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Fracking Water: It's Just So Hard to Clean

Bill Chameides | Posted 12.04.2013 | Green
Bill Chameides

Fracking wastewater can contain massive amounts of brine (salts), toxic metals, and radioactivity. And so the gas companies have a problem: what to do with the stuff.

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.

Sockeye Salmon Sushi: Use a Geiger Counter

Alison Winfield Burns | Posted 11.06.2013 | Green
Alison Winfield Burns

Does elevated, uncontrolled radiation gush--as from an artery--out of Japan's maimed Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant and into the Pacific Ocean?

At the Top of My Lungs: Radiation Burnout

Jennifer Glass | Posted 11.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Glass

Burns heal and hair grows back, but my three little dots will always be with me, a daily reminder that I carry cancer inside me and its mark is indelible.

Fukushimazilla

Shan Wells | Posted 11.05.2013 | Denver
Shan Wells

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The Girl Who Transformed the Paper Crane Into the Symbol for Peace and Hope

Michael Rose | Posted 10.20.2013 | World
Michael Rose

She knew the prognosis wasn't good and she didn't want to die. Her father told her a Japanese legend that said if you folded one thousand paper cranes you would be granted a wish. She began furiously folding cranes.

The Danger at Fukushima Grows Even Worse

Harvey Wasserman | Posted 10.12.2013 | Green
Harvey Wasserman

Just when it seemed things might be under control at Fukushima, we find they are worse than ever. Immeasurably worse. Massive quantities of ...

Rays of Light

Zoe P. Strassfield | Posted 09.27.2013 | Science
Zoe P. Strassfield

Events of July 21, 2013 "There it is!" I cried, over the sound of Kelly Clarkson's singing on the radio, pointing out my window at the white sign gle...

'Cancer Explodes Old Relationships And Seals Others'

Babette Hughes | Posted 09.11.2013 | Fifty
Babette Hughes

I was told in the support group that if cancer didn't kill you, it changed you forever. I didn't believe it. It was too mythic, too sentimental, a TV illness of the week. You've seen the movie. To my surprise I discover that the myth reflects truth.

Buying Pot For My 11-Year-Old

Suzanne Leigh | Posted 09.10.2013 | Parents
Suzanne Leigh

At a retreat for parents of children with brain tumor and neuroblastoma, a group of us discuss alternative treatments. One parent mentions vitamins, another brings up curcumin. I mention our foray into the pot club.

Early Detection Options for Breast Cancer

Tory Zellick | Posted 08.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Tory Zellick

Conventional medicine advises that we start getting annual mammograms at age 40. And yet, as I have come to understand, mammograms have a difficult time detecting cancer in small, dense, young breast tissue.

Will "Pandora's Promise" Start A New Environmental Movement FOR Nuclear Power?

David Ropeik | Posted 08.11.2013 | Green
David Ropeik

The last line in Pandora's Promise, Robert Stone's new documentary about the environmental advantages of nuclear power, comes from Michael Shellenberg...

War-Gaming Cell Phone Science Protects Neither Brains Nor Private Parts

Devra Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 07.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Devra Davis, Ph.D.

Whenever a report pops up questioning cell phone safety, a contrary report stands ready in the wings to cast doubt about its legitimacy.

Surviving Is Not the End, but Just the Beginning

Heather Von St. James | Posted 07.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Heather Von St. James

What does it mean to be a survivor? And I'm not talking about outsmarting a bunch of other people on an island in the South Pacific. I'm talking surviving something that you're not supposed to. In my case, it was cancer.

Hope Does Bring Strength

Alysia Baldwin Ferro | Posted 07.01.2013 | Impact
Alysia Baldwin Ferro

I thought to myself that if Bobby, a senior in high school, a young man with his whole life in front of him, wasn't asking "why," then I had no right to do so. Instead, I told myself I would find a purpose, a purpose for this brain tumor.

Scientists Downplay 'Dark Lightning' Danger

Posted 04.10.2013 | Science

By: Charles Choi, LiveScience Contributor Published: 04/10/2013 08:07 AM EDT on LiveScience "Dark lightning" that is almost invisible wit...

Radiation: What It Is and What You Need to Know About It

Robert Peter Gale | Posted 05.25.2013 | Science
Robert Peter Gale

We all fear radiation yet life depends on it. We each are radioactive, living on a radioactive planet, in a radioactive solar system, in a radioactive universe, in a radioactive galaxy. Radiation can both kill us and cure us.

Radiation Increases Heart Disease in Breast Cancer

Mache Seibel, MD | Posted 05.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Mache Seibel, MD

A new article in the New England Journal of Medicine just came out showing that women who receive radiotherapy for breast cancer have a higher risk of ischemic heart disease.

Lynne Peeples

Exposed At Sea: Navy Sailors' Lawsuit Blames Japanese Power Company For Fukushima Radiation

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 03.12.2013 | Green

Within weeks of setting off a geiger counter and scrubbing three layers of skin off his hands and arms, former Navy quartermaster Maurice Enis recalle...

Two Years Later: My Experiences in the Aftermath of the Earthquake in Japan

Michael Bennett | Posted 05.10.2013 | World
Michael Bennett

I didn't really write much about the earthquake the month after it happened because after the initial shock, I didn't know how much it would change me or my life. I've only just started getting used to buildings rumbling due to large trucks.

Space Probes Detect New 'Belt' Around Earth

Posted 03.01.2013 | Science

By: Charles Q. Choi Published: 02/28/2013 02:18 PM EST on SPACE.com A ring of radiation previously unknown to science fleetingly surrounded Earth ...

Radioactive Metal in Our Homes -- The Nuclear Family Is About to Get a Little More Radioactive

Wenonah Hauter | Posted 04.13.2013 | Green
Wenonah Hauter

Since the 1980s, the DOE and the NRC have been cooking up a scheme to recycle radioactive scrap metals back into a wide variety of products from metal water bottles to your children's braces.

Frack Tracks: Life-Changing Royalties, Health Concerns And A Paper-Mache Pig

Lynne Peeples | Posted 03.30.2013 | Green
Lynne Peeples

Private landowners in Pennsylvania likely reaped more than $1.2 billion in royalties from natural gas drilling last year, according to an AP analysis....

2 Years Of Chemo, But She Didn't Have Cancer

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 01.18.2013 | World

A Swedish woman endured chemotherapy and other cancer treatments for two years, leaving her with weak bones, compressed vertebrae and brain damage tha...