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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

 

No water for drought-hit Maharashtra as thermal power plants prosper

Blog entry by Swati Mehta | March 22, 2013

Water was over. The sun was beating down our backs and a red-yellow, dried, mountain trail was around us. Our trek should have ended before sunrise, it was mid-day now. The desperate need for water was terrifying. Luckily we knew we'd...

Hope from Fukushima

Blog entry by Junichi Sato, ED Greenpeace Japan | March 11, 2013

As we mark the second memorial of the March 11, 2011 triple disaster, we see tragedy, but also hope in Japan. While people mourn for the mothers, fathers, siblings, grandparents and children that were lost in the earthquake and...

Four things you should know about the Fukushima nuclear disaster

Blog entry by Laura Kenyon | March 8, 2013

The Fukushima nuclear disaster that began on March 11, 2011 was a scary time for the whole world. Some early reports even warned about radiation being carried on the wind as far as the west coasts of the USA and Canada, and many...

Ending the nuclear weapons age

Feature story | February 15, 2013 at 15:30

The exact number of nuclear weapons situated across the world is shrouded in mystery, but whatever the number, North Korea's underground test this week is a grim reminder of the devastation and destruction these weapons could unleash.

Ending the nuclear weapons age

Feature story | February 15, 2013 at 15:30

The exact number of nuclear weapons situated across the world is shrouded in mystery, but whatever the number, North Korea's underground test this week is a grim reminder of the devastation and destruction these weapons could unleash.

Bharti Airtel makes a move towards sustainability

Feature story | January 18, 2013 at 14:04

Two years ago Greenpeace India and lakhs of mobile phone users like us started asking Bharti Airtel to switch-off diesel. The company has taken the first step by releasing its first-ever sustainability report.

The climate change story at Angkor Photo Festival

Blog entry by John Novis | December 5, 2012

Tonight, on a very warm evening in Siem Reap, Cambodia I gave my presentation at the Angkor Photo Festival as part of their nightly slide show screenings.  The setting was the gardens of the famous Foreign Correspondence Club, a site...

Proudly turning, churning and generating clean energy in China

Blog entry by Tom Wang | December 3, 2012

I am bringing some very beautiful pictures to the 8th Angkor Photo Festival that runs from Dec 1st to 8th. They are pictures of wind turbines from different parts of China. Either in the middle of the desert in north-western China, or...

Energy [R]evolution 2nd Edition

Publication | November 16, 2012 at 15:30

The second edition of India Energy [R]evolution in 2012 provides a practical pathway for India to secure its energy particularly electricity supply to achieve its long-term ambitious economic growth along with providing access to modern...

Children of Koodankulam

Blog entry by Ali Abbas | October 9, 2012

September 25, 2012 Today, rather than sleeping in the parish house I decided to sleep with protestors under the pandal.  The young men sleep around the border of the pandal to protect the women and children in case there is an...

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