Cobalt-60 radiation machines are one of the many tools doctors have used in the treatment of cancer for the past 50 years. In North America, nearly all of these units have been replaced with more advanced technology called linear accelerators, which do not contain radioactive material and provide medically superior treatment. In developing countries, the cobalt-60 radiation machines remain prevalent. They are cost-effective and appealing in states with limited or intermittent electricity supplies and other physical infrastructure as well as a shortage of medical and technical expertise. The surest way to prevent terrorists from acquiring these materials, while not limiting people’s access to necessary cancer treatment, is to phase out cobalt-60 radiation machines and replace them with linear accelerators. The U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration, which is in charge of efforts to secure potentially dangerous radioactive material, has been supporting this approach for several years. To do so, developing countries need better technology and treatment environments, not only to support this transition away from cobalt-60 machines but to improve cancer treatment overall.

Center for Non Proliferation Studies 14th Aug 2017 read more »

Posted: 16 August 2017

Nuclear Weapons

THE only sensible response to the escalating nuclear stand-off between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un is to rid the UK of its atomic arsenal, according to a Nobel Peace Prize-nominated SNP MSP. Bill Kidd, who was put forward for the honour by Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament (PNND) in 2016, said the UK should take a fresh look at unilateral disarmament in the face of rising tensions between the US and North Korea – a position that has been backed by the Scottish Greens.

Herald 13th Aug 2017 read more »

Posted: 13 August 2017

Emergency Planning

Carlisle has been described as one of the best places to move to in order to avoid radiation poisoning in the event of an all-out nuclear war. The Daily Express has published an article based on a map plotting service which shows the areas likely to be affected if nuclear weapons are dropped on 20 major British cities during the outbreak of a hypothetical ‘Third World War’. Listing some of the cheapest options in each of the UK’s regions, the Express claims Barrow and Carlisle offer “the most affordable”, in light of escalating tensions and rhetoric between the USA and North Korea.

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North West Evening Mail 11th Aug 2017 read more »

Posted: 12 August 2017


When nuclear or radioactive material is encountered out of regulatory control, it is crucial that nuclear forensic investigators learn about the material’s origin and history. To do so, they look at details in the characteristics of the material – known as nuclear forensic signatures – as these reveal important clues about this information. To help experts make reliable conclusions about nuclear forensic signatures, the IAEA in August 2017 published a new technical document that highlight novel analytical techniques used by experts around the world.

IAEA 10th Aug 2017 read more »

Posted: 11 August 2017

Nuclear Weapons

As Nagasaki marked the 72nd anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing on Wednesday, Mayor Tomihisa Taue demanded that the Japanese government join a recently adopted treaty banning nuclear weapons.

Japan Times 9th Aug 2017 read more »

Posted: 9 August 2017

Nuclear Weapons

Two nuclear powers, China and India, may soon go to war over the disputed Doklam area, state-run Chinese media reported. The Doklam area, which lies on the ill-defined border between Bhutan and China, was taken over by India in June when its soldiers stopped the Chinese military from building a road in the region, which is remote, treacherous and sparsely populated.

Infowars 6th Aug 2017 read more »

Posted: 8 August 2017

Nuclear Proliferation

The move to renewable energy offers another potential strategic benefit that is largely unacknowledged: the ability to delineate between “good” and “bad” nuclear actors in a way that we simply can’t today. In a world of cost-effective renewables, countries will be less able to pursue ambiguously dual-use nuclear progress under the banner of electricity generation and will be more easily enticed to relinquish more dangerous ambitions. The line between civilian and military nuclear programs is extraordinarily thin. As Nobel laureate Hannes Alfven put it, “Atoms for peace and atoms for war are Siamese twins.” It is relatively easy for a country with an advanced civil nuclear program to move from developing power stations to their more malicious sister, nuclear weapons. With some planning, discretion, and luck, a country can easily use the fuel and by-products of light-water nuclear power reactors—enriched uranium and plutonium—to produce nuclear bombs.

Defense One 5th Aug 2017 read more »

Posted: 7 August 2017

Nuclear Weapons

Every year, early in August, news organizations around the world publish articles about the instant mass death inflicted at Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, restating the arguments for and against the United States’ use of atomic bombs just before the end of World War II. This anniversary-of-horror coverage is always poignant. What sort of monster, after all, could remain unmoved when confronted with the instantaneous incineration of tens of thousands of unsuspecting civilians and the horrendous types of suffering that survivors endured? Among the worthiest of the atomic retrospectives published this week is Ariel Dorfman’s brilliant little essay on the meaning of the Ginkgo trees that survived the Hiroshima bombing. (I will not summarize the piece here, for fear of strangling the lyricism you will experience while reading it.) Also more than worthwhile is the Guardian’s exploration of the mix of rehabilitation and memorialization that characterizes today’s Hiroshima, something the Guardian’s headline writers aptly term the city’s psychogeography. Two very different pieces with very different approaches provide quality factual accounts of the Hiroshima bombing: “The Story of 25 Hiroshima Bombing Survivors You Should Know” offers the latest proof that Teen Vogue is rapidly becoming the magazine for stylish young women who think. And the New York Times’ The Daily 360 feature uses various modeling and mapping technologies to help viewers imagine, in the round, from above, the attack on Hiroshima.

Bulletin of Atomic Scientists 6th Aug 2017 read more »

Was it justified or needless? A look at the debate surrounding the atomic bombing of Japan.

Washington Post 5th Aug 2017 read more »

Posted: 7 August 2017

Nuclear Weapons

Even with the passing of the UN’s Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty, Japan still remains an outlier, betraying the hopes of atomic bomb survivors from Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Greenpeace 4th Aug 2017 read more »

Los Alamos laboratory’s recent mistakes in shipping plutonium were among dozens of incidents involving mislabeled or wrongly shipped materials associated with the nuclear weapons program.

Center for Public Integrity 1st Aug 2017 read more »

Posted: 5 August 2017

Nuclear Weapons

Netflix is now streaming a film about nuclear weapons that puts you inside humanity’s worst nightmare.

Business Insider 1st Aug 2017 read more »

The Nuclear Free Local Authorities (NFLA) welcomes events being held in the UK and Ireland, and across the world, which commemorate and share in solidarity with the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on the approaching 72nd anniversary of the atomic weapon attacks on both cities, which led to the death of over 200,000 people. The Lord Mayor of Manchester will be amongst other leading Mayors of the Executive Board of Mayors for Peace attending its 9th General Conference being held in Nagasaki on the 7th – 10th August. The Lord Mayor will also take an active part in the Hiroshima Peace Ceremony and is meeting the UK Ambassador to Japan after the Nagasaki Peace Ceremony.

NFLA 3rd Aug 2017 read more »

Posted: 4 August 2017