Rio+20: “Disappointing” or a new direction?

Last week’s highly anticipated Rio+20 summit where 180 world leaders met to create an action plan for sustainable development has been criticised for holding little “concrete action”. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon (pictured) claimed Rio+20 gave nations a “new direction” at the closing ceremony of the three-day summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He said: […]

Chernobyl still serves as warning against nuclear power

The shocking legacy of the nuclear accident at Chernobyl is still with us today. 26 years ago today the nuclear power plant in the Ukraine (pictured) exploded releasing radioactive material into the air. Due to atmospheric conditions it later contaminated areas of nearby Russia, Belarus and Moldova. Since the nuclear accident thousands of people have suffered […]

X-Men star is water ambassador

X-Men star Famke Janssen is taking on a new role – not in a Hollywood film but as a Water Ambassador for an NGO, the Green Cross International. The Dutch-born actress, who has previously served as a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador, will help promote awareness about water conservation around the world. Ms Janssen said: “Water […]

Switzerland says no to nuclear

The Swiss government has announced that it will not replace its existing nuclear fleet, set to decommission by 2034. Nuclear power provides 40% of Switzerland’s energy. Ex-President of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev had recently urged Swiss politicians to turn their backs on nuclear as they create a new energy policy. Alexander Likhotal, President of […]