Protestors block the road leading into Hinkley Point
This morning, as the Energy Bill was making headlines, ten people were setting up a non-violent blockade of Hinkley Point nuclear power station. It's a sure sign that building new reactors will be an uphill struggle.
Greenpeace activists don radiation suits in Jakarta to highlight the dangers of nuclear power
Japan has added its name to the growing list of countries turning away from nuclear power. It's an historic blow to an industry already in decline and makes a British nuclear renaissance even less likely.
The sun is setting on nuclear power plans for the UK
For years the government has placed its faith in nuclear power and the
corporate interests that drive the nuclear industry. Its committment to the
nuclear dream has warped Britain’s energy
policy at the expense of both bill and tax
Rainbow Warrior sails 20 miles from the port of Bushehr, Iran. 2007
Kumi's blog was originally published by IPS, before the Istanbul summit took place.
Disruptive diplomacy may be the only way out of the Iran-Israel nuclear crisis, the only way to pierce the hegemony of hypocrisy dominating the power politics of nuclear weapons control, of those who have them, and of those who are accused of developing them.
Otherwise, this weekend's meeting on Iran's nuclear programme is likely to be yet another missed opportunity, yet another exercise in futility.
This week two more energy companies abandoned their plans
to build new nuclear power stations in the UK. It’s left the government’s
energy strategy in tatters – and it’s time for them to admit that the future is not nuclear and start
investing in cleaner, safer renewable energy.
This Sunday is the first anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan. This natural disaster left 20,000 people dead and missing and thousands more homeless. The tsunami also flooded the back-up generators that were powering the cooling systems at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station, causing several of the reactors to go into meltdown.
Site of the proposed nuclear power station in Jaitapur, India
months ago, an earthquake and tsunami hit Japan. This not only resulted in a
huge natural disaster and humanitarian crisis, but also triggered an
unprecedented man-made tragedy. And yet plans are afoot to build a nuclear
power plant in another earthquake zone, this time in India.
The ongoing problems with
the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan has
prompted many people to question where we get our energy from, now and in the
future. The champions of nuclear power say the risks only affect a small number
of people and are outweighed by the risks of climate change. So if we can’t
burn coal, we must have nuclear power.