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Make a start at stopping Sellafield!! see you there! bank holiday Monday!! dress warm and dry!! bring a smile!

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….We will point out that the UK is in no position to object to nuclear proliferation while it insists on retaining its own nuclear ‘capacity’, in breach of its treaty obligations, and propose that instead we should join the non-nuclear majority in working for a nuclear-free world…..

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Thursday, March 21, 2013
The Bath Chronicle

Like others I expect, I’ve already been thinking ahead to Easter – in particular how to use that lovely extra free day on the Monday.

But the thinking didn’t take long, because this year there’s is a must for the calendar: a demonstration at the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) at Aldermaston, near Reading.

That’s where Britain’s nuclear bombs are made, currently for the Trident system, in which the warheads and their missiles are placed on Trident submarines.

It’s also where the research and development are being done for the proposed successor system to Trident.

That’s why…

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March 26, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Kraftwerk: Radioactivity – No Nukes concert 2012, Tokyo, Japan – Good quality video

Miroslav Bolek

Published on 28 Jul 2012

Geiger Counter & Radioactivity @ NO NUKES, Makuhari Messe, Tokio, Japan, 2012/07/07

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Irish bid to close Sellafield – Sellafield covering something up!

….The Chart  I accessed shows some movement from after midnight on the morning of the 22 March 2013 and he chart is finally switched off at 12 noon on the 22 March 2013

(It Is normal for most European countries to ignore radon peaks and some actually scrub them of the charts others like CRIIRAD show them but make a note to say it is “Normal radon” its not easy to tell the difference) In this case the plume cleared the UK but hit Ireland to some degree or other on the 21st March 2013.

Here are the Irish charts I managed to access showing varying degrees of light contamination hitting Ireland from early on the 21st that proves that Sellafield was outputting large quantities of radioactive  gases for some time….

https://nuclear-news.net/2013/03/23/breaking-sellafield-the-bbc-and-eurdep-lie-to-cover-up-contamination-incident-irish-coast-hit-2/

Figure 3.8 The map shows how caesium is carried from Sellafield by ocean currents. The route followed is the same as that followed by technetium. The map also shows how long it takes the caesium to reach the different areas once it has been discharged from the Sellafield facility.
Source Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme

http://www.regjeringen.no/en/dep/md/documents-and-publications/government-propositions-and-reports-/reports-to-the-storting-white-papers-2/20012002/Report-No-12-2001-2002-to-the-Storting/3.html?id=452060

The environmental impact of the Sellafield discharges – Eircom.net

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by LL Vintró –
wastes from Sellafield arise both in water used to purge the cooling ponds in ….. Contour map of the 99Tc distribution in the Irish Sea, together with sea water

25 March 2013

A fresh legal bid to close down Sellafield’s nuclear reprocessing plant is one of the most significant cases the Irish Republic has ever taken.

Environment minister Martin Cullen said today’s action at a United Nations court was essential to protect Ireland’s interests.

Ministers are taking the UK to the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea amid concerns that radioactive discharge from the Cumbrian site is polluting the Irish Sea. Mr Cullen said he regretted that such a step was necessary.

He said: “These cases are among the most significant legal actions ever taken by Ireland.

“They represent the Irish government’s absolute commitment to ensuring that Ireland’s rights under these international conventions in relation to Sellafield and its operations are fully vindicated. I know the team, led by the Attorney General, will make the strongest possible arguments in support of our concerns.”

He said there were several worrying issues, including claims of pollution from the discharge of radioactive waste from the MOX plant into the Irish Sea.

Mr Cullen also expressed concern at the “inadequacy” of the environmental assessment undertaken by the UK in relation to the facility and the failure to properly assess the risk of terrorist attack on the site. International movements of radioactive materials associated with the site were also a cause for concern.

Irish government chief whip Mary Hanafin said the fresh legal action was a sign of Ireland’s determination to use every means possible to close down the plant.

“My constituents along the coastline of Dublin Bay are living with the very real threat of Sellafield. They can be assured the hearing in The Hague represents the most significant case this country has ever taken against Sellafield to date.”

The hearings will take place before a five-member tribunal. They will proceed for around three weeks and will be open to the public with some exceptions where material being referred to is of a confidential nature.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-184125/Irish-bid-close-Sellafield.html#ixzz2OcbbY0tR

GO TO THIS LINK AND READ THE COMMENTS FOR THE TRUTH!

http://enenews.com/paramedics-radiation-alarm-home-dead-russian-tycoon-uk-officers-search-nuclear-material-connected-kgb-spy-poisoned-polonium-210

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Iain Lindsay, Britain’s envoy accuses Iran of supporting violence in Bahrain – Diplomacy in action or just good PR????

Iain Lindsay claimed that there was “increasing evidence” that Iran was “providing support to people here who are bent on violence”.

….as Barack Obama said, ‘Yes we can.’”

Today, that euphoria is gone and Bahrain’s protest movement is in tatters. Many of its leaders and activists are imprisoned and its followers, most of them Shiite, subject to harsh repression under emergency laws. Where Tunisia and Egypt saw change, Bahrain saw more of the same….. 

Why the protest movement in Bahrain failed

PressTV
Mon Mar 25, 2013 6:57PM GMT
The British ambassador to Bahrain has accused Iran of providing support to those behind spreading violence and terrorist activities in the tiny Persian Gulf island nation.

The British ambassador in the Kingdom of Bahrain Iain Lindsay praised the steps, reformation initiatives… 

Image source : http://www.govactions.bh/wps/portal/EgovBICI/!ut/p/c4/04_SB8K8xLLM9MSSzPy8xBz9CP0os3h_Rw9Pd3d3A3d_F0tLA8-AAGN3F28TI4NQU_2CbEdFAD3sWDc!/?WCM_GLOBAL_CONTEXT=/wps/wcm/connect/egov+english+library/egovbici/media/news/news109

The Bahrain Dictator loved this guy! read the Government link above!

Iain Lindsay claimed that there was “increasing evidence” that Iran was “providing support to people here who are bent on violence”.

He made the allegation shortly before a British parliamentary delegation is due to arrive in Manama as part of an inquiry into the UK’s relationship with Bahrain.

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Gundersen: Image shows radioactive “thermal flare” was coming from Fukushima Reactor 3 — “Exactly where the containment should be” (VIDEO)

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Published: March 25th, 2013 at 11:27 pm ET
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Source: The Medical and Ecological Consequences of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident, Day 1
Author: The Helen Caldicott Foundation
Date Presented: March 11, 2013

At 66:30 in

Arnie Gundersen, Fairewinds Energy Education: Tepco’s known about this for 2 years, but has not talked about it.

That flare right here is exactly where the containment should be, and that flare is at 128°C which means it’s not steam. Steam can’t exist over 100°C. […] At atmospheric pressure when you boil steam you’re only going to get to 100°C. That flare is at 128°C which means that it’s not steam.

It means it’s hot radioactive gases being released directly from the containment. It also means that inside the containment, it was not below the boiling of water, it was above the boiling point of water. There was no liquid water inside that containment.

This is on March 20, nine days after the accident. The containment is venting hot radioactive gases directly to the environment.

This is proof positive […] they’ve known for a long time that huge amounts of cesium were being released directly to the air because they weren’t being trapped in the water in the suppression pool.

See also: NRC says Reactor No. 2 “burn

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Chezoslovakia – Temelín Bid Ranking Reaffirms Westinghouse after Hilary Clinton PR visit – India involved?

Minister Kuba helped Czech companies in competition for contracts on the Indian market valued at hundreds of millions dollars MINISTER OF INDUSTRY AND TRADE MARTIN KUBA EVALUATED WORKING VISIT TO INDIA, WHICH WAS CONDUCTED LAST WEEK, AS VERY SUCCESSFUL. MINISTER WAS COMFORTED ESPECIALLY BY THE INDIAN COMPANIES INTERESTED IN COOPERATION WITH THEIR CZECH COUNTERPARTS AND…
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Image source : First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic Karel Schwarzenberg met US Secretary of State Hillary R. Clinton at the Czernin Palace on December 3, 2012.   http://www.mzv.cz/jnp/en/issues_and_press/events_and_issues/press_releases/x2012_12_03_minister_schwarzenberg_met_us_secretary_of_state.html

ČEZ Temelín Bid Ranking Reaffirms Westinghouse AP1000® Nuclear Power Plant Credentials; Westinghouse Temelín Bid Achieves Highest Ranking

PRWeb
Published 7:15 pm, Monday, March 25, 2013

Westinghouse today welcomed the top preliminary ranking by ČEZ a.s. of its bid for the expansion of Temelín Nuclear Power Plant in the Czech Republic, reaffirming the quality and depth of the Westinghouse bid to develop and deliver a turnkey dual-unit AP1000 nuclear power plant at Temelín.

PRAGUE (PRWEB) March 25, 2013

Westinghouse Electric Company today welcomed the preliminary ranking by ČEZ a.s. of its bid for the expansion of Temelín Nuclear Power Plant in the Czech Republic. The top ranking by ČEZ reaffirms the quality and depth of the Westinghouse bid to develop and deliver a turnkey dual-unit AP1000 plant at Temelín.

Westinghouse and its partners will continue to work closely with ČEZ during the next phase of the negotiations to provide a superior and competitive project that will meet Czech and European Union licensing requirements combined with the strength of our local construction and project team to deliver safely, on time and on budget.

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恐竜に会いに行く by 河太郎一座 – Radioactive Japan: Once TEPCO, Always TEPCO, Even for Female Emloyees

Monday, March 25, 2013

Kimura Komako in New York City studying
methods of American women suffragists.
1917-1918

Image source : http://www.womeninworldhistory.com/TWR-13.html

http://ex-skf.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/radioactive-japan-once-tepco-always.html

Japan is the number one country in the world where nearly 90% of the citizens believe in anthropogenic global warming. 54 nuclear reactors in Japan have been justified as carbon-free “clean” energy to help fight the global warming.

The truth is that nuclear energy has been pushed by the electric power companies because it fattens their bottom lines thanks to the accounting allowed by the national government. No matter how much the nuclear power generation costs, the power companies are allowed to fully transfer that cost to the consumers (mostly retail, household customers) and add a fixed percentage of that cost as their profit. In other words, bigger the cost, bigger the profit.

But nuclear energy was actually not needed to meet the demand in the beginning of this century, as the economy was still in doldrums after the massive real estate bubble burst and people had other sources for heating and cooking (natural gas, heating oil). So what did the power companies and the national government come up with?

A coordinated push to increase electricity consumption by launching a campaign of “all-electric lifestyle”. It suddenly became “cool and sophisticated” to heat the house using electricity, cook with electricity. Electricity consumption skyrocketed in large cities like Tokyo, justifying more nuclear reactors to meet the newly created “demand” in a country with declining population and the economy that was going nowhere.

At the same time, TEPCO, for one, was busy educating the impressionable mothers, selling them the story of global warming and how they could help save the planet by going clean electric.

The company didn’t do it themselves, of course. It used a subcontractor.

Mainichi English (3/25/2013):

‘Housewives’ educating children on energy linked to TEPCO PR firm

A puppet theater troupe advertising itself on its website as “started by a group of housewives concerned about energy” was in fact founded by staff from Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO)’s PR firm, the Mainichi has learned.

According to the website of the puppet theater troupe in question — Kappa no Kawataro Ichiza — in 2000 a group of housewives set up an online “energy club” to exchange their views on energy after taking their “children to visit a nuclear power plant and discovering the great efforts being taken to supply energy to private households.”

The puppet troupe was launched after club members decided they “wanted to pass on the importance of energy to (their) children,” the website continues. In 2002, the troupe was certified as the Japan Industrial Location Center (JILC)’s “energy theater caravan nonprofit organization project.”

According to a leading member of the group, however, all five members of the troupe belong to a research firm doing publicity work for TEPCO. Their PR work involves holding parties at their homes for fellow housewives and informing participants of the necessity of nuclear power. One troupe member threw approximately 300 such parties at her home.

Upon hearing from participants at the parties that they wanted their children to learn the same information, the group responded to a JILC call for theater troupes to educate young children about energy. Group members said they made a presentation at the Agency for Natural Resources and Energy — which commissioned the JILC competition — before the public competition, and were promised assistance on the spot. The members did not explain, however, whether they went to the agency on their own initiative or were encouraged by another party to do so.

One puppet show plot entails “kappa,” a creature from Japanese folklore, receiving a letter from a polar bear asking for help. The kappa set out to find that melting ice has separated a baby polar bear from its mother. While the mother and cub are reunited, the kappa are dumbfounded to hear about global warming. Another of the group’s shows features a trip to the Edo period (1603-1868) in a time machine to get a glimpse of life without electricity and an understanding of how convenient life has become because of it.

Through 2005, the troupe received up to 2.5 million yen a year in assistance as part of the agency and JILC program, performing at schools in areas hosting nuclear power stations, and at events in the Tokyo metropolitan area. Each member received 7,000 yen per performance. After financial assistance subsequently plummeted to 600,000 yen per year, however, the group chose to cut off its affiliation with the project. Since the March 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, the troupe has performed for children at the request of the Atomuseum in Niigata Prefecture.

The members admit to some feelings of discomfort with their dealings with TEPCO PR officials.

“TEPCO employees sometimes come to our parties for training, but they say they want us to keep their presence a secret form the people we’ve invited,” one member said. “There are things (TEPCO) won’t tell even us.”

Now they say they are uncomfortable, after being busted by Mainichi. They also quickly took down their website (here’s a cache). They took down the youtube videos on their channel, but here’s one copied by a user – “Kappa meets dinosaur”:

恐竜に会いに行く by 河太郎一座

 

Uploaded on 15 Aug 2010

人形劇でエネルギーを学ぼう!…の公演の一部です。

😦

 

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Germany – Commission to determine criteria for final nuclear storage

….Some 126,000 barrels of nuclear waste have been dumped in the Asse II salt mine over the last 50 years. German politicians are pushing for a law promising their removal. But the safety, technical and financial hurdles are enormous, and experts warn that removal is more dangerous than leaving them put….. Der Speigel February 21, 2013

 

  • Date 25.03.2013
  • Author Jennifer Fraczek / d
  • Editor Simon Bone

Photo Gallery: Germany's Nuclear Waste Headache

Where is there a suitable permanent storage site for nuclear waste? The question has been up in the air for decades, but Germany hopes a commission can determine the criteria in the search for a final facility.

Chancellor Angela Merkel government’s U-turn on nuclear power was quite amazing: following the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan in March 2012, the center-right coalition decided to close all nuclear power plants in Germany over the next decade – that is, a phase-out by 2022.

What will happen to the spent radioactive fuel rods, however, remains to be seen. The issue has been a matter of debate in Germany for many years. For a long time, politicians favored final storage deep in the salt dome near the town of Gorleben in Lower Saxony. In the late 1970s, West Germany began to look into the site, then a remote location, to see if it was suitable as a safe permanent storage facility. Alternatives were not considered at the time.

The survey proved to be time-consuming, so an interim storage site was arranged nearby in the early 1980s. Accompanied by often violent protests, spent fuel rods are regularly transported from the French nuclear reprocessing plant in La Hague to the – still – interim site.

Controversial choice

Over the years, the wisdom of continuing to explore the salt dome was increasingly questioned. Opponents of creating a final storage site for radioactive waste at Gorleben warned of the danger of leaking radioactivity and water penetration due to porous rock.

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Same Nuclear Engine That Powers Mars Rover Was to Power Artificial Hearts or was PU238 prioritised by NASA!

“I’m fully confident that we will be able to continue this, and ultimately have plutonium produced in this country again in kilogram quantities, on an annual basis,” he added.
 
The goal is to eventually produce between 3.3 pounds and 4.4 pounds (1.5 to 2 kg) of plutonium-238 per year, which should be enough to support NASA’s robotic planetary science missions, Dudzinsky said.

Gene Ostrovsky on Mar 25, 2013 • 11:44 am

uranium powered artificial heart Same Nuclear Engine That Powers Mars Rover Was to Power Artificial Hearts

Behold the boldest medical steampunk from yesterday’s bright future. Courtesy of the National Heart Institute and the Atomic Energy Agency, and in a story relayed by Shelley McKellar in journal Technology and Culture, two parallel projects between 1967 and 1977 were attempting to design a nuclear powered artificial heart.

Using essentially the same radioisotope thermoelectric generator engine technology that powers NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover, a mechanical heart may be made to power the human body for many years without swapping out the batteries. But plutonium-238, sadly, has other uses such as terrorism, making the thought of such devices a pipe dream for today’s future.

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Particle research could lead to controllable nuclear batteries – eventually?

…..He added that previous experiments that claimed to have found a material with a suitable intermediate energy state have not been reproducible.

The creation of a working controllable nuclear battery is still a long way off….

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25 March 2013 | By Stephen Harris

New research could help create nuclear batteries that have controllable energy release like conventional batteries but with many times the storage capacity.

Scientists at Surrey University have identified a material that may have the necessary properties to trap energy in its atoms and then release it when required, unlike existing nuclear batteries that release energy at a constant rate.

Nuclear batteries typically harness energy from naturally decaying atoms. This stored energy is much greater than that in electrochemical batteries and is used for applications that require long, continuous energy supplies, such as medical implants or spacecraft.

The Surrey researchers, led by Prof Phil Walker, have gathered evidence about the 212 isotope ofl bismuth that suggests it has the necessary atomic structure to allow energy to be released on demand without needing large amounts of additional energy to start the process.

‘The idea is to find an example where there’s just a small energy barrier to release that stored energy,’ Walker told The Engineer.

‘It’s like having a reservoir half way up a hill. You pump the water up the hill and it gets stored there. It doesn’t take much to push the water over the lip of the reservoir.’

The team trapped energy in the nuclei of bismuth-212 ions using a particle accelerator to put them into an excited state, and then observed them by capturing the particles in a storage ring.

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UK Government warms to nuclear power – But why the rush?

The amount is relatively small compared with the £1bn earmarked for aerospace, but Lord Hutton, chairman of the Nuclear Industry Association, said “you’ve got to start somewhere”….FT 🙂

….The UK Government promised earlier not to subsidise nuclear power. It’s just promised to pay more than twice the present market price, for 40 years.It’s also going to give significant help to the infant shale gas industry.

“It adds up to a strange energy policy for others to follow…..” Climate News Network

March 25, 2013

By Paul Brown

The UK Government promised earlier not to subsidise nuclear power. It’s just promised to pay more than twice the present market price, for 40 years. It’s also going to give significant help to the infant shale gas industry. It adds up to a strange energy policy for others to follow.

LONDON, 25 March – Companies wishing to prospect for shale gas in the UK have been granted ten-year tax breaks and will get special planning permission from the Government if they go for large scale projects. To avoid delays, the Government also used its budget to announce plans to tempt local communities with cash to accept these developments.

This controversial push to exploit shale gas for electricity production comes as the Government’s already contentious plans to subsidise new nuclear stations ran into legal trouble in Brussels.

With many EU countries opposed to nuclear power, including Germany, it is unlikely that a majority of the 27 member states would vote to set aside existing competition legislation to let the UK favour nuclear power over other forms of generation.

This setback for nuclear in the UK is a blow for the industry worldwide, since Britain has been seen as the flagship country for a new nuclear renaissance, the only large western economy to embrace a new generation of nuclear power stations.

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A US Nuclear Exit? (Part 5) The Economics of a Phase-out

….Thus, even without events that might accelerate nuclear phase-out, as the Fukushima disaster did in Germany, shifting competitive conditions have begun to drive a gradual US nuclear phase-out….
…..In the United States, which trades three-fifths of its electricity in competitive markets, the prohibitive capital cost of new nuclear power plants ensures that only a handful will be built. ……….. But the generating costs of ageing reactors have been rising, while competitors, including modern renewable s, show rapidly falling total costs—and those opposed cost curves have begun to intersect….
March 25, 2013
By PennEnergy Editorial Staff
Source: Bulletin of Atomic Scientists.

The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists (BAS) has released its third and final issue in its Nuclear Exit series, this time turning its expert focus on the United States. The first two installments looked at Germany and France, countries that share a border but are – for historical, political, and economic reasons – answering the nuclear power question in different ways.

The final editorial piece in this five-part installment presented on PennEnergy.com comes from Amory Lovins, chairman and chief scientist of Rocky Mountain Institute, a nonprofit that focuses on efficiency and renewable resources. Starting from a detailed discussion of the US nuclear energy industry’s economic problems, Lovins draws on a comprehensive study that he and his institute authored, Reinventing Fire, to analyze three possible nuclear futures.
Part 1: Introduction- A US Nuclear Exit

Part 2: How to close the US nuclear industry: Do nothing

Part 3: The Limited National Security Implications of Civilian Nuclear Decline

Part 4: Nuclear exit, the US energy mix, and carbon dioxide emissions

 

The economics of a US civilian nuclear phase-out
By Amory B. Lovins

In the United States, which trades three-fifths of its electricity in competitive markets, the prohibitive capital cost of new nuclear power plants ensures that only a handful will be built. Nonetheless, with 40-year licenses being extended to 60 years, the 104 existing reactors’ relatively low generating costs are widely expected to justify decades of continued operation. But the generating costs of ageing reactors have been rising, while competitors, including modern renewable s, show rapidly falling total costs—and those opposed cost curves have begun to intersect.

An expanding fraction of well-running nuclear plants is now challenged to compete with moderating wholesale power prices, while plants needing major repairs or located in regions rich in wind power increasingly face difficult choices of whether to run or close. Thus, even without events that might accelerate nuclear phase-out, as the Fukushima disaster did in Germany, shifting competitive conditions have begun to drive a gradual US nuclear phase-out. Its economics are illuminated by a detailed energy scenario that needs no nuclear energy, coal, or oil and one-third less natural gas to run a 158 percent bigger US economy in 2050—but cuts carbon emissions by 82 to 86 percent and costs $5 trillion less. That scenario’s 80-percent-renewable, 50-percent-distributed, equally reliable, and more resilient electricity system would cost essentially the same as a business-as-usual version that sustains nuclear and coal power, but it would better manage all the system’s risks. Similarly comprehensive modeling could also analyze faster nuclear phase-out if desired.

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Coming together to stop nuclear weapons – Greenpeace ICAN Norway summary

When talking about impacts, we must not forget the environment. The production of nuclear weapons has polluted vast amounts of soil and water at hundreds of nuclear weapons facilities all over the world. Many of the substances released remain hazardous for thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of years.

When, in a thousand years from now, future archaeologists would dig up what we have left behind, what would they find? Do we really want our existence on earth to be marked by the remains of nuclear reactors, missiles, ships, submarines, fuel and other waste? Do we want to leave behind plutonium (that takes around 250,000 years to become lead), uranium, strontium, caesium, benzene, polychlorinated biphenyls, mercury and cyanide?

Blogpost by Jen Maman – March 25, 2013

semipalatinsk in eastern kazakhstan was the main test facility for nuclear weapons in the soviet union - photo by robert knoth

Semipalatinsk in eastern Kazakhstan was the main test facility for nuclear weapons in the Soviet Union – Photo by Robert Knoth

Earlier this month, more then 130 governments, UN agencies and the global Red Cross Movement met in Oslo at the invitation of the Norwegian government, to discuss the humanitarian, environmental and developmental consequences of nuclear explosions.

Kumi Naidoo, Greenpeace International executive director, contributed to a video submission screened to government delegates on behalf of civil society. The video sets out how nuclear weapons represent an unacceptable and uncontrollable risk to us all.

At Greenpeace, we believe that the battle to stop the proliferation of nuclear weapons – the first campaign Greenpeace ever engaged in – is as urgent as ever and that we must not rest until we eliminate nuclear weapons from the world altogether. We also believe that civil society has a crucial role to play in the process and support the efforts made by the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) to bring civil society together for this purpose.

The impacts of nuclear weapons are not abstract or speculative. We know how terrible their impact is. Nuclear weapons have been used twice and have been tested on numerous occasions. And yet the horrors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki did not put a stop to the race to acquire nuclear weaponry and test it, showing complete disregard to human beings and natural habitats; treating entire populations as guinea pigs.

Take for example the beautiful atoll of Rongelap in the Marshall Islands. In 1985 the residents of Rongelap asked Greenpeace to help them relocate to a new home.

They had no choice. Their islands had been contaminated in 1954 by radioactive fallout from a US nuclear weapons test, codenamed ‘Bravo’, conducted on the neighboring atoll of Bikini 200 km to the west. For years following the test many of the women exposed to the radiation suffered reproductive problems and many others have developed thyroid and other cancers. During this time the US repeatedly stated that Rongelap was a safe place to live.

The Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior then helped the 350 residents leave the island they had populated for thousands of years and relocate them to another island. In the early 1990s the US acknowledged the damage cause to the Rongelapese and after long legal battles agreed to pay some compensations. Nearly 30 years later, the Ronglapese still live in exile.

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