The Atomic Weapons Establishment Funds almost Half of UK Universities

Originally posted on Mining Awareness Plus:

Related post re US: http://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/03/22/we-thought-the-lsu-football-story-was-a-joke-now-we-learn-koch-smart-alec-is-buying-entire-university-departments/

Could this be why it appears virtually impossible to get serious academic work regarding dangers of nuclear, etc.? The buying of academia?

From Medact.org:
Atoms For Peace: The Atomic Weapons Establishment and UK Universities

Nuclear Information Service and Medact have undertaken a two-year study to investigate research links between British universities and the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE), which is responsible for designing and manufacturing the UK’s nuclear weapons. This report presents the executive summary and key findings from our study.

We found that approaching half of British universities have research links with AWE. Much of the work funded by AWE qualifies as ‘blue skies’ research which is not aimed at any particular application. However, some of the research funded by AWE may have ‘dual use’ potential – the capability to be used for both benign, peaceful purposes and military purposes contributing to the development…

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Guest Blog from Action Atomic Weapons Eradication

Now’s the time to take action against Trident replacement

Act Speak Vote DISARM TRIDENT

Trident is one of those campaigning issues that can sometimes feel just a bit too big; our politicians seem intent on holding onto their WMD’s, and there doesn’t seem to be very much we can do to stop them. However, I’m convinced, in the few years I’ve been involved in anti-nuclear activism, we’ve definitely seen the odds move in our favour. We’ve got a long way to go, but Trident replacement isn’t quite so much a foregone conclusion as it looked a few years ago and the next few months will be a critical time to really pile the pressure on.

 

It was quite clear that the Scottish referendum had Whitehall in a flap over where they’d park their nuclear armed submarines if Faslane stopped being an option – had the Scots voted for independence, Trident would have looked a bit less like the ultimate insurance policy and a bit more like a massive floating headache.

 

Remember too, that if the 2010 general election had returned a majority parliament (either Labour of Conservative), we may well have already had a final decision on Trident replacement; it was a part of the negotiation package brought in by the Lib Dems that any decision on Trident replacement should be pushed into the next parliament. Similarly, just this weekend, Nicola Sturgeon declared that, with possibility that they hold the balance of power in a minority-Labour government next year increasing, Trident would be non-negotiable; Miliband would get the SNP’s support or would get to keep his nuclear bombs, but not both. The Scottish labour leader has also recently backed scrapping Trident. Politics is changing, the monopoly that Labour and Conservatives shared over Westminster is weakening, and – in regards to Trident replacement – that could be very helpful.

 

On the international level, the 97% of countries that continue to not see a use for nuclear weapons are starting to change the nature of the debate. In December, diplomats will gather from across the world to discuss the humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons, part of a process that the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons hopes will move us towards “negotiations for a treaty banning nuclear weapons” – what that would mean if we went and built a whole new load of submarines and warheads (which, if built, would see the UK remaining nuclear armed until the 2060′s) is anyone’s guess.

 

To try and plug some of these gaps, the government has tried to make any future decision on Trident replacement a foregone conclusion by signing some contracts, amending the bilateral agreement between the UK and the USA that governs sharing of nuclear weapon research and technology, and starting massive renovations at Burghfield Atomic Weapons Establishment – and it’s here we’ll focus our attention now.

Burghfield AWE is a nuclear bomb factory. It’s just seven miles down the road from Aldermaston, and both have been the focus of decades of campaigning and direct action; most recently in the form of the Action AWE campaign. From disruption to the building work caused by blockades of the gates, to a seven-mile long pink knitted peace scarf that got thousands involved in anti-nuclear activism, Action AWE have been making it clear that it is behind those gates and fences that Trident replacement is already taking place. Billions of pounds are being spent on new buildings and machinery, ready to produce the next generation of weapons of mass destruction, and it is distressing to know that whole communities are economically dependent on the production of weapons of mass destruction, like Barrow. However, we’re at one of those exciting points in our history, where we could choose to do things differently; do we need nuclear weapons? Of course not. But it is quite clear that we do need massive investment in the renewable energy sector. The Campaign Against the Arms Trade have recently produced a report, which demonstrates how a move towards offshore wind and marine energy could produce more jobs than the entire arms industry’. We need to start to be much more creative to respond to the challenges we’re facing in the world, and we need to empower our politicians to act, to change the status quo, to start moving our economy and future towards real, sustainable security.

 

In March 2015, just a few months before the general election, we’re going to make the message that Trident replacement will not be tolerated absolutely loud and clear, by taking action at the base every day for a month – and we want you to join us. Called ‘Act Speak Vote > Disarm!’ the month will start with ‘Burghfield Lockdown’, a mass public blockade of all the entrances to Burghfield AWE on Monday 2nd March. After that, groups across the country are volunteering to take on days, and already preparing for vigils, street theatre, and disruptive nonviolent action. After taking action, we’re encouraging everyone who participates to go back to their constituencies and make it clear to all of their candidates that they won’t get their vote if they support Trident replacement.

 

Action AWE can support actions by giving talks at meetings, running nonviolent direct action training days, and suggesting ideas for what type of action you might want to do. At the blockade on the 2nd March we will host a convergence centre in Reading, and there will be time to form affinity groups and find different ways of contributing to the action. There are still plenty of days in March that need vouching for, too, so if you or your group want to get involved, then do! For more information on any of that, email mobilise@actionawe.org or visit www.actionawe.org/pledge

 

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A thought from Radiation Free Lakeland on The Connections>>>

Bombs Ahoy!  Why the UK is desperate for nuclear power….

….it aint to keep the lights on – it is to snuff them out.

Trains and Boats and Planes are Bringing Nuclear Waste to My Home..

The Cumbrian Version of Trains and Boats and Planes by artist Kevin Carr

Trains and Boats and Planes

Are Bringing Nuclear Waste to My Home

They’re Dumping Things 

On Land and Sea

Destroying My Marrow Bone.

Brains and Throats and Veins 

Are All the Organs That

Are Wasting Away

Chemotherapy’s

No Remedy

For the Brains and the Throats and Veins.

 

 

Au revoir, Areva?

mariannewildart:

“Rotten” reactor design …..Hinkley C ….Areva’s shares plummet. Why persist with the nuclear nightmare? Is it for reasons other than electricity? Is it to continue producing the radionuclides necessary for nuclear weapons?

Originally posted on GreenWorld:

EDF is building an Areva EPR reactor at  Flamanville, France. Like all Areva nuclear projects these days, it's not going well.

EDF is building an Areva EPR reactor at Flamanville, France. Like all Areva nuclear projects these days, it’s not going well.

The giant French nuclear reactor manufacturer Areva is in serious trouble. According to several reports published today (here’s one from New York Times,  here’s one from Reuters), publicly-traded shares in Areva dropped 15% yesterday. That plunge doesn’t in itself affect Areva as much as it would other companies, since only a small portion of Areva’s shares are publicly-traded–the French government owns 87% of the entity.

But that doesn’t make Areva’s troubles any less real. The company, which recently lost its CEO to health issues, warned yesterday that its outlook is uncertain and suspended its financial projections for both 2015 and 2016. That doesn’t bode well.

Areva’s problems are legion, but two huge missteps over the past decade continue to haunt the company.

The first was agreeing back…

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Nuclear’s social media

mariannewildart:

Message to head of Communications at NUGEN ….Hi John, I think you are right that there has not been an exhaustive evaluation of potential for loss of control ….but maybe you were talking about loss of control of social media, rather than loss of control of nuclear “power” and waste? I am trying to find the Environmental Permitting for the 100 boreholes near Sellafield, and for any Environmental Impact Assessments…..where can These be seen, they don’t seem to be available for the general public to view online??

Originally posted on Johnmacnuclear's Blog:

During a recent meeting of european nuclear communicators the idea of nuclear power’s involvement with social media was discussed. The nuclear industry has by and large taken a hands-off approach to social media – only over the past year has it started to dabble with messaging the benefits of secure, low-carbon nuclear generation via the new channels. And this is strange when you think some 34 countries around the world are engaged in looking seriously at building new nuclear power stations. At present some 30% of the EU’s electricity is generated by nuclear. This is secure, stably-priced and increasingly seen as socially and politically acceptable and advantageous. But the nuclear industry’s traditional reticence in finding new formats to communicate with the general public has surely slowed-down its representation on facebook, twitter, Digg and LinkedIn.

But what are the benefits? And what type of audience does nuclear need to address at a time when…

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100 Boreholes would bring Sellafield’s Leaking Mess to the surface – to be dumped where?

Moorside - 100 boreholes

Moorside – 100 boreholes

Nuclear Developers Rip Out  Footpath Signs - Moorside

Nuclear Developers Rip Out Footpath Signs – Moorside

The beautiful River Ehen about to be Nuclearised?

The beautiful River Ehen about to be Nuclearised?

Borehole - Moorside. The first of 100 to "explore" Poison the Land in Preparation for 3 New Reactors

Borehole – Moorside. The first of 100 to “explore” Poison the Land in Preparation for 3 New Reactors

Today an anti fracking colleague pointed us to the Environmental Permitting issued by the Environment Agency for radioactive wastes the fracking company Cuadrilla wants to bring up out of boreholes and dump into the environment.  This is beyond scandalous.  But it got me thinking about the 100 boreholes that have already started being bored into the land around Sellafield.  If there are any Environmental Permits then the Environment Agency aren’t making them easy to find.  And where will the radioactive plutonium and caesium brought up out of the contaminated ground next to Sellafield go?  How will the use of explosives for borehole drilling affect the nearby crumbling Sellafield waste  ponds?

Fracking brings up Naturally Occuring Radioactive Materials – which is nasty carcinogenic stuff.

But the stuff about to be brought out of the contaminated ground next to Sellafield is far worse and yet …..WHY IS NO ONE SHOUTING?

It is goose bump  making to see the Friends of the Lake District and others putting so much effort into the pylon consultation.  The pylon consultation is just a means to push along this diabolic plan for 3 dangerous reactors next to the most dangerous pile of radioactive wastes in the world.

The pylons WILL NOT GO AHEAD if Moorside is stopped, we know this because the National Grid told us so.  So why aren’t Friends of the Lake District, Cumbria Wildlife Trust and other groups working to Stop Moorside instead of faffing about with pylons?  They say they are waiting for the developers consultation on Moorside (actually Greenmoorside and Peterburgh farm )

- they might as well say they are waiting for the Titanic to set sail.

85 boreholes Moorside (100 total) L148_British_Energy_Coast_RFP_for_Geo_Hydro_Drilling_v1_0

 

 

nb are the 100 boreholes for testing the geology for new reactors or for softening us up to dump nuclear waste (back)  into ?

Extreme Energy and then there is Nuclear

mariannewildart:

I’ve just read this again, and my reply does sound a bit off and exasperated. So have written again asking for Nuclear to be included as an Extreme Energy by London University’s Extreme Energy Initiative. Despite the last decades worth lack of proactive campaigning against nuclear by Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth, there are many different groups campaigning for nuclear safety, nuclear shut down and against nuclear new build. Somehow though they are largely ignored, dismissed and marginalised. Why is that? Nuclear is the most extreme energy there is and should be recognised as such. Nuclear should be given at least equal billing as Fracking by the Extreme Energy Initiative. Original correspondence below.

Originally posted on Radiation Free Lakeland:

Frack Off I'm already being F**KED BY Nuclear

Correspondence with the Extreme Energy network.

I’ve just read this again, and my reply does sound a bit off and exasperated.   So have written again asking  for Nuclear  to be included as an Extreme Energy by London University’s Extreme Energy Initiative.   Despite the last decades worth lack of  proactive campaigning against nuclear by Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth, there are many different  groups campaigning for nuclear safety, nuclear shut down and against nuclear new build.  Somehow though they are largely ignored, dismissed and marginalised. Why is that?  Nuclear is the most  extreme energy there is and should be recognised as such.  Nuclear should be given at least equal billing as Fracking by the Extreme Energy Initiative.    Original letter below.

Tue, August 13, 2013

Dear Kate,

Thanks for your email. The founding of the EE network by the government
backed University of London and the lack of…

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