Japan Takes South Korea To WTO Over Fukushima-related Food Import Restrictions

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via Reuters / May 21, 2015 / Japan launched a trade complaint at the World Trade Organization on Thursday to challenge South Korea’s import bans and additional testing requirements for Japanese food after the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster. South Korea expressed regret at Japan’s action and said its ban on some Japanese seafood (pictured) was necessary and reflected safety concerns. Japan says several measures taken by South Korea violate the … Continue reading

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Risk of Hydrogen Explosion From Leaking Containers At Fukushima

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by Hiromi Kumai / Asahi Shimbun / May 23, 2015 / Inspections of containers holding contaminated water at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant found that at least 10 percent have leaks, which could trigger a hydrogen explosion. Tokyo Electric Power Co., the plant’s operator, reported its findings at a meeting with a study group from the Nuclear Regulation Authority on May 22. It said no radioactive water was … Continue reading

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Underwater volcano eruptions can significantly impact climate too - Science Recorder

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The acidification of the oceans due to climate change has already been known for its unfortunate impact on marine life. However, the ocean may be vulnerable to another risk that can also affect our rapidly changing climate: sea-floor volcanoes, which

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Auroras on Mars

One day, when humans go to Mars, they might find that, occasionally, the Red Planet has green skies. NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft has detected evidence of widespread auroras in Mars’s northern hemisphere. Unlike Earth, Mars does not have a global magnetic field that envelops the entire planet. Instead, Mars has umbrella-shaped magnetic fields that sprout out of the ground like mushrooms, here and there, but mainly in the southern hemisphere. These umbrellas are remnants of an ancient global field that decayed billions of years ago.

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TEPCO To Sell Large Portion Of Uranium Reserves

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via Enformable.com / May 19, 2015 / Tokyo Electric Power Company has not used any uranium to produce electricity since the March 11th, 2011 nuclear disaster. None of the reactors owned by TEPCO have been restarted and remain offline. The utility has been struggling to stay ahead of the mounting financial problems as it has to decommission the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant and pay compensation for damages without generating … Continue reading

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Majority of Fukushima Evacuees Have Family Members With Health Problems

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by Keisuke Sato / The Asahi Shimbun / May 19, 2015 / Nearly 70 percent of evacuees from areas around the damaged Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant have family members complaining of physical or mental problems, a recent survey showed. Released by the Fukushima prefectural government, the survey covering fiscal 2014 revealed that 66.3 percent of households that fled the disaster area–after the nuclear crisis triggered by the March 2011 … Continue reading

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TEPCO May Need to Dump Fukushima Water Into Sea, UN Says

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via bloomberg.com / May 15, 2015 / Tokyo Electric Power Co. should consider discharging water contaminated by the Fukushima Daiichi reactor meltdowns into the Pacific Ocean, the International Atomic Energy Agency said. More than four years after the nuclear power-plant disaster in Japan, the United Nations agency renewed pressure for an alternative to holding the tainted water in tanks and offered to help monitor for offshore radiation. “The IAEA team … Continue reading

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Video: TEPCO Starts Removing Cover For Fukushima Reactor

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via NHK World / May 15, 2015 / The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant began work on Friday morning to dismantle the cover of the No.1 reactor building. The cover was installed after the March 2011 nuclear accident to prevent radioactive dust from dispersing. The reactor experienced a hydrogen explosion at the time of accident. Tokyo Electric Power Company plans to remove the cover in order to clear … Continue reading

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World Uranium Symposium 2015 Fukushima Workshop

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via Fairewinds.org / May 7, 2015 / In April of 2015, Fairewinds’ Chief Engineer, Arnie Gundersen and the Fairewinds crew headed to Quebec City for the World Uranium Symposium. Attended by more than 300 delegates from 20 countries that produce uranium for nuclear power and weapons, the symposium brought together experts who are calling on governments throughout the world to end all uranium mining. In this speech about the Fukushima … Continue reading

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