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Nuclear energy is unsafe

Greenpeace opposes nuclear power because it poses unacceptable risks to people and the environment. Nuclear power plants cost millions, are unsustainable, and take decades to build. India must recognise this, and build its energy future on renewable sources and energy efficiency.

The truth about nuclear power

Many myths surround nuclear energy. That it will provide energy security; that it provides a solution to climate change;that it is affordable; that it heralds a new age of energy generation that will plug India’s energy deficit. All of these are false. Most crucially, the notion that it is safe is also false.

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Damage at Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant In Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. The damage was caused by an offshore earthquake and subsequent tsunami that occurred on 11 March 2011.  © DigitalGlobe

Nuclear energy is an extortionately expensive and unacceptably risky method of power generation.  All power plants are vulnerable to human error, natural disasters and design failure.  The difference with nuclear is that the risk of an accident carries with it terrible and long-lasting consequences, which are vastly disproportionate to the power generated.  Apart from the risk of accidents, each power plant also creates a legacy of radioactive waste that will remain harmful for hundreds – and sometimes thousands - of years.  There is still no proper solution for the storage of this waste.

Power and electricity are services, intended to improve people’s lives. They are not tools to endanger lives or compromise health, as they become through nuclear power generation.

In India, the risks of nuclear power are made greater by the secrecy that shrouds the industry, and the unwillingness of authorities to heed citizens’ concerns. Greenpeace calls for a complete and transparent safety review of existing and proposed nuclear plants in India, and a review of India’s nuclear ambition with a refocus to renewable energy and energy efficiency.

The latest updates

 

Seaweed contamination cause for concern in Japan

Blog entry by Jess Miller | May 16, 2011

Initial findings from our radiation sampling team working on the coast near Fukushima are in and the news is not good. The results showed levels of contamination far beyond allowed limits for seaweed. Contaminated seaweed could...

Japan to abandon nuclear plans and embrace renewable energy - who's next?

Blog entry by Jan Beránek | May 16, 2011

On May 10 th , Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan made an incredible announcement – prompted by the ongoing Fukushima nuclear crisis, Japan, the world’s 3 rd largest economy, is dropping plans to double its nuclear power capacity and...

Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana Social Survey Report, Srikakulam district,...

Publication | May 13, 2011 at 13:00

The Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana (RGGVY) is a flagship programme of the government of India which began in April 2005 and aimed to accelerate the pace of rural electrification programme in the country.

Banking on the next Fukushima

Blog entry by Kumi Naidoo | May 11, 2011

Kumi Naidoo and Nuclear Campaigner Yannick Rousselet protest the passage of a train carrying nuclear waste. Image: Pierre Gleizes Two months after the devastating earthquake and tsunami struck Japan our thoughts are with those who...

The word is out: The future of energy is renewable

Blog entry by Caroline Chisholm | May 11, 2011

Listen up, energy sceptics – today’s report from the IPCC has found that not only will renewable energy provide most of the world’s energy needs by 2050, it’s going to have an indispensable role in mitigating catastrophic climate...

Rainbow Warrior to begin analysis on radioactive samples

Blog entry by Sakyo Noda | May 11, 2011

After a week of sailing and conducting radiation sampling along the Fukushima coast, the Rainbow Warrior is now at anchor in Yokohama and our team is preparing to start detailed analysis on what we collected. As the government...

Breaking news! Japanese government announces cancellation of all new nuclear reactor...

Blog entry by Michelle Frey | May 11, 2011

“Greenpeace applauds Prime Minister Kan’s ambitious proposal to scrap the construction of 14 new nuclear reactors,” said Junichi Sato, Greenpeace Japan Executive Director. “ This announcement could put Japan’s energy policy on a new...

राजीव गांधी ग्रामीण विद्युतीकरण योजना सामाजिक सर्वेक्षण रिपोर्ट, आज़मगढ़ उत्तर प्रदेश

Publication | May 10, 2011 at 11:30

ऊर्जा मंत्रालय इस योजना को क्रियान्वित करने वाली नोडल एजंसी बनाई गयी ताकि राष्ट्रीय सामान्य न्यूनतम कार्यक्रम “नेशनल कामन मिनिमम प्रोग्राम (एनसीएमपी) के तहत सन 2010 तक सभी घरों में बिजली पहुंचाने के लक्ष्य को अनिवार्य रूप से हासिल किया जा सके।

Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana Social Survey Report, Azamgarh district,...

Publication | May 10, 2011 at 11:00

The Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana (RGGVY) is a flagship programme of the government of India which began in April 2005 and aimed to accelerate the pace of rural electrification programme in the country.

Research still blocked by Japan's government, but some progress

Blog entry by Andrew Davies | May 8, 2011

Thanks to everyone who's been sending Twitter messages (politely) asking Japan's Prime Minister's Office (@JPN_PMO on Twitter) to let the Rainbow Warrior do radiation monitoring work closer to the coast. So far, you've sent over 3000...

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