Florida, Singapore & Tokyo under water in 100 years?

Disturbing NASA projection in this morning’s news

Sea levels are rising around the world and the latest satellite data suggests that one metre or more is unavoidable in the next 100-200 years, NASA scientists have said.

Ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica are melting faster than ever, and oceans are warming and expanding much more rapidly than they have in years past……Rising seas will have “profound impacts” around the world, NASA Earth Science Division director Michael Freilich said.

“More than 150 million people, most of them in Asia, live within one meter of present sea level,” he said….

….Low-lying US states such as Florida are at risk of disappearing, as are some of the world’s major cities such as Singapore and Tokyo.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-08-27/sea-levels-set-to-rise-nasa-says/6728008

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Thorcon ready to go with today’s technology

Because the climate emergency is so critical now, ThorCon have developed a BURNER Molten Salt Reactor that could sell electricity at 3cents / kWh, which is half the price of coal. Again, this is a BURNER that will not eat nuclear waste. Future BREEDER Molten Salt Reactors / LFTR’s can do that, and take their time with R&D to get it right.

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“Doctor” Helen Caldicott is a fraud

“Doctor” Helen Caldicott is a paediatrician, not a nuclear radiation expert. Her husband is a radiologist, but she is not. She’s a children’s doctor.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helen_Caldicott

Helen debated George Monbiot on Democracy Now, and sounded like a rabid conspiracy theorist rather than a balanced, objective scientist.

Part 1

Part 2

George asked her to verify her claims, to which she merely appealed to her own book. George then committed to studying her work and her sources, and found that her books are largely self-referencing, unverified, and verging on scientific fraud. She relies on anti-UN conspiracy theories rather than peer-reviewed work! George was so alarmed he accused her of treating peer-reviewed science like a climate denialist would!

“The scarcity of references to scientific papers and the abundance of unsourced claims it contains amaze me.”

http://www.monbiot.com/2011/04/04/interrogation-of-helen-caldicotts-responses/

See also: “Anti Nuclear Lobby has misled us all.”
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2011/apr/05/anti-nuclear-lobby-misled-world

Helen replied:
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2011/apr/11/nuclear-apologists-radiation

George replied again, basically calling her a fraud. Check his claims! Try to verify her work! Could it be the world has been taken in by someone rabidly ranting against our safest, cleanest and most reliable alternative to coal (the real killer)?http://www.theguardian.com/environment/georgemonbiot/2011/apr/13/anti-nuclear-lobby-interrogate-beliefs

Helen’s claims about Fukushima are entirely rabid. Yes there is a small statistical increase in the chance of cancer. A fit Japanese person that moved home to Fukushima might then have the same risk of cancer as an obese Westerner. It’s about choosing risks: very high levels of depression and suicide in evacuee communities of internally displaced people, or a mildly increased chance of cancer?

http://www.marklynas.org/2011/08/how-dangerous-is-the-fukushima-exclusion-zone/#sthash.dI0gnJQC.dpuf

Half of her claims about nuclear power simply are not true in the first place: she appears to have a poor understanding of the very industry she rants against!
http://bravenewclimate.com/2015/06/18/complaint-about-misleading-helen-caldicott-article-in-the-saturday-paper/

Worldwide, coal and oil and gas choke nearly 3 million people to death, which is about 2 Chernobyl’s every day!

http://www.intellectualtakeout.org/library/chart-graph/deaths-terawatt-hour-energy

http://nextbigfuture.com/2011/03/deaths-per-twh-by-energy-source.html

http://www.forbes.com/sites/jamesconca/2012/06/10/energys-deathprint-a-price-always-paid/

Want to kill fewer people? Go nuclear!

http://www.theage.com.au/comment/want-to-kill-fewer-people-go-nuclear-20130710-2pqbq.html

Basically, I feel sorry for people that have interviewed Helen as some kind of ‘authority’, as they haven’t had the objectivity to check her qualifications, her claims, and her rabid anti-nuclear obsession. She has about as much credibility as the “Moon landing was faked” crowd. Handle her material with care! It seems to be catching.

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Blood Lions: bred for the bullet

Blood Lions Sydney

For the Love of Wildlife partnering with Blood Lions

Friday, 4 September 2015 from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM (AEST)

For the Love of Wildlife is very proud to partner BLOOD LIONS for the Australian events.

Every single day in South Africa at least two to three captive bred or tame lions are being killed in canned hunts. And hundreds more are slaughtered annually for the lion bone trade.

The Blood Lions story is a compelling call to action to have these practices stopped.

Currently, almost 8 000 predators are being held in cages or confined areas, and none of this has anything to do with conservation. If we don’t act now, that number could well be over 12 000 within the next few years.

We urge everyone to Support the Campaign/Take Action/Join the Movement. You have the power to stop lions being bred for the bullet.

This is a rare and exclusive event.

Not only will you see the original version of Blood Lions, Ian Michler (lead role) and Pippa Hankinson (Producer) will be at the screening with Q&A / panel discussion after the movie – something you DON’T WANT TO MISS including Honourable Mark Pearson MP, Member of the Legislative Council (NSW).

Proudly supported by UTS.

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SBS’s “Uranium” series prediction

OK, given the way SBS’s ‘Uranium’ series is going, I predict the last episode on nuclear power will *not* discuss breeder reactors, and will conclude that nuclear power is too expensive, too dangerous, and leaves waste forever. There are Phd’s in nuclear history that don’t know about breeder reactors. Breeders are one of the most amazing scientific and engineering *facts* of history that no-one knows about. It’s like we invented a successful fusion reactor back in the 1950’s, and then buried it.

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LFTR’s to fight cancer

This one really interested me. Targeted alpha therapy. Attach an alpha emitting particle (like Bismuth 213) to an anti-body which then goes and attaches to a cancer cell and the radiation kills that cancer cell. Bismuth 213 only comes from the thorium decay-chain as normal uranium in Light Water Reactors decays to Bismuth 212. That’s a problem, because 212’s granddaughter Thallium is a hard gamma emitter which could cause more damage than it cures.

Only LFTR’s could produce Bismuth 213 as a side-effect of producing abundant clean electricity.

Now add this to my last post on this topic, and you have LFTR’s giving us:-

  • abundant cheap clean electricity,
  • more thermally efficient electricity,
  • nuclear waste & warhead eating reactor,
  • passive safety where the reactor fuel drains away then solidifies if power fails,
  • desalinated seawater (from waste heat — not instead of producing power but after producing power),
  • cancer-fighting Bismuth 212,
  • plutonium to run deep space probes.

LFTR’s are what fusion wanted to be, but with so many more applications it hurts that we’re not building a worldwide fleet right now.

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More efficient, more water, more deep space

LFTR’s are So, more efficient, produce more water, and more deep space probes!
* EFFICIENT: regular reactors are only 35% thermally efficient with the heat, LFTR’s are 50% efficient: it’s a different turbine type. (This is just about how it makes electricity from heat, not about how efficient it is with fuel. Because it burns nuclear waste it is 60 times more efficient if we’re discussing fuel!)
* WATER: LFTR’s *also* generate such high temperatures that *after* making electricity, the waste heat is still hot enough to make fresh drinking water. This is *not* using the electricity to make fresh water, this is *waste* heat making fresh water after the electricity has already been made!
* LFTR’s can *also* be configured so that afinal waste product is plutonium 238, which is the only power source we have that runs very deep space satellites and probes.
So there you have it. More efficient, more water, and more deep space probes!

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