World still torn over nuclear

Anti-nuclear demonstrations took place around the world over the weekend. The protests come at a time when the Japanese government announced that they’d be stopping the release of radioactive water […]

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By Tom Gibson

Anti-nuclear demonstrations took place around the world over the weekend. The protests come at a time when the Japanese government announced that they’d be stopping the release of radioactive water into the sea.

Since the tragic earthquake last month, many green groups have stepped up criticism of nuclear, debating whether it can be classed as a ‘green’ energy. However, there are also industry experts who are claiming nuclear will be vitally important to plugging the energy gap.

Around 5,000 people in Tokyotook to the streets in two separate anti-nuclear protests on Sunday. Some carried placards reading ‘No More Fukushima’ and ‘No Nukes.’

Groups in Germany and the UK also kicked up a fuss, those in Germany bringing a train laden with nuclear waste to a halt by chaining themselves to the tracks.

Spokeswoman for campaign group Kick Nuclear Nancy Birch said: “Over the last 60 years, the nuclear industry has proved time and again that it is incapable of controlling such a dangerous – and expensive – form of energy. The government is about to give the green light to new nuclear reactors at up to eight different sites around the UK coastline. It may be unlikely that a high-level earthquake will affect the UK, but there are plenty of other risk factors. Nuclear energy has no place in the twenty-first century.”