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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 | Home
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.

The 'Peaceful' Atom (Take Shelter!)

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 03.31.2016 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

On March 11, 2011, following a massive earthquake and a devastating tsunami, the cores of three of the reactors at Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant melted down with horrific results. Radioactive cesium, with a half-life of 30 years, contaminated almost 12,000 square miles of the country.

Spring Fever: Nuclear Energy Madness

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 03.27.2017 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

How do these events inform us about the future of nuclear power, or its place in addressing climate change? One view is that nuclear power is safe and cost-effective, with long periods of stability and reliability interrupted infrequently by accidents. The other view is that power from the atom is unsafe and costly, with catastrophic accidents separated by periods of stability leading to a false sense of security.

The NYC Security Risk That Candidates Aren't Discussing

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 01.29.2017 | New York
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

We should do everything in our power to transition the bright minds at IPEC into the clean renewable energy sector in New York, which is growing daily. Let's keep them employed -- and then some. But most importantly, let's keep this country safe.

Fukushima Rice Passes Radiation Tests For First Time Since Disaster

Reuters | Posted 03.06.2015 | Home

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

Fukushima's Unsung Heroes and Implications of the New Seminal Report by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences for the Future of (Japan's) Nuclear Power Industry

Najmedin Meshkati | Posted 11.12.2014 | Home
Najmedin Meshkati

Without respecting and understanding the vital role of human factors in technological systems and proactively addressing/cultivating/facilitating their performance during unexpected events, nuclear safety will only be a distant mirage and recovery will be an unattainable dream.

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...

Takashi Murakami's First Feature Film Looks Insane

The Huffington Post | Mallika Rao | Posted 04.29.2014 | Arts

The signature "superflat" characters of visual artist Takashi Murakami are colorful, cute and expressive, much like the manga that inspires them. They...

Sunflowers, Symbols, and Nukes: A 2014 Taiwan Primer

Jack Healey | Posted 06.29.2014 | Impact
Jack Healey

Only a month or so after the Sunflower Movement willingly ended their occupation of the Taiwanese legislature, there is another mass movement afoot, this one demanding an end to the attempts to complete another nuclear power plant on the island.

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 | Home

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

3 Years After Fukushima, Life Returns In The Sea

Tomoko Nagano | Posted 05.11.2014 | Home
Tomoko Nagano

Nature is desperately trying to survive and return to its original state. The animals disappeared when they lost their ecosystem, but now, after three years of struggling to rebuild it, they are starting to recover their way of life.

Fukushima: The Story of a Nuclear Disaster Warns It Could Happen Here

Elliott Negin | Posted 11.05.2014 | Green
Elliott Negin

Fukushima is far more than a disaster diary. It also provides a clear-eyed look at the Japanese regulatory regime that helped make the disaster all but inevitable, and makes a strong case that U.S. oversight is plagued by the same complacent attitude and undue industry influence.

Japan's Return to Nuclear Power

Amy Chavez | Posted 04.27.2014 | Green
Amy Chavez

Yoichi Masuzoe, victor in February's Tokyo gubernatorial election, is expected to help bring nuclear power back to Japan. Despite two anti-nuke contenders in the race, the controversial Masuzoe won the election by a landslide.

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...

Japan Panel Proposes TEPCO's Removal From Fukushima Responsibility

Reuters | Posted 12.29.2013 | Home

By Takaya Yamaguchi and Kentaro Hamada TOKYO, Oct 30 (Reuters) - Tokyo Electric Power Co should be stripped of the responsibility for...

'The World Community Must Take Charge At Fukushima'

The Huffington Post | Jared Gilmour | Posted 10.25.2013 | Politics

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

'Fukuppy' Mascot Is Such A Fail

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 10.25.2013 | Business

What's in a name? A lot, apparently. Fukushima Industries Corp. bears no relation to Fukushima Prefecture, the location of an ongoing nuclear cata...

Japan Braces For Typhoon Wipha

Reuters | Posted 01.23.2014 | Home

By Aaron Sheldrick TOKYO, Oct 15 (Reuters) - A once-in-a-decade typhoon threatened Japan on Tuesday, disrupting travel and shipping an...

Nick Visser

Fukushima Teaches Only Safe Nuclear Power Is None At All: Advocates

HuffingtonPost.com | 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 ...

Radiation Levels Near Fukushima Hit 2 Year High

Reuters | Posted 12.09.2013 | Home

TOKYO, Oct 10 (Reuters) - Radiation levels in seawater just outside one of the damaged Fukushima reactors spiked this week to the highest level in t...

Crippled Nuclear Plant Reports Another Failure

Reuters | Posted 12.06.2013 | Home

TOKYO, Oct 7 (Reuters) - The operator of Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant said on Monday that pumps used to inject water to cool damaged rea...

Chain To Grow Food Near Crippled Power Plant

Reuters | Posted 12.02.2013 | Business

TOKYO, Oct 2 (Reuters) - A Japanese fast-food chain has announced plans to grow rice and vegetables on a farm 100 km (60 miles) from the crippled Fu...