It's summer, the sun is shining, and there's sewage on our shores again. Two Scottish beaches look like they have already failed the faecal safety limits for this year, and five more have recorded excess levels of pollution.
Leaders of the world's most powerful countries have agreed to expand the use of nuclear power, though not unanimously. The G8 final statement on global energy security, agreed at the weekend, is little changed from the leaked drafts first revealed here.
It urges the further development of nuclear power to combat climate change, including "advanced systems" like the fast breeder reactor. But because of opposition from Germany and Italy, it adds: "We recognise that G8 members pursue different ways to achieve energy security and climate protection goals."
World leaders are planning a massive expansion of nuclear power in their own countries and across the developing world, according to documents drawn up for the G8 summit and leaked to the Sunday Herald.
Tony Blair’s energy review has pulled off a remarkable feat: it has abolished history. Don’t take our word for it, read what Dr Colin Mitchell, a manager of nuclear policy at the Department of Trade and Industry in London, wrote last month when he turned down a request for information on the review.
Trident nuclear warheads damaged in a vehicle pile-up or a plane crash could partially detonate and deliver a lethal radiation dose, according to a newly declassified report from the UK Ministry of Defence obtained by New Scientist.
The MoD has also revealed that an attack by terrorists on a nuclear weapons convoy could produce an even more disastrous outcome. "The consequences of such an incident are likely to be considerable loss of life," says a senior MoD official.
New evidence on the cracking of graphite cores in ageing UK reactors has been unveiled today in documents released to the 'Stop Hinkley' anti-nuclear group under the Freedom of Information Act. Assessments by the government's Nuclear Safety Directorate are reported by The Guardian to raise "serious questions over safety". The cracking could also limit the operating lives of reactors.
Details of the graphite cracking problem were reported earlier here.
HUNDREDS of beauty products could contain a hidden threat to health from millions of potentially toxic nano-particles, claim environmentalists. A survey found so-called nanomaterials in make-up, anti-wrinkle creams and sunscreens produced by L’Oréal, Estée Lauder, Christian Dior, Chanel and Boots, among others.