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‘Truly shocking’: UK has enough plutonium to make almost 20,000 nukes via Nuclear Free Local Authorities

[…] The 2023 Fissile Material Directory [1] is published in June each year by the Research Center for Nuclear Weapons Abolition (RECNA) [2], based at Nagasaki University. RECNA has been established for over twenty years as an educational and research … Continue reading

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UK ignites new depleted uranium weapons debate via Beyond Nuclear International

Linda Pentz Gunter and Maria Arvaniti Sotiroupoul On March 21, 2023 Britain confirmed that it was sending depleted uranium (DU) weapons to Ukraine , prompting a response from Russian president, Vladimir Putin, that, “If all this happens, Russia will have to respond accordingly, given that the … Continue reading

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The British government doesn’t want to talk about its nuclear weapons. The British public does via Bulletin of Atomic Scientists

By Tim Street, Harry Spencer, Shane Ward | April 6, 2023 In January 2023 British Pugwash and the polling company Savanta conducted a survey of UK public opinion on nuclear weapons issues and potential support for policies that advance nuclear arms control, disarmament, and … Continue reading

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US atomic bombs back in Britain? via Beyond Nuclear International

Move puts UK on front line in a NATO/Russia war By Kate Hudson News that US nuclear weapons may already be back in Britain, at RAF/USAF Lakenheath in East Anglia, makes Britain once again a forward nuclear base for the … Continue reading

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Why is the UK government backing nuclear power when onshore wind is so much better? via The Guardian

Using windfarms would be an easy, quick, cheap and actually popular way to solve the energy bill crisis After Friday’s huge jump in energy costs, millions of people across the UK face a frightening future. Urgent measures are needed but, instead … Continue reading

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Why is support for nuclear power noisiest just as its failures become most clear? via openDemocracy

Andrew Stirling Phil Johnstone […] During COP26, Nuclear Needs Net Zero laid on a pro-nuclear flash mob in central Glasgow, complete with young dancers wearing ‘we need to talk about nuclear’ T-shirts. Such is the ostensibly fresh, youthful face of today’s nuclear … Continue reading

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UK NIC backs alternatives to nuclear via Renew Extra Weekly

The UK Government asked the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) for its advice on whether an additional new nuclear plant, beyond the proposed Sizewell C project, was needed to deliver the UK’s sixth Carbon (reduction) Budget, due in 2035. In response, the NIC said no, … Continue reading

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Rolls-Royce plans to build small nuclear power plants in Britain via The New York Times

By Stanley Reed Rolls-Royce, the British jet engine maker, said on Tuesday that it was forming a business to build a series of smaller, cheaper nuclear reactors as Britain looks for ways to cut carbon emissions and to reduce the costs … Continue reading

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Nuclear test veterans: ‘My dad was treated like a guinea pig’ via BBC

By Chris Wood When David Purse was sent to Australia, he thought it would be a “wild adventure” in a little-explored place. However, the RAF flight lieutenant’s posting to a remote area called Maralinga was to test atomic weapons.  Son … Continue reading

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Britain’s nuclear past: the fallout from the High Explosive Research programme via History Extra

British nuclear tests conducted in the 1950s exposed many thousands of servicemen to high levels of radiation. Gordon Murray explores the poisonous legacy of the euphemistically named High Explosive Research programme | By Gordon Murray “We were ordered to kill … Continue reading

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