The Appearance of Bias - Not a Good Look

Media Release by Friends of the Earth Adelaide, 5 November 2015

Today the Royal Commission into the Nuclear Fuel Cycle will be hearing oral evidence from London based insurance company Nuclear Risk Insurers, on the subject of insuring against a nuclear accident.  On October 2015, Dr Timothy Stone, member of the Royal Commission’s Executive Advisory Committee, was appointed director of this company.

“How critically will evidence given by this company be treated, when a member of the Executive Advisory Committee is also one of its directors?” asked Nectaria Calan of Friends of the Earth Adelaide.

On Friday 30th October GE Hitachi gave oral evidence to the Royal Commission on their new PRISM reactor design.  GE Hitachi is a global nuclear alliance between General Electric (US) and Hitachi... read more

Increased uranium mining and more radioactive waste would be bad news for Australia

By Helen Caldicott, Sydney Morning Herald, November 4, 2015

When Malcolm Turnbull mooted the question about storing radioactive waste in Australia, I felt that I finally understood the aim of the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission being conducted in South Australia. Then I wondered whether the nuclear industry is going to propose in Paris that nuclear power as the answer to global warming.

A curious situation is developing in South Australia that will have serious health ramifications, especially for Aboriginal communities, and will also severely impair the state’s reputation for its superb wine and food.

The terms of reference for the royal commission established by Premier Jay Weatherill​ are to investigate South Australia’s potential future role in the nuclear-fuel cycle which includes exploration, extraction, milling; further processing and manufacture;... read more

Nuclear War, Nuclear Winter, and Human Extinction

By Steven Starr

While it is impossible to precisely predict all the human impacts that would result from a nuclear winter, it is relatively simple to predict those which would be most profound. That is, a nuclear winter would cause most humans and large animals to die from nuclear famine in a mass extinction event similar to the one that wiped out the dinosaurs.

Following the detonation (﴾in conflict)﴿ of US and/or Russian launch-‐ready strategic nuclear weapons, nuclear firestorms would burn simultaneously over a total land surface area of many thousands or tens of thousands of square miles. These mass fires, many of which would rage over large cities and industrial areas, would release many tens of millions of tons of black carbon soot... read more

What the EPA’s Clean Power Plan means for nuclear energy

Peter A. Bradford, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, 09/24/2015

For nuclear power, the good news and the bad news in EPA’s final Clean Power Plan are the same: The technology got pretty much what it deserved. The competitive position of all new low-carbon electricity sources will improve relative to fossil fuels. New reactors (including the five under construction) and expansions of existing plants will count toward state compliance with the plan’s requirements as new sources of low-carbon energy. Existing reactors, however, must sink or swim on their own prospective economic performance—the final plan includes no special carbon-reduction credits to help them.

During the Clean Power Plan’s 15-year scope, a few will sink; most, especially those in states where existing generators need not compete, will swim.

Industry... read more

The danger of a future nuclear winter

If you thought the threat of nuclear conflict ended with the Cold War, think again.

According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute there are currently around 16,000 nuclear weapons in the world, with approximately 1800 of them kept in a state of ‘high operational alert’.

Perhaps even more worrying, is the fact that all nine nuclear-possessing nations, are either upgrading their existing nuclear weapons systems or working to develop new ones, according to SIPRI.

Earlier this year, the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty’s latest round of talks all but collapsed, with analysts warning a new form of international agreement is needed to keep developments in check.

So how serious is the risk of a future nuclear conflict? And, given international tensions, is any hope of... read more

Steven Starr on the overwhelming urgency of de-alerting U.S. & Russian missiles

In this episode of If You Love This Planet, Steven Starr talks about the continuing risk of accidental global nuclear war, how even a small number of nuclear explosions would cause irreparable harm to the climate, and the “20th Century mindset” behind the current debate about nuclear weapons. Starr is an Associate Member of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, a Senior Scientist withPhysicians for Social Responsibility, and the Director of the Clinical Laboratory Science Program at the University of Missouri. Starr’s writings have been published by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, and many reputable Web sites about nuclear weapons proliferation and environmental responsibility. Visit Starr’s Web site Nuclear Darkness, Global Climate Change and Nuclear Famine: The... read more

Pacific Trade Pact Puts Corporations’ Profit Over People, Environment

Sputnik International, 08-08-2015

The 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) being negotiated in secret is an international trade pact authored by the world’s transnational corporations to undermine nations’ sovereignty in the interest of greater profits, prominent environmental campaigner Helen Caldicott told Sputnik.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The TPP, a top priority for US President Barack Obama’s administration, is a controversial trade pact being negotiated in secret between the United States and 11 Asian and Pacific Rim nations. The deal is expected to cover about 40 percent of the global economy.

“The TPP was organized behind closed doors by very skillful lawyers representing the transnational corporations,” Caldicott, a founding president of Physicians for Social Responsibility, the co-winner of the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize, said.

She added that the trade pact will lead to transnational corporations controlling the world’s laws.

“Corporations can be viewed as sociopaths,... read more

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