormesis "pusher", rather I find the debate childish

                • Negative Health Effects Of 24 Man Made Radioactive Potassium Artificial Isotopes, Rubidium And Cesium, Compared To Natural Potassium Mineral Found In Nature

                  • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

                    Goodheart, if you dont mind me sayig, the article was long, rambling and full of disinfo not supported by your links. Cant believe you put this in there too, after all the discussion!


                    • I like the "sound bite" type article, 1 or 2 page max, or less, some graphics, bullet items or numbering.

                      Make the point and move on, provide more links for those who want to dive more deeply.

                    • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

                      While I like many of AGreenRoad articles, this one leaves the impression that the nuclear age increased K-40 significantly, that potassium is a toxin even at the smallest levels, that the k-40 level in the body is highly variable, and more strange bafflegab.

                      The real story about potassium is that it is the essential electrolyte for maintaining the all important cell voltage, is a cornerstone to the Gerson cancer treatment, is important in the sympathetic/parasypathetic nerve balance.

                      "The daily intake of sodium chloride (salt) in Western industrialized cultures is about three times higher than the daily intake of potassium on a molar basis, whereas salt intake in primitive cultures is about seven times lower than potassium intake . The relative deficiency of dietary potassium in the modern diet may play a role in the pathology of some chronic diseases."

                      CALCIUM Stimulatory mineral for the Sympathetic Nervous System

                      MAGNESIUM Inhibitory mineral for the Sympathetic Nervous System

                      POTASSIUM Stimulatory mineral for the Parasympathetic Nervous System

                      SODIUM Inhibitory mineral for the Parasympathetic Nervous System


                    • code the likelihood of potassium making a double double strand break (that recombines wrong) is infinitely less than say Cs or Strontium or Pu

                      And therein lies a world of difference

                    • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

                      stock are you saying per becquerel? Potassium is how much less likely to make a double strand break per becquerel than C-137?

                      The reality is that science doesnt know the whole story. Call potassium dangerous at the atomic level if you like, but it IS natures default standard.

                      One cant put natural background radiation on a linear scale with the other isotopes until its actual danger has been assessed. So far, Ive seen more studies showing benefit from this radiation source. Perhaps its a two edged sword, as everything seems to be.

                      About the tests showing linear danger down to the lowest doses, is the zero dose point on those graphs actually zero, or is it the background level? This would make a big difference in interpretation, right?

          • GOM GOM

            I think your pushing the banana equivalent. 70 is normal in a adult of about 160 lbs. Potassium levels of 2500+ are critical levels, kidney failure, usually seen in alcoholics and drug abusers.

            Potassium in humans is measured in mmol/liter.

        • Code, I am glad the PiT Bull is on your arse, lol, happy new year.

          • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

            stock, Im not happy about it. An impediment and time waster. She infers you are a shill above I believe…

            happy New Year to you stock. IF only nuclear could be shut down, we could attend to the wounded and start to salvage a poisoned planet. But it appears to be going full tilt

          • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

            stock, Goddard makes a good video. If only we could make them similarly convincing and disprove the background comparison. The damn becquerel


          • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar PraisingTruth

            It is so sad that you think of an anti-Nuke activist as a PiT Bull. I guess you want a world run by wishy washy Nuke lovers to bring up your children in. When someone you love is dying of cancer maybe you will wake up or maybe you will remain in denial forever to the bitter end.

            • LOL PiT Bull

              Can you give me 2 examples of real activism (anti nuke) you have done?

              LOL you pretend I am ignorant, and unwise to cancer….wow. That about says it all that needs to be known.

              • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar PraisingTruth

                I picketed against nuclear weapons at Stanford University in 1958.

                And I have posted huge amounts of research on this website (which wound up on your website and others). I have posted many petitions on this website and signed them. I have posted links here many studies of low-dose radiation on this website. I have posted links to Dr. Jill Stein and her position against nuclear energy.` I have posted links to many individuals and organizations here which are against nuclear energy and nuclear weapons.

                The wallpapering I'm accused of are actual studies against nuclear energy and weapons.

                • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar PraisingTruth

                  I have taken 3 classes on radiation (Hokkaido University), nuclear engineering (University of Pennsylvania), and energy (Virginia Tech), and thermodynamics (Michigan Univ.) from and and posted many comments educating world wide students on the dangers of radiation and depleted uranium and horrible accidents in Colorado.

                  I learned how to analyze the deceptive argumentation of nuclear shills in these classes and posted many studies to try to educate everyone.

                • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar PraisingTruth

                  I posted many medical studies on this website informing people how to protect themselves against radiation. I was active on this website since April, 2011, posting first as "anne", and then after horrible harassment then as "VanneV", and after extreme and persistent abuse, I now post as "PraisingTruth" and "Praising Jesus."

                  I have tried to help people to cope with the horrors of nuclear radiation with spiritual quotation from the Bible. There is hope and healing and serenity and eternal life possible in the face of unfathomable disaster.

                  • Sam Sam

                    You need to take your salvation program somewhere else.
                    Totally useless. No wonder there is no psychic transformation
                    with you as psychopomp. Be a bit more humble in your postings
                    and post succinct statements rather than overwhelming ad nauseum quotes. so so tired of these do gooder types.

                    "I have tried to help people to cope with the horrors of nuclear radiation with spiritual quotation from the Bible. There is hope and healing and serenity and eternal life possible in the face of unfathomable disaster."

                    • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar PraisingTruth

                      Here’s my activism against the radiation of microwave cell towers and high power lines:



                      The link to all my research on cell phones and cell phone towers was on a system at the university that got taken down when they upgraded their computer system, and I have been so busy doing research on first pesticides and then on Fukushima that I haven’t yet put it on another website.

                    • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar PraisingTruth

                      Sam, I have long assumed that you are Admin. I have save your comment, so if I am ever tempted to post on this website again, I can read your comment and then never, ever post here again.

                      I have let people say the most vile, ugly things to me thousands of times of this website. I don't know how anyone could have been more humble. I have also missed and cancelled out work many, many times when I really need the money.

                      Anne Beck called me filthy and that I deserve any punishment I receive. And yet you don't correct her, but choose rather to correct me.

  • penny penny

    Ditto and thanks, rogerthat. I have learned much from this site. The wine industry should thank all of you, too, given how much more I now drink 🙂

    This is probably old news to people here, but just in case anyone missed it: an article from July 2011, listing the "10 most polluted places in the world" with Chernobyl (at number 8) being the only nuclear-related site on the list. You can't make this stuff up! as Dave Barry would say.

    And Obewan, more fish pictures for you:

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Weird new sound heard among humpback whales

    The heartbeat-like sound is barely audible to humans, but if scientists are correct that it's made by humpbacks, it could change our understanding of the whales' winter behavior.
    Dec 28 2015

    How is that sound produced.
    From their hearts??

    Never heard before all the years of recording whales.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Still missing from Hawaii again today..
    10,000 missing.

    Scientists Unsure of What Caused Hawaii’s Missing Whales
    Jan 4 2015

    'Interesting' past tense.

  • rogerthat

    … ‘The reactors are so old that if something goes wrong, the problem will not be confined to Belgium,’ D66 parliamentarian Stientje van Veldhoven told the AD. ‘When things of such importance are at stake, its only logical to involve the Netherlands in decisions about whether it should remain open.’ The AD says the mayors of several Dutch border towns, including Roosendaal and Bergen op Zoom, also want the cabinet to get involved. …

    Read more at Dutch fear impact of Belgian nuclear power plant problems

    • DUDe DUD

      I hope the honest conserns of Germany and Holland combined can help our government to become a bit more serious or even reasonable and put their shoulders firmly under renewables instead of "staying loyal" with renewed vigor to the obsolete + worn out russian roullette technology for as long as they can..but they diddent even knew what they where going to say in Paris for example when the top was already started iirc..

      It really is a painfull bunch to watch.. al they do when criticised by the opposition is smirk and wink at eachother on their high horses..then business as usual..

  • rogerthat

    Nuclear Power Plant Decommissioning & Demolition
    By: David Russell Schilling | January 3rd, 2016

  • rogerthat

    too cheap to meter? ha bloody ha:

    … The congressionally-mandated study from Aerospace that was released in May predicts the life cycle cost of the MOX Fuel Fabrication Facility project to be around $51 billion dollars, substantially more than what was originally anticipated, and also significantly more than the estimated $17 billion cost for the down-blending option. Breaking out the upcoming costs, the remaining expenses for the MOX plant would cost the taxpayers about $1 billion a year over the next 30 years, so it is certainly responsible for the DOE to look into alternatives. …

  • rogerthat

    Can Gavin Newsom close California’s last nuclear plant?
    By David R. BakerJanuary 3, 2016

  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar PraisingTruth

    M 6.7 – 29km W of Imphal, India
    2016-01-03 23:05:22 UTC
    24.834°N 93.656°E
    55.0 km

    Strong and shallow M6.7 earthquake hits India-Myanmar border region

    Very deep M6.4 earthquake hits northeast China

  • rogerthat

    Paris fails to revive the nuclear dream

    Charlatans, or planetary saviours? Post-Paris views on the nuclear industry suggest few experts believe it will bring closer a world rid of fossil fuels.

    Climate News Network
    Monday 4 January 2016
    In Paris, in early December, the advocates of nuclear power made yet another appeal to world leaders to adopt their technology as central to saving the planet from dangerous climate change.

    Yet analysis of the plans of 195 governments that signed up to the Paris Agreement, each with their own individual schemes on how to reduce national carbon emissions, show that nearly all of them exclude nuclear power.

    Only a few big players – China, Russia, India, South Korea and the United Kingdom – still want an extensive programme of new–build reactors.

    To try to understand why this is so the US-based Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists asked eight experts in the field to look at the future of nuclear power in the context of climate change.

    One believed that large-scale new-build nuclear power “could and should” be used to combat climate change, and another thought nuclear could play a role, although a small one. The rest thought new nuclear stations were too expensive, too slow to construct and had too many inherent disadvantages to compete with renewables. …

    • rogerthat

      Industry in distress

      Amory Lovins, co-founder and chief scientist of the Rocky Mountain Institute, produced a devastating analysis saying that the slow-motion decline of the nuclear industry was simply down to the lack of a business case.

      The average nuclear reactor, he wrote, was now 29 years old and the percentage of global electricity generated continued to fall from a peak of 17.6 per cent in 1996 to 10.8 per cent in 2014. “Financial distress stalks the industry”, he wrote.

      Lovins says nuclear power now costs several times more than wind or solar energy and is so far behind in cost and building time that it could never catch up.

      ''The evidence so far suggests that this is a false hope, one that is best abandoned if we are to deal with climate change with the seriousness the problem demands.''
      — M.V. Ramana, of the Nuclear Futures Laboratory and the Program on Science and Global Security at Princeton University

      The full details of what he and other experts said are on the Bulletin’s site, with some of their comments below.

      Professor Jeff Terry, of the physics department at Illinois Institute of Technology, was the greatest enthusiast for new nuclear build: “Nuclear energy is a reliable, low carbon dioxide source of electricity that can and should be used to combat climate change.

      “China, India, Russia, and South Korea are all building nuclear plants both at home and in other countries. Therefore, nuclear energy …

      • penny penny

        Amazing. A 'devastating report' that is based on the financial shortcomings, not on Fukushima. That shows how utterly disconnected from reality the 'experts' really are. They won't even mention the fact that nuclear is anything but carbon neutral!

        • DUDe DUD

          Indeed..and despite it is good news stemming from disconnected/incomplete is sort of neutralised by the size , or fanatisme , of the countries moving ahead with the russian roullette many bullets can you ad to the chamber next to bullets worn out and britle ready to melt/explode from strong vibes along..and still call it a responsible and benevolent brighten the future "gamble" ..controlleble by correct interpretation of risk/benefit/imaginged non corrupt industry because the lobbiysts tell you so/ calculations..that all failed so far on all levels..

          Some gamble ok for good responsible family heads to convince eachother and play when they amongst eachother..

          Maybe if they would expend their "risk/benefit calculations" to Responsibility/risk/benefit/Responsibility calculations they would get something right next time..and scrath the micro benefits like personal bribes from the equation altogether imho

          When playing with the future itself..

          • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

            our entire lives are only impersonal numbers, the future decided by the wills of psychopaths. They are supported by an almost unlimited number of enablers and semi-psychopaths in tiers on down who think its somehow normal. The kings court and vassals. This whole sordid miserable mechanical/human symbiont monstrosity feeds on itself for nourishment. The nightmarish exploitation of natures free gifts the only thing recharging its blood with a sick and chemical stench infused simulation of life. Thousands upon thousands of miles of pipes and wires and roads pump the pillaged sustenance in a grotesque infrastructure of science fiction terror. We are worse than the Borg. The public fully brainwashed. The psycho leaders are corrupt, insane or stupid. Every one.

            I dont know, is there a problem with it?

      • Global Decline Of Nuclear Energy From 17 Percent In 1993 To 1.9 Percent Globally In 2016 – New Renewable Energy Production Now Outpaces Nuclear And Is Cheaper Than Coal Or Nuclear Power

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  • Sickputer

    Back on thread topic…pass the word:

    SP: While southern hemisphere humpback whales are thriving…there is gloom and death and silence in the North Pacific population which normally never intermixes with the larger and increasing Antarctic populations which winter (in our summer) near Australia and Papua New Guinea.

    Background pre-Fukushima stats for the Northern humpback pods:

    "The range of the North Pacific population extends along the full length of the west coast of British Columbia (B.C.) to northwestern Alaska. The most recent population estimate for the North Pacific Humpback Whale, based on data from 2004 to 2006, was 18,302 individuals. This dramatic increase from previous estimates of 6,000 individuals suggests that the population is recovering at a moderate rate of 4.9 to 6.8 percent annually. Despite this increase, current numbers are small compared to pre-whaling population estimates."

    SP: Anybody on Enenews expecting government whaling authorities in Canada and USA to go out and update the 2015 numbers of humpback whales?

    What's that? You agree with me the lying nucleoapes running the show in North America will never admit the Fukushima disaster is killing the sea life in the Northern Pacific? 😉 …Grim smiley…our governments are so involved in this Japanese coverup it makes Watergate look like a winter break-in at a Little League snow cone stand.

    • Sickputer

      18,000 humpback whales in the Northern Pacific population in 2006. Ten years later (and nearly 5 years post apocalypse in Japan, I doubt half the population remains.

      I pray the remaining whales of all species in the Northern Pacific flee to join the southern pods far south of the equator. Go South young (and old) whales! Live out the remaining few decades the world icean has left On the Beach.

      We cry for whales, but eventually we will cry for the Ring of Fire coastal populations of humans. An invisible cloud is rolling across the waves and terrible fetid pollution smears the ocean itself emanating from the east coast of Japan. Nothing can stop it for millions of years.

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  • Nick

    Possible names for these new elements:

    1. Fukushamium

    2. Whathephucium

    3. Masshysterium

    4. Globalkillerium

  • Nick

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    The severe back pain was the most prominent symptom he had that caused the initial alarm.

    He´s in fairly good spirits but not in a ¨place¨ to discuss Fukushima (although from past conversations with him…he knows full well!)

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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Degraded power cables at Oconee nuclear plant lead to special inspection
    Jan 4 2016


    St. Louis getting new warning system, old one don't work, new one by 8/16. Maybe they realized the 3rd largest tornado levelled St. Louis.

    Fuku 2..tick-tock tick-tock


    Dead Ears..

    More than 2000 nuclear tests spread radioactive contamination around the globe, robbing people of their health and even their lives. Most of the victims are close to the test sites, of course, but radiation can travel and strike anywhere.
    At more than 400 nuclear power plants around the world, workers are exposed to radiation even under normal operating conditions. The enormous amounts of radiation released from Chernobyl and Fukushima have taken lives, health, and hometowns from hundreds of thousands of people, contaminating the global environment.

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  • Angela_R

    "Baby whales dying along West Coast from unknown cause"

    Has this been forgotten:
    “U.S. Navy Killing Thousands of Whales & Dolphins With Sonar & Weapons Testing” February 3, 2014 by Arjun Walia.

    “These events are set to commence and take place from 2014 through 2019. The title is not an exaggeration, depending on the vicinity of the animals detonating these explosives underwater, it will kill whales and dolphin and injure many,according to two environmental impact statements released by the military.
    Keep in mind, these events have been occurring for a number of years, and are responsible for the death of large amounts of marine life”
    It has been strange to at times observe sea life attempting to jump onto boats, seals being found onshore…..

    There are a number of other threats they are contending with in addition to radiation.

  • unincredulous unincredulous

    Mainstream news discussion of Fukushima and marine life.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Oh, natural selection.
    So the pollutants added by Humans do not affect this so called natural selection?
    Changing conditions can be natural conditions.
    But we are not dealing with natural conditions.

    So whomever happens to considered a candidate for natural selection?

    Or just the ones that stayed floating at the top longest??

    Let natural selection work on sea lions

    Let natural selection work on sea lions
    Jan 4 2015

    Half a million of them?

    • DUDe DUD

      Hi Heart , from smiling will protect you from the radiation that never killed anyone and is good for you to all these deaths are the result from thriving to much aka overpopulation during the sixth great extinction..there is no end to the psychopathic criminal defense BS we have to endure on top of it all..

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Hi, DUD
    Yes, galling.

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

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  • Jebus Jebus

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    History is not always pretty. In fact, it can be downright disturbing, especially without the context and mores of the time to help with perspective and understanding of the situation. Such is this story about Ebb Cade

    HP-12 (Human Product) was the code name given Cade.

  • Sickputer

    Long thread…as usual the expansive minds of Enenewsers takes great liberty with thread subject topic, but hey, I am not complaining though! Show me your brainpower! *:-)

    Back on topic though….

    Humpback Whale Sanctuary disputes stories of ‘missing’ whales in Hawaii
    January 5, 2016

    Sickputer: We will see on these three Saturdays what the count is.. Fingers crossed!

    January 2016
    Saturday, 30th 2016 First Whale Counting Survey
    Hawaiʻi, Oʻahu, Kauaʻi
    Sanctuary Ocean Count
    Count humpback whales and record their behaviors from various shore sites around the islands. This activity also takes place the last Saturday in February and March

    February is Humpback Whale Month!
    Saturday, 27th Whale Counting Survey

    Saturday, 26th (Last Whale Counting Survey)

  • Sickputer

    Did you know hungry sea gulls (in a new display of evolutionary behavior) are literally killing whales?

    Sounds crazy, but there is massive evidence over the past 40 years. Scientists think the behavior was accelerated in modern times by fishing boats throwing waste products overboard and modern uncovered landfills providing food that has kelp gull populations soaring.

    They usually target mother and calf pairs:

    “The proportion of whales with gull marks between 1974 and 2008 increased steadily from 1% of whales in 1974 to 37.8% in 1990, 67.6% in 2000, and 76.8% in 2008,” the scientists write adding that adult whales are changing their behavior to avoid the gulls. “Adult whales have learned to reduce the likelihood of being attacked by gulls by changing their resting posture at the surface, arching their backs to keep them underwater"

    More links:

    • Could it be that the GULLS are starving and resorting to desperate measures?

      Man is creating the food deserts where gulls have NOTHING TO EAT, huge dead zones hundreds or thousands of miles across.

      Pretend you are gull flying across a thousand miles with nothing alive. Then you see a whale. You are starving to DEATH.

      Wouldn't you take a few pecks to stay alive?

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Yes ..drowning in hubris and stupidity..

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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Notice the rhetorical style.
    Internal conversation..

  • Down The River Down The River

    Sometimes, I get to thinking, that the directors (of this movie we are living in) know exactly what’s going on.

    CNN: Air Force radiation 'sniffer' jet may be headed to Korea

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Japan detects no radiation following N Korea nuclear test

    Almost 300 monitoring posts across the country registered no meaningful change in radiation levels between Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning.
    Jan 7 2016

    No meaning full change ..from what levels?

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    258 humpback whales spotted in one of the 15 minute slots during the first Saturday counting event in Hawaii:

    SP: 550 plus humpbacks counted in the event. I would venture that most whales are counted twice or more based on their speed. So maybe 250 whales total in Hawaii. Where are the other 9,000 plus?

    • In 1993 it was estimated that there were 6,000 whales in the North Pacific Ocean, and that 4,000 of those came to Hawaiʻi. Through an international ban on commercial whaling and protections under the Endangered Species Act and the Marine Mammal Protection Act, the North Pacific humpback whale population now numbers more than 21,000. The population of humpback whales that uses Hawaiʻi's waters as their principle wintering ground is likely more than 10,000 animals. This number is based on a comprehensive research effort that occurred between 2004 and 2006 that estimated the population at approximately 10,000 animals, and the likelihood that the population is still increasing at some unknown rate.

  • Hey Joe, tell those whales to dive and go from one side of the boat and then to the other, so they can be counted as 'different' whales over and over again. We WILL get this number up to 10,000, no matter what.

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