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THE LESSONS OF CHERNOBYL: NOT LEARNED BUT IGNORED PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 03 December 2017 15:42

 April 26 1996 will be the 10th Anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster. Tens of 1000s have died as a result of the  disaster. over 6,000 of Chernobyl’s cleanup veterans: the  liguidators’ have reportedly died,  Thousands of children and adults in Ukraine and Belarus experienced symptoms of acute radiation sickness. Over 4.5 million hectares of productive agricultural land was contaminated. Over 130,000 residents were permanently evacuated in a 30 Km  radius around Chernobyl, while more than 1.2. million still live on lands contaminated by ‘low-level’ radiation. In addition, centuries of future unanticipated consequences from the Chernobyl disaster could lie ahead.

                Many thought that the Chernobyl accident would sound the death knell for the civil nuclear industry, and would lead to a global endorsement of the precautionary principle of science and ethics which embraces the notion that we do not have to wait until there is scientific certainty that human and environmental disasters would occur for the global community to act to prevent the potential disasters—such as those that could occur with  the further development and use of civil nuclear reactors. Dr. David Marples of the University of Alberta, a specialist in the social impacts of the disaster in Chernobyl  noted  on April 18, at a public symposium  at the University of Victoria, that  “the Chernobyl disaster should have forced us to look at alternatives to civil nuclear reactors.”  Dr. Fred Knelman—who initiated a Nobel Laureate Declaration in which there was the call to phase out nuclear energy, concurred,“surely the Chernobyl lesson should have been to phase out nuclear power and develop alternative energy sources”.

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Pope Francis, in change from predecessors, condemns nuclear arsenals for deterrence PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 12 November 2017 06:59
 
 
 
By Philip Pullella, Reuters, Nov 10 2017
 
 
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis appeared to harden the Catholic Church’s teaching against nuclear weapons on Friday, saying countries should not stockpile them even for the purpose of deterrence.
 

His remarks, at the start of a disarmament conference that brought 11 Nobel Peace Prize winners to the Vatican, appeared to go further than previous popes. They have said that while nuclear weapons should never be used, holding arsenals solely to deter other countries from using them could be morally acceptable as a step toward achieving a nuclear-free world. 

Addressing the group in the 16th century frescoed Clementine Hall of the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace, Francis spoke of “the catastrophic humanitarian and environmental effects of any employment of nuclear devices”.

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The Nobel Peace Prize for 2017 PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 06 October 2017 07:33

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The Nobel Peace Prize for 2017

The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided to award the Nobel Peace Prize for 2017 to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN). The organization is receiving the award for its work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and for its ground-breaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of such weapons.

We live in a world where the risk of nuclear weapons being used is greater than it has been for a long time. Some states are modernizing their nuclear arsenals, and there is a real danger that more countries will try to procure nuclear weapons, as exemplified by North Korea. Nuclear weapons pose a constant threat to humanity and all life on earth. Through binding international agreements, the international community has previously adopted prohibitions against land mines, cluster munitions and biological and chemical weapons. Nuclear weapons are even more destructive, but have not yet been made the object of a similar international legal prohibition.

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Stanislav Petrov, 'The Man Who Saved The World,' Dies At 77 PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 08:37

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"There was no rule about how long we were allowed to think before we reported a strike," Petrov told the BBC. "But we knew that every second of procrastination took away valuable time, that the Soviet Union's military and political leadership needed to be informed without delay. All I had to do was to reach for the phone; to raise the direct line to our top commanders — but I couldn't move. I felt like I was sitting on a hot frying pan."

Petrov sensed something wasn't adding up.

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America bullying Sweden because Sweden signed the UN nuclear weapons ban treaty PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 15 September 2017 12:47

https://nuclear-news.net/2017/09/06/america-bullying-sweden-because-sweden-signed-the-un-nuclear-weapons-ban-treaty/

altMattis reportedly threatened Sweden with retaliation over signing a nuclear-weapons ban, Business Insider CHRISTOPHER WOODY, SEP 6, 2017 US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis reportedly warned Sweden of severe consequences if the country followed through on signing a UN treaty banning nuclear weapons.

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