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Wednesday, September 14, 2007


  1. Nuclear Safeguards
  2. Health Effects of Nuclear Development
  3. Economics of Nuclear Power
  4. Northeast Asian Energy Cooperation
  5. Carbon Emissions Targets
  6. Affect of Climate Change on ROK Forests

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1. Nuclear Safeguards

The Nonproliferation Policy Education Center reports on a series of studies it held on the IAEA safeguards standards. The reports conclude that "the IAEA is already falling behind in achieving its material accountancy mission and risk slipping further behind unless members of the IAEA board independently and in concert take remedial actions in the next two to five years."


2. Health Effects of Nuclear Development

The Rocky Mountain News ("U.S. Nuke Work Afflicted 36,500 Americans," 8/31/07) reported that, based on government statistics, 36,500 Americans were sickened by radiation exposure related to the US nuclear weapons program, and 4,000 died CNN (Matthew Chance, "Inside the Nuclear Underworld: Deformity and Fear") reported on the thousands of people in Kazakhstan who suffered deformities due to nuclear tests by the Soviet Union. The Associated Press (James MacPherson, "North Dakotans Wary of Renewed Uranium Interest," 9/1/07) reported that residents of North Dakota's uranium mining areas are concerned that renewed interest in nuclear power could lead to a return to uranium mining, which they blame for health problems in both humans and livestock.

U.S. Nuke Work Afflicted 36,500 Americans

Inside the Nuclear Underworld: Deformity and Fear

North Dakotans Wary of Renewed Uranium Interest

3. Economics of Nuclear Power

The Baltimore Sun (Paul Adams, "Economics Of Nuclear Power Are Rethought," 9/4/07) reported that some recent studies have concluded that the cost of nuclear power could become competitive with costs of power from conventional power plants, such as coal-fired plants. For this to happen, however, would probably require a combination of lower construction costs and carbon taxes.

Economics Of Nuclear Power Are Rethought



4. Northeast Asian Energy Cooperation

Volume 77 of the ERINA Report from the Economic Research Institute for Northeast Asia (ERINA) focuses on energy security and multilateral cooperation, featuring contributions from Japan, China, Mongolia, Far Eastern Russia, and the DPRK (in English and Japanese).


5. Carbon Emissions Targets

Harvard Professor Jeffrey Frankel has proposed a climate policy architecture that builds on the quantitative targets and timetables infrastructure of the UNFCCC and Kyoto Protocol. He calls for a sequence of negotiations (one per decade) to determine the global greenhouse gas emissions cap and a formula for allocating this global cap among all participating countries. The formulas for setting national-level targets would reflect historic emissions, current emissions, population, income, and other relevant factors, but in the long-term the formulas would converge on a per capita allocation.


6. Affect of Climate Change on ROK Forests

A study by the Korea Environmental Institute and Korea University finds that more than 30% of ROK forest cover is vulnerable to climate change. This suggests the possibility of more flood damage on the Peninsula, such as that which caused extreme devastation to the DPRK during this summer's monsoon season.


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