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China wants to sell nuclear technology to Argentina – but big problems plague the industry

 Once again, the media here mindlessly regurgitates nuclear lobby propaganda that nuclear power is “zero carbon”.   It’s not. Even the reactor’s operation emits a timy amount of carbon 14. But, more importantly, the entire fuel chain, and all its transport, from uranium mining through to the disposal of wastes and of the dead reactor –  is highly carbon emitting.

Even if nuclear power were low carbon (which it’s not), it would require thousands of reactors to be built very very quickly, in order to have any effect on global warming.
Meanwhile, funds, and energy are being diverted from genuinely useful measures, in renewable energy, and above all, in energy conservation.

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China eyes Argentina in global nuclear roll out, China Dialogue, Lili Pike, Fermín Koop, 04.06.2019  “……. Costs, emissions and safety at stake as Argentina and China look set to seal a nuclear power ……… With China looking to increase its nuclear power exports and countries seeking low-carbon electricity, the project in Argentina could be the beginning of a China-led renaissance. However, concerns over the cost and safety of nuclear power continue to plague the technology…….

https://www.chinadialogue.net/article/show/single/en/11293-China-eyes-Argentina-in-global-nuclear-roll-out

June 10, 2019 Posted by | China, marketing, SOUTH AMERICA | 1 Comment

12 year old children from irradiated areas in Ukraine helped by a Scottish charity

Chernobyl’s TV success will help with fallout from nuclear horror that never ends

A Scots charity supporting children from communities affected by radiation hopes the hit show will encourage more people to lend their support. Daily Record , Emylie Howie, 9 JUN 2019

t’s the television series that has reignited interest in the nuclear disaster that shocked the world 33 years ago.

Now a charity is hoping the ­success of the hit show Chernobyl will result in an increase of support for victims of the power station ­catastrophe.

Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline brings 10 to 12-year-olds from areas affected by radiation in Ukraine and Belarus to live with families in ­Scotland for four weeks.

Co-ordinator Michael Lafferty, of Saltcoats , Ayrshire, said he hopes Sky’s HBO show will ­encourage more people to volunteer to look after the children.   He said: “I’m hoping this ­programme leads to a bit more ­interest in families who’d like to host children and give them time away from radiation.

“We’re now dealing with children of the people who were alive at that time and when these kids grow up and have kids of their own we may see more genetic malformations.

“The radiation is going to be there for hundreds of years.”

The series dramatises the ­Chernobyl nuclear plant disaster in Soviet Union-ruled Ukraine.

During a test on April 26, 1986, reactor four exploded, releasing huge amounts of radiation into the atmosphere until the resulting fire was put out nine days later.

The official death toll was 31 but the figure is thought to be in the millions as a result of radioactive poisoning. Belarus and Ukraine received more than 70 per cent of the fallout and many children were born with severe ­disabilities or illnesses, ­including thyroid cancer, bone ­cancer, leukaemia and facial defects…….. https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/chernobyls-tv-success-help-fallout-16487018

June 10, 2019 Posted by | health, Ukraine | Leave a comment