Reuters reports six workers at Fukushima have been contaminated by leaking radioactive water in the latest mishap to befall the crippled plant. This happened after one of them mistakenly removed a pipe connected to a water treatment center. Read more here.
By GARY BAUMGARTEN Imagine living in a home that’s powered 100 percent by the sun. Imagine your savings if you do. That’s the goal of competition going on right now between 19 universities. It’s happening in sunny California. Each team has to produce a home that is completely off the grid. With no battery storage [...]
Greenpeace activists in Germany have staged demonstrations to protest against the detention of 30 of their colleagues in Russia. The activists were arrested after two protesters from a Greenpeace ship tried to board an oil platform, owned by the Russian state-controlled firm, Gazprom. The Russian authorities have charged 14 of the Greenpeace activists with piracy.
Another tank holding highly contaminated water is said to be leaking from Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant. Some of the liquid may have reached the Pacific Ocean. Operator Tepco says the breach was discovered in a tank-holding area away from where 300 tones of toxic water escaped in August.
We’re to blame. It’s not natural changes in climate. It’s human beings. That’s who is responsible for global warming. So says a panel of international scientists who were charged with investigating who, or what, is to blame. The conclusions: it’s “extremely likely” its humans. Extremely likely translates into a 95 percent certainty.
Japan is to invest hundreds of millions of dollars into building a frozen wall around the Fukushima nuclear plant to stop leaks of radioactive water. Government spokesman Yoshihide Suga said an estimated 47bn yen ($473m, £304m) would be allocated. Read more here.
New US research shows Australia’s dry soil and mountainous coastline soaked up heavy rainfall in 2010 and 2011 and stopped it from flowing back into the ocean. That effectively halted a longterm trend of rising sea levels which have been caused by higher temperatures and melting ice sheets. “No other continent has this combination of [...]
Japan’s nuclear agency has upgraded the severity level of a radioactive water leak at the Fukushima plant from one to three on an international scale. Highly radioactive water was found to be leaking from a storage tank into the ground at the plant on Monday. Read more here.
The operator of Japan’s tsunami-crippled nuclear power plant says about 300 tons of highly radioactive water have leaked from a storage tank there. Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Tuesday that the contaminated water leaked from a steel storage tank at the wrecked Fukushima Dai-ichi plant. TEPCO hasn’t figured out how or where the water leaked [...]
It’s happening with increasing frequency. Dolphins are getting stranded, or their bodies are washing up on shore along the East Coast. It’s so bad that the U.S. government has declared it an “unusual mortality event.” This comes as scientists report that dolphins can solve problems like humans, can imitate human actions and have displayed good memory [...]