We have entered an age where everything has changed except our way of thinking, according to Albert Einstein. ”Thus we drift towards unparalleled disaster,” he went on to say. Is that true? Or can we manage risks in Continue reading
U.S. Department of Energy Director Ernest Moniz toured Fukushima Daiichi on Nov. 1. Secretary Moniz has extended an offer of U.S. help in the cleanup effort, especially with regard to water contamination issues. A Bilateral Commission has been created to Continue reading
The Editorial Board of NY Times threw its weight behind Former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumiʻs call for a national debate on nuclear energy in Japan in this Editorial. Reuters is reporting on precautions being taken by Tokyo Electric as Typhoon Continue reading
They call me the “Questions Girl.” I wish I could say I donʻt know why. But it wouldnʻt be authentic of me. I really care about the planet. I am insatiably curious about why things happen. My Continue reading
“People were just told to head north west……..but that was exactly the same direction the radiation cloud was moving. Some people were evacuated to an area where the radiation was even higher than here.” Numerous reports were published by Three Continue reading
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CNN opinion piece by Mycle Schneider (lead author of the World Nuclear Industry Status Report) says the situation at Fukushima Daiich is worse than we think, and that international action is appropriate. He maps a game plan. Read the Continue reading
Hiroko Tabuchi of New York Times reports on the mounting problems with contaminated water at Fukushima Daiichi, and the politics at play in Japan here.
Read the National Geographic coverage here.
This schoolyard in Itate was decontaminated but is still unused. Safecast, a nonprofit group formed in response to the Fukushima Daiichi event, has published an evaluation of the remediation effort in Japan. Read the full report here.
What to do with spent fuel from reactors is in the news. Reuters reports on the complex issues related to removing spent fuel from Fukushima Daiichi Unit 4 here. In the United States, an appeals court has ruled that Yucca Continue reading
Bloomberg: William Pesek believes history will judge Prime Minister Abe by one thing alone: how he handles Fukushima Daiichi. Read the full story. Fox News reports on the plan to create an ice wall at Fukushima Daiichi to stem the Continue reading
A lot of news is breaking on Fukushima Daiichi. While many sources point out worst-case scenarios, some of the pictures painted are clearly exaggerated. Even if the worst-case scenario plays out, it will not be the end of life Continue reading
Reports are coming in from a variety of sources that the ground water situation is getting out of hand at Fukushima Daiichi. Some, including sources quoted by Wall Street Journal, are speculating that the saturation of the ground water could Continue reading
Masao Yoshida led the effort to contain the incident at Fukushima Daiichi following the March 11 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Colleagues say he was “prepared to die” in responding to the incident, and credit him with preventing the situation Continue reading
The Mainichi reports that a secret deal was reached between a Japan Prime Ministerial envoy and a U.S. DOE official. Read the story.
“Statistically speaking no reasonable person will say that this will never happen. The probability is there.” Khamma Mrabit, a director of U.N.ʻs International Atomic Energy Agency is quoted as saying this last week referring to the risk of diverted nuclear Continue reading
Controversy and high security surrounded the first MOX fuel shipment from France since the Fukushima Daiʻichi incident. Many Japanese, including ex Prime Minister Kan, are wanting to turn away from nuclear power. The current Prime Minister Shinso Abe is Continue reading
A map showing how radioactive iodine spread after the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has been published online by the journal of the American Health Physics Society. Researchers from the Japan Atomic Energy Agency and the US Continue reading
Elevated radiation levels are being investigated at Hanford Reservation, where materials for cold war nuclear weapons programs were developed. The superfund site has several tanks filled with a mix of chemicals and radioactive materials in close proximity to the Columbia Continue reading
President Obama has proposed further mutual reduction of nuclear weapons with Russia. Hereʻs coverage by New York Times. The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists polled a number of experts for comments.
Safecast has now collected and published 10 million radiation data points since the Fukushima Daiichi incident. Read more.
North Korea has proposed high-level talks with the United States to “ease tensions in the Korean Peninsula,” the South Korea state news agency reported early Sunday. Read More.
At campaign rallies, Hassan Rowhani pledged to seek “constructive interaction with the world” that includes efforts to ease Western concerns about Iran’s program and lift punishing international sanctions that have pummeled the economy. Read more.