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Nuclear power: Why molten salt reactors are problematic (and Canada investing in them is a waste)

One of the beneficiaries of the run-up to the federal election has been the nuclear energy industry, specifically companies that are touting new nuclear reactor designs called small modular reactors. The largest two financial handouts have been to two companies, both developing a specific class of these reactors, called molten salt reactors (MSRs). By MV […]

September 17th

76 years after Hiroshima bombing, fresh call for end to all nuclear weapons

Peace advocates in Japan and around the globe on Friday marked the 76th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of Hiroshima with renewed calls for a world free of nuclear weapons and the existential threat they pose to humanity. By Kenny Stancil Common Dreams For the second straight year, Hiroshima’s annual ceremony commemorating the nuclear attack—which […]

August 6th

The US Army tried portable nuclear power at remote bases 60 years ago – it didn’t go well

In a tunnel 40 feet beneath the surface of the Greenland ice sheet, a Geiger counter screamed. It was 1964, the height of the Cold War. U.S. soldiers in the tunnel, 800 miles from the North Pole, were dismantling the Army’s first portable nuclear reactor. Paul Bierman, University of Vermont The Conversation Commanding Officer Joseph […]

July 20th

U.S. nuclear testing in the Marshall Islands still affects Marshallese during the Covid pandemic

Benetick Kabua Maddison has not returned to his native home in Majuro, Republic of the Marshall Islands, since he was 6 years old, but one memory stays vivid in his mind: Reclining on a table with his grandfather outside their home, the perfect spot to stargaze when the town lights switched off at night. By Lovely […]

Biden Admin considering nuclear subsidies as part of a Clean Energy Standard

The Biden administration is being urged not to court “disaster” after new reporting revealed the White House is pushing for taxpayer subsidies to keep nuclear power plants afloat in its sweeping infrastructure plan. By Andrea Germanos Common Dreams According to Bloomberg and Reuters, the taxpayer prop-up would come in the form of “production tax credits,” which already apply to renewables […]

May 10th

Nuclear power: how might radioactive waste water affect the environment?

Awadhesh Jha, University of Plymouth The Conversation It’s been just over a decade since the fourth most powerful earthquake of the modern era triggered a tsunami that struck Fukushima on the eastern coastline of Japan, causing thousands of deaths and leaving hundreds of thousands unable to return home. That tsunami was also responsible for the […]

10 years after Fukushima, safety is still nuclear power’s greatest challenge

Ten years ago, on March 11, 2011, the biggest recorded earthquake in Japanese history hit the country’s northeast coast. It was followed by a tsunami that traveled up to 6 miles (10 kilometers) inland, reaching heights of over 140 feet (43.3 meters) in some areas and sweeping entire towns away in seconds. By Kiyoshi Kurokawa, […]

March 11th

Iran says it will boost uranium enrichment in its latest breach of nuclear agreement Trump trashed

In a sign of growing tension between the United States and Iran, kicked off by Donald Trump in May 2018 when he withdrew from the multilateral 2015 agreement designed to curb Tehran’s nuclear development, Iranian officials announced Saturday that they plan to begin enriching uranium to 20% at the nation’s underground Fordo plant. The agreement set 3.67% as the upper limit of […]

January 3rd

No money for middle class, no money for renewables – but billions for nuclear?

A coalition of over 100 groups on Tuesday told U.S. senators that nuclear power is a false solution to the climate crisis as they urged lawmakers to reject proposed legislation that would “put short-sighted economic interests ahead of human lives, racial justice, the health of our environment, and safe drinking water.” By Andrea Germanos Common […]

December 3rd

Ohio nuclear power plant legislation assailed by safe energy and environmental groups

Dirty, dangerous, and expensive, Ohio’s nuclear energy bailout bill, HB 104, contains not only statewide, but also regional and national risks. By Beyond Nuclear On November 29, 2020, 56 local, regional and national environmental, public health and safe energy organizations blasted proposed House Bill 104, the “Advanced Nuclear Technology Helping Energize Mankind Act” (“ANTHEM Act”) pending in […]

December 1st

Biden’s plans to return to nuclear deal with Tehran could be nixed by assassination of scientist

In an August interview, Jake Sullivan—deputy chief of staff and director of policy planning for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and an aide to then-Vice President Joe Biden who is now Biden’s pick for his national security adviser—hinted that rejoining the Iran Nuclear Agreement would be a priority for the new administration’s first 100 days in office. The assassination Friday of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, a leading Iranian nuclear […]

December 1st

Nuclear energy vs renewables – Why decarbonisation may be the wrong goal for energy

Electricity generated by nuclear power plants, wind turbines and solar panels results in negligible greenhouse gas emissions, even when their manufacture, construction and maintenance is taken into account. To the casual observer, nuclear power and renewables might appear to be equally desirable in the effort to decarbonise energy systems. But in fact, there are major […]

November 17th

‘I still cannot get over it’: 75 years after Japan atomic bombs, a nuclear weapons ban treaty is finally realised

The UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons will finally come into force after the 50th country (Honduras) ratified it over the weekend. The treaty will make the development, testing, stockpiling and use of nuclear weapons illegal for those countries that have signed it. By Gwyn McClelland, University of New England The Conversation This […]

October 26th

Why is the Trump admin lobbying our allies to scrap the brand new Nuclear Weapon Ban Treaty?

Disarmament advocates and nuclear experts responded with alarm Wednesday to reporting that the Trump administration is urging countries that support a United Nations treaty to ban nuclear weapons to ditch the pact before it reaches the 50 ratifications necessary to enter into force. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams Since 2017, 47 countries have ratified the treaty. The Associated […]

October 23rd

Does Trump REALLY want to pull 4000+ nuclear warheads out of storage?

For the purposes of boasting on the campaign trail, Donald Trump would love to have an agreement with Russia to extend the New START (Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty) for a year (maybe two) while a comprehensive replacement treaty is negotiated with the Russians and China is arm-twisted into signing it as well. The decade-old treaty limits the type and […]

October 1st