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Photographic exhibition of Kazakhstan’s secret atomic bomb test sites

see-this.way(Photographs) These Are The Secret Sites Where The Soviet Union Exploded Atomic Bombs And Tested Radiation On Unsuspecting Russians, Business Insider 19 Sept  HARRISON JACOBS Nuclear testing, primarily at sites in the former Soviet Union, left behind a trail of radiation, chemical debris, and poisoned citizens. The locations, many of which were in Kazakhstan, were some of the most secret and well-guarded locations in the Soviet Union, until its collapse in 1991.

While researching a project on large Russian cities, photographer Nadav Kander discovered some of the testing sites on Google Earth. Fascinated by their secrecy, Kander set out to find what was left. There wasn’t much. Most had been destroyed after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Kander shared a number of the photos with us here, but you can see the rest on display at the Flowers Gallery in London. “Dust,” a book of the photographs, will be released on October 31st.


Kurchatov in Eastern Kazakhstan used to be the center of operations for the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site. It was a “closed city,” meaning no one could enter or exit the city without proper authorization. Kurchatov was also a “science” city, built by gulag labour and named after the Russian physicist tasked with producing the atomic bomb. At its heyday, the population was over 20,000, composed of scientists, engineers, physicists, military personnel and those who worked at the nuclear facilities. It was one of the most secretive places in the Soviet Union. The Semipalatinsk Test Site, also know as “The Polygon,” was the primary testing site for Soviet nuclear weapons. Located near Kurchatov, the Soviet Union conducted 456 nuclear tests in the area from 1949 to 1989, with little regard for radiation exposure to citizens.

The Soviet Union never informed nearby citizens of the nuclear tests or their potential exposure. Instead, scientists secretly observed the effects of radiation on people in the area. To this day, the area near the Polygon has one of the highest occurrences of cancer in the world.
Though the site was closed in 1992, large amounts of radioactive material were left behind, virtually unguarded. Over the course of 17 years, Kazakh, Russian, and American scientists completed a $US150 million operation to secure the material.
Lake Chagan, also called Atomic Lake, is a lake created by the Chagan underground nuclear test in 1965. The water from the lake comes from the Chagan River. It is still radioactive……

September 20, 2014 Posted by | Resources -audiovicual | Leave a comment

Renewable enegy already viable – and the myth of storage necessity

We Don’t Need a Huge Breakthrough to Make Renewable Energy Viable—It Already Is The idea that renewable energy can’t handle the load is a myth, says Amory Lovins  By Colin Schultz August 5, 2014 From the windy plains to the sunny southwest, energy companies around the U.S. are investing heavily in renewable energy production. More than half of the energy production equipment being planned for installation in the next few years is renewable. Yet despite the environmental and economic sense of renewable energy, the public conception still lingers that wind and solar and other renewable tech will never be able to quite handle the job. After all, do we expect factories and homes to go dark when the sun sets or the wind falters?

The storage necessity myth: how to choreograph high-renewables electricity systems


In the video above, physicist and environmentalist Amory Lovins explains how renewable energy should be able to keep the electricity flowing just fine. We won’t need any big technological breakthroughs in batteries or storage technology, he says, or any other huge breakthroughs. All we’ll really need is good management and a diverse array of renewable energy production equipment.

Amory Lovins is the co-founder of the Rocky Mountain Institute, a think tank working on energy and resource use issues. This video was based on a presentation Lovins gave at the 2014 TED conference.

August 7, 2014 Posted by | renewable, Resources -audiovicual | Leave a comment

‘Nobody told us Anything': film tell story of British nuclear veterans

Nuclear test veterans hope film will help fight Nuclear test veterans in Norfolk are hoping a film shown to MPs in Parliament last week that outlines their experiences more than 50 years ago will finally help them get recognition for their suffering. Thousands of servicemen took part in the tests in Australia and the South Pacific in the 1950s and 1960s, and veterans claim that they were made ill as a result of being exposed to radiation.

The 40-minute film, entitled Nobody told us Anything, documents the veterans’ participation in the tests, as well as their experiences and their families’ experiences since the tests took place.

The film screening was hosted on Wednesday by the British Nuclear Test Veterans’ Association and campaigning MP, John Baron. As well as gaining official recognition, the remaining veterans hope to secure a £25m fund to be held in trust to fund their needs and their families’ needs. It comes only months after prime minister David Cameron said he would ask “further questions” within government to see what more could be done to help thousands left afflicted due to the atomic tests.

Gordon Wilcox, a 76-year-old grandfather-of-four from Attleborough, who features in the film, was just 20 when he was sent to Christmas Island in 1957.

He said: “A lot of veterans and their families were affected very soon after the tests. Touch wood, at the moment I’m okay. Our concern is long-term, and the fact that radiation does affect chromosomes and genes, and the effects can last for 10 generations. The film has passed the message on to MPs and we hope a fund will be set up to cover health cover requirements for veterans and their families.”

Earlier this year, another veteran David Freeman, from Thorpe St Andrew, spoke about fears his family could suffer birth defects for generations because of his exposure to radiation. Several of his children and grandchildren have suffered genetic defects, he said, but the Ministry of Defence denies any link.

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June 30, 2014 Posted by | Resources -audiovicual | Leave a comment

VIDEO on Australian Aboriginals’ desperate fight to prevent nuclear waste dumping on their land

see-this.wayVIDEO : Muckaty Traditional Owners maintain rage about plans to build nuclear waste dump Alyssa Betts Fri 13 Jun 2014

Traditional Owners of Muckaty Station are maintaining the rage about plans to build a nuclear waste dump there.
Some are fighting for it, many others are fighting against it.
The legalities of which clans own what parts of the station and whether the Northern Land Council has done the right thing in nominating the dump site is being fought in court.

June 14, 2014 Posted by | Resources -audiovicual | Leave a comment

Videos showing the most spectacular nuclear bombings

see-this.wayVIDEOS: The Most Spectacular And Destructive Atomic Bombs In History are the most spectacular and destructive atomic bombs, from the United States, the Soviet Union, and China. Most of them are in crispy HD thanks to the folks at Atom Central, one of my favourite sites. It just boggles my mind how much energy, intelligence, and resources humanity has wasted in these terrifying devices.

 Editor’s note: Yes, we know that “atomic” is a misnomer. These are actually nuclear weapons, since the destructive force comes from the fission of rather than the collision of atoms. If you want to get technical, even a stick of TNT is an “atomic” weapon.

All videos are sourced from Atom Central. ………

May 24, 2014 Posted by | Resources -audiovicual | Leave a comment

AUDIO: the dumping of radioactive groundwater into Pacific, near Fukushima

Hear-This-wayAUDIO: Tepco dumps groundwater near Fukushima into Pacific ocean  22 May 2014,

The operator of Japan’s troubled Fukushima nuclear power plant has started releasing tonnes of groundwater into the Pacific ocean. Tepco says the groundwater being dumped into the sea flowed from nearby hills and met radiation safety levels.

The controversial move followed an agreement with local fishermen.

The so-called Bypass System aims to prevent groundwater seeping into the basement of the stricken plant, and becoming contaminated.

Presenter: Sen Lam

Speakers: Ken Buesseler, senior scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Massachusetts, United States………

May 22, 2014 Posted by | Resources -audiovicual | Leave a comment

Film exposes the cover-ups about uranium mining

FilmYELLOW CAKE  The Dirt Behind Uranium  A film by Joachim Tschirner (2005 – 2010, 108 Min.)
Uranium mining, the first chain link of the nuclear energy production has always been out of the public eye. A web of propaganda, disinformation and outright lies covers its 65-year history.

The award-winning documentary “YELLOW CAKE The Dirt Behind Uranium” takes the viewers to the biggest active mines in Namibia, Australia and Canada while at the same time in Germany the film accompanies the most gigantic clean-up operation in the history of uranium mining……..

April 7, 2014 Posted by | Resources -audiovicual | Leave a comment

Radioactive contamination of Japan by Fukushima nuclear disaster

Caldicott: All of Japan contaminated by Fukushima — “Realistic estimate is 60,000 km², occupied by 46 million people” — “Things are grim, it gets worse by the day” — Unheard of in history, 100s of tons of melted fuel may be in earth (VIDEO)

2014/03/08 【京都】未来を担う子どもたちの為に、今、私たち


Bay FM 99.9 – Byron Bay Australia, Feb. 26, 2014:

Dr. Helen Caldicott: Things are grim — it gets actually worse by the day. […] There have been 3 meltdowns, which is just unheard of in the history of nuclear age, Units 1, 2, and 3, so that means that molten cores of about 100 tons of uranium in 3 reactors have melted their way through 6 inches of steel in the reactor vessel through to the containment floors, possibly through feet of concrete and steel into the earth. >> Full broadcast hereDr. Helen Caldicott in Kyoto, Japan, Mar. 8, 2014:

Dr. Helen Caldicott: A more realistic estimate of contamination is 60,000 square kilometers, occupied by 46 million people including parts of Tokyo and surroundings. As you can see (map on right), the whole land mass is contaminated to a greater or lesser extent.Watch Dr. Caldicott’s Kyoto presentation here

April 5, 2014 Posted by | environment, Fukushima 2014, Japan, Resources -audiovicual | Leave a comment

“A Plea for a Total Ban on Nuclear Energy by Professor Mitsuhei Murata

Mitsuhei Murata, Former Japanese Ambassador to Switzerland, addresses attendees at Coalition Against Nuke’s Sep. 20th Congressional Briefing, hosted by the Congressional Office of Congressman Kucinich (D-OH). Entire Transcript of Speech avail. at this link-

March 29, 2014 Posted by | Resources -audiovicual | Leave a comment

Libbe HaLevy – Creating a 21st Century Manhattan Project TEDxPasadena – Libbe HaLevy – Creating a 21st Century Manhattan Project

Libbe HaLevy – “Creating a 21st Century ‘Manhattan Project’ for Alternative Energy”is the topic Libbe is passionate about. Libbe was one mile from the nuclear accident at Three Mile Island when it happened. In the wake of the ongoing Fukushima nuclear disaster, she produces and hosts “Nuclear Hotseat” a weekly podcast containing nuclear news, expert interviews, holistic healing tips for nuclear survivors, and activist opportunities. She tours and performs a multi-character one-woman show, “Auntie Nuke Presents: My Nuclear Meltdown” as a fundraiser and consciousness raiser on nuclear energy issues. A life action coach who specializes in working with writers and survivors of childhood sexual abuse, her clients have included Julie Andrews and the Julie Andrews Collection of chidren’s books, New York Times #1 Bestselling author Emma Walton Hamilton, and Dr. Michael Rabinoff, a first time author whose book was endorsed by the Dalai Lama.

March 28, 2014 Posted by | Resources -audiovicual | Leave a comment

VIDEO: Thom Hartmann on cover-up of nuclear dangers

see-this.wayVideo: On the News With Thom Hartmann: US Nuclear Regulators Are Hiding the Risk of a Fukushima-Style Incident, and More TruthOut , 17 March 2014 15:21By Thom HartmannThe Thom Hartmann Program | Video Report In today’s On the News segment: Recently released documents show that since Fukushima, our nuclear regulators have been playing down the risk of a similar incident happening in the US; homeowners want energy choices – and for once, that’s not just a Republican talking point; four new man-made gases are destroying our ozone layer and intensifying the effects of climate change; and more.


Thom Hartmann here – on the best of the rest of….science & green news…..

You need to know this. Last week marked the third anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami that devastated the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant in Japan. And, recently released documents show that since then, our nuclear regulators have been playing down the risk of a similar incident happening in the U.S. Emails obtained via a Freedom of Information Request show that the higher-ups at the Nuclear Regulatory Agency told staff to hide information from reporters, to keep quiet about NRC scientists studying risk at US plants, and to change the subject when media asked what a worst-case scenario in our country could look like. ……

March 18, 2014 Posted by | Resources -audiovicual | Leave a comment

Interactive map shows how far you live from a nuclear reactor

see-this.wayA new interactive map tells you exactly how far you live from a nuclear reactor By Joseph Stromberg  March 13, 2014 “………Currently, if a radiological emergency occurs, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission recommends that anyone living within 10 miles of a plant to tune in to their local radio or television Emergency Alert System and heed the instructions from state or local officials. The commission also suggests that anyone within 50 miles to take action to protect local food and water supplies. Recently, some have have argued that the evacuation zone should be extended this far as well—and in 2011, after the Fukushima disaster in Japan, authorities from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission recommended that Americans living within 50 miles of the plant to evacuate……..

Seeing all the plants laid out on a national map also conveys an interesting point. Because most electricity use is in cities, a nuclear plant (unlike wind or solar) can be built pretty much anywhere, and transmitting electricity over great distances causes some of the energy to be lost to friction, most of the plants are logically located near large urban areas. For better or worse, of the country’s biggest 20 metro areas by population, at least part of 14 of them lies within 50 miles of a nuclear plant. Overall, about a third of Americans live within one of the 50-mile radiuses. If you’re reading this article somewhere in the U.S., there’s a good chance that a nuclear plant is relatively closeby.

March 16, 2014 Posted by | Resources -audiovicual | Leave a comment

Unfolding, continuing crisis at Fukushima

see-this.wayNuclear crisis at Fukushima continues to unfold: a trilogy of reports by PBS NewsHour’s Miles O’Brien (video), “Fishing for data in the radioactive waters off Fukushima.”

With help from fisherman and citizen scientists, researchers in Japan and the U.S. are tracking the nucleotides in the ocean creatures who swim in the plume of water tainted with radiation from Fukushima. Their research is part of a long-term effort to figure out when — if ever — certain fish will be safe to eat.

 at 1:45 pm Fri, Mar 14, 2014 Miles O’Brien, science correspondent for PBS NewsHour, has produced a series of three must-see investigative reports revisiting the Fukushima nuclear crisis in Japan. His stories explore how the radiation leaks triggered by the earthquake and tsunami are continuing to affect life there, and beyond.

First, above, “Fukushima nuclear crisis continues to unfold.”

The site of the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan remains a post-apocalyptic landscape of abandoned towns, frozen in time. Science correspondent Miles O’Brien got a rare tour inside the plant, where three nuclear reactors melted down after the earthquake and tsunami in 2011, to learn more about the long-term solutions for stemming the radioactive contamination.

Next, “Fishing for data in the radioactive waters off Fukushima.”

With help from fisherman and citizen scientists, researchers in Japan and the U.S. are tracking the nucleotides in the ocean creatures who swim in the plume of water tainted with radiation from Fukushima. Their research is part of a long-term effort to figure out when — if ever — certain fish will be safe to eat.

March 16, 2014 Posted by | Resources -audiovicual | Leave a comment

VIDEO: toxic legacy of uranium mining on Indigenous Land

see-this.wayVideo “A Slow Genocide of the People”: Uranium Mining Leaves Toxic Nuclear Legacy on Indigenous Land Democracy Now Friday March 14, 2014 The iconic Grand Canyon is the site of a battle over toxic uranium mining. Last year, a company called Energy Fuels Resources was given federal approval to reopen a mine six miles from the Grand Canyon’s popular South Rim entrance. A coalition of Native and environmental groups have protested the decision, saying uranium mining could strain scarce water sources and pose serious health effects. Diné (Navajo) tribal lands are littered with abandoned uranium mines. From 1944 to 1986, 3.9 million tons of uranium ore were chiseled and blasted from the mountains and plains of the region. More than 1,000 mines have closed, but the mining companies never properly disposed of their radioactive waste piles, leading to a spike in cancer rates and other health ailments.

Broadcasting from Flagstaff, Arizona, we speak with Taylor McKinnon, director of energy with Grand Canyon Trust, and Klee Benally, a Diné (Navajo) activist and musician. “It’s really a slow genocide of the people, not just indigenous people of this region, but it’s estimated that there are over 10 million people who are residing within 50 miles of abandoned uranium mines,” Benally says. Benally also describes the struggle to preserve the San Francisco Peaks, an area considered sacred by 13 Native tribes, where the Snowbowl ski resort is using treated sewage water to make snow.

March 16, 2014 Posted by | Resources -audiovicual | Leave a comment

Rebellious Fukushima farmer who cares about his cows

ABC News: Gov’t, scientists ‘baffled’ over white spots on cows around Fukushima plant — Farmer: No one knows what they are, I think it’s from radiation; “Our town’s contaminated like Chernobyl… We were just thrown away like trash” — Officials order the animals to be slaughtered (VIDEOS)

ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation), Jan. 4, 2014 (Emphasis Added):

Mark Willacy, ABC News (Australia) correspondent: He calls himself [...] the leader of the Fukushima nuclear resistance movement [...]

Masami Yoshizawa, ‘Ranch of Hope’ 14 km from Fukushima Daiichi: I won’t obey what the government says, because we were betrayed. Our community was destroyed by the nuclear disaster. [...]

What we saw and heard in Fukushima, “The Ranch of Hope”, Namie

Willacy: A radiation decontamination team arrives [...] Yoshizawa has defied a government order to slaughter his cows.

Yoshizawa: Instead of being slaughtered, these cattle should be used to study the long-term effects of radiation. Killing them is destroying evidence. [...]

Willacy: Scientists have descended on his property, saying it is important his herd is studied. [...] Some of Yoshizawa’s cattle have developed white spots. The ministry of agriculture has begun an investigation, but so far everyone is baffled.

Yoshizawa: “I showed these spots to many vets who came to my farm. But none of them knows what they are. I think it’s the result of radiation.” [...]

Watch the broadcast here

Masami Yoshizawa in Tokyo last May, published Dec. 26, 2013 13 (at 5:30 in): Our town is over. The end. It is like Chernobyl. [...] Our town has been contaminated like Chernobyl. [...] Our lives are totally destroyed. How depressed we are! So sad and empty. [...]  We were just thrown away like the trash. [...] With all the rest of my life, I would like to fight against TEPCO and the government.

Watch the video here

January 7, 2014 Posted by | Fukushima 2014, Resources -audiovicual | 1 Comment


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