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We're looking forward to the release of the 2013 World Nuclear Industry Status Report tomorrow. The Greens-EFA in the European Parliament (EP) will host the international release of the World Nuclear Industry Status Report, elaborated by a team of six experts from France, Japan and the UK under the direction of renowned nuclear expert Mycle Schneider.

“The Report sets forth in painstaking detail the actual experience and achievements of nuclear energy around the world”, writes Peter Bradford, former commissioner of the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) in his foreword to the 140-page reference document. In addition to the careful assessment of the global industry, this year’s report also contains chapters on nuclear economics and an overview of the status of the ongoing Fukushima crisis.

Key findings of the 2013 edition include:

  • A record drop of nuclear electricity generation in the world in 2012.
  • Rapid aging of nuclear power plants: almost half of the world fleet has operated for at least 30 years.
  • In 2012, for the first time, China, Germany, India and Japan generated more power from renewables than from nuclear plants.
  • Water management at the Fukushima site is critical, with an estimated 400,000 tons in precarious storage, containing many times more radioactivity than was released to the air in the weeks after 11 March 2011.

The report will be released on Thursday, 11 July, 4:30 a.m. EDT. A livestream will be available here: http://www.greenmediabox.eu/live/

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Barbara Haws lives in Brooklyn, but was raised in Nebraska. The proposed TransCanada Keystone XL pipeline would pass through her home state, and she’s not happy about it. Her cousins — Nebraska farmers — are so unhappy about it that they chained themselves to the White House fence in protest and were promptly arrested.

But Haws herself chose a simpler form of protest: she took her protest sign out of her window, and now carries it where she goes. She documented her travels and her cause in this video, which just might inspire others to take the extra (foot)step:

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This infographic highlights the environmental impact of holding events and how you, as an event organizer, can reduce the carbon footprint of your event.

The infographic details some interesting facts relating to the environmental impact of holding events, such as the London Olympics which generated 3.4m tonnes of CO2 emissions which requires 6,800,000 trees to be planted to replace the damage caused to the environment. It also provides some useful tips on how you can ensure that your event is as eco-friendly as possible.

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