A full sized nuclear power plant that has been running for a few months has enough radioactive material in it to kill all life on Earth. It’s also a very complicated and sensitive piece of technical equipment. It’s also, basically, a glorified steam engine, with intense heat and pressure forces balancing on a fine edge of containment.
In other words, a nuclear power plant is a catastrophe waiting to happen, and a PERFECT magnet for someone who would want to cause major damage to the society. Continue reading
Greenpeace polar bears pay a visit to oil giant Gazprom's headquarters in Moscow
I was on board our ship Arctic Sunrise, rolling on the swell of the eastern Barents sea, far north in the Russian Arctic, looking through the binoculars at a rusting hulk of Prirazlomnaya, the first ice-capable permanent oil platform to be placed in the Arctic ocean.
The monstrous steel cube, rising up like a futuristic metal fortification from the pristine Arctic waters was more than just an eye-sore. It was a personification and a perfect example of the industrialization that this extremely sensitive environment is exposed to, not least by the oil giants who are more and more fixing their gaze on the far North of the planet, as the climate-change driven ice-melt is making the Arctic Ocean open to navigation for some months every year. Continue reading