By Jeremy Bloom In the wake of the Fukushima meltdown, Japan shut down ALL its nuclear plants. It just seemed like a damn good idea. Now, four years later – and in the shadow of the 70th anniversary of the Hiroshima/Nagasaki nuclear bombings that ended World War II – Japan is restarting those nuclear plants. […]
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From the lips of Japan’s Prime Minister: It will take decades to clean up the meltdowns at the Fukushima nuclear plant. Meanwhile, our worst fears are being realized as reports come in of radioactive cesium contaminating beef raised downwind of the plant.
As they try to clean up what may be the worst nuclear disaster in history at Fukushima, they continue to make things worse.
“In the last three weeks, everything we knew about the accident has been turned upside down. We were told three partial meldowns, don’t worry about it. Now we know it was 100 percent core melt in all three reactors. Radiation – ‘miminal’ that was released. Now we know it was comparable to the radiation at Chernobyl….”
If a techincally-advanced country like Japan with a reputation for exactitude can suffer from one of the worst nuclear disasters in history, should we be a litttle more worried about places where security and infrastructure are poor to non-existent and corruption is rampant?
That’s the theme of a special report compiled for Reuters, based on diplomatic cables assembled from the Wikileaks treasure trove. And it’s kinda scary.
Considering that the Fukushima nuclear reactor complex is still leaking high levels of radiation nearly three months after the disaster and meltdowns, it shouldn’t be too much of a surprise to learn that Japan was totally unprepared to deal with it.
But it’s encouraging that, after months of downplaying the dangers and offering uberoptimistic assessments of progress, the Japanese government is finally admitting the truth:
It’s been three months since the crisis began at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear reactor complex, and they’re no closer to cleaning up the radioactive mess. In fact, things may be getting worse.
Japan’s NHK TV broadcast a hellish image of radioactive steam billowing out of cracks in the reactor floor. They also reported high levels of radiation.
Tokyo Electric Power Company inspected the inside of the No.1 reactor building on Friday with a remote-controlled robot.
TEPCO said it found that steam was rising from a crevice in the floor, and that extremely high radiation of 3,000 to 4,000 millisieverts per hour was measured around the area. The radiation is believed to be the highest detected in the air at the plant.
As the crippled reactors in Japan continue to emit radiation into the environment, the risk grows that it will appear in our food. Radiation has already been detected in trace amounts in milk across the U.S., and in strawberries, kale and other vegetables in California.
Japan is scrapping plans to get half its power from nuclear reactors. Leaving us to wonder what took them so long.
Two months after the earthquake that trashed the Fukushima reactor complex they appear no closer to getting that mess cleaned up, while the experts debate whether this disaster is as bad as Chernobyl, or worse.
Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan told a news conference that his country will now focus on renewable energy such as wind and solar, and conservation.
After weeks of government assurances that everything is under control and there is nothing to worry about, recent events at the damaged Japanes nuclear reactors have revealed the truth: They really have no idea what’s going on inside there.
If there’s one lesson we can gain from this odyssey, it’s that nuclear reactors are only safe so long as nothing goes wrong.
As radiation from Japanese reactor hits west coast, US government says “Don’t take iodine or kelp”. That’s wrong.
For more than 6o years, government officials have downplayed the dangers of radiation.
The truth is: radiation can kill you – slowly, through cancer. And you can avoid that with some simple measures, right now, such as increasing your intake of Iodine and Iodide.
Good news from the high seas: After repeated run-ins with the anti-whaling Sea Shepherd Society that have prevented its whaling fleet from a successful hunt, Japan’s government announced it is suspending whaling, possibly for the rest of the season. Whaling was banned under an international agreement in 1986, but Japan has exploited a loophole in […]
Developed nations have proposed weaker carbon emission reduction goals at the Bonn climate negotiations. If the rising carbon emissions are to be tamed it is necessary that they set ambitious targets.
Japan will attempt to reduce emissions to 15 percent below 2005 levels by 2020, which is about equivalent to eight percent below 1990 levels. Critics will say that the new targets aren’t remotely bold enough for the world’s second largest economy and fifth largest emitter of greenhouse gases, just as some say the cuts proposed for the US in the Waxman-Markey Bill are off the mark.
Global leaders are looking to beat economic recession and rising carbon emissions by a unified approach of developing a low-carbon economies and investing in clean energy projects aimed at ensuring energy security and economic growth.