Nuclear Genocide – the greatest threat

On radioactivity – I wish I had the energy to share and stress the imperative dangers we have unleashed since the splitting of the Atom less than a century ago. There are many threats facing the planet, some man-made others not so.

In terms of the most terrifying, horrific, and undoubted irreversible ecological threat – the contamination of our air, oceans, food, everything – right down to the humane genome DNA has been forever impacted by the worldwide release of radionuclides.

These highly volatile isotopes do not exist naturally (except inside the core of stars), life is not meant to be bombarded with these novel elements.

Everything in the universe is slightly radioactive to an extent, but what has been unleaded by mankind is far worse than any box Pandora opened.

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Britian’s Underwater Nuclear Nightmare

Britain's Underwater Nuclear Nightmare

Greens Against Nuclear Power activist David Joseph Henry casts light on one of the United Kingdom’s most ghastly nuclear secrets.

By David Joseph Henry

It may sound outrageous at first, but the frightening reality is until 1982 (when it was banned) the vast majority of the United Kingdom’s nuclear and radiological waste (from power stations, industry and medical facilities) was dumped at sea. High-level nuclear waste from the French and Germany nuclear power industry was permitted to be dumped across a wide range of British waters (both deep and shallow) by the UK’s very own government.

COUNTLESS TONS OF NUCLEAR WASTE DUMPED IN BRITISH WATERS

Cargo freighters stacked high with countless barrels of vaguely marked, highly radioactive waste were regularly dumped in the Irish Sea, North Sea and English Channel. These barrels were shipped out to unmarked locations not so far from shore on an industrial scale and simply cast overboard.  The locations for the final resting place of this nightmarish cargo, now rusting on the sea-floor for the most part, remains undisclosed – and probably never will be.

ENVIRONMENTAL CRIME AT IT’S MOST HEINOUS COVERED UP

Since it began (some say as early as the late 1950’s) the dumping of nuclear waste at sea in the waters of the United Kingdom has been shrouded in secrecy and denial. No doubt in order to shield the merging and fragile nuclear industry and sensitive military establishments from public outrage and scrutiny, covering up an irreparable crime against nature and humanity that, regardless of legislation implemented to prohibit such dumping will have consequences for generations to come.

NUCLEAR WASTE STILL BEING DEPOSITED IN OUR OCEANS TODAY

The world waited until 1992 until an international treaty banning the maritime dumping of nuclear waste came into force, and it’s estimated a large number of illegal dumping operations continue in the world’s oceans today, with recent stories in the media involving Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean and the Mafia in the Mediterranean.

Regardless of any laws, local or global to prevent such reckless assault on our seas, the damage is already done, these radioactive pollutant materials, once released are toxic to all living things (almost) forever.

The film they don’t want you to see..

Intent on exposing this legacy of callous criminal behaviour on a state and industrial scale and the subsequent state-sponsored cover-ups and masking of the truth, Professor Chris Busby has produced a one-hour documentary in association with German state television. For reasons I’ll leave you to ponder on your own, attempts to distribute this film on social media and broadcast it on British television have been systematically sabotaged.

If it’s not been removed (yet again) then I highly recommend anyone interesting in this very sorry affair to watch Radioactive Waste: Dumped and Forgotten

 

Further Reading

List of Nuclear Accidents: in Space

There have been over a dozen serious incidents involving Nuclear Power in space. Despite aiming to provide a source of energy for various satellites and exploration probes in orbit and beyond, many have resulted in dispersals of highly radioactive materials throughout the Earth’s atmosphere.

Nukes in Space

United States

The United States has launched the most missions (at least 22 that we know about) with nuclear power sources, the most serious have been complied by Greens Against Nuclear Power below. At least three accidents resulted in the release of radioactive materials. One experimental space reactor (aboard SNAP 9-A) was launched in 1965, what remains of the stricken satellite is now in a 3,000-year orbit.

SNAP 9-A, April 1964: Launched aboard a Department of Defense weather satellite that failed to reach orbit. Reactor, as designed, released radioactive contents in upper atmosphere during re-entry and then burned. Remnants struck the Indian Ocean. Total of 2.1 pounds of plutonium-238 vaporized in atmosphere and spread worldwide.

SNAP 19, May 1968: Meteorological satellite. Nuclear fuel, 4.2 pounds of uranium-238, stayed intact and was recovered off Southern California coast and reused.

Apollo 13, 1970: Nuclear material, 8.3 pounds of plutonium-238, inside lunar module when it was jettisoned before return to Earth. Now at bottom of South Pacific Ocean near New Zealand. Sampling so far shows no radiation leak.

USA-193, February 21, 2008:  The military spy satellite malfunctioned shortly after launch,  then intentionally destroyed 14 months later. Speculation suggests “hazardous materials” and perhaps a nuclear-isotope powered reactor core were on board, and that the craft was destroyed to prevent technology falling into enemy hands.

Russia / Soviet Union

The former Soviet Union (CCCP) and Russia have both been responsible for a number of significant radiological releases into Earth’s atmosphere as a result of their space programme. Like the United States it is believe many more missions than have been revealed to the public may have launched over the years, a summary of the accidents known are as follows.

COSMOS 305, January 1969: Soviet unmanned lunar rover lost rocket power and stayed in orbit, dispersing radiation in upper atmosphere.

Soviet lunar probe, Fall 1969: Unmanned lunar probe burned up and created detectable amounts of radioactivity in the upper atmosphere. Any surviving debris from incident presumed to be on the ocean floor.

RORSAT, April 1973: Soviet satellite launch failed; reactor fell into Pacific Ocean north of Japan. Radiation detected.

COSMOS 954, January 1978: Launch failed; 68 pounds of uranium-235 survived fall through the atmosphere and spread over a wide area of Canada’s Northwest Territories. Canadian-U.S. teams cleaned up; no detectable contamination found.

COSMOS 1402, 1982: Failed launch; reactor core separated from spacecraft and fell to Earth separately in February 1983, leaving radioactive trail in atmosphere and landing in South Atlantic Ocean. Not known if any radioactive debris reached Earth surface or ocean.

COSMOS 1900, April 1988: Soviet radar reconnaissance satellite failed to separate and boost the reactor core into a storage orbit, but backup system managed to push it into orbit some 50 miles below its intended altitude.

COSMOS 1402, February 1993: Crashed into the South Atlantic carrying 68 pounds of uranium-235.

MARS96, November 1996: Disintegrated over Chile or Bolivia, possibly spreading its payload of nearly a half pound of plutonium.

Kosmos 1818,  4 July 2008:  An object hit and cracked a coolant tube which formed part of  the 1987 launched military satellite’s (highly-enriched) uranium oxide-powered TOPAZ reactor. The craft shattered into pieces, some are still being tracked.

Other Countries

Its not known if any other of nations that may have utilised nuclear technology as part of their space programmes, however if it hasn’t already happened it may be a real possibility in future. With the emergence of new global superpowers, who have both nuclear weapons and nuclear energy resources such as China and India currently expanding their expansion of their own military and scientific missions. Iran and North Korea also have the ability to put nuclear technology into space although it’s doubtful if they would any-time soon.

Sources: WikiPedia, NASA, Christian Science Monitor, International Atomic Agency, Greenpeace

See also:  List of Nuclear Accidents: at Sea (coming soon)