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Dick Cheney: Iran Deal Will Lead To First Use Of Nuclear Weapon Since Hiroshima And Nagasaki

Former Vice President Dick Cheney and his daughter Liz Cheney launched a broad attack against President Barack Obama’s foreign policy in an excerpt of a forthcoming book that was published in The Wall Street Journal on Friday.

Both Cheneys accused Obama of lying about the Iran nuclear deal and said that the agreement would lead to the first use of a nuclear weapon since 1945.

Nearly everything the president has told us about his Iranian agreement is false. He has said it will prevent the Iranians from acquiring nuclear weapons, but it will actually facilitate and legitimize an Iranian nuclear arsenal,” they wrote. “The Obama agreement will lead to a nuclear-armed Iran, a nuclear-arms race in the Middle East and, more than likely, the first use of a nuclear weapon since Hiroshima and Nagasaki.”

The Obama administration has aggressively defended the deal, saying that it cuts off all pathways to a nuclear bomb. Secretary of State John Kerry has said that a better deal simply does not exist.

The Cheneys also blamed the rise of terrorist groups like ISIS on the withdrawal of American troops from Iraq in 2011 — a talking point that Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush has also used.

“He has abandoned Iraq, leaving a vacuum that is being tragically and ominously filled by our enemies. He is on course to forsake Afghanistan as well,” the Cheneys wrote.

But former U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno, who was one of the architects of the 2007 surge and a top official in Iraq, has disputed that the decision to leave Iraq was Obama’s.

“I remind everybody that us leaving at the end of 2011 was negotiated in 2008 by the Bush administration. That was always the plan, we had promised them that we would respect their sovereignty,” Odierno said at a press conference earlier this month.

The Cheneys’ book, Exceptional: Why the World Needs a Powerful America, will be available Sept. 1.

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Iran President Opposes Parliament Vote on Nuclear Deal

Iran president opposes parliament vote on nuclear deal, says it should not become obligation



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NIRS reported 98 percent of fir trees deformed in no-returning zone of Fukushima

NIRS (National Institute of Radiological Sciences)  published a report on Scientific Reports of Nature.com on 8/28/2015. In this report, 97.6 % of Japanese fir trees had deformation by the beginning of 2015 in the area where it is expected that the residents have difficulties in returning for a long time (Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry).

Those deformed trees don’t have sprouts to stop growing. The area spreads in Ookuma-town and Namie-town. The atmospheric is observed to be 33.9 μSv/h. In the area where the atmospheric dose is 19.6 μSv/h, the deformation rate was 43.5 %, and in the area where the dose is 6.85 μSv/h, the rate was 27%. This is showing the significant connection between the atmospheric dose and the deformation rate of Japanese fir.

The deformation of Pinus sylvestris was also seen in Chernobyl accident.

 

NIRS reports 98 percent of fir trees deformed in no-returning zone of Fukushima

 

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Le NIRS rapporte que dans la zone interdite de Fukushima 98% des sapins sont déformés

 

Le 28 août 2015, le NIRS (Institut National des Sciences Radiologiques) publie un rapport sur des articles scientifiques de Nature.com. Dans ce rapport, début 2015 et dans la zone où on s’attend à ce que les habitants aient des difficultés à revenir longtemps, 97,6% des sapins japonais sont déformés (Ministère de l’Économie, du Commerce et de l’Industrie).

Ces arbres déformés n’ont pas de bourgeons et arrêtent de croître. Cette zone s’étend sur les villes d’Ookuma et de Namie. La dose ambiante observée est à 33,9 mSv/h. Là où elle est de 19,6 mSv/h, la fréquence des déformations est de 43,5%, et dans la zone où cette dose est de 6,85 mSv/h, elle est de 27%, ce qui démontre le lien significatif entre dose ambiante et fréquence de déformation des sapin japonais.

Des déformations de Pinus sylvestris sont également observées dans la région de l’accident de Tchernobyl.

NIRS reports 98 percent of fir trees deformed in no-returning zone of Fukushima

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Whip list: How many Democrats oppose Obama’s Iran nuclear deal?

Lawmakers have some homework for their summer break: deciding how they want to vote on the Iran nuclear deal.




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From Hiroshima to Marshall Islands: Nuclear Weapons Must Be Banned

The lingering consequences of nuclear testing

Just a few weeks after the 70th anniversary of the nuclear bombs over Hiroshima and Nagasaki, August 29th marks the International Day against Nuclear Testing.

Well over 2,000 nuclear detonations have been conducted around the world since 1945, each one leaving a deadly legacy for humans and the environment.

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Nuclear tests have been carried out in more than 60 locations around the globe. The targets have often been the lands of indigenous peoples, their remoteness, both geographically and politically, determining their selection for destruction. While local populations where forcibly removed from their homes in the name national security, precious little was done to guard against the exposure of “downwind” settlements, who were exposed to an unacceptable health risk from the nuclear fallout.

With the exception of North Korea, nuclear weapon states have ceased the testing of nuclear weapons. However, these states still collectively hold nearly 16,000 nuclear warheads in their stockpiles today. Many of these weapons of mass destruction are ready to be launched in minutes. Whatever the nuclear weapon states learned from the tests, the overriding lesson for us must be: the continued possession of nuclear weapons exposes the entire world to an unacceptable risk of a humanitarian catastrophe.

The nature of nuclear weapons

Nuclear weapons are weapons intended to destroy cities. These are weapons that are incapable of distinguishing between civilian and a military targets. As evident in Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and all the various nuclear test sites around the world, the effects of a nuclear detonation remain devastating for decades and can harm unborn generations.

Nuclear weapons fundamentally violate the principles of international humanitarian law. They are morally intolerable and illegitimate instruments of terror, and as the International Committee of the Red Cross stated, “[T]heir destructive power is unrivalled, their potential impact catastrophic, and yet they remain the one weapon of mass destruction not yet banned.”

We have banned chemical weapons, biological weapons, landmines and cluster munitions because of the unacceptable humanitarian harm they cause. Yet, the biggest – most destructive weapons of them all, remains legal for some.

A new movement to ban nuclear weapons

A new focus on the humanitarian effects of nuclear weapons has emerged in the past few years and civil society is leading a new mobilization effort for a treaty banning nuclear weapons.

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Through three fact-based conferences on this topic in Norway, Mexico, and Austria, evidence of the catastrophic humanitarian impact has been presented. The uncontested conclusions of these conferences highlighted that any detonation of nuclear weapons, either by accident or design, would be a wide-scale humanitarian emergency, to which no meaningful response could be provided.

The conference in Vienna ended with a conclusion that despite non-proliferation treaties and tools, a ban on nuclear testing, and several nuclear weapon free zones, there is no comprehensive legal norm universally prohibiting possession, transfer, production and use of nuclear weapons.” A “legal gap” for nuclear weapons exists and must be filled with urgency.

Leading the charge, the Austrian government issued a “Pledge” to fill this legal gap for the prohibition and elimination of nuclear weapons and invited other governments to join the commitment. Since the Vienna conference, states have been associating themselves with this Humanitarian Pledge, and as of today, 114 states have declared themselves ready to move forward.

The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons believes the Humanitarian Pledge should be used as a basis to launch negotiations for a new international treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons.

On the International Day Against Nuclear Tests, we must remember the unspeakable suffering that nuclear weapons have caused all over the world and call on our governments to start negotiations for a treaty banning nuclear weapons.

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In Kenya, Proposed Coal-Fired Power Plant Threatens World Heritage Site

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In 2015, only about 23 percent of Kenya’s 45,500,000 people have access to electricity, and this problem is particularly pronounced in rural areas of the East African country, where electrification drops to a staggering 4 percent. It’s clear that the question is not whether or not something needs to be done — it is unconscionable to leave people living in energy poverty. Rather, the issue is how do we start delivering energy services as quickly and as broadly as possible?

Despite mounting evidence that new coal generation regularly fails to deliver energy access, especially in rural areas, Amu Power is proposing a 1,000 megawatt coal plant in Manda Bay in Lamu County, home to the World Heritage listed Lamu Old Town. Oxfam and the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) recently issued a report on energy poverty in sub-Saharan Africa showing that off-grid and mini-grid technologies are better at delivering power than centralized projects like coal plants. These small scale projects, such as home solar systems and community renewable energy, can cost effectively generate power where it is needed and can be installed now instead of waiting years or decades for grid extensions.

According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), to reach “energy for all,” 64 percent of new energy investments must go to off-grid and mini-grid solutions. This has been backed up by the World Bank, which warned of the devastating health effects caused by coal-generated energy, saying that coal is not the solution to the world’s energy access needs. The most persuasive argument perhaps was the former secretary of India’s ministry of power, EAS Sarma, who in an opinion piece for The Guardian noted that his country has added 95,000 megawatts of largely coal-fired power since 2001, but it has done little to help the 45 percent of rural households living without access to electricity. Meanwhile, unsafe levels of mercury and other pollutants are already impacting the health of pregnant women and children who live near India’s coal plants. In fact, pollution from coal causes over 100,000 deaths every year in India. But instead of actually helping alleviate energy poverty, the electricity is gobbled up by existing, more affluent users.

As for impoverished urban residents with access to the grid, many cannot afford to pay for energy or have other technical barriers to access. This is particularly relevant in Kenya where the cost of grid-based power and connections is a major factor behind energy poverty. The truth is that building coal plants is expensive and often plagued with long delays and cost overruns, as we have seen in South Africa where the Medupi and Kusile coal plants. These two projects are at least four years behind schedule and $6 billion and $7 billion over budget respectively. This is not a good precedent for the Lamu coal plant, which is already facing delays.

And where coal fails at alleviating energy poverty, it succeeds in spreading deadly pollution. It is this concern over the health effects of coal that spurred locals in Lamu to action, starting with a petition calling on Lamu Governor Issa Timamy to stop the coal project. While project proponents insist this will be a “clean coal” plant, saying “the only thing that comes out of the chimney is water vapor,” the truth is there is no such thing as “clean coal.” The Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) has yet to be released, but we can glean some details about the project from statements and interviews given by project spokespeople. For example, the proposed Lamu plant does not employ the best available technology to limit pollution, and it will begin operation without Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) to reduce nitrogen oxides. The operator says they will add an SCR later, but the time to add an SCR is during construction, not after emitting pollutants for an indefinite amount of time. And while the project will have controls for particulates and sulfur, there are no controls that can capture every emission, resulting in untold tons of deadly sulfur, nitrogen oxides and particulate matter spewed into the air. The proposal also states the plant will employ supercritical technology, which is hardly advanced at a time when more efficient ultra-supercritical plants are being built — and even those are still far from clean.

With regards to water pollution, the ash dump for the toxic leftovers that remain after the coal is burned will be lined, but a single layer of high density polythene paper is not sufficient, and without leak detection dangerous heavy metals could still contaminate nearby waters. It is also unclear whether there is a plan for catastrophic failure of the ash dump, as happened in Tennessee and North Carolina. It is also unclear what sort of cooling system the plant will use. Chemicals discharged from coal plants into the water can have devastating effects on local ecosystems and fishing, especially if the plant has an open cycle cooling system which releases water at a temperature significantly above that of local bodies.

There are still many questions surrounding the proposed Lamu coal plant, but perhaps none is more critical than the question of whether the plant it is even necessary. With the cost of clean energy sources dropping — even to the point of making them cheaper than coal in places — and knowing that coal is not an effective solution to alleviate energy poverty, is building a new coal plant that will force locals to live with deadly pollution really the best option for Lamu? For those organized against the project, the answer is clearly no.

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Conditions and safety the focus at Fukushima site

Fukushima workers eat in rest house, June 2015 80x48Radiation levels have reduced to the point that full-face masks are not needed for 90% of the Fukushima Daiichi site but worker safety remains a high priority following a fatal accident this month.



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Radiation Expert: Horrific health toll from Fukushima — “Impossible not to be moved by scale of deaths and suffering” — Thousands to die of cancer and that’s just the tip of the iceberg — Number of dead babies significantly increased in many areas of Japan — Government actions unconscionable (AUDIO)

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The political fallout of disastrous events: 75% of those who die in a catastrophic collapse are likely be Democrats

(NaturalNews) In terms of the really big shifts in the voting base of political parties, the largest shift happening right now is the ballooning of Democrat party voters who are illegals. The Democrats have fought hard to outlaw voter ID laws while maintaining wide-open borders, essentially…



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Toxic algae bloom is ‘eating the West Coast’ as sea animals continue to die off amid Fukushima radiation plume

(NaturalNews) Scientists believe that a toxic algae bloom now stretching from California to Alaska could be responsible for poisoning marine mammals across the North American west coast. The bloom is growing in a giant mass of abnormally warm water that has come to be known as “the…



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