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The psychological fallout from Fukushima’s continuing radiation

Low-level radiation is an invisible threat that breaks DNA strands with results that do not become apparent for years or decades. Though the vast majority of people remain completely unaffected throughout their lives, others develop cancer. Not knowing who will be affected and when is deeply unsettling….

Twenty years after the 1986 reactor explosion in Chernobyl, the World Health Organisation said psychological distress was the largest public health problem unleashed by the accident…

 the radiation “creates a slow, creeping, invisible pressure” that can lead to prolonged depression. 

Fukushima disaster: it’s not over yet Six months after the multiple meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, the streets have been cleared but the psychological damage remains  “…,  Sept 9 11,    ”……..Reiko went on to describe how everything had changed in the wake of the nuclear accident in Fukushima the previous month. Daily life felt like science fiction. She always wore a mask and carried an umbrella to protect  against black rain. Every conversation was about the state of the reactors. In the supermarket, where she used to shop for fresh produce, she now looked for cooked food – “the older, the safer now”. She expressed fears for her son, anger at the government and deep distrust of the reassuring voices she was hearing in the traditional media. “We are misinformed. We are misinformed,” she repeated. “Our problem is in society. We have to fight against it. And it seems as hard as the fight against those reactors.” Continue reading


September 12, 2011 Posted by | Japan, psychology - mental health | Leave a comment

UK Prime Minister told by Russia to shut up about Litvinenko radiation murder

Kremlin tells Cameron to forget radiation killing of dissident ahead of Moscow state visit, Daily Mail, By JAMES CHAPMAN, 12th September 2011 David Cameron was told to forget Britain’s ‘obsession’ with the radiation killing of a dissident Russian in London last night as he arrived for the first visit by a British prime minister to Moscow in six years.

Mr Cameron wants to focus on Anglo-Russian trade ties, but is under pressure to use the trip to press the Kremlin over the killing of Alexander Litvinenko and broader abuses human rights and state-sponsored corruption.

Four former British foreign secretaries — David Miliband, Jack Straw, Margaret Beckett and Sir Malcolm Rifkind — took the unusual step yesterday of issuing a joint statement urging Mr Cameron to stand up to the Russian regime.

Mr Litvinenko was poisoned with radioactive polonium-210 in London five years ago in what is alleged to have been a state-sponsored assassination.  He died a lingering death. Ever since, Russia has spurned Britain’s demands to extradite Andrei Lugovoy, the former KGB officer who is the chief suspect in the murder.

Mr Lugovoy, now a member of Russia’s parliament, has claimed he was not involved. Mr Cameron will raise the case during extensive talks in Moscow but officials are making clear that the aim is to try to ‘reset’ relations.

Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov, speaking yesterday ahead of Mr Cameron’s arrival, signalled that Russia expects the Prime Minister to abandon the demands for Lugovoy’s extradition. ‘We cannot afford to be guided by politicised and stereotyped approaches inherited from a different era,’ he said.

September 12, 2011 Posted by | Russia, secrets,lies and civil liberties | Leave a comment

Every extra bit of ionising radiation increases your cancer risk

Nuclear policy experts: No safe radiation level from Fukushima,THE CANADIAN,  11 SEPTEMBER 2011 Daniel Hirsch, a renowned expert on nuclear policy often quoted by major media outlets, spoke at the Stevenson College Event Center on the tragedy at the Fukushima plant and how the U.S. can prevent a similar meltdown at its 104 nuclear reactors, including the two in California.

Hirsch warned that a decades-old study estimated that a meltdown at the Southern California nuclear plant in Onofre could release enough radiation to immediately kill 130,000 people, cause cancer to 300,000 and genetic defects in 600,000 more.

“Every amount of radiation exposure increases your risk of cancer,” he said. “There is no safe level of radiation….”

September 12, 2011 Posted by | Canada, health | Leave a comment

Economic pain of Japan’s nuclear disaster

Six Months: Counting the Cost, WSJ, By Yoree Koh, 11 Sept 11,  The March 11 disasters have taken a heavy toll on Japan, in every conceivable way. In other posts, JRT looks at the impact on survivors’ lives and challenges for the future. Below is an update on the aftermath of the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis as seen in the simplest of measures – numbers……..

Nuclear Effect:

23 – number of times the government ordered bans on distribution of certain produce from select prefectures due to radiation contamination as of Sept. 10, according to the Ministry of Health.

26 – the number of different types of food items, including vegetables, fish and beef, at various points banned from distribution due to radioactive contamination, as named in orders released by the Ministry of Health as of Sept. 10.

380 tons – the amount of beef from cattle suspected of being fed rice straw with high concentrations of radioactive cesium the government purchased, according to the Nikkei business daily…..

Y120,000 – maximum monthly compensation Tokyo Power Electric Co. is to pay each evacuee between March and August for the anguish they suffered because they had to flee from their homes.

Y112.2 billion – total compensation Tepco has paid on a provisional basis to evacuees, farmers, companies and others affected by the accident as of Aug. 30……..

September 12, 2011 Posted by | business and costs, Japan | Leave a comment

Nuclear power for Nigeria? just a bad joke

The idea of Nuclear plant operation in Nigeria is a joke,   Segun Balogun interviews  Doyin Olagbeg,  September 11, 2011’ Doyin Olagbegi is a US based Nigerian and the convener of the Nigerian Million March.

Doyin Olagbeg “……….The date was Thursday February 3rd 2011. I read an article by i in a Nigerian newspaper titled “Government intensifies effort to generate power from nuclear sources.” I could not believe what I just read. As a nation we are not able to effectively manage a conventional power grid and, here we are “intensifying effort” at Nuclear power. This, to me, is a brazen “Bait and Switch” scheme, perpetrated to suction our money for the next 100 years…….

We are about to embark on another white elephant project, a very dangerous one for that matter.

All Nigerians should be mad too. Nuclear power is no child’s play. In the United States, no community wants such a project in their neighbourhood. It’s called a “NIMBY” (Not In My Back Yard) in the wake of the nuclear disaster in Japan due to earthquake. ….

All things considered, the idea of Nuclear plant operation in Nigeria is a joke like many other projects such as the Ajaokuta project, the refineries. Nigerians, we need to wake up, and stop this nuclear train idea before, it leaves the station. Otherwise, we’ve got another giant sucking “black hole” scheme coming…..

We know that the firms that eventually get the nod would have foreign names but their directors would still be our corrupt elites. Also, our big concern is that the government assets will be ridiculously de-valued, and then the assets would varnish with a lightning speed….

September 12, 2011 Posted by | Nigeria, spinbuster | Leave a comment

Wikileaks reveals poor security of radioactive materials at Mulago

WikiLeaks: America feared theft of nuclear material from Mulago, Daily Monitor (Uganda)  12 Sept 11, The US government feared the theft of nuclear and radiological materials from Mulago Hospital in 2007 and had to send nuclear experts from Kansas to investigate the theft of the materials that were meant to treat cancer patients.

In the leaked diplomatic cable, the US ambassador in Uganda, Mr Jerry Lanier, also warned that poor storage of the materials in the hospitals is risky and dangerous to Uganda’s security. The radiological materials, which were meant to treat cancer, were stolen from the store at the hospital by suspected robbers. Continue reading

September 12, 2011 Posted by | AFRICA, safety | Leave a comment

USA has not learned from Fukushima – say nuclear experts

Nuclear Experts Say U.S. Learned Nothing From Fukushima, Care 2 by , September 10, 2011 “…… three leading U.S. experts held a news conference Friday to outline both what is now known in the wake of the Fukushima and where things stand for the nuclear power industry in the United States.

The overwhelming opinion of the panel, which included Peter Bradford, former member of the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Edwin Lyman, Ph.D., senior scientist, Global Security Program, Union of Concerned Scientists; and Dr. Andrew Kanter, national board president-elect, Physicians for Social Responsibility, was that major lessons from the Japanese nuclear disaster are in danger of going unheeded.

The experts outlined eight concerns and lessons from this crisis that should guide decisions regarding the future of nuclear power in the U.S.:

1. The U.S. regulatory response since Fukushima has been inadequate. “Six months after Fukushima, it seems clear that the U.S. is not going to undertake the type of fundamental, no-holds-barred look at its nuclear regulatory practices that followed the much less serious accident at Three Mile Island some 30 years ago,” said Peter Bradford.

2. America should avoid post-9/11 mistakes in tightening reactor safety standards. “In responding to Fukushima by issuing orders, the NRC should not make the same mistakes as it did following 9/11, when industry stonewalling delayed implementation of critical security measures for many years…

3. Overall Japanese health dangers are getting short shrift. …

4. The impact on the health of Japanese children is being ignored. Children are at least three-to-four times more susceptible to radiation than are adults.  …….

5. The U.S. was warned of Fukushima-style problems but failed to act … and is still failing to do so. 

6. Emergency planning zones in the U.S. must be expanded. 

7. The recent East Coast earthquake should spur more NRC safety analysis. 

A streaming audio replay of the entire news event is available at

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September 12, 2011 Posted by | safety, USA | Leave a comment

Costs, risks, and myths of nuclear power – full report

Costs, risks, and myths of nuclear power:
NGO world-wide study on the implications of the catastrophe
at the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Station   

There is a new international NGO world wide study on nuclear issues in light of the Fukushima disaster 6 months ago. It has a range of articles and country by country updates on the state of nukes. It is coordinated by Ray at Reaching Critical Will in New York. Its a must read and is downloadable from here:

full report     It was released on 11 September 2011, six months after the disaster at Fukushima and in advance of the high-level meeting on nuclear safety and security that UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will convene at the United Nations on 22 September. Its release is also timed to coincide with the UN system-wide study of the implications of Fukushima commissioned by Ban.

The UN General Assembly opens this week in New York and it will be used there as well as that meeting on 22 September.

Here are the contents: Continue reading

September 12, 2011 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

The world must work to remove the threat of nuclear terrorism

Keeping Nuclear Terrorism a Threat Only in Theory HUFFINGTON POST, Mark Fitzpatrick and Nigel Inkster   9/11/11  On September 11, as the world mourns the deaths in New York and Washington of ten years ago, some solace might be found in noting that the events that day are still the world’s most deadly terrorist attack to date. Osama bin Laden did not subsequently fulfill his self-professed religious obligation to obtain nuclear weapons. The “nuclear hell storm” that Al Qaeda operative Khalid Sheik Mohammed said would be unleashed if bin Laden was killed has not come to pass. There has not been a single incident of nuclear terrorism, even using a radiation-spreading dirty bomb. Continue reading

September 12, 2011 Posted by | 2 WORLD, safety | 1 Comment

Sheffield the UK’s top renewable energy producer

Sheffield solar power sees city top table for renewable energy installation, Steel city has added the most renewable energy production per head since introduction of feed-in tariffs last year. Sheffield shines out as the soar-away winner of the solar stakes in the UK, with more solar power generation added in the city per household than in any other British city, according to a league table published on Monday. Guardian UK, Fiona Harvey,  12 September 2011  Continue reading

September 12, 2011 Posted by | decentralised, UK | 1 Comment

Australian government deceiving public on nuclear waste

“The claim that a waste facility is required to support nuclear medicine is mischievous scare-mongering,” 

Muckaty dump justification ‘nonsense, Channel 9 TV News 12 sept 11,A nuclear expert has taken aim at claims a planned waste dump in remote Australia is needed to house low level radioactive waste from hospitals. Speaking ahead of a Senate debate this week on the National Radioactive Waste Management Bill, Dr Peter Karamoskos was critical of plans for the proposed dump. Continue reading

September 12, 2011 Posted by | AUSTRALIA, wastes | Leave a comment

Uranium price to fall even further – Australian assessment

Uranium spot price could fall more, Star Tribune, Tom Mast, September 11, 2011 The spot price of uranium, which tumbled following a Japanese nuclear disaster last spring, could fall even further in the short term.

That’s the assessment of Sydney, Australia-based Resource Capital Research. In its September quarter review, the firm noted a current spot price of $48.85. It is now back to the level seen after a March 11 earthquake and tsunami crippled a nuclear power complex at Fukushima, Japan…..

The firm said the fund-implied price, which is an indicator of market price expectations looking out three to six months, points to a spot price of $45.95. This reflects expectations of possible new supplies entering the market later this year….

September 12, 2011 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

VIDEOS on Japan’s anti nuclear protests

  VIDEOS Thousands in Tokyo Protest Nuclear Lies, Incompetence and Censorship, Paul langley’s Nuclear History Blog, 12 Sept 11,

Japanese Police attack an anti-nuclear protest in Tokyo

MARKed TRAIL Says:… September 11th, 2011 at 4:36 pm

Big anti-nuclear demonstration outside TEPCO! One sign says, ‘To the world from Japan, sorry‘.
@Shogannai Says:
September 11th, 2011 at 5:04 pm

Breaking news: Police attack an anti-nuclear demonstration in Tokyo minutes ago as shown by “tokyorich”

September 12, 2011 Posted by | Resources -audiovicual | Leave a comment

Strong opposition to nuclear power in Japan

Sixty-eight percent of respondents to an Asahi newspaper poll published on Aug. 8 said they wanted Kan’s successor to continue his policy of phasing out atomic energy.

Japan Minister’s Resignation Tests Nuclear Plan, Bloomberg, By Mariko Yasu – Sep 11, 2011 Japan Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda’s effort to win public support for restarting nuclear reactors faces a setback after his minister in charge of the industry was forced to resign just nine days into the job. Continue reading

September 12, 2011 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Toshiba should diversify, but caught up too much in the nuclear industry

 it means the company’s fortunes are likely to be tied closer to the nuclear-power industry even as the sector faces fresh questions over safety, long delays in the building of new plants

For Toshiba, Nuclear Move Likely Poses Strategic Risks, WSJ, By JURO OSAWA TOKYO, 11 Sept 11, —Just as the nuclear industry faces growing uncertainty brought on by the crisis in Japan, Toshiba Corp. is having to spend more than $1.6 billion to raise its stake in U.S. nuclear-energy company Westinghouse Electric Co. to 87% from the current 67%. Continue reading

September 12, 2011 Posted by | 2 WORLD, business and costs | Leave a comment