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Chernobyl's 30th Anniversary (and Fukushima's 5th): A Tale of Preventable Nuclear Accidents and the Vital Role of Safety Culture

Najmedin Meshkati | Posted 04.22.2016 | World
Najmedin Meshkati

The world commemorates the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant catastrophic accident in Ukraine on April 26, 2016.

Fallout From Fukushima: A 100,000-Year Hangover

This Planet | Posted 04.05.2016 | Green
This Planet

It's the fifth anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear disaster; the damaged power plant is still leaking 150 tons of water into the ocean every single day, and radiation continues to wash up on the far shores of the Pacific Ocean.

Energy Solution or Accident Waiting to Happen: The Public and Nuclear Power

Kathleen Weldon | Posted 05.04.2016 | Politics
Kathleen Weldon

While the history of support and opposition to nuclear power has been largely defined by the series of accidents that have brought safety into question, nuclear energy's role in preventing air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions has also been important in decision-making around nuclear development.

Fukushima Rice Passes Radiation Tests For First Time Since Disaster

Reuters | Posted 03.06.2015 | World

TOKYO, Jan 5 (Reuters) - Fukushima rice passed Japan's radiation checks for the first time since the 2011 nuclear disaster that prompted internation...

REPORT: Fukushima Workers Fled Plant After Accident

The New York Times | MARTIN FACKLER | Posted 05.20.2014 | Green

At the most dire moment of the Fukushima nuclear crisis three years ago, hundreds of panicked employees abandoned the damaged plant despite being orde...

Climate Change, Media, Psychology & the Denial of Death

Mitchell J. Rabin | Posted 06.10.2014 | Green
Mitchell J. Rabin

On the standard, commercial television channels we hear about extreme weather virtually every single day. Droughts in the southwest hardly seen since...

Fukushima: What Have We Learned?

Bob Burnett | Posted 05.14.2014 | Green
Bob Burnett

On March 11, 2011, Japan experienced a 9.0 earthquake. The six nuclear plants at Fukushima Daiichi survived the quake but were swamped by a 45-foot wave that overwhelmed the 19-foot seawalls. In the ensuing three years, we learned four grim truths.

Three Years After Fukushima, Japanese Still Do Not Want Nuclear Power

The Huffington Post | Lauren Betesh | Posted 03.12.2014 | World

Three years after a crippling earthquake and devastating tsunami caused a nuclear meltdown at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, a concern...

New Highly Radioactive Leak At Fukushima Plant

Reuters | Mari Saito | Posted 02.20.2014 | Green

* Worst radioactive water leak at Fukushima since last August * Utility says water unlikely to have reached ocean * Tepco strongly criticised fo...

Nuclear Regulator Criticizes Fukushima Operator

Reuters | Posted 04.14.2014 | Green

By Mari Saito TOKYO, Feb 12 (Reuters) - Japan's nuclear regulator has criticised the operator of the stricken Fukushima plant for inc...

The Nuclear Meltdown at Fukushima: Danger, Deception and Betrayal

Evaggelos Vallianatos | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Evaggelos Vallianatos

Last month I watched a documentary on the March 11, 2011 nuclear disaster in Fukushima prefecture, Japan. The showing of the 2013 documentary, A2-B-C, took place in a cafeteria of Pomona College.

Encountering the Fukushima Daiichi Accident

Naoto Kan | Posted 12.28.2013 | World
Naoto Kan

Before the Fukushima accident, with the belief that no nuclear accident would happen as long as the safety measures were followed properly, I had pushed the policy of utilizing nuclear power. Having faced the real accident as Prime Minister, my view is now changed 180 degrees.

'The World Community Must Take Charge At Fukushima'

The Huffington Post | Jared Gilmour | Posted 10.25.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A petition penned by anti-nuclear activist Harvey Wasserman is asking the United Nations to intervene at the crippled Fukushi...

Fukushima Operator Promises Improvements

Reuters | Posted 01.23.2014 | World

By Mari Saito and Yoshifumi Takemoto TOKYO, Oct 15 (Reuters) - The operator of Japan's wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant, under fire to ...

Nick Visser

Fukushima Teaches Only Safe Nuclear Power Is None At All: Advocates | Nick Visser | Posted 10.10.2013 | Green

NEW YORK -- What lessons should Americans learn from the continuing disaster surrounding the crippled Fukushima nuclear facility in Japan? A panel of ...

Former NRC Chair: Emergency Plans Won't Protect Residents from Radiation

Roger Witherspoon | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Roger Witherspoon

The former head of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said yesterday that emergency plans for a catastrophic event at the Indian Point nuclear power plant are not designed to ensure that residents will escape unhealthy doses of radiation and it would be best if the plant closes down.

TEPCO: Hold In Fukushima Anti-Radiation Fence

Agence France Presse | | Posted 11.26.2013 | World

Workers at Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant Thursday spotted a hole in one of the barriers intended to keep radioactive particles contained in...

Fukushima Forever

Charles Perrow | Posted 11.20.2013 | World
Charles Perrow

Recent disclosures of tons of radioactive water from the damaged Fukushima reactors spilling into the ocean are just the latest evidence of the continuing incompetence of the Japanese utility, TEPCO.

Nuclear Energy Survives Only on the Basis of Faulty Risk Assessment

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 11.09.2013 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

The bottom line is that nuclear power has great potential in theory, but not in reality. Japan reminds us that while we generally now view nuclear energy as relatively safe, the occasional outlier kills the industry.

Tokyo 2020: The Whole World Is (Really) Watching Now

Nancy Snow | Posted 11.08.2013 | World
Nancy Snow

Tokyo may be celebrating, but there is a deeply concerning global angst about a city hosting the Olympic games about 220 kilometers (137 miles) from the site of one of the worst nuclear disasters in history.

Hawaii Scientists Seek To Calm U.S. Fears About Fukushima Radiation

jklk | Posted 09.19.2013 | Green

The following article is provided by Civil Beat. By Sophie Cocke University of Hawaii scientists are seeking to lessen anxieties about the poten...

Radiation Levels Spike At Fukushima Plant

Reuters | Aaron Sheldrick and Mari Saito | Posted 11.03.2013 | World

By Aaron Sheldrick and Mari Saito TOKYO, Sept 4 (Reuters) - Radiation readings around tanks holding contaminated water at the crippled...

5 Things You Should Know About Fukushima's Radioactive Leak

Posted 08.23.2013 | Green

By Tanya Lewis, LiveScience Staff Writer: Japan's nuclear regulator has raised the threat level of a radioactive leak at the crippled Fukushima Dai...

Fukushima Nuclear Crisis Escalates To Worst Level In 2 Years

Reuters | Kiyoshi Takenaka and James Topham | Posted 10.20.2013 | World

TOKYO, Aug 21 (Reuters) - Japan's nuclear crisis escalated to its worst level in two years on Wednesday, with its nuclear watchdog saying it feared ...

President Obama's Climate Action Plan: Not Even Close

Tom Weis | Posted 10.13.2013 | Green
Tom Weis

The president opened his speech with a poetic tribute to the Apollo program, a generational mission championed by President John F. Kennedy more than half a century ago. But no comparison can be made between Kennedy's bold vision and Obama's timid plan.