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2013- the struggle for a nuclear free, liveable, world

It might be too late to prevent heating of the planet,  the upheavals of climate change, and the horrors of nuclear accidents, wars, and the slow spread of ionising radiation.

But it surely is too early to give up on trying.

I am not optimistic. We know that cigarettes and asbestos cause painful, fatal cancers. The Western world is learning to abandon these killers. Yet the tobacco and asbestos companies are thriving, selling these to the “developing” nations – a pernicious form of 21st Century colonialism.  So the slow killer of fossil fuel pollution continues.  The fast killers of nuclear accident, nuclear war become more likely, as well as the slower killer of spreading ionising radiation. The over-developed world is all too happy also to sell these killer technologies around the world.

2013 is the pivotal year.  In the words of Redgum, an old Australian band  – “If you don’t fight, you lose”

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December 16, 2012 Posted by | Christina's themes | 1 Comment

Clyde-based Trident nuclear submarine stranded in US despite £300m overhaul

“Rather than rushing to patch up the rudder, the MoD should follow the Liberal Democrats’ advice and end continuous at-sea deterrence. Then they can take as long as they like to fix this problem.”

Published on 16 December 2012

EXCLUSIVE by Rob Edwards Environment Editor

Herald Scotland

A Trident submarine has been forced to limp back to port in the US after its rudder broke, upsetting Britain’s nuclear weapons patrols and undermining the effectiveness of a £300 million overhaul.

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has confirmed that HMS Vigilant, a nuclear-powered submarine capable of carrying nuclear warheads, was disabled while on the way home to the Faslane naval base on the Clyde after test-firing a Trident missile in the Atlantic off the coast of Florida on October 23.

The submarine is understood to have turned around and returned to the US naval base at Kings Bay in Georgia, near Florida, where the damage is now being investigated and repaired. The base is home to the US fleet of Trident submarines.

A submariner on Vigilant revealed that the boat’s planned schedule had been disrupted when he complained on Twitter that he was “stuck in the USA for Christmas”. Vigilant was due to return to Scotland to recommence continuous patrols of the oceans after a three-year overhaul.

The MoD has released few details of what happened because the operations of Trident submarines have the highest security classification. The ministry never usually says where the boats are, or whether they are carrying nuclear weapons.

“While returning to the UK after the successful firing of an unarmed Trident II D5 missile, HMS Vigilant suffered a defect to her rudder,” an MoD spokesman said. “This is not nuclear-related and the crew and boat have safely returned to port where the defect is being assessed.”

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Rising radiation at South Carolina nuclear dump prompts cleanup talk but no action

“It’s not likely you would dig into that because you would be exposing individuals to radiation,”

Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012

By Sammy Fretwell

COLUMBIA — Radioactive pollution is getting worse on parts of South Carolina’s nuclear-waste dump near Barnwell, but state regulators say cleaning up the contaminated groundwater isn’t in their plan.

Tritium continues to exceed federal safe drinking-water standards in and around the 41-year-old burial ground that has come to symbolize South Carolina’s historic willingness to accept the nation’s garbage. In some spots tritium levels are higher today than they were five years ago.

But the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control says the site is stable overall and no one is drinking the polluted water. So for now, the agency has no plan for a tritium cleanup. The dump’s operator,Energy Solutions, agrees.

Pumping tritium out of groundwater or from a radiation-tinged creek would possibly contribute to air pollution as the tritium was expelled, state regulators said. At the same time, excavating waste from the dump could be more dangerous than leaving it in place, state regulators said during the Governor’s Nuclear Advisory Council meeting last week.

“It’s not likely you would dig into that because you would be exposing individuals to radiation,” said Susan Jenkins, who heads DHEC’s infectious and radioactive waste division. “That is not something we would probably want to do.”

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December 16, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Nuclear Free Now protest Japan- Lai Wei-Chieh (Taiwan)

Nuclear Free Now is a series of international, participatory events that is being held simultaneously in Tokyo (Hibiya Park and surroundings) and Fukushima (Koriyama City). See below link for details including the background, programme and how to participate in and support this series of events.

http://npfree.jp/english.html

Published on Dec 15, 2012

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Taiwan:Building a Nuclear Free Society
People who stopped Nuclear Power Plants
Lai Wei-Chieh (Green Citizens Action Alliance, Taiwan)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nxAJkxZh1Ag

Thanks to IWJ  for the video footage

http://iwj.co.jp/

 

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Nuclear Free Now protest Japan- Andrey Ozharovskiy (Bellona, Lithuania)

Nuclear Free Now is a series of international, participatory events that is being held simultaneously in Tokyo (Hibiya Park and surroundings) and Fukushima (Koriyama City). See below link for details including the background, programme and how to participate in and support this series of events.

http://npfree.jp/english.html

Lithuania:Building a Nuclear Free Society

Published on Dec 15, 2012

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Lithuania:Building a Nuclear Free Society
People who stopped Nuclear Power Plants
Andrey Ozharovskiy(Bellona, Lithuania)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0YvoiZfsxiw

Thanks to IWJ  for the video footage
http://iwj.co.jp/

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Nuclear Free Now protest Japan- Monica ZoppÈ (Italy)

Nuclear Free Now is a series of international, participatory events that is being held simultaneously in Tokyo (Hibiya Park and surroundings) and Fukushima (Koriyama City). See below link for details including the background, programme and how to participate in and support this series of events.

http://npfree.jp/english.html

Published on Dec 15, 2012

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Building a Nuclear Free Society
People who stopped Nuclear Power Plants
Monica ZoppÈ (Legambiente, Italy)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2T8SLtscD_g

 

Thanks to IWJ  for the video footage
http://iwj.co.jp/

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Nuclear Free Now protest Japan- Suh Hyung Lim (South Korea)

Nuclear Free Now is a series of international, participatory events that is being held simultaneously in Tokyo (Hibiya Park and surroundings) and Fukushima (Koriyama City). See below link for details including the background, programme and how to participate in and support this series of events.

http://npfree.jp/english.html

Suh Hyung Lim 1 of 2: Problems with Current Nuclear Power Regulation

Published on Dec 14, 2012

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The Problems with Current Nuclear Power Regulation
Nuclear Power Free World 2
SUH Hyung Lim (Greenpeace Korea)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gUIkWFAT2Vw

Suh Hyung Lim 2of2: Problems with Current Nuclear Power Regulation

Published on Dec 14, 2012

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The Problems with Current Nuclear Power Regulation
Nuclear Power Free World 2
SUH Hyung Lim (Greenpeace Korea)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hoeULbhstBA

Thanks to IWJ  for the video footage http://iwj.co.jp/

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Nuclear Free Now protest Japan- Christoph Pistner

Nuclear Free Now is a series of international, participatory events that is being held simultaneously in Tokyo (Hibiya Park and surroundings) and Fukushima (Koriyama City). See below link for details including the background, programme and how to participate in and support this series of events.

http://npfree.jp/english.html

Christoph Pistner:Problems with Current Nuclear Power Regulation

Published on Dec 14, 2012

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The Problems with Current Nuclear Power Regulation
Nuclear Power Free World 2
Christoph PISTNER (Öko-Institut, Germany)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aPGsCd0sHyg

Thanks to IWJ  for the video footage

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Nuclear Free Now protest Japan- Paul Gunters speech

Nuclear Free Now is a series of international, participatory events that is being held simultaneously in Tokyo (Hibiya Park and surroundings) and Fukushima (Koriyama City). See below link for details including the background, programme and how to participate in and support this series of events.

http://npfree.jp/english.html

Paul Gunter 1 of 2:Problems with Current Nuclear Power Regulation

Published on Dec 14, 2012

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The Problems with Current Nuclear Power Regulation
Nuclear Power Free World 2
Paul GUNTER (Beyond Nuclear, USA)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sBakS9lhGCM

Paul Gunter 2 of 2:Problems with Current Nuclear Power Regulation

Published on Dec 14, 2012

The Problems with Current Nuclear Power Regulation
Nuclear Power Free World 2
Paul GUNTER (Beyond Nuclear, USA)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KiRir1MO9sY

Thanks to IWJ  for the video footage

December 16, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Japanese protesters march against nuclear energy (Video) -Reuters

An anti-nuclear protest Japanese style as campaigners take to the streets ahead of the country’s first national election since the Fukushima disaster. The protest included the leader of the newly-formed Tomorrow Party, Yukiko Kada, a governor in Western Japan and a former environmental sociology professor.

Her party wants to shut down all nuclear reactors within 10 years – much sooner than the ruling Democratic Party’s goal to phase out nuclear power by the 2030s. With polls showing the pro-nuclear energy Liberal Democratic Party on track for victory in Sunday’s election, Kada urged protesters not to forget the double disaster that hit Japan in 2011.

“Let’s get angry”, she says. “We have to have the LDP reflect on what they’ve done and apologize to the children, forest, and land of Fukushima. Who’s taken responsibility?” Protesters also marched in front of the headquarters of the Fukushima Daichi plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Company – who many blame for the disaster.

Three reactors melted down at the plant following the devastating tsunami of March, 2011, causing the worst radiological disaster since Chernobyl in 1986.

Dec. 15 – Protesters march against nuclear power ahead of Japan’s first national election since the Fukushima disaster. Sunita Rappai reports (Video) (1:25) 

http://www.reuters.com/video/2012/12/16/japanese-protesters-march-against-nuclea?videoId=239899791&videoChannel=2602

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Nuclear Fukushima reinforces the need for transparency and cooperation

 “Meanwhile, anti-nuclear activists have organized against international conference “phase out nuclear power” to Tokyo, as well as demonstrations in the capital and Koriyama. 
A thousand people have demonstrated Saturday in the main shopping area of Ginza to say “No to restart the reactors in Japan!” (Where 48 of the 50 units are stopped) and “no need for nuclear power plants.” 
“The IAEA is a tool of nuclear energy which does not protect people but the interests of the industry,” Monica denounced Zoppe, Italian activist.”

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Together in the region of Fukushima, ministers and experts on Saturday called for greater multilateral cooperation and improved transparency to enhance the security of facilities and nuclear deal with any future disasters. 
“An accident of nature that occurred at Fukushima should not happen again, “insisted the Japanese Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba. 
At the invitation of Japan and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), dozens of ministers and representatives of presented the actions of their country and called for an extension of cooperation. 

Together in the region of Fukushima, ministers and experts on Saturday called for greater multilateral cooperation and improved transparency to strengthen the security of nuclear facilities and meet any new disaster.

behalf of Japan, Mr. Gemba, born a few kilometers from the Fukushima Daiichi plant and elected the eponymous province, promised a continuation of work on the ground and strengthening of nuclear safety in connection with international bodies. 
“one year and nine months have passed since the accident. I wish this conference will be an opportunity to strengthen ties with the international community for cooperation in tasks dismantling, decontamination, waste management and health monitoring, “he said. 
Tokyo wants to respond to a concern expressed abroad to see the Japanese monopolize these interventions. 
“People are worried about the Fukushima radiation effects. It is important to gather all the scientific expertise of the international community to appease, “said Mr Gemba. 
announce And: “Japan will ask the IAEA to consider the establishment of a group International Council on dismantling. ” 
Japan is also committed to host an IAEA mission to review the rules and safety standards that must decide the new Japanese nuclear regulatory body. 
“IAEA will continue to the resolution of the Fukushima accident her most important priority “for his part, promised the director general of the agency, Yukiya Amano. 
instance The UN should have in 2014 a comprehensive new report on the disaster occurred March 11, 2011 after a terrible earthquake and tsunami in the northeast of the archipelago. 
Like others, the French Minister of Ecology and Energy, Delphine Batho, said that his country considered “greater transparency and strengthening international exams are with the strict independence of the safety fundamentals needed to improve continuously safety. ” 
“The peer review Security is necessary for each of us as an outsider is always a factor of progress, “she said. 
Under the auspices of the IAEA, several ministerial meetings have already been held since the disaster Fukushima, resulting in particular the adoption of an action plan for strengthening the safety of atomic sites, improving crisis management and protection of populations. 
States were again encouraged Saturday to take full participate in these programs. 
“It is important to improve communication with the public in case of nuclear or radiological emergency so that appropriate responses can be made ​​on the basis of scientific and objective information, “it is also written in the communiqué issued at the end of the day Saturday. 
This conference will continue until Monday plenary sessions and panel discussions. 

Meanwhile, anti-nuclear activists have organized against international conference “phase out nuclear power” to Tokyo, as well as demonstrations in the capital and Koriyama. 
A thousand people have demonstrated Saturday in the main shopping area of Ginza to say “No to restart the reactors in Japan!” (Where 48 of the 50 units are stopped) and “no need for nuclear power plants.” 
“The IAEA is a tool of nuclear energy which does not protect people but the interests of the industry,” Monica denounced Zoppe, Italian activist.

http://www.elwatan.com/actualite/nucleaire-fukushima-renforce-l-imperatif-de-transparence-et-cooperation-15-12-2012-195948_109.php

December 16, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Nature lovers and anti-nuclear Berlin: Belarus! Stop NPP construction!

Published on Dec 15, 2012

Беларусь! Останови строительство АЭС!

Belarus! Stop NPP construction! At a joint action against the Embassy of Belarus met on 14.11.2012 Members of the Friends of Nature and of Germany’s anti-nuclear Berlin to protest against the nuclear plans of the government.

With the decision to build Belarus nuclear reactors have, the government decided on an energy policy is not responsible in forming path, said the activists. are against the construction of the Belarusian reactor it basic security concerns: Thus the work on the foundation of the reactor present without a general project plan started. .

The nuclear power plant will be built near the Lithuanian border one . transboundary environmental impact assessment has not been carried out, which the government deliberately violated international agreements such as the Espoo and Aarhus Convention also the type of reactor for the nuclear power plant in Ostrovetskaya itself is extremely dangerous: water -water energy reactor (VVER) of the Russian nuclear plant builder Rosatom is the same type as “Leningradskaya NPP 2”, a pressurized water reactor Soviet model, which today more refined shape is produced.

The reactors have massive security lapses and are to earthquakes or plane crashes in by no means assured. Construction is supervised by the Russian state company Atomstroiexport and will be completed in 2020.

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