Levels of radioactive plutonium found near a nature reserve in Devon have led to calls for increased monitoring. Kinterbury Gate, near Devonport naval dockyard, has
shown sharp spikes of plutonium and americium since 2007, Food Standards Agency reports show. A senior scientist at Plymouth University said more investigation was needed into how the potentially cancerous materials got into the water. The Environment Agency said the “trace”amounts were no risk to public health.
Israel has picked up signs of the beginning of a nuclear arms race in the Middle East as Arab states seek nuclear weapons to counter Iran, the Israeli defence minister has warned. Moshe Ya’alon said Sunni Arab nations were not reassured by last year’s nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers and were making their own preparations for nuclear weapons. “We see signs that countries in the Arab world are preparing to acquire nuclear weapons, that they are not willing to sit quietly with Iran on the brink of a nuclear or atomic bomb,” Mr Ya’alon said.
Scientists say that North Korea’s nuclear
programme could cause a volcanic eruption of Mount Paektu, the country’s highest mountain. The underground test site is 72 miles from the volcano and an explosion could increase pressure in the magma chamber beneath the 2,744m mountain, driving molten rock upwards.
The Obama administration has just recklessly escalated its military confrontation with Russia. The Pentagon’s announcement that it will more than quadruple military spending on the USNATO forces in countries on or near Russia’s borders pushes the new Cold War toward actual war—possibly even a nuclear one.