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October 17, 2014 –   Please pass this onto a friend!


"What we are saying is that burying radioactive nuclear waste that remains radioactive and lethal for 100,000 years right beside the drinking water of 40 million people defies common sense... Ontario is a massive province and 87% of the land in Ontario is owned by the crown, so obviously there is no necessity to place a nuclear waste dump about a kilometre from the Great Lakes." - Beverly Fernandez, Stop the Great Lakes Nuclear Dump spokesperson
 
"Nuclear power is a future technology whose time is past." - Amory Lovins



The World

Why Are Researchers Finding Traces of Radioactive Particles in Baby Teeth? Data indicates we still don't understand the dangers of nuclear energy.

Rudolph the Red Hot Reindeer? Arctic Animals Are Becoming More Radioactive Researchers in Norway have detected a spike of Cesium-137 in reindeer as warmer temperatures spawn more irradiated vegetation. Scientists believe that radioactive fallout from the Chernobyl disaster 28 years ago is much to blame for the contaminated Mountain Reindeer subspecies, but the radiation may also come from the hundreds of atomic bomb tests carried in the 1950s and 1960s and have built up over time in lichens, fungi, and mushrooms. Radiation has also been found in reindeer in Canada, Alaska, and Siberia. Reindeer meat is a staple among Arctic populations, with about 14,000 tons of it consumed each year. The Norwegian government believes that hundreds of herders die of cancer each year as a result.

As nuclear waste piles up, South Korea faces storage crisis The world's fifth-largest user of nuclear power has around 70 percent, or nearly 9,000 tonnes, of its used fuel stacked in temporary storage pools originally intended to hold it for five or six years. "If we fail to reach a conclusion [on how to manage spent fuel], it would be time to debate if we should stop nuclear power generation."

At Hanford, sick nuclear workers await compensation Thousands of people in Washington have applied for medical benefits after working at a contaminated weapons plant site

Funding woes delay new Chernobyl cover The casing around the ruined nuclear reactor at Chernobyl is crumbling, causing a renewed radioactive contamination risk. A new cover for the site is under construction - but the project is running out of funding. Total damage has been estimated at $180 B. The area around the stricken reactor is still highly contaminated, and the concrete sarcophagus poured over the reactor in a rush after the accident has become unstable.

Fukushima legacy... 25,000 who cannot go home again, ever "At least 25,000 people will never be able to return home, and this will have traumatic, prolonged and widespread consequences. This is a catastrophe that will cause untold suffering for decades to come” said Maria Vitagliano, international programme director for Green Cross International.

Radiation levels at Fukushima rise to record highs after typhoon Cesium, tritium and strontium-90, all which cause cancer, shattered records this week

Nuclear risk and climate change connection analyzed in new World Future Council report Groundbreaking research examines convergence of nuclear and climate threats and its implications for global security

 

Ontario

Enough excuses – it’s time for Premier Wynne to take the bull by the horns Clearly, we need a more objective and honest approach to striking a deal with Quebec.  It is time for Premier Wynne to appoint an unbiased, independent special negotiator to pursue water power from Quebec as an alternative to rebuilding the Darlington nuclear station.

Nuclear plants in Canada to provide iodine pills to nearby residents New rules forcing nuclear companies to pre-distribute potassium iodide pills to residents within 80 kilometres of nuclear plants. Dr. Gordon Edwards says the announcements are good news but cautions that the new regulations won’t amount to much without a clear and informative public education campaign. There is no such thing as an anti-radiation pill.” Includes an 11 min. audio interview with Dr. Edwards. Here’s a another piece, and another and another.

Municipal Candidates Overwhelmingly Favour World-Class Nuclear Emergency Planning for Durham Region

Dr. Gordon Edward’s submission on the DUD
(Deep Underground Dump) proposal to bury nuclear waste on the shore of Lake Huron.

Open Letter to Premier Wynne: Cancel the Darlington rebuild from Mike Schreiner, Green Party of Ontario Leader

 

Renewables and Conservation

Global energy efficiency market ‘an invisible powerhouse’ worth at least US $310 billion per year Among 18 countries evaluated in the report, total final energy consumption was down 5% between 2001 and 2011 primarily as a result of investments in energy efficiency.  Energy efficiency represents the most important plank – 40% – in efforts to decarbonise the global energy system and achieve the world’s climate objectives.

Germany’s Energiewende,or Energy Transition, Creates Jobs, Boosts GDP
Germany's renewable energy jobs grew from 160,500 to 367,000 between 2004 and 2010 with renewable energy exports and manufacturing profits up

Lessons from the Cell Phone Phenomenon: How Microgrids Can Power Developing Countries Microgrids can help developing countries leapfrog into a new energy paradigm.

 

Take Action!

Please send a letter to the Premier right now urging her to strike a deal with Quebec. Water power imports from Quebec can replace the Darlington nuclear rebuild at a fraction of the cost.

Declare Japan’s Fukushima Meltdowns a “Level 8” Nuclear Disaster Sign the petitions calling for a global response.

Quebec imports can save us $1 billion per year As our new pamphlet explains, importing clean hydro power from Quebec is a much cheaper way to meet our electricity needs than re-building the Darlington Nuclear Plant. Order free copies today to distribute to your neighbours, family and friends.

Tell EPA: Take nuclear support out of proposed carbon rule Send your letter here.

President Obama: support a nuclear weapons-free world, as promised Please sign the petition.

 

Events

Webinar - Breaking the Inevitability Frame in the Energy Debate October 24, 1 – 2 p.m. EST. Free.  
 
Rendez-vous Ottawa will introduce the global conversation about the humanitarian impacts of nuclear weapons and give participants the tools needed to spread the word and join the work towards a ban on nuclear weapons. October 25 and 26, 2014

The Great Sell-Off? Fossil Fuel Divestment and the Global Energy Revolution Webinar, Oct. 29, 1 p.m. EST

Voice of Women for Peace Annual Conference: Conflict and Climate – Changing Course NOW
Nov. 7-9, Toronto

The Politics of Decay: Nuclear Nationalism with Emily Simmonds, Wed. Nov. 12, Rm 140, University College, 15 Kings College Circle, University of Toronto

Ontario Geothermal Conference Nov. 13 & 14, Gravenhurst, Ontario
 
Summit for a Nuclear Free Future Nov. 14 – 17, Washington DC

Quietly Into Disaster Film screening Thur. Nov. 27, 7 p.m., downtown Kitchener, Ontario with Angela Bischoff, OCAA and CREW
 
World Uranium Symposium and Film Festival, April 13 - 16, 2015, Quebec City



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