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The anti-nuclear movement in Britain has a long and active history. The famous peace symbol that has come to have universal meaning was first adopted by the British anti-nuclear weapons movement, the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament.

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Friday
Oct222010

Nuclear-Free Local Authorities decry UK government's pro nuclear decision

The UK and Ireland Nuclear Free Local Authorities (NFLA) has backed a joint letter with other nuclear groups raising its deep concerns over the UK Government’s decision to ‘justify’ under European law the two reactor designs for new nuclear electricity generation.  The UK Secretary of State Chris Huhne claimed the economic benefits of new nuclear build outweighed any social or health issues. However, the NFLA notes that nuclear investment will damage the nascent local energy revolution which local authorities are leading. This could also damage efforts to tackle climate change. It also noted that nuclear power capital costs are out of control and recent international studies have cast ‘significant doubt’ over the official risk attached to radiation doses received by people living near nuclear reactors. It is still firmly of the belief that only a public inquiry, as called for my many groups and MPs, can ensure these issues are properly resolved. Read the full press release.

Monday
Oct112010

Boycott EDF launches in the UK

While its nuclear projects go south in France and the U.S., EDF is also under assault in the U.K. A new movement - Boycott EDF - is underway. Boycott EDF is a campaign against nuclear power, and targeted at the main perpetrator of nuclear new build in Britain. In addition to blockades, Boycott EDF asks British electricity customers to switch to another company. At left is a picture of the EDF Hinkley Point blockade by protesters opposed to the EDF plans to build a new reactor at the site.

Saturday
May222010

New UK Minister of Energy and Climate Change: nuclear power a "dead end"

The London Telegraph reports that the new U.K. Minister of Energy and Climate Change, Liberal Democrat Chris Huhne, has previously stated that “No private sector investor has built a nuclear power station anywhere in the world without lashings of government subsidy since Three Mile Island and Chernobyl. The World Bank refuses to lend on nuclear projects because of the long history of overruns. Our message is clear, No to nuclear, as it is not a short cut, but a dead end.”

Wednesday
Nov182009

British nuclear plans could devastate Kalahari

The hidden cost of Britain's new generation of nuclear power could be the destruction of the Kalahari desert in Namibia and millions of tonnes of extra greenhouse gas emissions a year, The Observer reports. French nuclear giant, Areva, and Rio Tinto are leading the charge to ravage the precious desert ecosystem with new uranium mines in Namibia. The Observer quoted Bertchen Kors, director of the Namibian environment group, Earthlife, who said of the proposed mines: "Large areas of the desert will be inevitably devastated. They will do immense damage. We fear that there will be major contamination of the ground water supplies." A similar situation already exists in Niger, north west Africa, where Areva has mined uranium for 40 years, leaving a legacy of radioactive contamination, water depletion and disease. Areva also won the contract to open Africa's biggest uranium mine - at Imouraren in Niger.

Thursday
Nov122009

Jeremy Leggett points out the fallacies of the U.K. nuclear plan

Responding to the U.K. government's announcement that it will press ahead with potentially 15 new nuclear reactors at 10 sites, Jeremy Leggett lists 12 compelling reasons why this is a  rash and reckless plan. (Social entrepreneur Jeremy Leggett is founder and Chairman of Solarcentury, the UK's largest solar solutions company, and SolarAid, a charity set up with Solarcentury profits. He is author of The Carbon War and Half Gone.)