May 24, 2011
When it comes to the oceans, however, the impact of Fukushima exceeds Chernobyl. - Ken Buesseler, a chemical oceanographer at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.
And just as the world is now wondering how the Japanese could ever have been foolhardy enough to build something as inherently dangerous as nuclear power plants above earthquake fault lines, future generations will one day look back with bewilderment and dismay at the craziness of locating nukes in the heart of the Great Lakes, home to 20 percent of the world's fresh surface water. - Curt Guyette
At least 250 [more] tons of radioactive water spilled into the Pacific Ocean from Japan's earthquake-damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant, officials said. http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2011/05/22/Japan-reports-more-radiation-leakage/UPI-28701306071295/
Foreign firms are evacuating staff from Japan, after fears of radiation leaks at the Fukushima Daiichi plant escalated further. http://www.xfmnewscenter.com/news/news.php?cat=International&title=Japan+radiation+fears+prompt+firms+to+move+employees+
4 min. news video: http://rt.com/news/situation-fukushima-no-control/
Background: The engineering details of the Fukushima tragedy are beginning to be admitted publicly, while the biomedical details are still being glossed over. With fuel melting, vastly greater amounts of radio-active materials are released from the core than occur with the lesser types of fuel damage that had been postulated earlier.
Dozens of different species of radioactive materials were released in the form of vapours or particulates, susceptible for inhalation or ingestion by humans and animals, likely to be tracked into homes, schools and offices after being deposited in clothing, skin or hair. See http://ccnr.org/hlw_chart.html .
The discovery that almost 5000 atomic workers have now shown signs of internal radioactive contamination after simply visiting the Fukushima site guarantees that Japanese citizens of all ages from the nearby areas have also experienced some degree of internal deposition of radioactive materials in their bodies. Nursing mothers are now showing measurable amounts of radioactive contamination from Fukushima in their milk.
The decision of the Japanese government to allow children in dozens of schools to be exposed to levels of atomic radiation up to 20 millisieverts per year is irresponsible and deserves to be denounced. (20 millisieverts per year is the maximum radiation dose permitted for an atomic worker in a German nuclear power plant, and actual doses are normally kept well below that regulatory limit.)
Not only are children much more susceptible to the harmful effects of radiation exposure than adults, but they are much more likely to track radioactive contaminants into their homes and schools in the form of dirt and dust, soiled hands and fingernails, and dirty play-clothes.
The world cannot afford to let the biomedical consequences of nuclear energy -- especially catastrophic accidents like Fukushima -- be mishandled and trivialized by the physical scientists who deal with the machinery and the measurements but who have little to offer to the population or even to the workers in the way of protection and understanding of the pathways of all the radioactive emissions. - Gordon Edwards.
Introduced to the world by Japanese filmmakers in the 1950s, the monstrous mutant created by nuclear detonations serves as a fitting metaphor for the horrors currently unfolding at the badly damaged Fukushima Daiichi reactors.
This is the keynote address of Dr. Gordon Edwards of the Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility at the International Roundtable on "Nuclear Threats to the Great Lakes and Transition to Clean Safe Energy" on May 14, 2011, in Dearborn, Michigan.
The Japanese nuclear disaster has renewed worries about safety though a job-hungry territory may not care
Background: India exploded its first atomic bomb in 1974, using plutonium produced in a research reactor which was given to India as a gift from the Government of Canada. Canada announced that it was breaking off all nuclear cooperation with India because of that country's use of civil nuclear facilities for military purposes.
In the intervening years India has built dozens of reactors which are essentially clones of the Canadian CANDU design, produced a large stockpile of separated plutonium from these reactors, and created an arsenal of 70-80 nuclear weapons.
In 2009, despite the fact that India refuses to sign the Non-Proliferation Treaty, refuses to eliminate its arsenal of nuclear weapons, and even refuses to forego building more nuclear weapons, Prime Minister Harper of Canada resumed nuclear cooperation with India. Canada is actively seeking to sell nuclear power reactors and Canadian uranium to that country. This arrangement makes a mockery of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and sends a terrible message to the rest of the world.
A nuclear-weapons-free world cannot be built on a foundation of hypocrisy. A sustainable and peaceful future can never emerge if it is to be based on a double standard. - Gordon Edwards
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Denmark is aiming to become fully independent of fossil fuels by 2050, instead meeting its energy needs with renewable energy. Here’s how.
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