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March 25, 2014 – Please pass this onto a friend!
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The World
Crimean conflict intensifies need to abandon nuclear weapons and atomic powerRussia’s annexation of Crimea from Ukraine has reignited bellicose threats of nuclear war and the shocking global consequences that could arise out of regional conflicts. It has further underscored the inherent threat and vulnerability from atomic power not only from the reality of catastrophic accidents but as pre-deployed retaliatory weapons for mass destruction that could be targeted in conventional war.Fukushima’s Shameful CleanupNew York Times editorialThree Years After: Majority of Japan’s nuclear reactors face bleak futureFukushima: The Story of a Nuclear Disaster “It is the saga of a technology promoted through the careful nurturing of a myth: the myth of safety. Nuclear power is an energy choice that gambles with disaster.”Decontamination Efforts 3 Years after the Fukushima Daiichi Disaster A pictorial essay by Dr. Gordon EdwardsThe Unskilled and Destitute Are Hiring Targets for Fukushima Cleanup “Out of work? Nowhere to live? Nowhere to go? Nothing to eat?” the online ad reads. “Come to Fukushima.” Workers are starting to rise up and rally against TEPCO. Several thousand employees at the plant are locked in a daily — and dangerous — scramble to keep the site as safe as possible, making myriad repairs and building tanks for the vast amounts of water contaminated after being used to cool reactors.

Fukushima Medical University handed out KI tablets to its staff, students, but not to public

Cancer Risk To Young Children Near Fukushima Daiichi Underestimated 27 min. video with Arnie Gunderson

Greenpeace activists occupy France’s Fessenheim nuclear power plant to say “Stop Risking Europe” They follow the 240 activists who two weeks ago occupied nuclear power plants in Switzerland, France, the Netherlands, Sweden and Spain to warn of the dangers of to warn of aging nuclear reactors.

Forests Around Chernobyl Aren’t Decaying ProperlyIt wasn’t just people, animals and trees that were affected by radiation exposure at Chernobyl, but also the decomposers: insects, microbes, and fungi

Three Mile Island: The TruthMarch 28th will mark 35 years since the partial meltdown at the Three Mile Island (TMI) nuclear power plant near Harrisburg, PA. In this online report by Beyond Nuclear, they debunk the myth that “no one died” and look at how much radiation really got out; the health effects; the fiasco of evacuation; and the parallels between the TMI, Chernobyl and Fukushima catastrophes.

Companies involved in uranium [hexafluoride] accident at Halifax port have history of shipping mishaps The incidents should make the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission think twice about its plans to allow the use of similar containers to transport highly enriched liquid uranium from the reactor in Chalk River, Ont., to the United States

Mae Keane, Whose Job Brought Radium to Her Lips, Dies at 107It was not regular paint. It was made with a relatively new material that most people did not know much about, something called radium. Watchmakers liked it because it glowed in the dark. Later, it became clear that it killed. They were called radium girls.


Ontario

Scientist’s letter raises question about Ontario nuclear depository Ontario Power Generation’s plans for an underground nuclear storage facility along the shore of Lake Huron have drawn a new detractor — a former employee who is questioning the company’s math.

Renewables and Conservation

Myth-busting Germany’s energy transition from nuclear, coal and gas to a renewable electricity gridNorway’s Sovereign Wealth Fund To Mandate Investment In Renewable Energy Norway’s Prime Minister announced plans to invest more of the nation’s $840 billion sovereign wealth fund (built in large part on investment from the country’s oil and gas reserves) in renewable energy in an effort to cut greenhouse gas emissions as the country struggles to meet its 2020 climate goals.

Amory Lovins: A 40-year plan for energy 27 min. TED Talk — mind-blowing.

Solar Empowerment in a Rural Nicaraguan Community


Take Action!

Tell Stephen Harper: Nuclear Polluters Must PayA Greenpeace Canada petition to amend the Nuclear Liability Act. For more info on nuclear liability in Canada, click here.Stop OPG’s 30% price increaseWith a few clicks you can let all the ON Party Leaders know that you oppose OPG’s 30% nuclear price increase and that you favour lower-cost and greener options to meeting our electricity needs. Please sign now.Quebec imports can save us $1 billion per yearAs our new pamphlet explains, importing clean hydro power from Quebec is a much cheaper way to meet our electricity needs than re-building the Darlington Nuclear Plant. Order free copies today to distribute to your neighbours, family and friends.Premier Kathleen Wynne : Close the Pickering Nuclear Station Please sign the petition.Stop the Great Lakes Nuclear Dump Please sign the petition to oppose OPG’s plans to bury their nuclear waste on the shore of Lake Huron

Events

14th Annual Halton Eco FestivalSaturday, April 5, 10 – 5 p.m. Glen Abbey Community Centre, Oakville, ON. Angela from OCAA is speaking at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.Energy Efficiency in your home Sat. April 5, 1 – 3 p.m., 1499 Queen Street West, TorontoAll-Energy 2014A multi-stream world class conference, and a free-to-attend busy trade show showcasing the complete range of renewable and sustainable technologies. April 9-10, Exhibition Place, Toronto.

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