No Nukes News

July 9, 2015

Help us plug Ontario into low-cost power from Quebec Please sign our petition here calling for water power rather than 10 rebuilt nuclear reactors. And please order our free leaflets to distribute to your friends and neighbours.

“Nuclear power risks catastrophe, steals resources from climate change solutions, produces mountains of ferocious radioactive waste, continually vents radiation, and spreads H-bomb material.” - J. M. LaForge, NukeWatch

 

The World

Pope Francis calls Nuclear Power Plants a modern-day Tower of Babel "Human beings should not break the natural laws set by God," the Pope said. This is probably the first clear-cut criticism of the "civil use" of nuclear power issued by the Vatican.

Naomi Klein: Dr. James Hansen is wrong on nuclear power 6 min. video. Klein discusses why nuclear power cannot be a solution to our climate crisis.

Don't Nuke the Climate telebriefing: Lessons from Japan and Germany Featuring Amory Lovins. 90 min. audio file

America's Nuclear Waste: A Forgotten Ticking Timebomb The RealNews discusses their investigation into widespread nuclear disposal sites leaking radiation into the environment. 8 min. video with transcript.

Even low doses of radiation increase risk of dying from leukaemia  A study coordinated by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the specialised cancer agency of the World Health Organisation, shows that protracted exposure to low doses of ionising radiation can cause leukaemia. Here’s Ian Fairlie’s take on why these findings are so relevant.

Update on Fukushima with Kevin Kamps interviewed by Thom Hartmann. 6 min. video

SNC-Lavalin consortium chosen to run Chalk River nuclear lab It is perhaps understandable that the article does not mention the ethical scandals that have plagued SNC-Lavalin in recent years. It is less understandable why the article doesn't mention that the production of medical isotopes using the Chalk River reactor was scheduled to end in 2016, a deadline that is now extended to 2018.      

Sen. Kirk urges EPA to protect the Great Lakes against "devastating impact" of proposed Canadian shoreline radioactive waste dump

Great Lakes mayors still opposed to burying nuclear waste near Lake Huron
  A group representing Great Lakes cities remains officially opposed to storing nuclear waste in an underground vault near Kincardine

 

Ontario

An Open Letter to the Government of Ontario Ontario Power Generation’s Plan to Bury Nuclear Waste in Deep Underground Caverns Beside Lake Huron Must be Set Aside – Signed by 100 public interest groups

The End of Coal: Ontario’s coal phase-out Report by the International Institute for Sustainable Development. What lessons can be learned from Ontario’s coal phase-out experience? How can its success be replicated in other parts of the globe?

 

Renewables and Conservation

Tracking the Energy Revolution Global 2015 Announcing our Top 10 Trends Defining and Propelling the Global Shift to Clean and Renewable Energy

The Way Humans Get Electricity is About to Change Forever  The electricity revolution will be decentralized. Solar prices keep crashing and investments rising. Global demand slows because of efficiency. Nuclear tanks.

Japan is building huge floating solar power plants See pics here.

Renewable Energy + Energy Efficiency To Grow Based On Cost Competitiveness Alone according to a new report from the Advanced Energy Economy Institute.

Germany’s Energy Revolution goes from strength to strength as the Grafenrheinfeld nuclear reactor closes It's clear that Germany doesn't need nuclear power and that renewables are more than up to the job of leading the country into a future of sustainable, safe electricity.

The Grid is at a Fork in the Road It’s time to make a decision: what kind of electricity grid do we want? Rocky Mountain Institute weighs in for an integrated grid.

Nova Scotia achieves milestone level of wind power generation – 50% For 60 minutes in the wee hours of June 24, wind delivered fully half of Nova Scotia’s electricity.

 

Take Action!

Ontario: Import safe and low-cost water power from Quebec rather than rebuild 4 nuclear reactors at Darlington Please sign our petition

Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq – don’t let OPG dump nuclear waste on the shore of Lake Huron Please sign the petition

Don’t Nuke the Climate Please sign the petition in support of a nuclear-free, carbon-free energy system and to prevent nuclear power from being considered as a climate solution when the world's governments meet at the COP 21 conference in Paris in Dec. 2015.

Stop Radioactive Contamination of the Pacific Ocean from the Fukushima nuclear power plant site Please sign the petition. It is unacceptable that radioactive contamination is continuing in our oceans.

Stand with the Pope on Climate Thank you for standing up to climate deniers, speaking the truth on climate science, and calling for global action to stop climate change. I stand with you on climate! Send your letter here.

Nuclear Waste Repository Decision Delayed Residents now have until Sept. 1 to offer their input into Ontario Power Generation’s proposed nuclear waste repository on the shore of Lake Huron. You can comment here.

In the 2015 NOW Reader’s Choice poll
I’ve been nominated in the Best Activist Category, and OCAA (Ontario Clean Air Alliance) has been nominated in the Best Enviro Group category. Please vote!

 

Events

Camera Atomica July 8 – Nov. 15, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto. Groundbreaking exhibition traces photographic legacy of “the bomb” and nuclear energy. See 8 of the photos here.
 
People’s Social Forum Sat. July 11, Ryerson U, Toronto. Angela will be doing a workshop on ON’s nuclear plans at 11:45 a.m. Come!
 
Inside Tracking the Energy Revolution - Global 2015 Webinar Tues. July 14, 2 p.m .EST. What are the 10 most significant investment, policy, technology, and societal trends and developments that both defined and propelled the worldwide shift to clean energy in 2014?
 
The Strangest Dream Free screening and discussion. Tues. July 14, 6:15 pm, Annette Branch Library, Toronto. The film is the story of Joseph Rotblat, the only nuclear scientist to leave the Manhattan Project, the U.S. government’s secret program to build the first atomic bomb with Canadian uranium. The film retraces the history of nuclear weapons.
 
Cleaning Up the Energy Sector: Where Does Canada Stand on Clean Energy A webinar hosted by the Conference Board of Canada. July 22, 2 p.m. EST
 
Ground Zero to Global Zero: Hope After 70 Years Thur. August 6, 6:45 – 8:45 p.m., The Church of the Holy Trinity, Toronto. An Hiroshima/Nagasaki Day Toronto Coalition event marking the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Free.
 
Ride for Renewables Sun. Sept. 13. Together we'll ride from Pickering to Darlington to show out opposition to rebuilding the four aging reactors at Darlington. We'll call for our money to be invested instead in renewable energy.




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