Fukushima: don't forget

Fukushima nuclear disaster

The Fukushima nuclear disaster showed us once again that nuclear reactors are fundamentally dangerous. Not only do they cause significant damage to the environment, the health of populations and to national economies, the heavy financial cost of a meltdown is inevitably borne by the public, not by the companies that designed, built, and operated the plants. None of the world’s 436 nuclear reactors are immune to human errors, natural disasters, or any of the many other serious incidents that could cause a disaster. Millions of people who live near nuclear reactors are at risk.

The lives of hundreds of thousands of people continue to be affected by the Fukushima nuclear disaster, especially the 160,000 who fled their homes because of radioactive contamination, and continue to live in limbo without fair, just, and timely compensation. They have only a false hope of returning home, yet the Japanese government is eagerly pushing to restart reactors, against the will of its people, and without learning true lessons from Fukushima.

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From Fukushima Kumi asks Italians to "Save Italy from Berlusconi's Nukes"

Blog entry by Dietlind | 10 June, 2011 15 comments

On June 12 -13 Italians have the opportunity to say no! to nuclear power in their country. Berlusconi's government has plans for 4 new reactors - but the people have demanded a referendum on the issue of nuclear energy. Surveys show...

Fukushima mon amour

Blog entry by Kumi Naidoo | 6 June, 2011 7 comments

My guide, when I went to visit Chernobyl on the 25th anniversary of the accident, was a Greenpeace campaigner from Germany named Tobias Muenchmeyer. Tobias is the deputy head of our political unit in Berlin and also happens to know a...

No confidence in the International Atomic Energy Agency

Blog entry by Justin McKeating | 3 June, 2011 39 comments

The United Nation’s International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspected the carnage at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant last week. Take a look at this photograph of their representative. Take a look at their plastic suits with...

Marine life soaking up radiation along Fukushima coast

Blog entry by Greg McNevin | 26 May, 2011 33 comments

Two week’s ago we released preliminary results from our marine radiation monitoring work off the coast of Japan, near the melted-down and leaking Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. These results showed worrying levels of...

Protest mounts against earthquake prone nuke plant

Blog entry by Karuna Raina | 20 May, 2011

Since its earliest stages, the proposed Nuclear Power Plant at Jaitapur has faced concerned opposition from local people who clearly recognised the inherent risks that the Indian government appeared to be ignoring. With the proposed...

Fukushima meltdown: two months later, Japan's government still drags its feet

Blog entry by Greg McNevin | 17 May, 2011 14 comments

In the latest in its ongoing series of late-night announcements, TEPCO this week finally admitted that the core of Fukushima’s reactor 1 started melting a mere five hours after the March 11 earthquake, and reached full meltdown...

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