No Nukes News

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


Company Believes 3 Reactors Melted Down in Japan

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/25/world/asia/25nuclear.html?_r=1&hp

 

Japan Reports More Radiation Leakage

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/

 

Nuclear plant workers suffer internal radiation exposure after visiting Fukushima

http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/news/20110521p2a00m0na021000c.html

 

Japan radiation fears prompt firms to move employees back

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+

Situation at Fukushima out of control

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.


Godzilla and the Great Lakes - Why nuclear plans for our water wonderland must be opposed

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.

http://metrotimes.com/news/godzilla-and-the-great-lakes-1.1148138


Dr. Gordon Edwards Keynote Talk on Radioactivity

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.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jGV62tvCLo4&feature=email


In disaster there is opportunity: How the Fukushima disaster is leading to a more sustainable future

http://www.davidsuzuki.org/blogs/climate-blog/2011/05/in-disaster-there-is-opportunity-how-the-fukushima-disaster-is-leading-to-a-more/


Fukushima chills uranium development in Nunavut

The Japanese nuclear disaster has renewed worries about safety though a job-hungry territory may not care

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/international-news/fukushima-chills-uranium-development/article2025353/


Anti-nuclear protests in Switzerland attract 20,000         

http://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/swiss_news/Anti-nuclear_protests_attract_20,000.html?cid=30291990


India Could Build More Nukes, Former Leader Warns

http://gsn.nti.org/gsn/nw_20110520_5896.php

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


The Fight over Coal Mining is a “Fight About Democracy”

30 min. interview on Democracy Now

http://www.democracynow.org/2011/5/23/fight_over_coal_mining_is_a


Denmark’s Road to a Low-Carbon, Energy-Efficient Economy

Denmark is aiming to become fully independent of fossil fuels by 2050, instead meeting its energy needs with renewable energy. Here’s how.

http://blogs.worldwatch.org/revolt/denmark%E2%80%99s-road-to-a-low-carbon-energy-efficient-economy/


Solar Schools

Toronto District School Board (TDSB) Trustees have approved a landmark partnership that will see solar panels installed on 450 school rooftops, generating electricity while offsetting the costs of major roof maintenance.

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Nuclear nightmare: From Chernobyl to Japan – with Bradley Hughes

Sun. May 29, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. 

Part of the conference: Marxism 2011. Recession. Resistance. Revolution.
27 to 29 May 2011 | Ryerson Student Centre | 55 Gould Street, Toronto

Register online: http://www.marxismconference.ca/ | Facebook: http://on.fb.me/M2K11


Home is Where the Heat Is

Tues. May 31. 7 p.m.

Metro Hall, Room 314 (John and King)

Post Carbon Toronto in collaboration with the Toronto Zeitgeist Movement presents an evening's investigation into what can be done on the home front. Whether we are talking about our creature comforts, pocketbook, or greenhouse gasses, our homes are central to the issue.

Greg Allen, David Elfstrom and Peter Shepherd are our presenters.  Between them they have decades of learning and experience in the realms of energy efficiency and home energy retrofits.   Whether you are a homeowner, planning to be a homeowner, or simply interested in what can be done, this event promises to be a "must see".  


Sign the Petition Calling for a Moratorium on New Nuclear Projects in ON

http://www.ontariosgreenfuture.ca/petition2.php

 

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They contain postcards to politicians. Courtesy of the Ontario Clean Air Alliance.

http://www.cleanairalliance.org/get_involved_order_pamphlets

 

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