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I blame lazy media for not picking this up. The first climate-related nuclear power plant shut down occurred in 2007(!). Since then, there have been, by my count, an additional 5 climate related shut downs in the US. Where the F*CK is the media on this? More at bottom.

A fire in Nebraska’s Fort Calhoun nuclear power plant briefly knocked out the cooling process for spent nuclear fuel rods, ProPublica reports.

The fire occurred on June 7th, and knocked out cooling for approximately 90 minutes. After 88 hours, the cooling pool would boil dry and highly radioactive materials would be exposed.

On June 6th, the Federal Administration Aviation (FAA) issued a directive banning aircraft from entering the airspace within a two-mile radius of the plant.

"No pilots may operate an aircraft in the areas covered by this NOTAM," referring to the "notice to airmen," effective immediately.

Since last week, the plant has been under a “notification of unusual event” classification, becausing of the rising Missouri River. That is the lowest level of emergency alert.

The OPPD claims the FAA closed airspace over the plant because of the Missouri River flooding. But the FAA ban specifically lists the Fort Calhoun Nuclear Power Plant as the location for the flight ban.

Source: Business Insider
The first climate-related nuclear power plant shut down in North America occurred in 2007. Due to extreme, unplanned for drought, one of the cooling towers to the Brown’s Ferry Nuclear Power in Alabama shut down because the lake it drew water from was too low and too hot to cool the power plant. I wrote about this incident in my article published in the International Journal of Climate Change - that the US is shamefully under-prepared for current climate conditions, never mind future climate impacts. 
Since 2007, I count 5 nuclear power plant shut downs in the US. Unbelievably unprecedented and shamefully under reported.

I’m reposting this in full because so many of the stories seem equally compelling. Please give a skim and consider adding Alternet to your RSS. It’s from the Reuters enviro network, and is pretty high quality.

Two sections stand out for me, Vietnam and Global (after the jump). I invest in Vietnam’s currency (called the Vietnamese Dong [yep]). Vietnam is developing very, very rapidly. Their coastal development is a concern with respect to sea level rise, but they have a lot of innovative engineers. In the Global section (at the end), there’s a fascinating piece that I bookmarked for tomorrow on adaptation and corruption. Can’t wait to dig into that one!

I do hope you take a few minutes to at least skim these stories. OK, it starts and ends at the quotation marks:

"Please take a look at this month’s top climate stories from AlertNet Climate, the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s daily news website on the human impacts of climate change.

— Serious storms off the coast of Bangladesh are increasing in frequency, endangering the lives and livelihoods of Bangladeshi fishermen. But telecommunications technology is now being used to disseminate warnings to fishermen, helping them make better decisions about when to turn for home.

— Local councils in Cameroon are seizing the initiative in the fight against climate change with a new network to increase grassroots participation and government accountability on climate policy.

— More than 1,000 families in the municipality of Acandi, on the Panama border, are aiming to become one of the first Colombian communities to sell carbon credits generated by their forest conservation activities on the international voluntary market.

— In Ghana, whether the biofuel crop jatropha will pluck rural farmers from poverty and reduce carbon emissions or displace farmers and gobble up land that could produce food depends very much on who you ask.


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This weekend, the Washington Post took a look at the safety of nuclear power in comparison to other sources (like coal) in the wake of the Fukushima disaster. When the future effects of climate change are included, nuclear comes out way ahead. But when compared to the visible and potent disaster in Japan, long-term dangers (even if they are worse) seem like they are unlikely to sway critics.

People just aren’t very good dealing with the future. They’d rather be safer now.

More at: Nuclear power is safest way to make electricity, according to study

(via jtotheizzoe)

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Climate Adaptation, Development, and Peacebuilding in Fragile States:
Finding the Triple-Bottom Line

Alexander Carius, Managing Director, Adelphi Research
Dan Smith, Secretary General, International Alert

Monday, March 28, 2011
12:00 noon - 2:00 p.m.
5th Floor Conference Room
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

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“As the causes and consequences of global climate change have become better understood, observers have naturally come to focus on the implications of these changes for the prospects of political instability or armed conflict, especially in fragile states where the state-society relationship is already stressed. Climate variability and change pose the greatest risk where natural systems are severely degraded and human governance systems are failing. It is expected that people who are already vulnerable and food insecure are likely to be the first affected through threats to their lives and livelihood systems stability through increasingly unpredictable climatic events. Responding to the dual challenges of climate change and conflict (from social unrest to violence) calls for an integrated approach of adaptation, development, and peacebuilding initiatives. In this discussion, Dan Smith will address the need to capture this triple-bottom line of initiatives, and obstacles to doing so. Alexander Carius will address European climate, development, and security efforts, including renewed high level initiatives in this area.”

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