Ecology and Environment

26.03.2011

“Use 60 minutes of darkness to help the world see the light,” urges Ban Ki-moon

UN Secretary General leads a host of world and civic leaders supporting Earth Hour 2011 as a powerful symbol of a shared wish for a sustainable and secure future. “All over the world individuals, communities, businesses and governments are creating new examples for our common future – new visions for sustainable living and new technologies to realize it,” Ban Ki-moon said. »

26.03.2011

Voices worldwide say no more nuclear power

Reverberations from Fukushima crisis are being felt around the world, as plans to build new nuclear power plants are being challenged. The safety of existing plants is being questioned. The cost of nuclear power is projected to rise, and the bottom has fallen out of the uranium market. Here's a quick glimpse of what's happening. »

24.03.2011

Japan Faces Water Fears over Radiation

Japan is facing shortages of bottled water after dangerous radiation levels were detected in water supplies in Tokyo and in other areas. Store shelves were empty across Tokyo after Japanese authorities warned that tap water was too dangerous for consumption by infants. Thousands of people remain without water in areas of northern Japan ravaged by the earthquake and tsunami. »

23.03.2011

Fukushima Disaster Impacts India

Uncertainty looms large over India's ambitious civilian nuclear programme as a consequence of the disasters that have struck Japan. The civilian nuclear agreement, which New Delhi and Tokyo were negotiating, is certain to be indefinitely delayed. Also, operationalization of India-U.S. civilian nuclear agreement may take more time than either New Delhi or Washington anticipated. »

22.03.2011

Storage Pool in Japan Nuclear Facility Nears Boiling Point

Japanese officials say today that a fuel storage pool at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station is at, or near to the boiling point. The storage pool is holding 2,000 tons of spent nuclear fuel rods. If the pool begins to boil, more radioactive steam could spew out. Authorities announced success in hooking up power lines to all six reactor units at the plant. »

18.03.2011

UN Launches Concerted Bid to Assist Japan

As Japan battles to stave off a nuclear catastrophe, the UN has launched a concerted bid to help the country to cope with the multi-front disaster that Naoto Kan has called Japan's worst since World War II. As a result of the March 11 devastating earthquake, tsunami and atomic power plant breakdown, over 5,000 people have died and 9,000 others are missing. By Jaya Ramachandran »

16.03.2011

Fukushima’s heroes

The 50 people still working at Japan's stricken Fukushima reactor are not "being sacrificed", Dutch nuclear researcher Folkert Draaisma says. It's not like Chernobyl, where workers were sent in without protection, he adds. The 50 engineers hold the future of hundreds of thousands of people in their hands. The levels of radiation they are braving have made them heroes to many. »

15.03.2011

Japan Faces Nuclear Crisis After Third Explosion at Plant

High levels of radiation have leaked from the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan after a third explosion at the crippled plant. The latest blast seriously damaged the Number Two reactor’s steel containment structure. In addition, a fire briefly broke out at the plant’s reactor Number Four. Officials just south of the plant reported up to 100 times the normal levels of radiation. »

14.03.2011

Second explosion at Japan nuclear plant

Nine people have been injured in a second blast at Japan’s Fukushima 1 nuclear power plant. The explosion at the plant’s number three reactor destroyed a wall and sent a plume of smoke billowing into the sky. On Saturday, the building surrounding the plant’s number one reactor was blown apart but the seal around the reactor was not damaged. »

13.03.2011

Japan Disaster May Hold Lessons for Haves and Have-Nots

Over 45 countries, ranging from sophisticated economies to developing nations, were actively considering embarking upon nuclear power programmes. Whether the shocking experience Japan is undergoing despite its hi-tec reactors, will have impact policy makers in countries striving to build atomic power plants and others which already have these, remains to be seen. »

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