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Sixty prominent Australians call on ‘big four’ banks (BankTrack & Market Forces)

Sixty prominent Australians call on ‘big four’ banks (BankTrack & Market Forces)

Press release Melbourne, 28 June 2013 Sixty prominent Australians are calling on the CEOs of the big four banks to stop investing in the fossil fuel industry through an open letter organised by Market Forces and 350.org launched today. … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1. BANK, 5.Climate Change & Carbon, 9.Energy

Funds from disaster relief budget given to nuclear operators (Japan Today)

Funds from disaster relief budget given to nuclear operators (Japan Today)

Tokyo–Funds set aside to help earthquake, tsunami and nuclear victims have been allocated to power companies, officials in Japan said Friday, a move that could fuel fury among people who lost their homes. … Read entire article »

Filed under: 8.Eathquake & Nuclear accident

Toxic groundwater found in Fukushima No. 1 well just 6 meters from Pacific(Japan TImes)

Toxic groundwater found in Fukushima No. 1 well just 6 meters from Pacific(Japan TImes)

Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Saturday it has detected high levels of radioactive substances, including strontium, emitting beta rays in groundwater taken from a well at the port of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant. … Read entire article »

Filed under: unclassified

Niigata gov. raises doubts about gov’t safety requirements for nuclear reactors(Mainichi)

Niigata gov. raises doubts about gov’t safety requirements for nuclear reactors(Mainichi)

NIIGATA — Niigata Gov. Hirohiko Izumida has raised doubts about the government’s new safety requirements for nuclear reactors — a stance that could make reactivating the prefecture’s idled Kashiwazaki-Kariwa Nuclear Power Plant at an early date difficult. … Read entire article »

Filed under: 8.Eathquake & Nuclear accident

Melted fuel removal at Fukushima plant seen optimistically starting in 2020(Japan Times)

Melted fuel removal at Fukushima plant seen optimistically starting in 2020(Japan Times)

Work to remove melted fuel from the three crippled reactors at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant could start in 2020, the government and Tepco optimistically said Thursday, based on a revised, albeit vague, plan to decommission the stricken complex, a process expected to take decades. … Read entire article »

Filed under: 8.Eathquake & Nuclear accident

High court rules criteria for recognizing lung cancer caused by asbestos unreasonable (Mainichi)

High court rules criteria for recognizing lung cancer caused by asbestos unreasonable (Mainichi)

An appeal court has dismissed as unreasonable the government’s criteria for judging whether lung cancer suffered by those who were exposed to asbestos at their workplaces for many years is a work-related accident. … Read entire article »

Filed under: 6CSR, unclassified