Turning a blind eye

Some leading environmentalists have recently pointed out that the United Kingdom’s new policy of encouraging new nuclear power stations to replace our “fleet” of ageing ones will effective hand over control of nuclear power in the United Kingdom to France. That may well be what happens, if the present plans proceed, but I can think of worse nations to have control of the UK’s nuclear industry. The issue is not really who controls the nuclear power plants. Continue reading

Some Good News Leaks from Fukushima

We associate Fukushima with a flooded broken nuclear power reactor, rather than good news, but good news has come from some research from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution whose vessel has been measuring sea and sea organism radioactivity in the ocean affected by the Fukushima event. Continue reading

Update on Fukushima

There was good news yesterday, or rather goodish news, from Japan. The Fukushima Daiishi nuclear plant has reached the stage of cold shutdown, and the nuclear reactors are now stabilised. The reactors need to be decommissioned and this process will take many years. It will also take many years to clean up, of for natural forces to clean up the contamination that has leaked into the surrounding sea and countryside. Continue reading

Fukushima Update

In 2005 people were relatively relaxed about nuclear power. Last week, a poll taken by GlobeScan was released. They polled of 23,231 people in 23 countries in late summer this year. The results are odd. There is waning support for nuclear power, as you would expect after Fukushima, except for in the United Kingdom and the United States of America, where support for nuclear power grows. In Germany 90% are opposed to building new nuclear reactors and even in nuclear dominated France, opposition is at 83%, the same level as in Japan, which has recently suffered from the nuclear leaks at Fukushima Dalichi plants. Continue reading

The Price of Nuclear Power

Japan produces some of the best beef in the world, particularlyKobebeef, or 神戸ビーフ, which is renowned throughout the world. The Fukushimanuclear accident has disrupted the Japanese beef industry as recent tests showed that beef was infected with high levels of caesium thought to have been from cattle eating straw from rice which was tainted by radioactive material. The amount of infected beef was small (less than 1.2 metric tonnes) and the numbers of infected cattle that have consumed caesium straw material only a few, but rightly when it comes to public health the Japanese Government has banned cattle shipments from the Fukushima region. Continue reading

Floods and Fires at Nebraskan Nuclear Plants

After Fukushima the world knows that you should not build nuclear power reactors in places where there are likely to be earthquakes. The world also knows that they should not be built close to seas where tsunamis may strike. We will add to the list of places where not to build nuclear reactors and we experience things that are predictable but to which we shut our eyes. The latest places that we must add to the list are those places where there is a likelihood of flooding. Continue reading

Official figures are influenced by official agenda

When disasters happen, reports on the news either under or over estimate the extent of loss of life and damage. The reports are usually based on official estimates and officialdom has a tendency to use figures that suit officialdom. If the event is caused by an external threat then it can be used as a opportunity to exaggerate the external threat, as seems to happen when events caused by terrorism occur. When events involve a possible element of official blame, then we are usually told that the event is not as serious as it really is. Continue reading