Fukushima: Don't Forget

End the nuclear age

Greenpeace has always fought - and will continue to fight - vigorously against nuclear power because it is an unacceptable risk to the environment and to humanity. The only solution is to halt the expansion of all nuclear power, and for the shutdown of existing plants.

Nastya, from Belarus was only three years old when she was diagnosed with cancer of the uterus and lungs. According to local doctors the region has seen a huge increase in childhood cancer cases since the Chernobyl disaster.

We need an energy system that can fight climate change, based on renewable energy and energy efficiency. Nuclear power already delivers less energy globally than renewable energy, and the share will continue to decrease in the coming years.

Despite what the nuclear industry tells us, building enough nuclear power stations to make a meaningful reduction in greenhouse gas emissions would cost trillions of dollars, create tens of thousands of tons of lethal high-level radioactive waste, contribute to further proliferation of nuclear weapons materials, and result in a Chernobyl-scale accident once every decade. Perhaps most significantly, it will squander the resources necessary to implement meaningful climate change solutions.  (Briefing: Climate change - Nuclear not the answer.)

The Nuclear Age began in July 1945 when the US tested their first nuclear bomb near Alamogordo, New Mexico. A few years later, in 1953, President Eisenhower launched his "Atoms for Peace" Programme at the UN amid a wave of unbridled atomic optimism.

But as we know there is nothing "peaceful" about all things nuclear. More than half a century after Eisenhower's speech the planet is left with the legacy of nuclear waste. This legacy is beginning to be recognised for what it truly is.

Things are moving slowly in the right direction. In November 2000 the world recognised nuclear power as a dirty, dangerous and unnecessary technology by refusing to give it greenhouse gas credits during the UN Climate Change talks in The Hague. Nuclear power was dealt a further blow when a UN Sustainable Development Conference refused to label nuclear a sustainable technology in April 2001.

The risks from nuclear energy are real, inherent and long-lasting.

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Czech nuclear envoy has interesting insights into the problems with nuclear power

Blog entry by Jan Haverkamp | 27 August, 2014 7 comments

On 10 April of this year, the mammoth Czech utility CEZ cancelled its tender for two new reactors at the Temelín nuclear power station after the government had declared it would not subsidise the effort . That also meant the end to...

Nuclear power: reliably unreliable

Blog entry by Justin McKeating | 26 August, 2014 26 comments

With wind power filling the energy gap left by shutdown nuclear reactors in the UK , and police investigating allegations of sabotage at a reactor in Belgium , the myth of "reliable" nuclear energy is being exposed like never...

Message of Peace from Hiroshima

Feature story | 6 August, 2014 at 11:30

Greenpeace believes that peace is the best self-defense, and that war is the biggest threat to the environment. This story is a call for peace by Daisuke Miyachi of Greenpeace Japan. Daisuke is from Hiroshima and his grandmother was one of the...

The latest World Nuclear Industry Status Report: more bad news for nuclear power,...

Blog entry by Justin McKeating | 30 July, 2014 19 comments

"The nuclear share in the world’s power generation declined steadily from a historic peak of 17.6 percent in 1996 to 10.8 percent in 2013."  The sun is setting on nuclear power This year’s numbers for the nuclear industry are...

Gil Scott-Heron's anti-nuclear song speaks to us across 40 years

Blog entry by Justin McKeating | 28 July, 2014 4 comments

There aren't many songs about nuclear power, but a very fine one by Gil Scott-Heron shows us things never change. As we've discussed many times on the Nuclear Reaction blog, one of the defining characteristics of the nuclear...

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