South Africa’s nuclear company Eskom runs out of money for assessing environmental impact of nuclear energy

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Eskom runs out of money for assessing environmental impact of nuclear energy  SOUTH AFRICA enca.com  23 May 2015 JOHANNESBURG – Government says nuclear power in South Africa is going ahead. Earlier this week Energy Minister Tina Joematt-Peterson said that procurement deals would be signed with prospective partners by the end of 2015. In the next ten years, government plans to introduce 9600MWs of nuclear energy. But signing procurement deals is one half of the process. The other half of the process has stalled. The second version of the environmental impact assessment (EIA) for the site proposed for Nuclear 1, at… Continue reading South Africa’s nuclear company Eskom runs out of money for assessing environmental impact of nuclear energy

Distrust in New Zealand about Commission to study effects of Pacific nuclear bombing

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Nuclear testing victims dubious about commission http://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/274486/nuclear-testing-victims-dubious-about-commission The head of an organisation representing victims of nuclear testing in French Polynesia says a commission set up to assess the aftermath of the testing could just be a charade. It was set up by France’s defence minister, and will be made up of 24 members and chaired by the French High Commissioner in Papeete. The director of Moruroa e Tatou, which represents victims of testing on the atolls of Mururoa and Fangataufa, says 80-percent of the members suffer serious health conditions, including cancer. Roland Oldham is questioning why more more… Continue reading Distrust in New Zealand about Commission to study effects of Pacific nuclear bombing

Diminishing use of nuclear power is a global trend

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Nuclear power not cheap, being phased out: expert http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2015/05/24/2003619043 By Sean Lin  /  Staff reporter Former US Nuclear Regulatory Commission chairman Gregory Jaczko yesterday said that nuclear energy is playing an increasingly insignificant role in electricity generation worldwide, and that, contrary to popular belief, it is actually more expensive than a range of methods of energy generation. At a news conference in Taipei, Jaczko said that the future for nuclear power generation in the US and worldwide is one of “decreasing use and eventual phase-out.” Referencing data generated by the US commission, Jaczko said that even if all US… Continue reading Diminishing use of nuclear power is a global trend

Plaintiffs suing over Fukushima nuclear disaster form nationwide network

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Ruiko Muto, who heads a group seeking criminal charges against TEPCO and government officials, declares the establishment of a liaison conference concerning the Fukushima nuclear disaster. NIHONMATSU, Fukushima Prefecture–Ten groups of plaintiffs in lawsuits and other legal actions over the Fukushima nuclear disaster have joined forces to demand compensation and accountability from the government and Tokyo Electric Power Co. The groups held a liaison conference, called Hidanren (coalition of nuclear accident victims), to mark its establishment in Nihonmatsu, Fukushima Prefecture, on May 24. The network comprises 20,000 people. Ruiko Muto, who heads a group pursuing criminal… Continue reading Plaintiffs suing over Fukushima nuclear disaster form nationwide network

Questions regarding community powers

http://mycommunity.org.uk/programme/community-assets/ It appears to me that a lot of pressure is put on residents to have all the necessary skills & expertise to be able not only to steer, start up, apply for funding & finance to buy leases of community public assets but a big pitfall appears to me, if you finally are able to do all that is required to become recognised by the council (whom are reluctant to support community endeavours) which is difficult enough but we now have to be able to complete all necessary within 6 weeks to find funding for lease of community asset, … Continue reading Questions regarding community powers

Email etiquette for virtual collectives:

Originally posted on Contentious Politics in an Age of Austerity:
I recently published an article called: Unintended Consequences: The Negative Impact of Email Use on Participation and Collective Identity in Two “Horizontal” Social Movement Groups. (The European Political Science Review  doi:10.1017/S1755773914000423) People have asked me to write something about what the practical implications of this are for groups, especially virtual collectives, trying to work horizontally. I have written this short piece below. However, I do recommend you read the article to understand how and why these processes happen despite our best intentions! If you cannot access a copy, just get… Continue reading Email etiquette for virtual collectives: