Russia says old nuclear satellite poses no threat – International Herald Tribune

“MOSCOW: Russia’s military said Wednesday that an old Soviet-built nuclear-powered satellite has spewed fragments in orbit, but insisted they do not threaten the international space station or people on Earth.”

via Russia says old nuclear satellite poses no threat – International Herald Tribune.

Another example of the underplayed and  extremely dangerous overlap between military applications and environmental risk.

Sloppy reporting follows:

“In 1978, the Soviet Cosmos-954 nuclear-powered satellite scattered radioactive debris over a lightly populated area of Northern Canada on its fiery re-entry, but caused no injuries.”

Cancer is common everywhere, so of course it is possible that this radioactive debris has caused injuries, either in Nothern Canada or beyond.

Oversupply pushes solar panel prices down

“MCLEAN, Va., Jan. 14 (UPI) — Oversupply and low demand have made solar panels cheaper for U.S. homeowners.

Prices for rooftop solar systems, including installation, have fallen by 8 percent to 10 percent since October and are expected to drop an additional 15 percent to 20 percent in 2009.”

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Strange math in this article. 15 – 20% panel price drop and the whole system goes down over 50%. Must be incorrect or missing logic somewhere, maybe the expected government subsidies are huge:

In California a typical 4 kilowatt, $32,000 solar energy system cost a homeowner about $23,000 last year after state and federal incentives. This year, if the price predictions come true, the price for the same system would be between $10,000 and $12,000.

Global Warming Hoax narrative being promoted

Could the idea of a ‘Global Warming hoax’ itself be a hoax or political ploy?

“Outside of a small band of ideologically motivated outlets, the majority of the mainstream media is unwilling to cover the nonsensical junk science of the right-wing think tanks and their cadre of scientists for hire. With this the case, the Internet is exploding with such information. And at the same time that we’re seeing significantly more of this misinformation being spread about global warming online, we’re also seeing more people than ever using the Internet as their main source of news and information.”



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