A human chain was formed on Thursday night in a bicommunal demonstration at the Ledra Street checkpoint against the opening of a nuclear power plant in Akkuyu, Turkey. Greek and Turkish Cypriots from more than 40 parties, organisations, movements, trade unions and professional groups held candles and wore gas masks to honour Chernobyl victims with a minute`s silence. Banners wrote ‘Nuclear Free Mediterranean’ and ‘Not in Nuclear’. A joint statement read in Greek and Turkish said nuclear power plants are not only a threat to the environment but affect the health and safety of people of the surrounding areas. A possible leak could pose a huge risk to both workers and residents. “Pollution of the environment (air, soil, subsoil, water) in the unfortunate case of an accident, would affect not only the area itself, since radioactivity travels by affecting large geographic areas”, it said. Akkuyu is a highly seismic area and radiation from the … [Read more...] about Bicommunal action against nuclear power plant held in Nicosia
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A controversial ship-borne nuclear power plant was launched from St Petersburg as part of a Russian plan to power remote seaside settlements. The Akademik Lomonosov, which green groups have dubbed "a floating Chernobyl," was towed from the shipyard where it was built in the Gulf of Finland on Saturday. It will be towed through the Baltic Sea and around the coast of Norway to Russia's Arctic port of Murmansk, where it will be loaded with nuclear fuel for sea tests. Russia has operated a fleet of nuclear-powered ice breakers in the Arctic since Soviet times. It has planned ship-borne nuclear power plants to provide electricity to remote settlements and oil rigs since the early 2000s, but the project has been plagued by delays and opposition from environmentalists. Work on the Lomonosov, which is meant to produce enough power for a town of 100,000 people, began in 2007. It was originally intended for use off … [Read more...] about Green groups warn of maritime ‘Chernobyl’ as Russia launches floating nuclear power plant
CHINA is developing a fleet of floating nuclear plants as part of plans to tighten its grip on the South China Sea. The shipborne stations will bring clean energy, heat and even water to remote islands and oil rigs – costing Beijing £300million a pop. But that's far cheaper than transmitting power from mainland China across the 1.4million-square-mile South China Sea, which stretches from Singapore to the southern tip of Taiwan. Officials hope to use portable power barges to shore up China's aggressive sea grab in the region. The global superpower claims about 90% of the South China Sea, and in recent years has pushed to expand its presence in a move described as "sinister" by one top Philippines politician. Construction of the floating plants will begin later this year, the Asia Times reports. If all goes to plan, the first seaworthy station should be operational by 2021, according to officials at the China National Nuclear Corp (CNCN), which is building the plants. They … [Read more...] about China building floating nuclear power plants to power ocean colony of artificial islands in ‘sinister military sea grab’
Skip to main Content Alaska News Alaska Life Politics Outdoor/Adventure Opinions Sports Nation/World Local Anchorage | Anchorage 44°F Anchorage: 44°F Subscribe Obituaries Customer Service E-edition Feedback Sponsored Content Real Estate Arctic Author: Cleve R. Wootson Jr., The Washington Post Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share via Email Share on Tumblr Share on Reddit Share on LinkedIn Share on Google Plus Print article If a Russian state-owned company has its way, remote regions of the world will soon see giant, floating nuclear reactors pumping power to port cities and drilling platforms in a real-life version of the Soviet reversal joke: In Russia, 70-megawatt nuclear reactor comes to you. The reactor in question is called Akademic Lomonosov. Once the barge is wired into the electrical grid in the Arctic town of Pevek in 2019, it … [Read more...] about Russia says its sea-based nuclear power plant is safe. Critics call it a ‘Floating Chernobyl’ for the Arctic.
REUTERS/Gleb Garanich/Files It's no coincidence that many details of Chernobyl are still shrouded in mystery. Since the Soviet Union began developing nuclear technology in 1943, Russia's government has tried to keep the details about that meltdown and a handful of nuclear accidents quiet. In some cases, details haven't emerged until decades later. Some disasters, like Chernobyl, have been related to nuclear power, while others involved military tests or atomic bombs. One nuclear event was only detected after scientists observed radiation in the air. Here's what we know about a handful of those incidents. Chernobyl was the worst nuclear accident of all time, but Soviet officials reported afterward that the "radiation situation" was "stabilized." Gleb Garanich/Reuters On April 26, 1986, the core of a reactor opened at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, sending plumes of radioactive material into the air. The toxic fumes contaminated the local vegetation and water supply near Pripyat, … [Read more...] about Russia has hidden the details of a handful of nuclear accidents since the 1950s — here's what we know about them