Almoustapha Alhacen on the situation of uranium mining after the military coup in July 2023.
Interview: Franza Drechsel and Horst Hamm
August 6 marks the 78th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. The organization Humanity for Peace calls on anti-nuclear initiatives and peace groups to participate in the worldwide peace action.
Anthony Lyamunda from Tanzania, Libbe HaLevy from the USA, Cécile Lecomte from France and Malte Göttsche and Irmgard Gietl, both from Germany, were awarded the Nuclear Free Future Award last year. The award winners present their work in a short film.
After the German, English, Czech, French and Italian editions, the Nuclear Free Future Foundation, together with the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, the environmental foundation Greenpeace and the Turkish NGO Ekosfer, has now also realized a Turkish edition.
The consequences of uranium mining became visible in all their drama for the first time during the so-called "World Uranium Hearing" in Salzburg in 1992. On 13 September 2022, a commemorative event took place in Salzburg. The organisers Claus Biegert and the Leopold Kohr® Academy Salzburg looked back on what had been achieved and at the same time wanted to show what still needs to be done.
We could not have imagined the shelling of nuclear power plants and the open threat to use nuclear weapons a few weeks ago. The war in Ukraine is a terrible reminder that we must continue to work tirelessly to end the nuclear age. Read what the Nuclear Free Future Foundation is doing or has done this year or last year.
The World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2021, published on September 28, shows very clearly: nuclear power is becoming less and less important. In 2020, nuclear power generation plunged by un an unprecedented margin (>100 TWh), except for the immediate aftermath of the Fukushima events (2011–12), while operational nuclear capacity has reached a new peak in mid-2021. More capacity, less output.
In February 2021 the French nuclear company Framatome announced plans to create a Joint Venture with the Russian nuclear company Rosatom in Lingen (Emsland, Lower Saxony, Germany) in order to produce nuclear fuel rods. In Lingen the only nuclear fuel production facility in Germany is in operation. It delivers nuclear fuel to high risk reactors in Belgium, France, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Great Britain, Spain, Sweden and Finnland. Framatome is a subsidiary of the nearly entirely state-owned French nuclear company EdF. Rosatom is state-owned in Russia – in Lingen its subsidiary TVEL is tasked to get active.
On 11 March 2011, a tsunami caused a meltdown in units 1, 2 and 3 of the Fukushima nuclear power plant. According to the Japanese supervisory authority, mainly iodine-131 and caesium-137 were released, with the radioactive load being about one tenth of the amount released in Chernobyl. Millions were able to follow the path the radioactive cloud took. Fukushima - and Chernobyl as early as 1986 - have shown the world the catastrophic potential of nuclear power.