Category: Nuclear

Tokyo Contaminated & Not Fit for Habitation, Doctor Says

All 23 districts of Tokyo contaminated with radiation, worse than at Chernobyl after the accident, and blood cells of children under ten are showing worrying changes; the WHO, the IAEA & the Japanese government cannot be trusted. by Susie Greaves In July 2014 Dr Shigeru Mita wrote a letter to his fellow doctors to explain his decision to move his practice from Tokyo to Okayama city in the West of […]

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More Trouble at Olkiluoto Nuclear Plant

Finnish nuclear plant already vastly over budget and overdue has slowed almost to a halt, embroiled in dispute and with no end in sight; it augurs badly for UK’s bloated nuclear ambition. by Prof. Peter Saunders Olkiluoto Nuclear Power Plant in Eurajoki, Finland. The nuclear renaissance that never was When the Finnish government agreed in 2005 to the construction of a new reactor on the Olkiluoto site in the far […]

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Generation Gap: Wind Opens Big Lead over Nuclear in China

by J. Matthew Roney, Earth Policy Institute In China, wind power is leaving nuclear behind. Electricity output from China’s wind farms exceeded that from its nuclear plants for the first time in 2012, by a narrow margin. Then in 2013, wind pulled away — outdoing nuclear by 22 percent. The 135 terawatt-hours of Chinese wind-generated electricity in 2013 would be nearly enough to power New York State.

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Congenital Hypothyroidism and Fukushima Fallout in the US

Plume of airborne radioactive iodine arrival in the US correlates with increased rates of congenital hypothyroidism among the new born. by Dr Mae-Wan Ho A new study finds congenital hypothyroidism in the US rising 28% in the two and a half months after the arrival of the Fukushima fallout of radioactive iodine (I-131) [1]. Researchers and authors Joe Mangano and Janette Sherman from the Radiation and Public Health Project [2] […]

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UK Government’s Great Nuclear Blunder

The UK Government weakened its bargaining position by dragging its feet on renewables, and is promising to pay for nuclear at exorbitant prices in projects that will not deliver. by Prof Peter Saunders Nuclear at all cost to taxpayer When the UK government published the 2008 White Paper [1] announcing its intention to commission a new fleet of nuclear reactors, it portrayed nuclear power as an economical way of providing […]

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Fukushima Crisis Goes Global

A fully referenced and illustrated version of this report is posted on ISIS members website and otherwise available for download here. Massive radioactive leaks continue from the badly damaged structures as the dangerous operation of moving spent fuel rods begins, and still greater challenges of decommissioning the meltdown reactors yet to come. International help is urgently needed to stem the ongoing release of deadly radioactive isotopes and remediate the badly […]

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The World Must Take Charge at Fukushima

Massive leakages of heavily contaminated water, crumbling structures, and spent fuels that if exposed to air could release 85 times as much lethal caesium as was released at Chernobyl are obvious reasons why urgent help is needed from the world’s top experts. by Dr Mae Wan Ho Petition to Ban Ki-Moon Harvey Wasserman, American journalist, author, democracy activist and advocate for renewable energy, urges us to sign a petition to […]

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U.S. Nuclear Power in Decline

by J. Matthew Roney, Earth Policy Institute Nuclear power generation in the United States is falling. After increasing rapidly since the 1970s, electricity generation at U.S. nuclear plants began to grow more slowly in the early 2000s. It then plateaued between 2007 and 2010 — before falling more than 4 percent over the last two years. Projections for 2013 show a further 1 percent drop. With reactors retiring early and […]

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Nuclear Subsidies Largesse by other Names

A new inquiry into energy subsidies has been launched by UK’s cross-party Environment Audit Committee [1], but will it uncover all that are to go into nuclear energy? by Prof Peter Saunders A fully referenced version of this article is posted on ISIS members website and is otherwise available for download here. Many ways to hide nuclear subsidies Ever since it decided to commission a new fleet of reactors, the […]

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Wind Surpasses Nuclear in China

by J. Matthew Roney, Earth Policy Institute Wind has overtaken nuclear as an electricity source in China. In 2012, wind farms generated 2 percent more electricity than nuclear power plants did, a gap that will likely widen dramatically over the next few years as wind surges ahead. Since 2007, nuclear power generation has risen by 10 percent annually, compared with wind’s explosive growth of 80 percent per year. Before the […]

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World Nuclear Electricity Generation Down 5 Percent Since 2006

by J. Matthew Roney, Earth Policy Institute World nuclear electricity-generating capacity has been essentially flat since 2007 and is likely to fall as plants retire faster than new ones are built. In fact, the actual electricity generated at nuclear power plants fell 5 percent between 2006 and 2011. In 2011, following Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, 13 nuclear reactors in Japan, Germany, and the United Kingdom were permanently taken offline. […]

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A 50,000-Foot View of the Global Crisis

We are now well into a global crisis that may mark the end of this cycle of human civilization. In this note I present a summary of what’s going on as far as I can tell, as well as a scenario for how things might develop over the next 75 years or so. The issue is enormous, so an overview like this is inevitably going to be skimpy on details. […]

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