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Nuclear Action in Garoña Nuclear Plant. Greenpeace activists install a resistance container painted with 'Antinuclear' in the main entrance of the Garoña nuclear power plant. A banner held above the container reads "Garona: Close it"
Spanish towns have been shaking in horror over the past months as the government discussed which of them would become a nuclear graveyard. The unlucky one is the town of Soria (North-East). Amid protests against this decision (which hasn’t been finalized), Spanish Greenpeace head Juan Lopez Uralde highlighted in Spanish newspaper ABC, the need to close Garoña (Spanish oldest nuclear power station which recently got it's license extended) after a younger nuclear plant in Vermont (US) faced closure.
Also, yesterday Greenpeace Spain denounced that the government is putting obstacles to renewable energies after wind energy had been wasted due to having to stop hundreds of mills to give way to nuclear power generation. On a windy day, a lot of wind energy is produced, which in addition to the continuous produce of nuclear energy, puts a strain on facilities. So, hundreds of wind mills are then stopped so that nuclear energy production can remain constant (pulling the plug off nuclear generations is too expensive).
(Photo credit:© Greenpeace / Mario Gomez)
Loans for super-electric cars
In the UK an article in The Guardian reveals a new government grant scheme which allows citizens to claim a taxpayer-funded loan of ₤5,000 to help them buy Tesla's electric car to cut carbon emissions. The car, which has been named The Roadster, is different from other electric cars because it goes much faster.
The grant will be available from 1 January 2011 and will also apply to two other supercharged vehicles and in the future to those capable of a minimum top speed of 60mph. But, for now this money will only be available for those with £87,000 destined to electric driving.
GM food for hungry mouths
Just after the Mexican government recently approved experimental cultivation of transgenic maize, the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization) called on developing countries to invest in biotechnology against world hunger. The announcement was made in next week's presentation of the Conference "Agricultural Biotechnology in Developing Countries (ABDC-10)", which will take place in Guadalajara (Mexico).
Shivaji Pandey, Director of Production and Protection Division of FAO said that this will increase efficiency gains, aid small farmers with agricultural problems and help them preserve natural resources
Greenpeace is, encouraging other NGOs to hold an alternative forum in protest concerned about GM crops threatening bio-diversity having devastating effects for the environment and the farmers. Find out here.