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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Nuclear power fights for its life

Blog entry by Justin McKeating | 10 May, 2011 4 comments

We told you last week how French nuclear company AREVA attempted to capitalise on the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan . They were, unfortunately, not the only ones in the immediate aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami. A...

Rainbow Warrior to begin analysis on radioactive samples

Blog entry by Sakyo Noda | 10 May, 2011 3 comments

After a week of sailing and conducting radiation sampling along the Fukushima coast, the Rainbow Warrior is now at anchor in Yokohama and our team is preparing to start detailed analysis on what we collected. As the government...

Research still blocked by Japan's government, but some progress

Blog entry by Andrew Davies | 6 May, 2011 7 comments

Thanks to everyone who's been sending Twitter messages (politely) asking Japan's Prime Minister's Office (@JPN_PMO on Twitter) to let the Rainbow Warrior do radiation monitoring work closer to the coast. So far, you've sent over...

Greenpeace Blocks Construction at France’s Flamanville Nuclear Reactor

Blog entry by Justin McKeating | 4 May, 2011 6 comments

© Nicolas Chauveau / Greenpeace At dawn on Monday this week, Greenpeace activists began blocking the construction of the European Pressurized Reactor (EPR) under construction at Flamanville, France. Two trucks were anchored to the...

Rainbow Warrior begins sampling off Fukushima

Blog entry by Sakyo Noda | 3 May, 2011 14 comments

It has been a frustrating few days on the Rainbow Warrior. Until Sunday we were stopped outside of Tokyo bay, waiting out bad weather, trying to find a ship’s agent to represent us and arrange entry into port to fix our broken gyro...

Marine radiation monitoring blocked by Japanese government

Blog entry by Ike Teuling | 28 April, 2011 19 comments

Since the start of the Fukushima disaster I have been following the worrying developments from a safe distance in Amsterdam, but suddenly, I am on rocking ship getting closer to the disaster area every day. I joined the Rainbow...

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