US takes steps to resume plutonium pit production for nuclear arms

The Department of Energy plans to increase plutonium pit production to 30 pits annually until 2030, when the number will be ramped up to 80… Pit production was stopped in 2011.

The US National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has called for a tenfold increase in the levels of “plutonium equivalent” material stored at a New Mexico nuclear facility to allow for the resumption of plutonium pit production. The call has alarmed nuclear watchdog groups. If approved, the increased production of plutonium pits – the core of nuclear…

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Opinion: To stop climate change, we need to open borders

This might seem unrealistic at a time of rising anti-immigrant sentiment. But either we do it now, finding orderly ways to integrate climate refugees and allowing ourselves to be spurred to action by the suffering we’re forced to confront, or down the road, we’re going to face a refugee crisis more severe, violent and destabilising than anything we can imagine

Europe is facing its biggest refugee crisis since World War II. What is new this time around is that many of the displaced are being driven from their homes by the destructive effects of climate change. And this is just the beginning. As sea levels rise, swallowing island nations and swamping large parts of Bangladesh, and…

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Corporations key to rescuing nature, says WWF chief

“Today’s corporations inflict significant negative externalities on the planet,” said Sukhdev. “They need to recognise that responsibility.”

A generation ago, the idea of a veteran international banker leading a global organisation charged with saving the planet’s dwindling and besieged wildlife would have seemed far-fetched. For some, it still does. Even Pavan Sukhdev — recently appointed president of World Wildlife Fund International after a quarter century at ANZ Banking and Deutsche Bank, followed by…

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US tribe fights use of treated sewage to make snow on holy peaks

The Hopi tribe is taking on an Arizona ski resort over its use of artificial snow: ‘People compare it to baptizing a baby with reclaimed water’

Woman’s Ingenious Invention Generates Electricity Using Wind From Trains, Subways

A 27-year-old designer has created an ingenious new way of generating wind power in London – and it is done using the infrastructure that already exists. Charlotte Slingsby is the mastermind behind Moya Power: a startup that uses cloth-like material to generate electricity from the wind that comes off of subways and trains…

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Science Says Men Should Be The Ones Cleaning The House

Women have another reason to make men pick up a larger share of housework, with a new study that says cleaning at home affects a female’s lung function but not a male’s. The researchers analyzed data that followed thousands of people over the course of 20 years…

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