No Nukes News

September 21, 2015

 

The World

Don't Nuke the Climate: COP 21 Paris Nuclear power is no solution to the climate crisis. We will be in Paris in December to demand a safe, clean and affordable nuclear-free, carbon-free energy system. March, petition, organize.

Radioactive Floods Recontaminate Japan Last week a serious typhoon hit eastern Japan creating flooding that has not occurred for at least 50 years. Drainage pumps at Fukushima failed and radioactive water once again poured into the Pacific. Also, extraordinary amounts of radioactive cesium, strontium, and other isotopes were carried hundreds of miles from the nuclear catastrophe site, contaminating villages. And over 700 Fukushima waste bags were swept away by torrential floods.

Under radioactive shadow of Fukushima, town of Naraha tries to come back to life A few signs of life are returning to this rural town made desolate by the Fukushima nuclear disaster 4½ years ago. But weeds cover the now rusty train tracks, there are no sounds of children, and wild boars still roam around at night. On the outskirts of town, thousands of black industrial storage bags containing radiation-contaminated soil and debris stretch out across barren fields.

Nuclear Waste and You
Why is it that Canada, the second biggest country in the world in terms of land area, with vast regions of diverse geology, is targeting water-soluble limestone formations on the very edge of the Great Lakes to abandon its nuclear waste? Because it’s convenient to OPG? Because there’s so much radioactive waste stored at the surface of Bruce NGS already? To save the Province of Ontario money? The risks to the Great Lakes, the lifeblood of one of the world’s single largest regional economies, are just too great.

 

Ontario

Lights Coming on at Queen’s Park According to Premier Wynne, “We are committed to concluding a long-term agreement to purchase clean and affordable energy from Quebec.”

Public interest groups disappointed by Court ruling on Darlington nuclear project If the Court of Appeal’s decision stands, it will allow government authorities to avoid sharing the potential environmental effects and risks posed by major industrial development across the country with the public.

 

Renewables and Conservation

The LEAP Manifesto – A Call for a Canada Based on Caring for the Earth and One Another The time for energy democracy has come. We call for a Canada based on caring for each other and the planet, moving swiftly to a post-carbon future, upholding Indigenous rights, and pursuing economic justice for all. 100% renewable electricity by 2035. Watch a recording of the launch here.

CA lawmakers pass bill to bolster efficiency, mandate 50% renewables by 2030 If the bill is passed, it would set the nation's second-highest renewable portfolio standard. 

Tracking Canada’s Energy Revolution
A new Clean Energy Canada report offers federal candidates and constituents plenty of good news to contrast the turmoil underway in the nation’s oil and gas markets. In 2014, the value of new clean energy projects—mostly wind and solar farms, and large and small hydroelectric plants—approached CAD$11 billion, up 88 percent from 2013. 

Top Solar Energy Myths Debunking some of the most common misconceptions around solar power.

Next-Gen Energy Efficiency Could Cut U.S. Power Use 22% by 2030

WTO Ruling Against India's Solar Push Threatens Climate, Clean Energy The U.S. should be applauding India’s efforts to scale up solar energy—not turning to the WTO to strike the program down.

 

Events

Risking Toronto and the Environment: The Darlington Nuclear Station Wed. Sept. 23, 7 p.m., #310 Metro Hall, Toronto. Panel discussion on how plans to rebuild 4 outdated Darlington reactors put Toronto, the environment and Ontario’s renewable energy industry at risk. Free. Or participate in the preparatory webinar on the 26th.

Camera Atomica July 8 – Nov. 15, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto. Exhibition traces photographic legacy of “the bomb” and nuclear energy. See 8 of the photos here. Free on Wed. nights.

Science for Peace Free Weekly Public Lectures Weds. 7 - 9 pm, University of Toronto

Green Building Festival
Thur. Oct. 1, Toronto. Hosted by Sustainable Buildings Canada

Green Energy Doors Open Sat. Oct. 3, Various sites around Ontario

CanWEA Annual Conference and Exhibition
Oct. 5-7, Toronto. Hosted by the Canadian Wind Energy Association
 
Townhall Meeting: Bury Nuclear Waste Beside the Great Lakes? Bad Idea Tues. Oct. 6, 7 - 9 p.m. Toronto City Hall, Council Chambers. Panel of speakers addressing OPG’s plan to bury and abandon nuclear waste at Kincardine, on Lake Huron. Free.

Through Post-Atomic Eyes Oct. 23-25, Toronto. This conference will brings together an interdisciplinary group of artists and scholars to explore the complex legacy of the atomic age in contemporary art and culture.


Take Action!

Join the fight against the Darlington rebuild Early November, the CNSC is holding hearings on the rebuilding of 4 Darlington reactors. Greenpeace is organizing to support public participation. Get involved.

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

OCAA Leaflet Free! Informative! Order many to distribute to your friends and neighbours. They describe in full color Ontario's energy options: 10 rebuilt nuclear reactors vs. water power from Quebec. We have a choice.

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.

Stop the Great Lakes Nuclear Dump Please sign the petition to oppose OPG’s plans to bury their nuclear waste on the shore of Lake Huron. And urge your elected officials to pass a resolution to oppose the nuclear dump on the Great Lake Huron. There are already 168 jurisdictions representing over 21 million people that have done so. Find out more here.



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