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Greenpeace Ignores Tibet’s Nuclear Poisoning via Tibet, Activism and Information

The world’s most high profile environmental organization, with a network of international offices and serious resources at its disposal is investing considerable time, effort, thought and finances into developing its Greenpeace-China operations.

With headquarters in Beijing and Hong Kong, it campaigns on a range of environmental issues in China, including industrial, agricultural, water and atmospheric pollution. Yet one area of significant environmental concern in China and occupied territories such as Tibet and East Turkestan, which Greenpeace-China does not campaign upon, is nuclear issues. It would appear that Greenpeace does not recognize the existence the considerable ecological damage caused by nuclear production, and uranium mining and the disposal of radioactive waste within China and the occupied territories of Tibet and East Turkestan.

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Mainland China has 20 nuclear power reactors in operation, 28 under construction, and more are scheduled, which intend to produce a sixfold increase in China’s nuclear capacity. Yet, as Greenpeace’s record testifies it exercises anti-nuclear protests around the world

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Currently a heavy importer of uranium, China is engaged in a determined effort to secure deposits within territory under its control. Significant amounts of the ore have been located in Eastern Tibet in Amdo (so-called Qinghai Province particularly in so-called Gansu Province). The China National Nuclear Corp operates in that region, and in 2008 agreed a new contract for further exploration http://www.world-nuclear-news.org/ENF-CNNC_to_develop_uranium_deposits_in_Qinghai-1707085.html

“The laborers have no understanding of health protection or prevention.Those kids sit on the uranium ore to smoke and eat their steamed buns, and at night they even set up their cots inside  and sleep in the uranium caves. I’ve told them that stuff could give people lung cancer, but they don’t understand any of it.”.

(Comments of mine employee working at No. 792 Mine located in Gansu’s so-called Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, one of China’s most important bases for uranium. This area was historically part of Tibet’s Amdo Region)

All forms of uranium mining, and the milling of ore, generate serious environmental hazards to the hydrosphere and atmosphere, waste deposits often dumped into heaps release radioactive dust particulates into the atmosphere and pollute a huge area. Two methods in particular, which are used in China, cause grave concern.’Leaching’ and ‘open pit’ extraction of uranium have resulted in radioactive contamination of soils and rivers. Not that Greenpeace appears troubled, despite these forms of mining posing a grave health-risk. Details of these mining methods, their environmental impacts, and health risks may be viewed on a slideshow here:

http://www.wise-uranium.org/stk.html?src=stkd01e&show=t

The deadly hazards of nuclear pollution is also suffered by First Nations peoples in the USA, which was documented in the film ‘Posion Wind’:

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A UK television documentary ‘Death on The Silk Road’ (Channel Four 1998) secretly filmed inside East Turkestan documented a range of illnesses linked to radiation exposure. Yet Greenpeace keeps a shameful silence, even though it would be aware of the detailed material which continues to document the extent and nature of environmental problems resulting from China’s nuclear industry, both commercial and military.

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原発事故、福島の現状を映画に 神戸で上映 via 神戸新聞

原発などをテーマにした映画「非核の港神戸から 聴く フクシマの声、それぞれの声」(三浦紘監督)が29日午後1時から、神戸市中央区下山手通2、中華会館で上映される。

兵庫機関紙宣伝センター(神戸市中央区)が製作。ストーリーは、東日本大震災に伴う東京電力福島第1原発事故で、関西に避難する家族への取材をもとにした。父は仕事で福島に残り、母と3人の子どもが神戸で生活する架空の家族をイラストで登場させる。

実際のインタビュー映像などを使い「国は子どもの命を守ってくれないのか」という母親たちの思いを伝える。また、神戸港に入る外国艦船に神戸市が非核証明書の提出を求める「非核神戸方式」にも触れるほか、広島の原爆被爆者の声を盛り込んだ。

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Our favourite Australian tattoo artist is launching a book about Fukushima with Bassike via Vogue Australia

Fashion and art collide.

You may remember Stanislava Pinchuk (known as Miso) from Vogue’s Art Week, but now the Australian artist-slash-tattooist has released a book with Sydney’s very own Bassike

A match made in minimalist heaven, the collision between Miso with the support of the ultimate off-duty label has resulted in a limited run book titled, Fukushima, in collaboration with La Chambre Graphique Paris. 

Although it is her third book, Fukushima is unlike anything Pinchuk has published previously. 

Conceptualised during a trip to Fukushima Nuclear Exclusion Zone in Japan, the book is a collection of photographs and drawings mapping the topographies of the land in the zone. 

“I suppose with my practice, what I’m really obsessed by is the way wars and conflict change the landscape. That really began working with the Ukrainian Civil War, and dealing with the shock of seeing my home invaded. And it led to a huge interest for me in Chernobyl & Fukushima – being the sites of the two biggest nuclear disasters, and both in countries that I’ve lived in,” she says of the project, which culminates with a solo exhibiton titled Sarcophagus, which presents the body of work shown in the book. 

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Fukushima will be available to purchase in select Bassike stores from May 2nd and Sarcophagus is open at China Heights Gallery from April 28 – May 14.

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[写真] 原発衛星都市プリピャチ via ロシアNOW

プリピャチは、ごく普通のソ連の都市だったが、そこでの淀みない生活は、1986年4月26日に断ち切られた。1986年4月26日、チェルノブイリ原子力発電所で事故が発生した。事故の以前と当時のプリピャチの姿を写真で辿ってみよう。
 
 キエフから90キロメートルの地点に位置するプリピャチは、とても若い都市だった。それは、2キロメートルしか離れていないチェルノブイリ原発で働く人々のための町として1970年に創建された。プリピャチは、ソ連に存在していた20の原発衛星都市(アトモグラード)の一つ。
 
 この町は、7万5千の人口を想定して造られた。チェルノブイリ原発事故以前で直近の1985年に実施された住民調査によれば、プリピャチには、約4万8千人が暮らしていた。
 
それは、住民の年齢という点から観ても非常に若い都市だった。市民の平均年齢は、たったの26歳で、当時の住民の話では、その町では結婚式が頻繁に行われていた。新婚夫婦のための特別のサロンの建設も開始されたが、事故と避難のためにこの計画は頓挫した。
 
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 エネルギー産業労働者の町プリピャチの建設は、ヴラジーミル・レーニン名称チェルノブイリ原子力発電所の建設と同じく、1970年に始まった。
 
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チェルノブイリ原発の事故すなわち4号炉での爆発は、1986年4月26日の未明に起こった。爆発の犠牲となったのは、二人だったが、その後、放射線症により何十人ものチェルノブイリ原発の作業員が亡くなった。

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Consequences of a Catastrophe: 31 Years of Chernobyl via Fairewinds Energy Education

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As many as one million people are projected to die from cancer and other radiation induced illnesses according to Dr. Alexy Yablakov, originally the science advisor to former Russian President/Premier Boris Yeltsin. Dr. Yablakov analyzed existing scientific data to make these projections; see his book entitled Chernobyl: Consequences of the Catastrophe for People and the Environment, published by the New York Academy of Sciences. If you would like a copy, please contact us. We can put copies on special order.

Because most forms of cancer take years to develop after exposure to radiation and paired with uncooperative governments hindering scientific research, we may never know the full extent of Chernobyl’s carnage, but we do know that the damage is very high.

USSR physicians reported a spike in women who were pregnant having stillbirths, miscarriages, or giving birth to children with severe birth malformities. Children and adults in the surrounding areas developed a wide array of problems, including and not limited to: high rates of nervous system disorders, respiratory disease, anemia, and endocrine problems. Malformation of the heart muscle has occurred in many children living near the Chernobyl reactor due to their exposure to radioactive cesium from the meltdown. The heart muscle damage is so visible and so unique that it resulted in the new medical condition named Chernobyl Heart.

Noted Magnum photographer Paul Fusco has created a haunting photo gallery entitled, Chernobyl Legacy, where you can see firsthand the disturbing human cost of Chernobyl. The children of the countries of the Ukraine and the Republic of Belarus have been the most severely impacted of all the former USSR countries by the ongoing Chernobyl radioactivity legacy. As emerging independent countries following the collapse of the USSR, these countries do not have the financial resources for medical care for children and families injured and made ill by the massive amounts of radioactivity released in the Chernobyl debacle. The Ukraine doesn’t even have the funds to feed many children and families uncontaminated food.

It is important to remember that not just humans were affected by the intense radiation emanating from Chernobyl. Research done by noted University of South Carolina biologist Dr. Timothy Mousseau and others have made the link between Chernobyl’s radiation and increased tumors, cataracts, and decreased brain size in birds that live within the exclusion zone. All living things, plants and animals, humans included, living in or near the exclusion zone have been negatively impacted in one way or another by the continuously unfolding tragedy of the atomic reactor meltdown at Chernobyl.

What human, animal, and biological impacts will we see during the coming years from the meltdown of the three Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power reactors in Japan? Will children in Japan develop Fukushima heart or some other unique radiation induced malady? Like the Soviets before them, government officials in Japan are trying to withhold the truth in their ongoing cover-up of the magnitude of the three meltdowns at the Fukushima Dai-ichi atomic power plant.

There have been five nuclear meltdowns during the last 35-years. Yet, with almost 400 reactors currently operating worldwide the atomic power industry only projected 1 meltdown every 2500 years. You can read about Chernobyl, Three Mile Island, And Fukushima Dai-ichi on Fairewinds Energy Educations’ website www.fairewinds.org.

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[Video] Inside a nuclear power plant during refueling via Chicago Tribune

Exelon personnel and contractors at the Quad Cities Generating Station perform routine refueling and maintenance on one of two nuclear reactors at the plant along the Mississippi River near Cordova, Ill.

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[動画] 放射能と生態系を考える via 日テレNEWS24

 福島では、チェルノブイリの6分の1の放射能が放出されたと言われている。動植物への影響について、調査はされているのか。放射能が環境や生態系に与える影響について考える。

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元日本テレビ解説主幹・科学ジャーナリスト、倉澤治雄氏が解説する。

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Nuclear town on fire, with residents ‘choking’ from smoke via The Siberian Times

Facilities for producing weapons grade plutonium believed safe despite fierce flames caused by wildfires.

The shoking pictures in Zheleznogorsk – a high-security closed nuclear town in Krasnoyarsk region – shows fires close to residential areas. 

Citizens of the Siberian town, established in 1950 for the production of weapons-grade plutonium, took to social media to say they were choking from wildfire smoke.

Streets were covered with thick haze after woodland caught fire.

The strong smell of smoke was felt inside flats and houses. 

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Zheleznogorsk, also known as Atom town and Iron City is 62 kilometres north-east of regional capital Krasnoyarsk. 

It is understood there is no immediate threat to the nuclear plants in the town. 

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Earthquake hits Iran near Bushehr nuclear power plant via Mojahedin

Trend- Baku, Azerbaijan, 26 Apr. 2017- An earthquake measuring 3.8 on the Richter scale jolted Shabankareh city in southern province of Bushehr, about 60 kilometers north of Bushehr city, where Iran’s nuclear power plant is located.

According to the seismography center affiliated to Tehran University Geophysics Institute, the tremor occurred at 14:58 local time (GMT +4:30 hours) on Apr. 26, with epicenter at 50.97 degrees latitude and 29.59 degrees longitude at a depth of 10 kilometers underground, Iran’s Mehr news agency reported.

There was no immediate report on possible casualties or damage.

In 2013 two earthquakes measuring 6.1 and 5.7 on the Richter scale occurred in Bushehr province, leaving at least 45 dead.

Iran sits astride several major faults in the earth’s crust and is prone to frequent earthquakes, many of which have been devastating.

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写真展 本橋成一さん、チェルノブイリの今写す 中野で28日まで /東京 via 毎日新聞

中野区在住の写真家で映画監督、本橋成一さん(77)がチェルノブイリ原発事故の被災地で撮影した写真約20点を「Space&Cafeポレポレ坐」(同区東中野4)で展示している。本橋さんは同原発事故による被災者の写真集「ナージャの村」で1998年に土門拳賞を受賞しており、12年ぶりにベラルーシ共和国の被災地を訪ねた。併設する映画館「ポレポレ東中野」では、本橋さんが新たに撮影したドキュメント映画も上映中。いずれも28日まで。

 約20点の写真は、本橋さん監督の映画「ナージャの村」(97年)や「アレクセイと泉」(2002年)の舞台となったチェチェルスク地区で撮影した。

 映画に登場した少女や青年の現在の姿を写しているほか、強制移住の指示を受けた村で暮らす村民の姿もとらえた。また、「高濃度汚染地域」を示す大きな看板、泉を囲む朽ちた柵などからは、住人が去った集落の寂しさが伝わってくる。

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