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Fukushima

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...

Japan Prime Minister Says He Will Consider Resigning

AP | ERIC TALMADGE | Posted 08.01.2011 | World

TOKYO (AP) — Prime Minister Naoto Kan, facing a no-confidence vote in parliament, said Thursday he will consider resigning once Japan's efforts to r...

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.

Oil Spill, Explosion Damage Japan's Crippled Nuclear Plant

AP | YURI KAGEYAMA | Posted 07.31.2011 | World

TOKYO — An oil spill and a small explosion have caused limited damage – but no further radiation leaks – at the crippled nuclear pow...

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.

Fukushima Nuclear Plant's Tsunami Plan A Single Page

AP | YURI KAGEYAMA and JUSTIN PRITCHARD | Posted 07.27.2011 | World

TOKYO — Japanese nuclear regulators trusted that the reactors at the Fukushima Dai-ichi complex were safe from the worst waves an earthquake cou...

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 ...

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...

President Of Company Behind Damaged Japan Nuclear Plant Stepping Down

AP | YURI KAGEYAMA | Posted 07.19.2011 | World

TOKYO — The president of the Japanese utility that runs a tsunami-devastated nuclear plant resigned in disgrace Friday after reporting the bigge...

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...

Reading the Pictures: One Fukushima Meltdown, Three Crippled Cores, Miles of Land and Ocean Glowing, but Still Nothing to See

Michael Shaw | Posted 07.16.2011 | Media
Michael Shaw

2011-05-16-Screenshot20110516at11.01.27AM.jpgHmm, corporate media still not very interested in Fukushima in spite of three compromised reactor cores?

Worker At Damaged Japan Nuclear Plant Dies

AP | Posted 07.13.2011 | World

TOKYO — A man died on his second day of work at Japan's tsunami-wrecked nuclear power plant Saturday, and the plant operator said harmful levels...

Tom Zeller Jr.

Nuclear Regulator: U.S. Plants Poorly Equipped For Natural Disasters

HuffingtonPost.com | Tom Zeller Jr. | Posted 07.13.2011 | Green

Critics of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission received fresh ammunition on Thursday when the agency revealed that many of the nation's aging nuclear po...

Reading the Pictures: Unit 4 in Danger of Collapse? (And Then, Don't Tell Me There's Nothing To See at Fukushima)

Michael Shaw | Posted 07.13.2011 | Media
Michael Shaw

2011-05-13-shaw.pngWhat we're sadly lacking from Fukushima is a bigger and much better picture of what is a still-boiling disaster.

Banking on the Next Fukushima

Kumi Naidoo | Posted 07.12.2011 | Green
Kumi Naidoo

No one would build a reactor in a high-risk earthquake zone on a coast now. Not after Fukushima. Would they? Two of the world's biggest banks, HSBC and BNP Paribas, are doing just that. If completed according to plan, it will be the world's biggest nuclear power facility.

Greater Than Expected Damage Seen At Japan Nuclear Reactor

AP | MARI YAMAGUCHI | Posted 07.12.2011 | World

TOKYO — Japan's government has agreed on a new plan to ensure the operator of crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant can meet the massive cos...

Deadly Silence on Fukushima

Vivian Norris | Posted 07.08.2011 | World
Vivian Norris

I received the following email a few days ago from a Russian nuclear physicist friend who is an expert on the kinds of gases being released at Fukushi...

Japan Official Says Country Will Not Abandon Nuclear Power

AP | Posted 07.07.2011 | World

TOKYO -- A top Japanese official says Japan will maintain atomic power as part of its energy policy despite the country's ongoing nuclear crisis. Dep...

Environmental Toxins: What Your Doctor's Not Telling You

Sarah Lovinger | Posted 07.07.2011 | Home
Sarah Lovinger

The link between a bad habit like smoking and health is linear, and a very easy one for doctors and other medical professionals to discuss with their patients who smoke. The individual risk of exposure to environmental toxins is much harder to pinpoint.

Workers Enter Japan Nuclear Reactor Building For First Time Since Explosion

AP | By TOMOKO A. HOSAKA | Posted 07.04.2011 | World

TOKYO -- Workers entered one of the damaged reactor buildings at Japan's stricken nuclear power plant Thursday for the first time since it was rocked ...