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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.

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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...

Tsunami Colony: a story of despair, disturbance and displacement

Blog entry by Ali Abbas | September 24, 2012

The protest against the Koodankulam nuclear plant is one of the longest peaceful movements in the history of India after the Gandhian movement. Even among the many anti-nuclear movements globally, the Koodankulam protests are seen as...

Phasing out, cracking up and shutting down – a bad week for nuclear power

Blog entry by Justin McKeating | September 15, 2012

Historic news that Japan will phase out nuclear power has rounded off yet another terrible week for the global nuclear industry. Japan's decision to end its reliance on nuclear power by the 2030s means it will join countries such...

Why say no to diesel?

Blog entry by Greenpeace | September 7, 2012

In the previous blog post , we spoke about the 'Enabling Clean Talking' report released by Greenpeace. The report basically urges the Telecom Industry to switch to renewable sources of energy from diesel to power the ubiquitous mobile...

Sun shines over the nuclear liability Act for now.

Blog entry by Hozefa Merchant | September 3, 2012

Amidst the political storm brewing over the past few days, an important development was the tabling of the Parliamentary Standing Committee report on the Rules for the Nuclear Liability Act in the Lok Sabha. We got a hold of that...

The fight for Green Telecom

Blog entry by Greenpeace | September 3, 2012

Indian telecom sector has witnessed an exponential growth over the past decade. On the last count, the number of mobile subscribers in India is almost 951 million and growing. The growth story can also be illustrated by the fact that...

Foreign hand

Image | August 3, 2012 at 10:53

Who will pay if a nuclear disaster like Fukushima happens in India? It won't be the people who built and sold us the reactor. It'll be you. Go Figure.

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