The International Panel on Fissile Materials (IPFM) has released a new research report The Uncertain Future of Nuclear Energy. The report provides an overview of the status of nuclear power worldwide, with country studies for China, India, Japan, South Korea, the United States and Western Europe. It discusses why the International Atomic Energy Agency and the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency project nuclear power as approximately maintaining but not greatly increasing during the next two to four decades its 14% of global electric power generation in 2009. The reasons include the currently very limited capacity to build nuclear power plants, high capital costs in North America and Western Europe, the perception by the private sector that nuclear power plants are risky investments, and continuing public mistrust of the nuclear industry despite the passage of two and a half decades since the Chernobyl accident.
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Leading environmental campaigners have performed a u-turn on two key technologies they have opposed for decades by openly calling for greater use of nuclear power and genetically modified crops to help the world tackle climate change.
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Residents and businesses close to the Sellafield nuclear reprocessing plant in Cumbria are being warned of a major security exercise beginning on Monday. The six-week operation will involve armed officers and staff from the Civil Nuclear Constabulary (CNC). A spokesman said pyrotechnic devices planned to be used would be heard some distance away.
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Vietnam has chosen Japan as a partner to mine rare earth metals and to develop nuclear power in the Communist country, the Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan said yesterday.
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A group of private companies has bid to take over the running of the Royal Navy arms base at Coulport on the Clyde, where nuclear warheads are stored. The Atomic Weapons Establishment, led by the US firm Lockheed Martin, said a decision was expected within months. The MoD said the site would stay under its control and that the security of Britain’s Trident missile nuclear deterrent would not be compromised.
But politicians and anti-nuclear campaigners are concerned by the move.
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A decade of Trident Ploughshares blockades and disarmament actions have helped build a strong and broad movement against nuclear weapons in Scotland. The Scottish government was elected with a policy of nuclear disarmament. Now it is England’s turn. On the 1st of November we are calling on people to join us to continue to increase the pressure by non-violently blockading the Devonport submarine base.
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Mayors for Peace announced today that 94 new member cities have joined during the month of October. With Guatemala City, Reykjavik and Yerevan, Mayors for Peace welcomes three capital cities in its global network campaigning for the immediate commencement of negotiations for the establishment of a nuclear weapon free world by 2020. Mayors for Peace now counts 4,301 members in 149 countries and regions. With the capitals of Guatemala, Iceland and Armenia, the network now counts 98 of the world capital cities, having secured the support of 51% of the capital cities in the 192 United Nations member states. The support includes the cities of Paris, Beijing, Delhi, London and Moscow in the Nuclear Weapons States; and Amsterdam, Ankara, Berlin, Brussels and Rome in the five countries where the US deploys nuclear weapons outside its territory.
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