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Feb. 9, 2012 – Please pass this onto a friend!

 

Why a Likely Natural Event Could Cause Nuclear Reactors to Melt Down and Our Grid to Crash -  It was not direct damage from Japan's 9.0 magnitude Tohoku earthquake on March 11, 2011 that caused the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactor disaster, but the loss of electric power to the reactor's cooling system pumps when the reactor's backup batteries and diesel generators were wiped out by the ensuing tsunami.

Japanese authorities recognize 573 deaths related to Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Catastrophe

Fukushima: A Nuclear War without a War - The Unspoken Crisis of Worldwide Nuclear Radiation

Fire At Moscow Nuclear Institute, Russia Says No Risk

Ontario's power glut means possible nuclear shutdowns

NWMO did not prove repository concept is safe

Tissue Holders Pulled From Stores In NY, Elsewhere - "If someone has one of these, they could receive a small radiation dose from it," he said. For example, he said someone keeping one of the boxes on a vanity in the bathroom and spending about 30 minutes a day near it for a year would receive the equivalent of a couple of chest x-rays. Authorities said the tissue holders contain manmade cobalt-60, which is used in medical devices and for other industrial applications.

Deadline passes for steam generators - Bruce Power’s license to transport steam generators containing radiation for recycling expired Friday.

A Vast Canadian Wilderness Poised for a Uranium Boom - Canada’s Nunavut Territory is the largest undisturbed wilderness in the Northern Hemisphere. It also contains large deposits of uranium, generating intense interest from mining companies and raising concerns that a mining boom could harm the caribou at the center of Inuit life.

Fukushima Radiation News Blog

Extraordinary music video: Japanese youth speak truth to power in aftermath of Fukushima Nuclear Catastrophe

10 Myths about Thorium as a Nuclear Energy Solution

A nuclear-free Middle East: Necessary, desirable and impossible - A nuclear-free zone in the Middle East - with the participation of Israel - can avoid war in the region.

No Major Nuclear Revival by 2030 Barriers that present challenges to the revival of nuclear energy are: 

  1. Unfavourable economics compared to other sources of energy, 
  2. Fewer subsidies from governments, 
  3. Nuclear energy is too slow to address climate change and to compete with cheaper alternative means of tackling it,
  4. Demands for energy efficiency are leading to fundamental rethinking of how electricity is generated and distributed, 
  5. Long-term decline of the nuclear sector is resulting in industrial bottlenecks and personnel shortages, 
  6. The nuclear waste issue remains unresolved with no country currently implementing a sustainable solution, 
  7. Growing fears about safety, security and nuclear weapons remain in public consciousness and 
  8. Developing countries face additional constraints, including inadequate infrastructure, poor governance, deficient regulatory systems and finance.

 

Events

Community Power in ON – Thur. Feb. 9, 7 p.m., 39 Parliament St, 11th floor party room. Speakers will address community power, the FIT review, SolarShare, and the RE Co-op model. Free.  Sponsored by Next Generation Energy Alternatives & Tower Power Toronto

Into Eternity - screening and talk with Brennain Lloyd of Northwatch. Wed. Feb. 15, 7:30 p.m., Toronto Free Gallery, 1277 Bloor St W, Toronto

INTO ETERNITY is an award-winning documentary about the ongoing effort to build one of the world’s first permanent repositories for nuclear waste in Finland, capable of storing hazardous nuclear waste for 100 000 years. As Canadian officials actively attempt to find a permanent home for tens of thousands of tonnes of Canadian nuclear waste, this stunning documentary is particularly relevant in a Canadian context. 

SolarShare hosts monthly information sessions where you can learn about Community Solar Bonds and how you can get involved. The next session will be Wed. Feb. 15 at 5:30 p.m. at 401 Richmond, Toronto.  

Ecocide - Meet Polly Higgins, Earth's Lawyer who founded the campaign to make Ecocide a crime. Saturday, February 18, 4 p.m. (followed by a potluck at 6 p.m.), Friends' House, 60 Lowther Ave, Toronto. Free.

 

Act Now!

Guess the nuclear cost! – Bruce A Nuclear rebuild is now $2 billion over-budget. We are offering a $100 cash prize to the person with the closest estimate of the final cost of the Bruce A refurbishment project.

Send an email to ON Energy Minister Bentley and ask him to finish the coal phase-out in 2012 and invest in energy conservation rather than build or rebuild new nukes.

Order FREE copies of Don’t Let Nuclear Projects Blow Our Electricity Bills through the Roof!  They contain postcards to Energy Minister Bentley. Distribute to your friends and neighbours.

 

Angela Bischoff
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Ontario Clean Air Alliance
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Phone 416-260-2080 ext. 1
angela@cleanairalliance.org
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