October 4 News: ‘Practically All’ Of Europe’s Nuclear Reactors Need Upgrades Totaling $30 Billion

“Practically all” of the more than 130 active nuclear reactors in the European Union need safety improvements, repairs or upgrades, at a cost up to 25 billion euros ($30 billion), according to a draft copy of a European Commission report that is scheduled to be released Thursday. [Sydney Herald]

Global warming was frozen out of the first debate between President Obama and GOP rival Mitt Romney Wednesday night. [The Hill]

It is the issue most notable by its absence in the 2012 presidential race. But the environment may yet have an impact this election as campaign groups target the vulnerable congressional seats of Republicans who dismiss the dangers of climate change. [Guardian]

Incumbent presidents often take it on the chin when they return to the debate stage after a four-year absence. Wednesday night in Denver added another such instance to the history books. It’s not that Mitt Romney was particularly stellar, but rather that President Obama fell short. [CNN]

Lost amid the withered crops, dehydrated cattle and depleted ponds that have come to symbolize the country’s most widespread drought in decades has been the toll on families whose livelihoods depend on farming. [New York Times]

While September finally brought some relief from the unrelenting summer heat to the Central and Eastern parts of the U.S., the prevailing weather pattern helped set heat and dry weather records and gave rise to wildfires throughout the West. Death Valley, Calif., which is the country’s hottest spot, set a record for the warmest September on record, with an average temperature of 96.3°F. [Climate Central]

Definite signs of global warming are starting to appear in studies of temperature variations in Nebraska and across the region over the decades, according to scientists at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. [Nebraska Radio Network]

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday told Enbridge Inc. that the pipeline company’s massive 2010 oil spill in the Kalamazoo River system requires more cleanup work. [Associated Press]

The United States trade case against Chinese manufacturers of solar panels took a step toward completion Wednesday with a final hearing before the International Trade Commission on whether cheap Chinese imports have injured or threatened to injure the domestic solar industry. [New York Times]

Centuries before the Industrial Revolution or the recognition of global warming, the ancient Roman and Chinese empires were already producing powerful greenhouse gases through their daily toil, according to a new study. [Los Angeles Times]

Climate contrarians tend to point to the Antarctic almost every time Arctic sea ice sets a record or near-record low. In reality, the trends in Antarctic sea ice are pretty small compared to what’s happening in the Arctic. [New York Times]

7 Responses to October 4 News: ‘Practically All’ Of Europe’s Nuclear Reactors Need Upgrades Totaling $30 Billion

  1. Joseph Ventolora says:

    What are they waiting for? When there is an earthquake, the reactors will get damaged, and millions of people will get radiation poison

  2. ColoradoBob says:

    Flood costs doubled in last decade

    The rising costs of floods are creating challenges for the insurance industry and the economic viability of flood insurance is currently an issue under scrutiny.
    “2011’s $12 billion insured losses in Thailand really highlighted the potential for flood to cause extreme losses. The insured losses corresponded to 1,800 percent of the country’s total annual property premium,” said Jens Mehlhorn, head of flood at Swiss Re. “This emphasises the difficulties the industry faces in creating an economically viable approach to flood insurance.”

  3. David B. Benson says:

    Ok, suppose it is US$30 billion. That averages about US$230 million per NPP. NOt much.

  4. ColoradoBob says:

    My comments are being held in moderation , please release them.

  5. Mulga Mumblebrain says:

    All initial estimates of cost for nuclear boondoggles, whether construction, de-commissioning or keeping them from spewing nuclear waste over the peasants, can safely be multipled by ten to reach an approximate final expenditure.

  6. Joe Romm says:

    Done. Sorry. Filter is kind of random.

  7. Spike says:

    Good article here on the widespread and dramatic warming of the world’s lakes