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Fukushima

Report From Tokyo: Living With Radiation

David Wagner | Posted 08.29.2011 | World
David Wagner

In Tokyo, we continue to face not only the threat of a sudden spike in radiation due to the unstable nature of the Fukushima plant, but also the constant issue of food contamination.

Saved -- in Spite of Ourselves

Carl Pope | Posted 08.29.2011 | Green
Carl Pope

Although the Missouri River floods threatening Nebraska's Ft. Calhoun and Cooper nuclear power plants will put tremendous stress on both the systems and their operators, the immediate risk of a meltdown like Fukushima is small.

Jamie Didn't Know: The Tragic Legacy of JPMorgan Chase's CEO

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 08.27.2011 | Business
Richard (RJ) Eskow

We can already suspect that Dimon's legacy will be written with the words "Jamie didn't know." Given the level of corporate malfeasance in his organization during his tenure as CEO, it seems that he's been a remarkably unobservant executive.

Report From Tokyo: No News Is Good News?

David Wagner | Posted 08.23.2011 | World
David Wagner

It's no surprise that much information received about how the crisis at Fukushima unfolded has been kept away from traditional and social media as long as possible. In the end, however, the truth does come out.

Ask U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Standards Expert Anything

The Huffington Post | Posted 08.21.2011 | Green

AP reporter Jeff Donn and the AP investigative unit examined the state of nuclear regulatory standards in the United States, finding that, "Federal re...

Japan Plant Clean-Up Suspended Due To Rising Radiation Levels

Reuters | Posted 08.17.2011 | World

TOKYO, Jun 18 (Reuters) - The operator of Japan's stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant, said on Saturday it had suspended an operation to clean up r...

Report From Tokyo: A 'Japan Spring'?

David Wagner | Posted 08.17.2011 | World
David Wagner

There may be a 'Japan Spring' emerging not only due to being told partial truths, but also because a comprehensive system for measuring radiation in food does not exist. How long will be before everyone has their own Geiger counter at the dinner table?

The Climate Post: Ethanol Tax Breaks Survive, but Vote May Have "Broken the Dam"

Mason Inman | Posted 08.16.2011 | Green
Mason Inman

While a bill to slash $6 billion in annual tax breaks for ethanol fuel failed to pass the U.S. Senate, it was still hailed by some lawmakers and analysts as a major break from the past.

Documentaries and the Truth We Can Still Tell (But for How Long?)

Vivian Norris | Posted 08.13.2011 | Media
Vivian Norris

Documentaries tell us who we are, what our world is about, and give us the truth. But more and more these filmmakers find themselves, especially in the US, attacked by layer upon layer of lawsuits funded by corporations with deep pockets.

An Appeal to Italians: 'Save Italy From Berlusconi's Nukes'

Kumi Naidoo | Posted 08.10.2011 | Green
Kumi Naidoo

Berlusconi's government has plans for four new reactors -- but the people have demanded a referendum on the issue. Italians have the opportunity to say "no!" to nuclear power in their country.

The Nuclear Option: Waste Plan or a Wasteland?

Bill Chameides | Posted 08.07.2011 | Green
Bill Chameides

The storage pool failures at Fukushima are highly relevant to America. The United States currently has about 65,000 metric tons of spent nuclear fuel. More than two-thirds of that waste is stored in storage pools much like those at Fukushima.

Japan Government Doubles Radiation Leak Estimate

Tokyo Times | Posted 08.06.2011 | World

The government has doubled its estimate for the amount of radioactivity released into the atmosphere during the early days of the disaster at the Fuku...

Fukushima: Never Again

Kumi Naidoo | Posted 08.05.2011 | Green
Kumi Naidoo

My guide, when I went to visit Chernobyl on the 25th anniversary of the accident, was a Greenpeace campaigner from Germany named Tobias Muenchmeyer. T...

Report From Tokyo: How Long Should TEPCO Call the Shots?

David Wagner | Posted 08.03.2011 | World
David Wagner

One has to wonder how long Tokyo Electric Power should call the shots. There is something inherently wrong with allowing the hen to rule the hen house. Yet that is what is happening.

The Climate Post: Record-Breaking Greenhouse Gas Emissions, but Carbon Market Failing

Mason Inman | Posted 08.03.2011 | Green
Mason Inman

Emissions dropped in 2009, but research now shows they rebounded quickly in 2010, setting a new all-time record. Economist Nicholas Stern said emissions are "now close to being back on a 'business as usual' path."

Children's Safety: A Global Parental Concern

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 08.02.2011 | Green
Marcia G. Yerman

With Japanese government guidelines permitting youngsters to be exposed to "radiation doses that exceed twenty times the previously allowable level," parents have become proactive about the nuclear crisis.

Japanese Seniors Volunteer To Go To Fukushima Power Plant

Posted 08.01.2011 | Impact

At 72-years-old, Yasuteru Yamada is not the person you'd expect to be leading the charge to repair the crippled Fukushima Power Plant. But Yamada a...

Germany Phases Out Nuclear Energy

Tina Gerhardt | Posted 07.31.2011 | Green
Tina Gerhardt

Merkel's decision could have a ripple effect for the nuclear industry worldwide, given that Germany is the largest developed country to phase out nuclear energy, and could prove useful for a rethink of U.S. nuclear energy policy.

A Look Inside Japan's Nuclear Dependency Culture

The New York Times | MARTIN FACKLER and NORIMITSU ONISHI | Posted 07.30.2011 | World

KASHIMA, Japan -- When the Shimane nuclear plant was first proposed here more than 40 years ago, this rural port town put up such fierce resistance th...

Report From Tokyo: Who to Believe?

David Wagner | Posted 07.27.2011 | World
David Wagner

Despite Japanese government assurances that contaminated water would disperse in the ocean, the truth is that there is a significant, ongoing discharge from the damaged plant and it is having a damaging effect on marine life.

Ensuring Nuclear Safety

Gregory Jaczko | Posted 07.26.2011 | Green
Gregory Jaczko

Ensuring nuclear safety is always challenging. We cannot guarantee the prevention of every possible accident and we seem to only make news when there are issues. But that is precisely our job -- to find problems and ensure they are resolved.

Operator Of Damaged Japan Nuclear Plant Confirms Meltdowns At 2 More Reactors Early In Crisis

Reuters | Posted 07.23.2011 | World

May 24, 2011 1:25:55 AM TOKYO, May 24 (Reuters) - Tokyo Electric Power Co , the operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disabled by t...

Report From Tokyo: Left Holding the Bag

David Wagner | Posted 07.22.2011 | World
David Wagner

Each week that passes here brings new revelations about the unstable nature of the nuclear facility at Fukushima as a result of the earthquake and tsu...

Why They Don't -- and Can't -- Get It Right

Carl Pope | Posted 07.17.2011 | Green
Carl Pope

Before long, nuclear will no longer be a low-cost option for even Asia's most rapidly growing electricity markets. The U.S. is obviously not going to build many new nuclear plants but time is running out to jump on the clean-energy bandwagon.

Interview with Akira Tokuhiro, Nuclear Engineer: Fukushima and the Mass Media

Vivian Norris | Posted 07.17.2011 | World
Vivian Norris

"Only the mass media can put the kind of pressure on TEPCO and the Japanese government to bring about major change. This will cost at least 10 billio...