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12 The Julian News EARTH 0,ants 00ave 00een c,o00eฐ,,,cense countr,e00--c00ina anฐ ,no,a extensions for existing facilities combined will account for half of continue to proceed, and the the projected growth. federal Nuclear Regulatory "Serious pollution problems IRLAII/'V/'ฎ Commission (NRC)has even mean that those developing greenlighted construction of countries cannot produce all that two new reactors at a nuclear electricity by burning coal," says !!t#ih'r /? n,,,,,,,,.,,o _q AoOungth power plant in Georgia. But Amir Adnani, CEO of Uranium public concerns over the safety Energy Corporation, a uranium of nuclear power and what to do mining company. "The plans to t with spent fuel indicate that nukes develop nuclear power in China Japan's 2011 Fukushima nuclear plant meltdown would have sealed nuclear power's fate, but I keep hearing otherwise. Can you enlighten? -- Jacob Allen, New York, NY The 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster did cause many nations to reconsider their nuclear committments, though many European countries-- Switzerland, Belgium, Austria, Germany, Italy, Spain and Sweden--had already begun phasing out nuclear power decades earlier. After Fukushima, Germany, Belgium and Switzerland all moved to decommission their nuclear facilities altogether by 2022, 2025 and 2034 respectively. Japan's nuclear program, which provided 30 percent of the country's electricity needs before the March 2011 disaster, is now essentially non-operational due to public safety concerns. Furthermore, Japan announced in November 2013 that, due to the shuttering of Fukushima and other nuclear facilities, it was backpedaling its on prior commitments to cut greenhouse gas emissions 25 percent from 1990 levels. Here in the U.S., Fukushima has not had any major effect on our nuclear industry. No nuclear will likely become a smaller and smaller slice of the U.S. energy pie moving forward. Elsewhere, however, many countries are looking to nuclear power as a way to increase energy production without adding to greenhouse gas emissions. Casey Research reports that developing countries are increasingly relying on it to supplement coal and other fossil fuels. The International Energy Agency predicts global electricity demand will grow 70 percent by 2035; with the majority of the increase coming from developing \\;; and other countries are very much driven by a set of realities that is very different and very acute. People are dying every year in China, literally choking to death, because of all the toxins that are being put into the environment by burning coal." China now has 17 nuclear plants in operation and another 29 underway. India has 20 plants running and seven more being built. And the Russian Federation operates 33 and has another 11 in the works. So while it might be premature to call it a "nuclear renaissance," much of the world The 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster did cause many nations to reconsider their nuclear commitments, but many countries are still looldng to nuclear power as a way to increase energy production without adding to greenhouse gas emissions. Sir Albert Howard (1873-1947) is often referred to as the father of modern organic agriculture. In 1905 he F-t 9 began work as agricultural advisor in Indore, India, where he observed the cultivation  methods of the local farmers, such as com-  posting, that returned nutrients to the soil.   :  He documented and developed these farm- g ing techniques. His work influenced and ,) '"  inspired many farmers and agricultural ",N ,.:'' scientists who furthered the organic move- jkx .,d  _  ment. His 19443 book An Agricultural Testa- dllt"'-- ment is a dassic organic farming text. ' Source: www.ifoam.org - Brenda Weaver ฉ 2014 by King Features Syndicate, Inc. World rights reserved. photo credit: Kawamoto Takuo doesn't seem too worried about what .happened at Fukushima. Indeed, nuclear power looks like it could be around for a long time. According to MIT's Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research, the real impact of Fukushima has been to remind us all to take safety much more seriously: "While the international nuclear industry appears so far to have dodged being hit squa in the head by a bullet fron Fukushima, it should not expec that it will get another chance r there is another serious nucleE accident anywhere in the world.' Wolves continued from page 1 ready work with the Department and Commission to promote wolf recovery and implement solutions that foster coexistence with wolves," says Richie. Gray wolves are native to California, which still has suitable habitat and prey to support a wolf population. Although it's uncertain how many wolves used to be in California, the last known wolf was killed in Lessen County in 1924 and wolves were likely broadly distributed in the state, according to the status report. Wolf OR-7 is only the first to enter California. It is widely accepted that more wolves are expected to disperse into the state as Oregon's wolf population continues to grow. Human intolerance of wolves is the most important factor affecting their chance of survival. Since the Commission accepted the petition to list the wolf in 2012, the wolf has had temporary state protections as a "candidate" species for listing until a final determination is made. In spring of 2013, the Department issued a public notice seeking information related to the status of the gray wolf in California. It received over 5,600 emails and letters in support of listing, and 40-50 in opposition. The Commission is expected to receive more public comment and make a final decision on the gray wolf listing at its April meeting in Venture. The fact is that censorship always defeats its own purpose for it creates, in the end, the kind of society that is incapable of exercising real discretion. -- Henry Steele Commager CONTACTS: Casey Research, www.caseyresearch.com; MIT Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research, http:llweb:mit:edul ceepr/www. EarthTalkฎ is written and edited by noddy Scheer and Doug Moss and is a registered trademark of E - The Environmental Magazine (www. emagazine.com). Send questions to: earthtalk@emagazine.com. Helping Well Owners Keep Their Water Safe (NAPSA)-There is good news for homeowners who want to protect the safety and quality of their well water. There is a new set of information tools designed to help household well owners operate and maintain their wells to provide safe water for their families. The tools, which are being developed by the National Ground Water Association (NGWA) through assistance from the U.S. EPA, include: • A series of live webinars • A series of online lessons • A Private Well Owner toll-free hotline (855-420-9355) • A monthly Private Well Owner Tip Sheet. To access these private well owner information tools and more, visit www.WellOwner.org. Testing, Treatment And More "Household water well owners are responsible for monitoring their water quality and taking action when necessary," said NGWA Public Awareness Director Cliff Treyens. "To help, these new information tools are designed to give well owners next steps and guide them to the help they need." Among the specific areas covered by the new information tools are: • Water testing • Water treatment • Well maintenance • Water testing related to hydraulic fracturing • Groundwater protection • Well construction • Well flooding. Webinars On Demand The live webinars will be re corded for viewing at any time. Both the webinars and the online lessons will be added to the collection as they are done, so well owners are advised to check periodically for new offerings. Registration qinks for .,..the webinars and online lessons will be accessible through the WellOwner.org home page, where visitors can also subscribe to the free monthly Tip Sheet. The telephone hotline is February 12, 2014 1. In 2012, Miguel Cabrera became the first Tiger to have five consecutive years of 30 or more home runs. Which two Detroit players had four such seasons? 2. True or false: Hall of Fame shortstop Honus Wagner also was a major-league manager. 3. What was the first college football bowl game to feature teams ranked No. 1 and No. 2? 4. When was the last time before 2013 that the New York Knicks won an NBA playoff series? 5. Of the top five NHL players in career short-handed goals, four are members of the Hockey Hall of Fame. Who is not? 6. In 2013, Sebastian Vettel became the first driver in Formula One history to have nine successive victories in one year. Who held the old mark? 7. Entering 2014, who was the last American male to win a Grand Slam singles title? Answers on page 14 operational Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern Time (except national holidays). To encourage learning, the online lessons and the webinars will have a short pre-lesson/ webinar quiz and a post-lesson/ webinar quiz. Those who successfully complete the final quiz will receive a certificate of completion. "There is no replacement for certified drinking water testing labs and qualified water well system professionals in providing accurate diagnoses and remedies for water quality issues," Treyens said. "What these tools are intended to do is ar, m the well owner, with, important basic information and direction." These new information tools are designed to help household well owners operate and maintain their wells to provide safe water for their families. 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