No Nukes News

May 8, 2017

 

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The World

French presidential favorite commits to reducing and decomissionning nukes while increasing renewables 

Germany is struggling to find solutions on how to deal with nuclear waste and other radioactive material. Costs are expected to be astronomical

Japan Atomic Energy Agency: Closure of Tokai Reprocessing Plant to cost an estimated $10 bill. Cdn

30 Years After Chernobyl
An independent scientific evaluation of the health-related effects of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster by Dr. Ian Fairlie finds: increased radiogenic thyroid cancers now seen in Austria; increased radiogenic leukemia, cardiovascular disease, breast cancers confirmed; new evidence of radiogenic birth defects, mental health effects and diabetes; new evidence that children in contaminated areas suffer radiogenic illnesses.

Nuclear Contamination Reaches Earth's Deepest Water, Could Affect Billions Researchers looked at more than 6,000 wells around the globe, some containing water more than 10,000 years old, found more than half had traces of tritium. Even at low doses, tritium has been linked with increased risk of mutation and cancer because it goes directly into the tissues of organs of the human body.

Hidden Radiation Secrets of the World Health Organization Having worked within WHO for 17 years, Katz now heads Independent WHO, the international watchdog group drawing attention to the World Health Organization’s failure in its duty to protect those populations who are victims of radioactive contamination. Listen to the full 1 hour interview with Alison Katz here.

Fire near Fukushima nuclear site could spread radiation further A raging wildfire in the Fukushima radiation zone demonstrates that a nuclear accident has long-term and on-going effects that can worsen over time.

Uranium mining is over in the Czech Republic Damages are estimated at tens of billions of Czech crowns

Nunavut uranium mine mothballedFollowing a 2015 recommendation from the Nunavut Impact Review Board that the project should not proceed, and then in July 2016 four federal ministers accepted the recommendation, Areva has pulled out of the project. The price of uranium currently stands at about $22 per pound—down nearly by half since 2013 and much lower than its high of more than $136/lb in 2007.

Nuclear power: Game over Nuclear power is a clunky technology borne out of a bygone Cold War era. Its best days are over and it cannot for a key part of sustainable energy policy.

 

Ontario

Joint Declaration between the Anishinabek Nation and the Iroquois Caucus opposing the transport and abandonment of radioactive waste at Chalk River, ON “We cannot risk the long-term, irreversible destruction of our lands and waters, which are life-giving for all beings.””

The Plan to Build a Million-Year Nuclear Waste Dump on the Great Lakes in Kincardine, Ontario. Video and article about the proposal to bury and abandon Ontario’s nuke waste 680 meters below the surface.

 

Renewables and Conservation

Atlanta Commits To 100 % Renewable Energy By 2035 The city becomes the 27th in the U.S. to pledge to go totally green powered. Oxford, Ontario has done the same. Step up to the plate Canadian cities!

Renewable energy soaring in Canada Two-thirds of Canada’s electricity supply now comes from renewable sources such as water (60%), wind (4%) and solar (1%). The rest is nuclear power (16%), coal (10%) and natural gas (9%). Renewable energy production jumped 17% between 2005 and 2015. With all our land, we could go 100% renewable.

‘Clean Electron Rush’ Sweeping Africa American renewable energy companies are joining investors from other countries in what Forbes describes as an “electron rush” to serve an African market of 660 million people who remain poorly served by conventional power grids, if they have access to electricity at all.

Six Nations of Grand River lead the charge on green energy As part of an alliance opposing oil sands expansion and pipelines across North America, Grand River First Nation instead focuses on green energy solutions.

Germany breaks renewables record providing 85% of country's total electricity

Renewable Energy Can Create Jobs, Reduce Greenhouse Gases, and Lower Energy Costs
13 min. video interview (with transcript) with Basav Sen, director of the Climate Policy Project

 

Take Action!

Sign our petition to close the old and dangerous Pickering Nuclear Station when its license expires in 2018 rather than extend its life 'till 2028 which is OPG's hope. And then share it with your friends.

Can you spare a few hours to leaflet blitz your neighbourhood mailboxes? Help us make the closure of the Pickering nuclear station a public issue. Contact: angela@cleanairalliance.org

Stop The Great Lakes Nuclear Dump Sign the petition calling on Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna to reject OPG's nuclear waste dump on the shore of Lake Huron.

Order your free KI (anti-thyroid-cancer) pills here if you live within 50 km of an ON nuclear facility that includes all of Toronto and beyond. Download your anti-thyroid cancer posters here to post in your office, school, or local cafe

 

Events

Ontario Climate Consortium presents Just Transformations May 11-12, York University
 
Meet Me on the Beach: on Mother’s Day, protect the children Sat. May 13, 2 p.m., Pickering Beach (S. end of Liverpool Rd). Join us to send a message to Premier Kathleen Wynne and NDP Leader Andrea Horwath, calling on them to protect our children from the dangers of the Pickering Nuclear Station by shutting it down in 2018. Supplies provided. Bring your cell phone!
 
Community and the Energy Transition - An afternoon with Arne Jungjohann Fri. May 19, 1 p.m., 250 Yonge Street, 35th Floor, Toronto. Panel discussion about the importance of community involvement and participation in the energy transition. Mr. Jungjohann is a German renewable energy expert and co-author of the book "Energy Democracy," which explores the history of the German energy transition.

Pickering Nuclear Station – tritium, high costs and risk Wed. May 24, 7 – 9 p.m. at Variety Village, 3701 Danforth, Toronto. With Jack Gibbons, Ontario Clean Air Alliance and Dr. Ian Fairlie, radiation specialist. 

Guelph: 100% Renewable Energy. What can we learn from Oxford County? Monday May 29, 7 p.m., Guelph Youth Music Centre

Prayer Paddle for Patterson Lake June 10-14. Gathering in Northern Saskatchewan to prevent Patterson Lake from becoming another radioactive toxic sacrifice zone.



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