Nuclear diplomacy

Fighting nuclear proliferation and climate change in one project: the Savannah River MOX spectacle

March 18, 2013
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Fighting nuclear proliferation and climate change in one project: the Savannah River MOX spectacle

If you don’t like the tens of thousands of “superfluous” nuclear weapons in the U.S. and Russian arsenals, or any nuclear weapons for that matter, you should be encouraged to know that the U.S. and Russia agreed, in the years after the Cold War ended, to dismantle thousands of them and destroy the nuclear explosive.…

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Assessing America’s two-pronged anti-proliferation policy: failures, successes, and a way forward

March 8, 2013
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Assessing America’s two-pronged anti-proliferation policy: failures, successes, and a way forward

U.S. policy for preventing nuclear weapons proliferation is a two-pronged work in progress. Prong One is essentially intellectual property protection: blocking certain other countries from access to technologies and processes that can help make explosives and bombs. Prong Two is dissuasive diplomacy: using various forms of diplomatic pressure, up to and including military force, to…

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North Korea cares not how Canada makes medical isotopes

February 12, 2013
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North Korea cares not how Canada makes medical isotopes

Yesterday’s PostMedia was abuzz with stories about a plan to ship liquid nuclear reactor waste containing high enriched uranium (HEU) from the Chalk River Lab in Ontario northwest of Ottawa back to the U.S. where the uranium was originally enriched. The stuff poses little actual danger: the Postmedia claim that the liquid could solidify and…

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Nuclear jobs in Ontario: the South Asia connection

February 6, 2013
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Nuclear jobs in Ontario: the South Asia connection

I heard the incoming premier of Ontario this morning telling representatives of the province’s South Asian community about her desire for stronger economic connections between Ontario and South Asia. That is encouraging to me: Canada has recently “re-normalized” nuclear trade with India, the biggest South Asian economy, after three decades of petulantly cold-shouldering that country…

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A cure for Canada’s nuclear headache with India: critical thinking

November 5, 2012
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A cure for Canada’s nuclear headache with India: critical thinking

Last July, a series of power blackouts in northern India left close to 700 million people without electricity for two days. This made it the biggest power blackout event in history. Its cause was high loading on critical transmission lines by utilities working in poor, or no, coordination with a central administrator. It is really…

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Item 1: if Ontario did not have its nuclear generating fleet, last hour’s CO2 emissions would have been AT LEAST:

5,662 metric tons, and the CIPK would have been 378.4 grams

Item 2: Since prorogation of the Ontario legislature on October 15, 2012, provincial gas-fired generating plants have dumped this much CO2 into our air:

14,384,295 metric tons. This is a running total. Every hour, the total increases by the amount of Gas CO2 given in Table 1.

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