April 30, 2010
Nearly one million people around the world died from exposure to radiation released by the 1986 nuclear disaster at the Chernobyl reactor, finds a new book from the New York Academy of Sciences published today on the 24th anniversary of the meltdown at the Soviet facility.
The authors examined more than 5,000 published articles and studies, most written in Slavic languages and never before available in English.
The authors said, "For the past 23 years, it has been clear that there is a danger greater than nuclear weapons concealed within nuclear power. Emissions from this one reactor exceeded a hundred-fold the radioactive contamination of the bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki."
"No citizen of any country can be assured that he or she can be protected from radioactive contamination. One nuclear reactor can pollute half the globe," they said. "Chernobyl fallout covers the entire Northern Hemisphere."
A major demonstration – a “chain” of people between three nuclear power plants in Northern part of Germany – took place yesterday … BRINGING OUT approx. 120.000 PEOPLE to demonstrate for a phase-out of nuc energy and a change towards renewable energies.
The size and scope of the event also demonstrates that the nuclear industry's self-proclaimed "nuclear renaissance" is still largely an artefact of its well-funded PR machine to buy column inches and air time, not a firm demonstration of support among large populations of the planet, including the U.S. and France.
Over 100,000 rally for climate and clean energy action - Washington, DC
Ontario and the federal government must come up with a joint strategy to build a next-generation nuclear reactor in Ontario, or risk permanently shrinking the sector, says the head a nuclear industry suppliers’ group.
Jack Gibbons, who heads the Ontario Clean Air Alliance, says that track record should discourage the province from the nuclear option. “Every nuclear project in Ontario’s history has gone over budget,” he said in an interview. “We need to pursue the lower cost options,” he said. Those include increasing energy efficiency; building combined heat and power plants – which take heat vented by natural gas-burning power plants, say, and use it to heat nearby buildings; and water power imports from Quebec.
This past week the Ontario legislature debated a Conservative resolution to put a moratorium on all new wind turbine installations.
The motion was defeated after a very stormy debate. Read this fantastic speech given by NDP MPP Peter Tabuns in response to the resolution. He sites study after study which show no scientific evidence linking turbines with adverse health impacts. He compares the health impacts of coal, oil, gas and renewables, claiming that health impacts of wind are negligible, especially in comparison to the massive health impacts of other forms of electricity generation. And he outlines the benefits of wind technology for the local economy and ecology.
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Eight of the world’s most powerful leaders meeting in Huntsville, Ontario, this June will discuss Iran’s nuclear power industry. Concerned over Tehran’s enrichment of uranium, Prime Minister Stephen Harper intends to use Canada’s leadership of the Group of Eight (G8) to push sanctions against the Middle Eastern country. Anti-nuclear activists, citing the prominence and recent growth of Canada's own nuclear industry, are pointing out contradictions in Harper's intentions at the G8.
Environment Minister Jim Prentice has told Canada’s major electricity producers that they’ll have to gradually retire their coal-fired plants and replace them with cleaner sources of power – a plan that would be a boon to natural gas producers. Under Ottawa’s proposal, power companies would have to close their coal-fired facilities as they reach the end of their commercial life, largely over the next 10 to 15 years.
Here’s to a coal-free Canada!
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Sign the Petition to shut down ON’s coal plants today: http://www.cleanairalliance.org/petition
The Dr. Strangeloves in the nuclear weapons establishment certainly have the president's ear. Their influence needs to be countered by an engaged public in the U.S. and around the world.
We have the opportunity to do just that at the upcoming Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference (NPT RevCon), held every five years at the United Nations in New York.
In 2008, a German study reported a 60% increase in solid cancers and a 120% increase in leukemias among children living within 5 kilometers of all German nuclear power stations. After reading the study, the German government stated as,
"The present study confirms that in Germany there is a correlation between the distance of the home from the nearest NPP [nuclear power plant) at the time of diagnosis and the risk of developing cancer (particularly leukemia) before the 5th birthday."
After reviewing more studies with the original German study, the author reasons that radionuclides seem to be causing malformations in fetuses in mothers living near nuclear reactors and that might be the cause of the observed high rates of infant leukemias. He argues that embryos and fetuses are more vulnerable to doses and risks from environmental emissions than formerly thought.
Most propaganda from pro-nuclear people say the average radiation near nuclear power plants are as low as or lower than that of other regions. However, this article argues that even ephemeral spikes of nuclide emissions from nuclear power stations would be very dangerous.
- a dynamic evening of dialogue featuring 50 A-Bombing Survivors & Peace Activists from the Japan Council Against Atomic & Hydrogen Bombs
Wed. May 5
- 5:00 pm Silent Vigil, Toronto Peace Garden
- 5:30 pm Public Meeting, Toronto City Hall Council Chamber
Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen Street West (Queen & Bay)
Welcome Address by Mayor David Miller. With MCs, Setsuko Thurlow, a-bombing survivor, and Phyllis Creighton, Science for Peace. Plus, Anton Wagner (Hiroshima Day Coalition), Bruce Mutch (Veterans Against Nuclear Arms), Dr. Barbara Birkett (Physicians for Global Survival), Shirley Farlinger (Canadian Voice of Women for Peace), Rob Acheson, (Canadian Department of Peace Initiative), Metta Spencer (Peace Magazine). Hear about the tens of thousands of people from around the world who, on the eve of the “Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference” at the United Nations Headquarters, gathered to tell our world leaders, “Never Again”.
Sponsored by www.hiroshimadaycoalition.ca
Details, please contact Helen Chilas, 416-473-8238, email@example.com
Toronto Bolivia Solidarity would like to invite all friends of Bolivia and of Mother Earth to:
Report Back from the People’s Summit in Cochabamba, Bolivia
Fri. May 7, at 7 p.m., at the Steelworkers Hall, 25 Cecil St., Toronto
Thousands of Indigenous organizations, scientists, and environmental and political activists from all over the world gathered in Cochabamba Apr. 19-22 to devise strategies against climate change and in defence of the Rights of Mother Earth. The goal was to create a people's global movement to confront the challenges facing Mother Earth and Humanity. The peoples of the world must make a promise to humanity to amend for the failure of the December 2009 Copenhagen climate summit.
Ideas to be discussed will be sustainability, living well instead of living better, and a communitarian way of life in harmony with nature, in opposition to the disrespectful and destructive model of capitalism. As Pablo Solon, ambassador to the UN of the Plurinational State of Bolivia, has said, "We need to change the system not the climate."
For more info: Toronto Bolivia Solidarity, 416 465-5976 firstname.lastname@example.org
with Ontario Voice of Women
Saturday May 8th , 9:30 – 3 pm
Friends House, 60 Lowther Ave. (St. George subway), Toronto
Did you know the first Mother’s Day was declared as a day for peace? Julia Ward-Howe, in 1870, declared….
“Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn all that we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy and patience.
We, the women of one country, will be too tender of those of another country to allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs."
Presenters include: Mitra Saffari on The Democracy Movement in Iran, and Maxine Kaufman Lacusta on her new book “Refusing to be Enemies”
New members welcome.
May 7 – 9, University of Toront
Mining (in)justice: at home and abroad is a conference on the Canadian mining industry (including Tar Sands) set to take place in Toronto on the weekend of May 7-9, 2010. It will feature leaders in movements against Canadian mining companies both within and outside of Canada and provide space for growing our own movements in alliance with communities impacted by this industry.
170 documentary films!
April 29 – May 9
Check out the energy/nuke films:
Dreamland With its hydroelectric and geothermal power surplus, Iceland’s clean energy initiatives have ironically attracted heavy industries whose pollution decimates the natural vegetation. A troubling tale of sabotage from the front lines of the green revolution.
Gasland Flammable tap water, mysterious ailments, poisoned land and livestock: Sundance prize-winner Gasland exposes the shocking environmental calamities and cover-ups caused by natural gas drilling, shedding an absurd light on America’s new energy race.
Into Eternity The fascinating scientific minds behind Finland’s massive underground nuclear waste storage facility, where radioactive waste must sit untouched for at least 100,000 years to neutralize its potential danger, are probed in this unique and stylish film.
Tankograd What could possibly thrive in Chelyabinsk, Russia - the world’s most radioactive city? Dance, of course. A world-renowned modern dance company soars above the city’s toxic soil to create an inspiring future in this unique environmental essay.
For the full list of all the docs, go here: http://www.hotdocs.ca/