Britain's independent nuclear deterrent

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) The subjects of Her Majesty – for there is no such thing as a British citizen – and the rest of the world are told time and again that the Trident missiles on the nuclear submarines based at Faslane, at Gare Loch, are Britain's independent nuclear deterrent.

Nuclear Energy Pros and Cons


The etymology of the word “nuclear” comes. This is of course because nuclear energy was discovered after experimenting with reactions of uranium atoms and neutrons. There is endless debate around the pros and cons of nuclear energy; and this article aims to get at the core of those too!

Nuclear power and the environment

Green Living Tips

Is nuclear energy green - and perhaps the answer to our energy needs? Some advantages and disadvantages of nuclear power

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Nuclear Waste Storage and Disposal Problems


Here’s the bottom line on nuclear waste: it’s incredibly toxic, incredibly dangerous, and if you’re among the 99 percent who aren’t employed by the nuclear energy industry, you don’t want it stored anywhere near your home. Why is it difficult to deal with nuclear waste safely?

Nuclear crisis in Japan

Green Blog

Smoke is seen here coming from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant where several people have been reported injured following an explosion at the site. In the aftermaths of the massive and devastating earthquake that hit Japan yesterday a nuclear crisis has unfolded in the country.

Reconsidering the nuclear option

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Fukushima N-power plant explosion Sat 03-12-11 In the light of the events of mid-March 2011 following the earth quake and the tsunami in Japan nuclear power generation should be seriously rethought. It is not an option.

7 Reasons Why Nuclear Waste Is Dangerous


Nuclear energy is an affordable, efficient and reliable option of generating power for many countries. But the dangerous side of the nuclear waste still casts a shadow over its widespread use. Quick Navigation for Reasons Why Nuclear Waste Is Dangerous. What is nuclear waste?

As US Nuclear Reactors decay…

Green Blog

It relates to the slow gradual decline of the US nuclear power sector. I’ve never been in a US nuclear plant, but people whom I know who have (pro-nuclear mind) paint a bleak picture. Suffice to say, many of America’s nuclear plants are as it were “ getting on a bit ”.

Japan’s Fukushima nuclear meltdown – 4 years later

Green Prophet

Iran’s aggressive nuclear energy program seems to be constantly in the news these days; while other regional countries, including Jordan, have nuclear power ambitions of their own. Statistically, the facts and figures of the need for nuclear reactors , are evident.

Germany Shutting Off Nuclear Power But Increasing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Living Green & Saving Energy

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Jordan Suspends Its Nuclear Plans Amid Controversy

Green Prophet

After a busy week of debate and controversy, MPs in Jordan have supported a parliamentary committee recommendation to suspend Jordan’s projected nuclear programme. Image of previous nuclear protest via Hamza Omari/ Greenpeace Jordan. Jordanians Step Up Nuclear Protests.

U.S. Nuclear Power in Decline

Green Blog

Nuclear power generation in the United States is falling. nuclear plants began to grow more slowly in the early 2000s. nuclear power’s days are numbered. In 1957, the country’s first commercial nuclear reactor was completed in Pennsylvania.

Understanding Jordan’s Nuclear Ambitions

Green Prophet

My interest in Jordan’s nuclear ambitions began at work –– researching if green energy is commercially available in Jordan. At the gym, someone leaves a brochure on the treadmill: “Invest in Nuclear: Jordan Nuclear Power Plant Project.”.

Jordanians Step Up Nuclear Protests

Green Prophet

Anti-nuclear campaigners in Jordan have staged another protest against the nation’s plans to build a nuclear reactor. The nuclear plans are part of Jordan’s effort to become more self-sufficient at providing its own energy.

Nuclear Updates from Jordan, Egypt and the UAE

Green Prophet

From growing protests in Jordan and Egypt to the first ever approved plant in UAE – we have the latest on nuclear from the region. Jordan’s nuclear ambitions , which have faced a particularly rocky time over the years , encounters more drawbacks.

Nuclear energy might see increased opposition after Japan crisis

Green Blog

The ongoing nuclear crisis in Japan has sparked new life in the nuclear energy debate in many countries. And the fear for possible nuclear accidents in other countries forces politicians to reconsider and review their current energy policy stance.

‘Our Jordan is Not Nuclear’ Say Greenpeace Activists

Green Prophet

Campaigners step up their lobbying for a nuclear-free Jordan as the final decision with regards to the chosen firm approaches. The Jordanian government will pick the firm which will build Jordan’s first nuclear station in May. Nuclear reactors can never be safe.

Mad Science: The Nuclear Power Experiment

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Some environmentalists champion nuclear power as an answer to global warming. But a new book by anti-nuclear campaigner Joseph Mangano argues that the dangers far outweigh any benefits. Elaine Graham-Leigh has reviewed Mad Science: The Nuclear Power Experiment by Joseph Mangano.

How can nuclear power be seen as 'clean' energy?

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) How can nuclear energy ever be seen as 'clean' energy, even remotely, when we have no way of dealing with the spent fuel other than store it up for some future generation to worry about? At the same time while the renewable energy industry is being told that it has to stand on its own two feet – leading to substantial cuts in government funding – when the nuclear industry has been subsidized for the past fifty years, and is still being subsidized.

Nuclear safety expert explains why he became anti-nuclear and pro-solar

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The Italian nuclear engineer and safety expert Cesare Silvi explains why he left his former pro-nuclear stance for solar and other renewable energy sources: “I soon came to the conclusion that neither international cooperation nor technological advancements would guarantee human societies to build and safely run nuclear reactors in all possible conditions on Earth (earthquakes, floods, droughts, tornadoes, wars, terrorism, climate change, tsunamis, pandemics, etc.).

Nuclear? Non, Merci

Blue Earth

While recent events in Japan have the world all twitterpated about nuclear power, the facts remain the same. Nuclear power is not economic in terms of return on investment. While it is true that older plants create significant free cash flow, new plants are too expensive to build, resulting in negative returns on investment. That is why nobody has broken ground on a new plant in the US, because even with loan guarantees, plants need direct subsidies to make them work economically.

A critical analysis of future nuclear reactors designs

Green Blog

Once upon a time I used to be a fan of nuclear energy. As far as I saw it, nuclear energy was the silver bullet solution to all of our energy problems and more. Notably the fact that most of the economic figures in support of nuclear power (a couple of typical delusions you’ll find here and here ) come straight out of Hogwarts school of magic, wizardry….and and economics (more realistic appraisals of nuclear economics can be found here and here ).

Nuclear Piranhas Eat Their Own

Green Blog

We already know that the nuclear industry is quite comfortable colluding with governments to deceive the public or spying on environmental groups so that senior executives are sent to jail or lying to regulators to cover up radioactive leaks that are contaminating groundwater. So, it should come as very little surprise that the nuclear industry has the same ‘flexible’ view on ethics, legality and basic decency when dealing with its own people.

Greenpeace action exposes shockingly weak security at Swedish nuclear plants

Green Blog

On Tuesday this week more than 70 Greenpeace activists took action in what they said was “a peaceful stress test” of two Swedish nuclear power plants. The action lasted for two days and revealed the unacceptable lax security at Swedish nuclear plants.

The stress free nuclear stress test

Green Blog

Pictured here is the nuclear power plant Gösgen, one of five nuclear reactors in Switzerland. In the wake of Fukushima a “stress test” of European nuclear reactors was proposed, in line with the “stress tests” applied to banks during the financial crisis.

Nuclear Power is not the answer

Green (Living) Review

Still reeling from the aftermath of a massive quake and devastating tsunami, the Japanese are facing, at the time of writing, a potential nightmare as they struggle to prevent meltdowns in their damaged nuclear reactors. Nuclear power is dirty, unsafe, deadly, and costly.

Nuclear emergency declared in Japan after massive earthquake

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A picture showing the 40 year-old Fukushima nuclear power station in Japan. Following the massive and devastating earthquake that hit Japan earlier today officials in the country has declared a state of emergency at the nuclear power plant in the Fukushima Prefecture.

The Fukushima nuclear disaster was “man-made”

Green Blog

Last year’s Fukushima nuclear catastrophe was “man-made” and “the result of collusion” between the government, regulators and the company operating the nuclear plants, a report commissioned by Japan’s Parliament has charged. For Americans, the stinging report, the result of months of investigation, raises questions about the recent push for expansion of nuclear power plants in the U.S.

Protest Against Nuclear Power In Jordan

Green Prophet

Protesters in Jordan are campaigning against the country’s plans to build a nuclear reactor which they state carries more risks than positive impacts. As a water scare country , Jordan is also badly placed to provide the copious amounts of water that are needed to cool a nuclear reactor.

Japanese activists: Nuclear power is not the answer to global warming

Green Blog

One month after the horrifying earthquake and tsunami hit Japan the country is considering raising the severity level of its nuclear crisis to the highest level available. Other flaws with nuclear energy is the fact that the construction takes too long, and that the costs are rising.

Jordan Pushes On With Its Nuclear Plans

Green Prophet

Jordan is now months away from announcing the company they have selected to construct the country’s first nuclear reactor. The Jordanian government wants to build a 1,000 megawatt nuclear reactor as part of its efforts to end its heavy dependence on energy imports.


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A formal complaint about subsidies for nuclear power is now being prepared for submission to the European Commission Lawyers working with the campaigning group Energy Fair say that some existing and proposed new subsidies for nuclear power in the UK may be unlawful under EU laws designed to promote fair competition between businesses. A formal complaint about subsidies for nuclear power is now being prepared for submission to the European Commission.

NUCLEAR NIGHTMARES: Government Still in Denial

Green (Living) Review

Prime Minister to make £50 billion bet Ed Davey will soon sign a long term investment contract to buy electricity for 30-40 years at twice today’s price from an EDF nuclear power station that will not produce any electricity in this decade. On March 13 th last year, four former Directors of Friends of the Earth wrote to the Prime Minister setting out ten risks that would lead his nuclear power policy to fail.


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Lawyers send complaint to European Commission about subsidies for nuclear power “Like car drivers, the operators of nuclear plants should be properly insured” A formal complaint about subsidies for nuclear power has been sent to the European Commission. If it is upheld, it unlikely that any new nuclear power stations will be built in the UK or elsewhere in the EU. One of the largest subsidies in the complaint is the cap on liabilities for nuclear accidents.

UAE Stands By Its Nuclear Plans

Green Prophet

Despite the Fukushima nuclear power disaster, the energy minister of the United Arab Emirates states that they will stick by their nuclear energy plans. For the United Arab Emirates at least, nuclear power is still firmly on the table for future energy plans.

Radioactive Material Was Stolen From an Egyptian Nuclear Power Plant

Green Prophet

A search is underway to find whoever stole a safe containing radioactive material from Egypt’s first nuclear power station. . Another reason to abandon nuclear power plants in our troubled land and vote for solar instead?

Egypt to begin building nuclear reactor in 2020

Green Prophet

Construction of Egypt’s first nuclear power plant will begin in the next two to two-and-a-half years. Moscow and Cairo signed an agreement in 2015 that allowed Russia to build a nuclear power plant in Dabaa along the northwestern coast of Egypt. Nuclear reactors can never be safe.

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Heavy anti-nuclear protests in Germany

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Greenpeace International Executive Director Kumi Naidoo addresses protesters at the anti-nuclear demonstration, Dannenberg, Germany. These past days there have been heavy protests and blockades in Germany against a train carrying nuclear waste from France.

Safety Report: Swedish nuclear reactors have major security issues, needs to be shut down immediately

Green Blog

Last week Greenpeace released an alarming report about the state of Swedish nuclear power plants. According to the report, the security problems at the aging nuclear reactors in Sweden are so urgent that they should be shut down immediately to avoid any severe accidents. And on Tuesday this week around 70 Greenpeace activists managed, without much trouble , to get inside the area at two Swedish nuclear plants. The Swedish nuclear reactors are old, really old.

Italy joins Germany and Switzerland in nuclear power ban

Green (Living) Review

Nuclear power is a dangerous way of creating energy and that not just because of the fact that an accident and therefore a radioactive discharge could occur. Nuclear is NOT save and never will be therefore we must rethink our energy usage and production rather than looking to nuclear.

Nuclear is Not The Way

Sierra Club Compass

I hope the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is listening. The DGEIS seeks to examine the environmental costs of spent nuclear fuel. During the meeting, dozens of concerned citizens spoke about problems associated with nuclear waste.

Japan Shutting Down Nuclear Plant Near Faultline

Sustainability Ninja

Japan’s Prime Minister Naoto Kan has decided to close down a nuclear power plant located southwest of Tokyo because of its proximity to a volatile tectonic fault line. halt operations of all the reactors at the Hamaoka nuclear power plant,” Kan said at a televised press conference. Eco News japan nuclear plant shutdown

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Greenpeace Assesses Jordan’s Energy Future Without Nuclear Option

Green Prophet

The report demonstrates Jordan’s potential to achieve full energy independence through renewable sources whilst campaigning against kingdom ambitions to develop nuclear energy. Image of anti-nuclear protestor via Greenpeace Jordan facebook page.