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24.12.2012

Lessons from the Fukushima Daiichi accident

Pressenza is delighted to start reproducing material with permission from Fairewinds Energy Education. The nuclear energy industry, its relationship to the nuclear weapons industry, the lack of transparency from the nuclear industry in general, the danger of cover-ups of mistakes to avoid affecting share-prices and the risks to nuclear proliferation… »

17.12.2012

Pakistan – Prospects for Renewable Energy Transition

Pakistan – Prospects for Renewable Energy Transition

  As the world wakes up to the reality of climate change and expanding energy demand, electricity will increasingly have to come from renewable sources such as wind and solar. To follow the course to a greener energy future, Pakistan is in a good position to exploit these alternatives because… »

29.10.2012

Nuclear Plants from Virginia to Vermont Could Be Impacted from Massive Hurricane Sandy

Nuclear Plants from Virginia to Vermont Could Be Impacted from Massive Hurricane Sandy

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has acknowledged the massive Sandy storm could impact both coastal and inland nuclear power plants. At least 16 reactors are in the storm’s projected path, including North Anna and Surry in Virginia; Calvert Cliffs in Maryland; Oyster Creek, Hope Creek and Salem in New Jersey; Indian… »

23.10.2012

Asian Countries Easing Access To Cheap Drugs

Asian Countries Easing Access To Cheap Drugs

By Martin Khor* Recent government actions by Indonesia and India to issue compulsory licenses are extending the trend in Asia to increase access to cheaper medicines to treat serious ailments, especially HIV/AIDS, cancer and hepatitis B. The supply of generic medicines, either through import or local production, has been the… »

17.10.2012

Nobel Prizes for measuring and manipulation of quantum systems

Nobel Prizes for measuring and manipulation of quantum systems

The recent announcements of the Nobel Prizes in physics and chemistry, seen both awards given for work centring on transfers of information. “While the prize-winning physics predictably involved brain bending quantum mechanics, the chemistry prize focused not on test tube reactions, but on cellular biology,”  says Dr Martin Wiliams.  Here… »

16.10.2012

Most EU Nuclear Power Plants ‘Unsafe’

Most EU Nuclear Power Plants ‘Unsafe’

The so-called ‘stress tests’ on nuclear power plants in the European Union (EU) have confirmed environmental and energy activists’ worst fears: most European nuclear facilities do not meet minimum security standards. The tests on 134 nuclear reactors operating in 14 EU member states were carried out in response to widespread… »

05.10.2012

‘Mistrust Puts Pharmaceutical Industry in the Spotlight’

‘Mistrust Puts Pharmaceutical Industry in the Spotlight’

Special Report by EurActiv*, 5 October, 2012 – The European healthcare system is struggling to cope with low levels of transparency and trust in the pharmaceutical sector, according to 97% of doctors, industry professionals and policymakers attending a workshop at the Gastein Health Forum yesterday (4 October). “North Korea would be… »

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