More Trouble at Olkiluoto Nuclear Plant

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Finnish nuclear plant already vastly over budget and overdue has slowed almost to a halt, embroiled in dispute and with no end in sight; it augurs badly for UK’s bloated nuclear ambition. by Prof. Peter Saunders Olkiluoto Nuclear Power Plant in Eurajoki, Finland. The nuclear renaissance that never was When the Finnish government agreed in… Read more »

Congenital Hypothyroidism and Fukushima Fallout in the US

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Plume of airborne radioactive iodine arrival in the US correlates with increased rates of congenital hypothyroidism among the new born. by Dr Mae-Wan Ho A new study finds congenital hypothyroidism in the US rising 28% in the two and a half months after the arrival of the Fukushima fallout of radioactive iodine (I-131) [1]. Researchers… Read more »

UK Government’s Great Nuclear Blunder

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The UK Government weakened its bargaining position by dragging its feet on renewables, and is promising to pay for nuclear at exorbitant prices in projects that will not deliver. by Prof Peter Saunders Nuclear at all cost to taxpayer When the UK government published the 2008 White Paper [1] announcing its intention to commission a… Read more »

Fukushima Crisis Goes Global

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A fully referenced and illustrated version of this report is posted on ISIS members website and otherwise available for download here. Massive radioactive leaks continue from the badly damaged structures as the dangerous operation of moving spent fuel rods begins, and still greater challenges of decommissioning the meltdown reactors yet to come. International help is… Read more »

The World Must Take Charge at Fukushima

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Massive leakages of heavily contaminated water, crumbling structures, and spent fuels that if exposed to air could release 85 times as much lethal caesium as was released at Chernobyl are obvious reasons why urgent help is needed from the world’s top experts. by Dr Mae Wan Ho Petition to Ban Ki-Moon Harvey Wasserman, American journalist,… Read more »

U.S. Nuclear Power in Decline

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by J. Matthew Roney, Earth Policy Institute Nuclear power generation in the United States is falling. After increasing rapidly since the 1970s, electricity generation at U.S. nuclear plants began to grow more slowly in the early 2000s. It then plateaued between 2007 and 2010 — before falling more than 4 percent over the last two… Read more »

Nuclear Subsidies Largesse by other Names

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A new inquiry into energy subsidies has been launched by UK’s cross-party Environment Audit Committee [1], but will it uncover all that are to go into nuclear energy? by Prof Peter Saunders A fully referenced version of this article is posted on ISIS members website and is otherwise available for download here. Many ways to… Read more »

Wind Surpasses Nuclear in China

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by J. Matthew Roney, Earth Policy Institute Wind has overtaken nuclear as an electricity source in China. In 2012, wind farms generated 2 percent more electricity than nuclear power plants did, a gap that will likely widen dramatically over the next few years as wind surges ahead. Since 2007, nuclear power generation has risen by… Read more »

World Nuclear Electricity Generation Down 5 Percent Since 2006

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by J. Matthew Roney, Earth Policy Institute World nuclear electricity-generating capacity has been essentially flat since 2007 and is likely to fall as plants retire faster than new ones are built. In fact, the actual electricity generated at nuclear power plants fell 5 percent between 2006 and 2011. In 2011, following Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear… Read more »

A 50,000-Foot View of the Global Crisis

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We are now well into a global crisis that may mark the end of this cycle of human civilization. In this note I present a summary of what’s going on as far as I can tell, as well as a scenario for how things might develop over the next 75 years or so. The issue… Read more »

Superstorm Sandy – the New Normal?

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Pondering whether this type of weather will be the new normal, and how we can prepare ourselves. by Zaia Kendall A freak storm, never before seen. After the end of the normal hurricane season, this ‘superstorm’ developed and severely affected the Caribbean and northern US, killing people and causing devastation everywhere. But are we really… Read more »