28 February 2016

Terror

New weapons, unstable nations, and terrorism are raising the nuclear stakes. Is a doomsday attack more likely? Here’s everything you need to know about the new nuclear arms race. Could terrorists acquire a nuke? It’s possible. Between 1995 and 2012, the International Atomic Energy Agency catalogued 2,200 attempts to steal or smuggle uranium. ISIS’s propaganda magazine has suggested buying a nuclear weapon in Pakistan and smuggling it into the U.S. Nuclear experts warn that an improvised device could be fitted into an SUV-size shipping container. Ports and airports are fitted with radiation sensors, but they only work at very close range. Another potential threat is a “dirty bomb” — a regular explosive device that would spray radioactive material over a blast zone, exposing thousands of people to radiation and turning an entire city into an uninhabitable ghost town. Authorities in Iraq are now searching for a sizable quantity of “highly dangerous” radioactive material stolen last year, which theoretically could wind up in the hands of ISIS.

The Week 27th Feb 2016 read more »

A Trident whistleblower has claimed a fake ID is ‘all it takes’ to gain access to Britain’s nuclear weapons. William McNeilly, a former Royal Navy submarine engineer, also alleged thousands of Royal Navy IDs go missing every year and could be used to access a nuclear submarine.

Mirror 27th Feb 2016 read more »

Sizewell

Mr Morton has been announced as the new station director for Sizewell B, arriving from EDF Energy’s Cottam coal-fired power station in Nottinghamshire. He takes over on Tuesday from Jim Crawford, who has held the post for the past six years and now moves on to project development director for the Sizewell C project, the next generation of reactors on the county’s coast. Mr Morton, who has worked for CEGB, PowerGen, EON and EDF Energy at High Marnham, Ratcliffe, Connah’s Quay, Enfield, Grain (Oil & CCGT) and Cottam, said: “Sizewell B is a fantastic power station with a great track record. “I am delighted to take on this new role and am looking forward to getting to know the team at the station and the local community.”

East Anglian Daily Times 27th Feb 2016 read more »

Radwaste

What happens when radioactive and nuclear material is no longer useful? How is it handled and where does it go? Find answers to questions like these in the IAEA’s new set of e-learning modules now available online. This comprehensive package of online distance learning tools allows users to explore the responsibilities, approaches and technologies throughout the so-called ‘back end’ of the nuclear fuel cycle — the process for preparing radioactive and nuclear material for disposal.

IAEA 26th Feb 2016 read more »

Nuclear Convoys

Midlothian MP continues campaign against nuclear convoys. Midlothian SNP MP Owen Thompson has attacked the Ministry of Defence after it confirmed convoys of nuclear weapons travel through urban areas without displaying warning signs. He first raised the issue following reports of at least two incidents when convoys were spotted near Penicuik, including one when the weapons were parked just yards from two schools.

Midlothian Advertiser 27th Feb 2016 read more »

Trident

Thousands of protesters have assembled in central London for Britain’s biggest anti-nuclear weapons rally in a generation. Campaigners gathered from across the world: some said they had travelled from Australia to protest against the renewal of Trident. Others had come from the west coast of Scotland, where Britain’s nuclear deterrent submarines are based. As the huge column of people began moving from Marble Arch after 1pm, the mood was buoyant and spirited despite the cold.

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Jeremy Corbyn condemns Trident (video).

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Jeremy Corbyn cites horror of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Independent 27th Feb 2016 read more »

‘Barmy’ Corbyn sparks Labour civil war as he leads anti-nuclear rally by hardline lefties.

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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon vowed to make Trident renewal an “election issue” in an impassioned speech to thousands of peace campaigners in Trafalgar Square. Urging activists to “stand up and be counted”, the leader of the Scottish National Party said her opposition to the UK’s nuclear missile system had grown since joining the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) a full year before she signed up as an SNP member in 1986. Yesterday’s demonstration is thought to be the biggest of its kind for a generation.

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Do you know what you think about Trident? Most of us have a settled view of the country’s nuclear weapons: either we think that we should keep them while other countries have them, or that they are a poor use of money for weapons that could never be used. This might be a good time, however, for everyone to think again. On Saturday, Jeremy Corbyn repeated his opposition to Trident at a Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament rally in Trafalgar Square. He was elected to the Labour leadership as a unilateral disarmer. He is right to speak up for what he believes, and he is entitled to try to change the party’s policy on the subject. But he needs to think more about how to persuade the voters. As our ComRes poll found recently, it does not matter how you ask the question, most of the British people want to keep the Bomb. Equally, however, those who believe that nuclear weapons are an insurance in an uncertain world ought to ask whether a submarine-based system is likely to remain effective for the next quarter-century. Both sides in this debate need to open their minds to new thinking.

Independent 27th Feb 2016 read more »

The controversial idea that Britain’s nuclear submarines could be rendered irrelevant before the new fleet is even launched, will be bolstered this week by a report to be presented to MPs examining the Trident programme. Emerging drone technology, which could make the oceans “effectively transparent”, will make the submarines that carry the UK’s nuclear deterrent vulnerable to attack, warns the report which was commissioned by the British American Security Information Council (Basic), a nuclear disarmament think-tank.

Independent 27th Feb 2016 read more »

Renewable Finance

Councils should use bonds to fund much needed green infrastructure projects such as renewable energy and flood defences, according to the Lord Mayor of London. The UK’s first council solar bond was launched last week, and Sir Roger Gifford said there was tremendous scope for the country to follow the lead of the US and Swede, where municipalities have raised billions of pounds for green projects by selling bonds to the public. Green bonds are good for the environment because they enable projects to be built that otherwise may not get off the ground and they provide a relatively safe investment for the public because they pay a much higher interest rate than a savings account, advocates say.

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Published: 28 February 2016