Savannah River Nuclear Solutions fired an undisclosed number of employees fo leaking an emailed memo that discussed how more than 1,400 employee reductions at SRS would be implemented.
According to the Aiken Standard, the paper rece3ived a copy of the email and its contents were considered classified by the Department of Energy. Savannah River Nuclear Solutions has a history of accidents and mishaps at the site and routinely relies on confidentiality and national security in order to avoid releasing details of incidents. Ironically the company hopes to take part in the economic bonanza that Senate ratification of the New Start Treaty will bring with the modernization of SRS. This is the most radioactive site in the United States in terms of curies. There is an estimated 400 million curies of radiation in liquid waste storage tanks at the site. Despite billions spent in clean-up there has been no reduction in radiation caused by remediation.
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International Whaling Commission (IWC) national delegates meeting at Agadir, Morocco, failed to approve a plan that would have legalized commercial whaling in exchange for a gradual reduction in the number of whales killed over a 10-year period.
The Animal Welfare Institute estimates that Iceland, Norway and Japan have killed 33,000 whales since the ban was introduced in 1986. Iceland and Norway hunt for whales in the northern hemisphere, outside the reach of IWC control. Japan has been whaling in the Antarctic under an IWC provision that allows whales to be killed for research purposes.
Some groups, including Greenpeace and World Wildlife Fund, had hoped to bring these countries under IWC’s purview through the plan.
Other groups hailed the breakdown in negotiations as a victory. “The IWC is taking a safe course, opting for a cooling off period that protects the moratorium and other IWC conservation measures,” said Patrick Ramage, director of the International Fund for Animal Welfare’s global whale campaign.
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The first experimental step in an innovative plan to recuperate Peru’s disappearing Andean glaciers involves returning an extinct glacier to its former snowy white color, not by falling snow but by whitewash.
There is debate between those who dismiss the idea as just plain daft and those who praise it as a simple yet brilliant solution.
The idea is based on the simple scientific principle that when sunlight is reflected off the painted white or light-colored surface, solar energy passes back through the atmosphere and out into space, rather than warming the Earth’s surface.
Eduardo Gold, the 55-year-old Peruvian inventor who came up with the scheme, said it would bring about a cooling of the peak’s surface, which in turn would generate a cold micro-climate around the peak producing conditions ripe for the glacier to re-grow.
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