Top news: Greenpeace’s Executive Director Kumi Naidoo marks the Chernobyl disaster anniversary in Chernobyl; 7,000 people march in Tokyo for nuclear phase out; “How dirty is your data” report identifies the “dirtiest” IT giants.
#Nuclear: The world remembers the Chernobyl 25th anniversary today - Greenpeace marked the anniversary by projecting messages on the sarcophagus of the Chernobyl number 4 reactor as the clock struck the exact time of the accident. International Executive Director Kumi Naidoo and nuclear campaigner Tobias Muenchmeyer were in the scene to literally “highlight” the deadly consequences of the nuclear power, while behind them multilingual light messages remembered the moment of the Chernobyl disaster and asked to stop nuclear power and “Choose Renewable Energy”.
Despite the many personal consequences of the 1986 disaster still suffered by people today, the ghost settlements surrounding the blown up nuclear plant and the crisis in Fukushima, we see worrying phenomena such as nuclear companies proudly defending atomic energy and tourists taking Cherno-tours: 160 euros for a breakfast in the plant’s canteen and the chance to take photos outside the infamous reactor.
Not all the signals are worrying, globally governments are now re-thinking about the future of nuclear technology, paving the way for an Energy [R]evolution.
#Nuclear: 7,000 people marched on Saturday in Tokyo. The activists asked for a nuclear phase out and more extensive use of renewables. The protest was widely covered by international and European media as the coverage of news from Japan continues and the global community continues to send their thoughts to the brave people in this crisis-stricken country.
#Toxics: Greenpeace released the “ How dirty is your data” report on Earth Day. The report is the first ever report on the energy choices made by IT companies including Akamai, Amazon.com (Amazon Web Services), Apple, Facebook, Google, HP, IBM, Microsoft, Twitter, and Yahoo, and highlights the need for greater transparency from global IT brands on the energy and carbon footprint of their Internet infrastructure. So, Apple and Facebook, are you going to do something about your carbon footprint?