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Conventional and chemical munitions must be recovered from the seas

14.09.2017

 

CH-Zurich – 14 September 2017 – After World War II, the allied forces (the USA, the United Kingdom, France and the Soviet Union) took over a total of approximately 300,000 tons of chemical weapons unused by Germany. Thirty-nine percent of these included yperite (mustard gas), 18 percent tabun (a neurotoxin), 11 percent teargas and 9 percent phosgene. At the Potsdam Conference, the allied powers decided to drop these agents of chemical warfare into the Atlantic Ocean at a depth of more than 1000 meters. Regrettably, not all of the parties complied with the agreement, and it is now known that these chemical munitions were dumped in the North and Baltic Seas and in the Mediterranean, some of them at a depth of no more than ten meters. According to the Russian scientist Alexander Korotenko, the chemicals are expected to leak into the sea between 2020 and 2060 because the containers are corroding. If they were released, 16 percent of the chemical substances would suffice to eradicate any form of life in the Baltic Sea.

 

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19.07.2017

 

CH-Zürich – 19. Juli 2017
Theateraufführung «Jung und verliebt in den Planeten» PDF (.pdf)

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13.07.2017

 

CH-Zürich – 13. Juli 2017
Jugendliche aus radioaktiv kontaminierten Regionen in der Schweiz PDF (.pdf)

 

CH-Zurich – 13 juillet 2017
Des jeunes de régions irradiées viennent en Suisse PDF (.pdf)

 

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29.06.2017

 

CH-Zürich – 29. Juni 2017
Green Cross Schweiz steigerte Spendeneinnahmen auf CHF 13,4 Millionen PDF (.pdf)

 

CH-Zurich – 29 juin 2017
Les dons encaissés par Green Cross Suisse progressent à CHF 13,4 millions PDF (.pdf)

 

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Green Cross International to be restructured

28.02.2017

 

CH-Geneva / Zurich – 28 February 2017 – At the Board meeting of Green Cross International (GCI), the GCI Board members named Martin Bäumle as interim Chairman of the Board of GCI until the General Assembly in the fall of 2017. At the same time, a task force headed by GCI Chairman Martin Bäumle was established for the urgent financial restructuring and the preparation of the General Assembly.

 

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Green Cross Switzerland takes a position on the allegations of Green Cross International

21.02.2017

 

CH-Zurich – 21 February 2017 – Currently there are discrepancies between the assessments of Green Cross Switzerland and Green Cross International concerning the financial situation of Green Cross International.

 

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Industrial sources of environmental toxins endangering 200 million people worldwide

26.10.2016

 

CH-Zurich – 26 October 2016 – The Environmental Toxin Report 2016 from the environmental organisations Green Cross Switzerland and Pure Earth, New York, provides information about the world’s ten most dangerous sources of environmental toxins and quantifies the magnitude of the adverse effects on health caused by toxic substances worldwide in DALYs.

 

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Swiss nuclear power plant operators purchased uranium from the Soviet Union during the Cold War

06.07.2016

 

“Since Switzerland purchased uranium from the Soviet Union in the 1970s and 80s, it is possible that uranium from these Green Cross project areas might have been used in Swiss nuclear power plants,” says Nathalie Gysi, Executive Director of Green Cross Switzerland. According to a report of the International Atom Energy Agency (IAEA), 30 percent of the uranium was mined in Central Asia at the time of the Soviet Union. The Russian company Techsnabexport (TENEX) offers mining of uranium ore, conversion, enrichment and the production of nuclear fuel and is an important uranium enrichment service provider for nuclear reactors of western design. Between 1975 and 1989 Swiss power companies had contracts with TENEX for uranium enrichment services. The uranium from Central Asia was processed by the Soviet military-industrial complex together with uranium from other regions. In addition to Switzerland, the uranium from the Soviet Union was also sold to Germany, Finland, France, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the USA at that time. Because a substantial part of the uranium mined in the Soviet Union at that time came from Central Asia, it cannot be excluded that uranium from Central Asia was also sold to and used by these eight nations.

 

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The costs of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster amount to USD 700 billion

22-25.04.2016

 

The Chernobyl cost report shows the findings of an extensive review of existing literature to obtain a more precise estimate of the financial value of all the negative effects of the Chernobyl reactor accident. This advances the understanding of society’s awareness of the effective costs of nuclear energy, reflecting not only the construction, operation and shutdown of a plant, but also the broader costs of nuclear disasters.

 

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Nuclear power plants are neither safe, nor clean or cost-effective

30.01.2016

 

Prof. Dr. R. Richard Ernst, Professor Emeritus ETH Zurich and Nobel Prize winner in chemistry in 1991, under whose patronage the Green Cross information event is held, urgently warns in his opening remarks: “Better to shut down all nuclear power plants today than waiting for tomorrow!”

Naoto Kan, the former Prime Minister of Japan, explains that until the Fukushima disaster happened he believed that nuclear energy was an advanced technology and that it just needed to be handled carefully. Nevertheless, a serious nuclear accident did occur in Fukushima and more than 200,000 people had to be evacuated. If the magnitude of the accident had been just a bit greater, Japan would have plunged into chaos for twenty to thirty years. “The accident has fundamentally changed my views. I consider nuclear power to be the most dangerous form of generating energy and the risk is too great to continue using this technology”, Kan says. According to him, the nuclear lobby’s claim that nuclear power was cheaper than oil, for example, or natural gas is obviously false. If we add the compensation paid in the event of an accident or the cost of permanent disposal, it is more expensive than oil or natural gas. If the magnitude of the accident had been just a little greater, people within 250 km would have had to be evacuated long-term. It would have affected the Tokyo region and thus 50 million people. Such colossal damage normally only occurs after a devastating wartime defeat. “This knowledge should lead to the discontinuation of nuclear power, because it is neither cost-effective, nor clean or safe”, emphasises Nato Kan at the Green Cross information event.

 

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Environmental Reports

 

Since 2007, the yearly environmental toxin reports published by Green Cross Switzerland and the Blacksmith Institute have been instrumental in increasing public understanding of the health impacts of toxic pollutants and their sources.

 

The Environmental Toxin Report 2012 describes known environmental toxins and points to their industrial applications and most frequent health effects. In addition, the Report identifies the ten most important sources of environmental toxins and quantifies, for the first time, the global scale of health damage due to toxic substances. It also shows that the health impacts of industrial pollutants measured are roughly equal to those of the three major global infectious diseases AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.

 

The Environmental Toxin Report 2011 is based on the estimated number of people affected by the sources of pollution, as well as the number of locations, identified worldwide, where environmental toxins occur in concentrations that are detrimental to health. Reports on the ten most dangerous sources of environmental toxins and the worst pollution problems were issued in the years 2008 and 2010. The environmental report published in 2009 contains case studies concerning successful remediation projects.

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