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Q&A: Gerd Ludwig’s Long Look at the Chernobyl Disaster (National Geographic)

Q&A: Gerd Ludwig’s Long Look at the Chernobyl Disaster (National Geographic)

Deep inside, at a dark hallway, we stopped in front of a heavy metal door. The engineer indicated I had only a brief moment to shoot. It took him a long minute to open the jammed door. The adrenaline surge was extraordinary. The room was absolutely dark, lit only by our headlamps. … Read entire article »

Filed under: 8.Eathquake & Nuclear accident

Nuclear plant at crippled Fukushima Daiichi worker dies in accident (NHK)

Nuclear plant at crippled Fukushima Daiichi worker dies in accident (NHK)

A construction worker at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant has died following the collapse of a concrete foundation of a warehouse. … Read entire article »

Filed under: 8.Eathquake & Nuclear accident

Governments in Japan contend with warming globe (Nikkei)

Governments in Japan contend with warming globe (Nikkei)

TOKYO — Japan’s central and local governments are adopting measures that account for the impact of global warming on the future of agriculture and people’s livelihoods. … Read entire article »

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

Researchers say freezing cuts radioactive contamination in water to 1/25th concentration (Mainichi)

Researchers say freezing cuts radioactive contamination in water to 1/25th concentration (Mainichi)

Freezing water contaminated with radioactive cesium reduces the element to just 1/25th of its pre-freezing concentration, according to researchers at the University of Toyama. … Read entire article »

Filed under: 8.Eathquake & Nuclear accident

Toyota case shows it’s hard to prosecute execs (Japan Today)

Toyota case shows it’s hard to prosecute execs (Japan Today)

WASHINGTON — Efforts to conceal the extent of dangerous car defects at Toyota Motor Corp were so pervasive, prosecutors say, that an exasperated employee at one point warned that “someone will go to jail if lies are repeatedly told.” Yet no one has gone to jail, nor is anyone likely to. The Justice Department earlier this month socked the Japanese car company with a $1.2 billion penalty but brought no criminal charges against individual executives, an unsatisfying resolution … Read entire article »

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Stakes high as ailing U.S. Navy sailors take on Tepco over Fukushima fallout(Japan Times)

Stakes high as ailing U.S. Navy sailors take on Tepco over Fukushima fallout(Japan Times)

Soon after the Fukushima nuclear crisis began, Mike Sebourn says he began noticing changes in his body. First came nosebleeds, headaches and nausea. In August 2011 the symptoms worsened. Previously fit and strong, he began to lose energy and experience excruciating pain. … Read entire article »

Filed under: 8.Eathquake & Nuclear accident