Fukushima Daiichi

Deformed Butterflies and Mountains of Bags Filled with Radioactive Dust Illustrate Fukushima Contamination

Deformed Butterflies and Mountains of Bags Filled with Radioactive Dust Illustrate Fukushima Contamination
The news media has, for the most part, acted as passive receivers of official reports from the Japanese government, applying no scrutiny of their own, so that the American public has remained under-curious about this enormous and continuing crisis. However, on last night's HBO "Vice" program, journalists ventured into the contamination zone at the Fukushima nuclear plant to capture some troubling visuals and stories.
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In Push For Nuclear Power, Climate Change Concerns Overlooked

In Push For Nuclear Power, Climate Change Concerns Overlooked
Researchers recently concluded that a small six-foot-high miniature tsunami that hit near a New Jersey nuclear power plant this summer was not the result of a seismic event (as tsunamis usually are). Instead, the researchers concluded that the surge was caused by a sudden atmospheric pressure change. Climate change will cause more destructive and seemingly freakish events like this. Emergency planners need to plan for them — especially when the risks are high as is the case with nuclear plants.
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