Cumbria Life – “Chernobyl The Cloud Lingers On”

This article was written in 1996 and appeared in Cumbria Life. You would be hard pressed to find such a hard hitting article today anywhere. Is this because since the late 1990s the UKs Most trusted environmental NGOs Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth have been soft pedalling on nuclear (why?!) while industry and government have been busy with their propaganda machines. The stage has been set for the “nuclear renaissance” concrete is being poured right now at Hinkley, 300 boreholes have been drilled at Moorside and there is a Big Forgetting of Chernobyl, This is a stage being set for the unwanted drama of further nuclear sacrifice zones. Remember Chernobyl

Cumbria Life 1996 - Chernobyl 10 years on

Cumbria Life and Chernobyl…a hard hitting article from 1996…

The lifestyle magazine, Cumbria Life, is not where you would expect to find a hard- hitting article on Chernobyl and the nuclear industry. But that is exactly what was published in this Cumbrian coffee table magazine in 1996. ….

(the article is in the public domain but not online – any mistakes in transcript are mine)


The cloud lingers on

Ten years ago a cloud washed over the Cumbrian fells, coating the grass, trees, heather, bracken and rocks with a film of radiation. It came from Chernobyl, a ruptured nuclear reactor in the Ukraine, several thousand miles away. Early, confident predictions that the heavy Cumbrian rain, that brought down the radioactive Caesium in the first place would now wash it from the uplands, were quietly buried. No amount of rain was every going to wash away the poison from Chernobyl…

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Children Still Endangered by Chernobyl Radiation in Russia; Russia Pretends Area Has Improved; Removes Medical, Social Insurance and Compensation

Today is the 31st year of the Chernobyl disaster…like all nuclear disasters there is still no end in sight as the damage snowballs through the generations. Remember Chernobyl.

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Stariye Bobovichi is one of thousands of communities in Russia, the Ukraine and Belarus officially declared contaminated by Chernobyl. Recently, however, the Russian government upgraded the status of this village, claiming it had improved. This claim deprived the residents of this village of the appropriate medical, social insurance and compensation they would get as victims of the disaster.” (Rashid Alimov, Greenpeace – read article below.) Gee, sounds like Fukushima victims in Japan! Have Russia and Japan been talking at Sakhalin? When reading about Rosatom, below, bear in mind that Rosatom is a State Corporation and is subordinate to the Russian President (Putin), rather than the government.

From Greenpeace:
Chernobyl: lessons not learned
Blogpost by Rashid Alimov – 25 April, 2017 at 18:50

A greyish brick building with a bust of Lenin in front of it. A school in Stariye Bobovichi in the Bryansk region…

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Fossil Fueled Earthquakes at the UKs Two Key Nuclear Sites?

  FOSSIL FUELED EARTHQUAKES NEAR NUCLEAR INSTALLATIONS? Nuclear and Fracking Campaigners across the UK have joined forces to oppose fossil fuel extraction within the vicinity of the UK's key nuclear installations, Sellafield in Cumbria and Springfields in Lancashire. Radiation Free Lakeland has sent a letter to the Health and Safety Executive urging a moratorium. The … Continue reading Fossil Fueled Earthquakes at the UKs Two Key Nuclear Sites?

Fusion “Dream” is Toxic Nightmare

The fusion dream is a toxic nightmare which throws billions of £££££s of public money away in the plan to create another nuclear treadmill from which there is no getting off.. "Fusion Fusion reactors have long been touted as the "perfect" energy source. Proponents claim that when useful commercial fusion reactors are developed, they would … Continue reading Fusion “Dream” is Toxic Nightmare

The Woman Who Knew Too Much: Dr Alice Stewart

The following is kindly reposted from the  facebook page of Bob Alvarez "Dr. Alice M. Stewart, a dear family friend, at our home in the late 1970's. Her findings, first published in 1955, suggesting that a single x-ray of the fetus could lead to childhood cancer provided the first human evidence that there was no … Continue reading The Woman Who Knew Too Much: Dr Alice Stewart

Beatrix Potter’s Beloved Lake District Still Endangered by Proposed New Nuclear Reactors and Nuclear Waste

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Beatrix Potter, best known as the author-illustrator of “The Tale of Peter Rabbit“, “supported the efforts of the National Trust to preserve not just the places of extraordinary beauty but also those heads of valleys and low grazing lands that would be irreparably ruined by development… She left nearly all her property to the National Trust, including over 4,000 acres (16 km2) of land, sixteen farms, cottages and herds of cattle and Herdwick sheep. Hers was the largest gift at that time to the National Trust, and it enabled the preservation of the land now included in the Lake District National Park and the continuation of fell farming.”

A friend of Beatrix Potter who arrived in Cumbria in the 1930s remarked: “When I first came to the Lake District whenever John or I walked there were birds but since the atomic station came there have…

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Six years after Fukushima – women and children still suffer most

Women and Children …the nuclear sacrifice


The Japanese government is trying to get back to normality after the Fukushima nuclear disaster, but the crisis is far from over for women and children, says Greenpeace. Thousands of mothers have sued the authorities.

37872497_303.jpgSix years ago, the triple disaster – earthquake, tsunami and meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant – took the lives of almost 20,000 people and displaced more than 160,000 people from their homes. More than 80,000 people are still living in temporary accommodation.

The disaster had an enormous impact on all members of the affected communities, but to this day it is women and children who “have borne the brunt of human rights violations resulting from it,” according to a report by Greenpeace.

While some injustices faced by women and children were caused by policy failures in the immediate aftermath of the disaster, other women’s and children’s rights violations are a direct result of the current…

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