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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Japan’s nuclear watchdog isn’t policing its own safety standards

Blog entry by Justin McKeating | 14 December, 2015

A watchdog that isn’t watching is no watchdog at all. It emerged last week that Japan’s nuclear watchdog, the Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) is failing to conduct adequate safety checks at the country’s nuclear reactors.

Town mayor's approval of Takahama reactor restarts is premature and inadequate

Blog entry by Kendra Ulrich | 7 December, 2015 1 comment

The decision by Takahama Town's mayor ignores the Japanese people's constitutionally protected right to human dignity. In making his decision to approve the restart of the Takahama 3 and 4 reactors, Mayor Yukata Nose has...

No place for nuclear waste: bearing witness to a dangerous delivery

Blog entry by Rashini Suriyaarachchi | 7 December, 2015

When a Greenpeace investigation found that nuclear waste returning to Australia by ship from France has been classified as high-level waste by French authorities, contradicting Australia's claims over its radioactivity, we knew we had...

When the risks are so high, what would you do?

Blog entry by Daul Jang | 21 October, 2015 3 comments

Five Greenpeace activists last week entered the security zone of what will soon be the world's biggest nuclear power plant - the Kori nuclear power plant (NPP) near Busan in South Korea. Arriving via a black inflatable boat, they...

Fukushima worker diagnosed with "acute" leukaemia due to radiation exposure

Blog entry by Justin McKeating | 20 October, 2015 7 comments

Japan's government confirms a worker has developed leukaemia as a result of working on the clean-up at the Fukushima nuclear power plant. There's terrible news from Japan today: Japan's health ministry announced that a...

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