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Late on May 2, 2011, in an effort to spare Cairo, Illinois, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers used explosives to breach a protective levee near the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers. As predicted, the two-mile hole in the levee flooded 130,000 acres of nearby farmland in what is known as the Birds Point-New Madrid Floodway.

The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured these images of the area on May 3, 2011 (top), and April 29, 2011 (bottom). Both images use a combination of visible and infrared light to increase contrast between… Continue reading

UN health agency upholds research on nuclear radiation

(AFP) – May 4, 2011

GENEVA — The World Health Organisation said Wednesday that independent research on the health impact of radiation must be pursued without being influenced by the nuclear industry.

The WHO’s remarks came after a first meeting between the UN health agency’s chief, Margaret Chan, and Chernobyl protestors who have claimed the dangers of nuclear radiation were played down because of an allegedly dominant role played by the UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Chan also pledged that the WHO would look into why the proceedings of a… Continue reading

National / World News 4:46 p.m. Thursday, May 5, 2011
 
 

By MICHAEL J. CRUMB

The Associated Press

WYATT, Mo. — Blasting open a levee and submerging more than 200 square miles of Missouri farmland has likely gouged away fertile topsoil, deposited mountains of debris to clear and may even hamper farming in some places for years, experts say.

In this photo made May 3, 2011, floodwater covers farmland near New Madrid, Mo. When the Army Corps of Engineers intentionally broke a clay levee holding back the rising Mississippi… Continue reading

Monsanto’s Roundup Herbicide Comes Under Fire

EPA Reviews for Safety and Boulder Discontinues Use

by Rachel Cernansky, Boulder, Colorado on 05. 3. 2011

Boulder dandelions Roundup ban photo
Image: Jeff Turner via flickr

Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide has been coming under increasing scrutiny, and it’s about time. Glyphosate, the main ingredient in the herbicide, is being reviewed for safety by regulators in the U.S. and Canada, despite having been in use for more than 30 years. Some groups are calling for an outright ban because of problems it causes for plants, animals, and its potential as a cause of infertility or cancer in people.

Meanwhile,… Continue reading

Oregon farmers wait anxiously on Monsanto ‘Round Up’ Ruling

By Carol Forsloff.
 
Oregon farmers are up in arms about Monsanto and so they are watching a lawsuit against the food giant as it impacts Oregon farming.
 
While press releases had hinted earlier about the problems, OregonLivebrought the story to full readers’ attention with a story on April 30 with a story about the case of a Greenleaf, Idaho, company, Geertson Seed Farms, and the giant Monsanto Corp. According to the farmers’ complaint, the problem has to do with the claims “Roundup Ready” alfalfa that can… Continue reading

Simulations of radioactive substances diffusion from nuke plant released by gov’t

A chart simulating the spread of radioactive substances from the Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant made at 4 p.m. on March 12. (Chart courtesy of the Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Ministry)
May 6, 2011

(Mainichi Japan) May 4, 2011

 
A chart simulating the spread of radioactive substances from the Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant made at 4 p.m. on March 12. (Chart courtesy of the Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Ministry)

The government has released its simulations of the spread of radioactive substances leaking from the tsunami-hit Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant.

The government has begun releasing about 5,000 charts simulating the spread of radioactive substances — withheld since the simulations’ creation in March and April… Continue reading

Radiation danger denied

06/May/2011

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RADIOACTIVE material will not be trucked through Kwinana, according to State Mines and Petroleum Minister Norman Moore, after claims by a WA Greens politician last week.

Mining and Pastoral Region MLC Robin Chapple said he had concerns over the proposed shipment of rare earth product from Lynas’ Mount Weld mine through Kwinana to Fremantle.

He said the material could contain thorium and would be shipped in sealed bags, similar to the method used by controversial lead mining company Magellan Metals.

“I would think that people living along the transport route and the Kwinana community would… Continue reading

Japan Kept Secret on Fukushima Radiation Measurements

World | May 3, 2011, Tuesday

 
 
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Bulgaria: Japan Kept Secret on Fukushima Radiation Measurements
64 This photograph released 30 April 2011 shows Katsuaki Kozuka showing a radiation measuring instrument in Kawauchimura located in the radius of 20-30 km from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima Prefecture, Japan on 28 April 2011. Phot
 

The Japanese government admitted it kept in secret at least 5000 radiation radiation measurements and assessments after the nuclear event which struck the Fukushima Daiichi NPP in March.

This was done in order not to… Continue reading

New U.S. nuclear reactors close to construction

 

NEW YORK | Wed May 4, 2011 11:11am EDT

NEW YORK (Reuters) – For the first time in more than 30 years, the construction of new nuclear plants is underway in the United States despite the ongoing nuclear crisis at Fukushima in Japan.

The accident at Fukushima Daiichi will cause the U.S. nuclear regulators to call for new inspections and additional regulatory scrutiny on both existing and new plants, but should not stop the construction of at least a few new reactors in the country, Standard & Poor’s credit analysts… Continue reading

Crisis man-made: Tepco

News » International SINGAPORE, May 1, 2011       P. S. Suryanarayana for The Hindu

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It has been credibly acknowledged for the first time that the continuing nuclear radiation crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi power station in Japan is “partially a man-made disaster”.

A top executive of the Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco), which owns the power plant and is responsible for crisis-management, made the acknowledgment during the weekend. Tepco Vice-President Norio Tsuzumi was talking to some of the newly-affected villagers in the Fukushima prefecture. Local authorities recently… Continue reading

Korea HeraldChernobyl lessons, 25 years on

2011-05-01 18:39
The recent tragic events at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant have forced the international community to re-analyze the safety of nuclear power stations.
And 25 years on, the Chernobyl catastrophe remains the worst ever nuclear plant disaster, said Volodymyr Belashov, the Ukrainian ambassador to Korea.
Aftermath of Chernobyl disaster
“Several dozens of firefighters, plant workers and reporters died from the affects of radiation shortly after the accident, thousands died during in the following years. About 5 million people suffered, more than 145,000 square kilometers of the terrain and 5,000 settlements in… Continue reading

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Ties bind Japan nuke sector, regulators

(AP) – May 1, 2011

TOKYO (AP) — Nearly 10 years after Japan’s top utility first assured the government that its Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant was safe from any tsunami, regulators were just getting around to checking out the claim. The move was too little, too late.

But even if there had been scrutiny years before the fury of an earthquake-powered wave swamped the six atomic reactors at Fukushima on March 11, it is almost certain the government wouldn’t have challenged the unrealistic analysis that Tokyo Electric Power Co. had… Continue reading

Fukushima’s Collateral Effects

POSTED BY: Bill Sweet  /  Fri, April 29, 2011

What a difference six months make. Last fall, at a smart grid technical meeting organized by IEEE’s Communications Society, a Japanese speaker said that his country had no particular interest in making its electric power system more reliable, as it already was very close to 100 percent reliable.

Now we are hearing that because of the Fukushima catastrophe and the temporary shut-down of other nuclear power plants, there are almost sure to be summer shortages that will require the government to impose electricity rationing.… Continue reading

Fukushima: Breach of Trust

From Forbes

Davia Temin
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Apr. 29 2011 – 7:23 pm
 

As news of the enormity of the Japanese earthquake, tsunami and nuclear breach made its way around the world, our emotional responses were tugged in so many directions.

First, of course, came profound sadness, concern and compassion for the people of Japan.  Mother Nature is not only fickle, but sometimes downright evil. And losing over 14,000 souls to one natural disaster was devastating.

Then came admiration – for the way the Japanese were handling their trials and privations. No civil disobedience, few public… Continue reading

Hitachi, Mitsubishi Heavy to study tie-up on damaged nuclear plant

TOKYO, April 27 | Wed Apr 27, 2011 6:31am EDT

TOKYO, April 27 (Reuters) – Hitachi Ltd and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd will explore bolstering ties over Japan’s stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, as Hitachi looks to win a multibillion dollar contract to scrap its damaged reactors.

Hitachi and rival Toshiba Corp each submitted separate proposals for the long-term decommissioning of the hobbled nuclear plant earlier this month, a process experts say could take more than a decade and cost up to $19 billion.

Hitachi has also enlisted the… Continue reading

Nuclear Adviser to Japan’s Prime Minister Quits Over Crisis

By Naoko Fujimura and Michio Nakayama -Apr 30, 2011 2:34 AM PT

Tokyo Electric Power Co's Fukushima Dai-Ichi Nuclear Power

An aerial handout photograph taken on Thursday, March 24, 2011, from an unmanned airplane, shows Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima prefecture, Japan. Source: Air Photo Service via Bloomberg

A nuclear adviser to Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan resigned because of a misunderstanding with the government over setting radiation limits in schools.

The government accepted the resignation of Toshiso Kosako, a professor at the University of Tokyo,… Continue reading

From: DialogueEarth  | Jan 7, 2011   
 
Those familiar with Schoolhouse Rock, the popular educational cartoons from the early 1980s, will appreciate this piece. The playful animation, fun music and pleasant voiceover are engaging and entertaining. The science is handled well and in a tone that is largely neutral. The version shown here is a slight variation from original entry that won first place. The creator of the piece was willing to make three edits to the piece—the first was to reduce the severity of… Continue reading

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Updates on Japan’s Loyal Tsunami Dogs:

http://www.globalanimal.org/2011/03/19/update-loyal-tsunami-dogs-safe-at-veterinarians/32822/

How To Help & Donate To Japan’s Lost and Injured Pets:

http://www.globalanimal.org/2011/03/15/how-to-help-japan-pets/32243/

You don’t have to speak Japanese to understand the sympathetic tones of the two men observing these dogs who are also disaster victims — and one loyal dog refusing to leave his hurt friend’s side. There is so much we don’t understand about the emotional lives of animals. But we know they can suffer tremendously, and we know they care for each other.
We wish all the people and animals of Japan heartfelt… Continue reading

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A global library of information and links about nuclear power, nuclear weapons, nuclear waste contamination, and citizen action for sustainable energy and human survival. Exploring paths beyond the global culture of violence. 

One of the most significant nuclear issues is that while human beings are fallible and prone to making occasional mistakes, nuclear materials are utterly unforgiving and never forget.  Once leaked, spilled or burned, their residues will cause illnesses and deaths for tens of thousands (and in the case of… Continue reading

Nuclear Power and India

Now is not the time for energy-starved India to increase nuclear dependency

Soaring costs and safety doubts post-Fukushima mean India is unwise to plan a doubling of its nuclear plants

Police officers guard the proposed site of the nuclear power project near Jaitapur

Police officers guard the proposed site of the nuclear power project near Jaitapur. Photograph: Punit Paranjpe/AFP/Getty Images

Japan’s nuclear disaster has fuelled fear and uncertainty among all of the world’s producers of nuclear power. For India, an energy-starved country with big nuclear plans, much is at stake.

The wider fear over… Continue reading

Advantages of Green Clean Renewable Energy

 – Complete List to Solar, Wind, Biomass  Geothermal, Hydro, and Tidal Energy Pros

31 Mar, 2011 || by Abhishek Shah from Green World Investor

The importance of Clean and Renewable Energy is growing driven by the twin factors of increasing fossil fuel prices and Global Warming.Other factors contributing to the importance and growing use of Alternative Energy is national energy security as geopolitical tensions in major oil and gas countries grows by the day.Also renewable sources of energy like solar energy promote the democratization of energy production which is… Continue reading

S Korea, China, Japan pledge tripartite efforts on environmental issues

English.news.cn   2011-04-29 15:50:18

SEOUL, April 29 (Xinhua) — South Korea’s environment minister joined a three-way meeting with his Chinese and Japanese counterparts to discuss pending environmental issues they seek to jointly tackle, the environment ministry here said Friday.

The tripartite meeting, the highest-level dialogue for environmental cooperation in the region, brought together Lee Maanee of South Korea, Zhou Shengxian of China and Kondo Shoichi of Japan in the South Korean southern port city of Busan.

The joint statement adopted at the meeting showed… Continue reading

Are we paying for this at the gas pump?

BP first-quarter profit up 17% despite spill damage

STEFAN WERMUTH/ REUTERS – BP reported a 17 percent increase in first-quarter profit on April 27

By Steven Mufson, Published: April 27

Bolstered by soaring crude oil prices, BP reported a 17 percent increase in first quarter profit to $7.1 billion and sought to convince investors that it was coping with the costs of the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico last year.

The company’s earnings did show signs of spill damage. The sale of assets last year to… Continue reading

Part 1: Links (see Youtube video post)

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TEPCO monitoring No.1 reactor & Radioactive Strontium Found in Hawaii Milk & Workers continued the insertion of nitrogen gas into the No. 1 reactor to prevent “additional” explosions. White vapor continued to exit reactors No. 2, No. 3 and No. 4, according to an IAEA statement.
http://enenews.com/iaea-vapor-rising-reactors-2-3-4

Nuclear fallout
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuclear_fallout

” New EPA radiation tests show Cesium in California rainwater ”
http://enenews.com/new-epa-tests-show-cesium-california-rainwater-highest-level-fukushima

“Radioactive Strontium Found in Hawaii Milk”
http://enenews.com/radioactive-strontium-found-in-hawaii-milk

” TEPCO monitoring No.1 reactor ”
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/28_20.html?play

“Japan admits daily radioactive release from Fukushima at 154… Continue reading

Fukushima’s Abandoned Dogs

By Mary Hamer, M.D

27 April, 2011
Countercurrents.org

*PURPOSE: The purpose of this essay is to expose Fukushima ‘s abandoned animals, including dogs — in the aftermath of the Fukushima Nuclear accident of March 2011.

*KEY SECTIONS: The key Sections of this paper are: I. Abandoned Animals: The Evidence from Fukushima , Katrina & Home Foreclosures. II. Human Cruelty & Animal Suffering. III. Recommendations & Comments.

I. ABANDONED ANIMALS:

*FAILURE of The JAPANESE GOVERNMENT to PROVIDE for ANIMAL EVACUATIONS after the FUKUSHIMA NUCLEAR ACCIDENT:

*After the Fukushima nuclear power plant accident: “The Japanese government made no provisions… Continue reading

Groups Urge Feds to Suspend Nuclear Licensing; Westinghouse Reactor Defect Was Missed By Regulators

Wednesday, April 27, 2011 – 20:35 FromPress Release HuntingtonNews.Net
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At least twelve national and regional environmental organizations called upon U.S. nuclear regulators to launch an investigation into newly identified flaws in Westinghouse’s new reactor design.

The coalition asked three federal agencies to suspend the AP1000 reactor from licensing and taxpayer loan consideration.The newly discovered design flaw is tied to documentation of dozens of corrosion holes being found in existing U.S. reactor containments, which recently has raised concern at the Advisory Committee on Reactor… Continue reading

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We’re getting a little tired hearing nuclear industry lobbyists and pro-nuclear politicians allege that environmentalists are now supporting nuclear power as a means of addressing the climate crisis. We know that’s not true, and we’re sure you do too. In fact, using nuclear power would be counterproductive at reducing carbon emissions. As Amory Lovins of Rocky Mountain Institute points out, “every dollar invested in nuclear expansion will… Continue reading

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Nuclear Crisis in Japan

Nuclear Crisis in Japan: Updates on Fukushima reactors and aftermath of Japan earthquake. Updated 11 am, Wednesday, April 27, 2011. Highest radiation readings since onset of accident measured inside Unit 1. New video from nuclear engineer Arnie Gunderson postulates Unit 3 explosion sparked by criticality in its fuel pool.

April 26, 2011. Protests, rallies and other actions in at least 21 states to commemorate 25th anniversary of Chernobyl catastrophe as well as ongoing Fukushima disaster. Actions for a nuclear-free world in April (and beyond). Find an action near you, tell us about your plans.

April 26,… Continue reading

Debt, Radiation and Earthquakes: It is Getting Worse and Everyone Knows It

 April 26, 2011 By Tom Burnett (posted by permission)

Greece, Ireland and Portugal are going to default on their national debts. Most other EU nations are bailing out of private bonds in those countries and converting their equity to national debt.

China is bailing out of private US debt and converting it to treasury paper. At some point, and I think we reached it in 2009, China own more of the US than the US does. The other major lender to the US is Japan… Continue reading

Chernobyl marks 25th anniversary

  
By Derrick Penner, Vancouver Sun April 27, 2011
 
Before Russian and Ukrainian leaders arrived at a site near Chernobyl on Tuesday to mark the 25th anniversary of the world’s worst nuclear accident, crews washed down the site to disperse the radioactive dust that persists still.

“It’s impossible to be here without trepidation,” Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said to reporters at the sombre ceremony, where he joined with Ukrainian President Viktor Janukovych in calling for more security around nuclear power plants.

The explosion during a routine test at Chernobyl’s No.… Continue reading

Nuclear Threat Across The Gulf Of Mannar

The ultra safety precautions taken by Sri Lankan authorities in testing the water in the Gulf of Mannar for radioactivity following the Fukushima disaster far away in the North Pacific Ocean seems comical when this month India’s biggest nuclear power generating complex at Koodankulam near Kanyakumari — just 40 miles from Mannar — will be commissioned.

India’s nuclear powerplant industry is on the rise

Of course the Indian authorities and their Russian collaborators have given 100 per cent assurances of nuclear safety but such assurances do not generate much confidence among… Continue reading

April 25, 2011

 

The Nuclear Disaster That Could Destroy Japan … and the World

By HIROSE TAKASHI

Translated by Doug Lummis

The nuclear power plants in Japan are ageing rapidly; like cyborgs, they are barely kept in operation by a continuous replacement of parts.  And now that Japan has entered a period of earthquake activity and a major accident could happen at any time, the people live in constant state of anxiety.

Seismologists and geologists agree that, after some fifty years of seismic inactivity, with the 1995 Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake (Southern Hyogo Prefecture Earthquake), the country… Continue reading

Christopher Wanjek, LiveScience’s Bad Medicine Columnist
Date: 26 April 2011 Time: 09:09 AM ET
 
Nuclear Cooling Towers
 
 
Nuclear Cooling Towers
CREDIT: Orion Montoya

TOKYO — One must accept a risk of radiation exposure when flying in and out of Narita International Airport, the busiest airport in Japan, just east of Tokyo, but perhaps not for the reason you are thinking.

Fukushima Daiichi, the tsunami-damaged nuclear reactor site about 150 miles (241 kilometers) to the north, as the foolish crow flies, continues to leak trace amounts of radiation. Radioactive iodine-131 made it… Continue reading

Japan’s irradiated waters: How worried should we be?

April 26, 2011|By Ken Buesseler, Special to CNN for CNN Opinion

 Twenty-five years ago, I was a Ph.D. student here in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, studying the fate of fallout in the North Atlantic from nuclear weapons testing, when an explosion and fire at the Chernobyl nuclear plant released large quantities of radioactive materials into the surrounding environment. My colleagues and I immediately joined other scientists tracking these radioactive contaminants, which in my case focused on the Black Sea, the closest ocean to the accident site.

A quarter-century later, I can still… Continue reading

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Japan Plant Pressure Skyrocketed in Early Crisis

Tokyo Electric Power last month permitted container pressure at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant’s No. 1 reactor to hit twice its intended maximum, possibly facilitating a hydrogen blast that destroyed the reactor’s outer housing and allowed significantly radioactive contaminants to escape into the environment, the Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday (see GSN, April 22).

(Apr. 25) – Destruction in the exclusion zone around Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, shown earlier this month. Pressure in one plant reactor far exceeded its intended capacity soon after an earthquake and tsunami… Continue reading