Hundreds of radioactive wild boars run amok in Fukushima, Japan

March 18, 2017 by  
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Packs of radioactive wild boars are running loose in northern Japan, where the meltdown of the Fukushima nuclear plant in 2011 forced entire towns and villages to abandon ship. Six years later, the beasts pose more than a minor nuisance to displaced residents, a number of whom are eager to return to their homes as the Japanese government begins to lift evacuation orders in certain areas. Besides their obvious toxicity—tests by officials show that some animals possess levels of cesium-137 300 times higher than what is considered safe—the boars are also known to attack humans. Swaths of farmland, now gone to seed, have become prime real estate for foraging varmints. According to Yomiuri , a local newspaper, boars have caused more than $854,000 in agricultural damage in Fukushima prefecture. Local authorities in the affected towns have hired teams of hunters to shoot the boars with air rifles, or trap them in cages using rice flour as bait. Related: Fukushima radiation levels at highest since 2011 disaster “After people left, they began coming down from the mountains and now they are not going back,” Shoichiro Sakamoto, who leads a group of 13 hunters in the town of Tomioka, told Reuters . “They found a place that was comfortable. There was plenty of food and no one to come after them.” A recent government survey found than half the 21,500 former residents of the town of Namie, one of the towns included in the proposed evacuation-order lift, have decided against returning, citing fears over the safety of the nuclear plant, which will take decades to dismantle. Several have also raised concerns about the bands of marauding boars. “I’m sure officials at all levels are giving some thought to this,” said Hidezo Sato, a former seed merchant in Namie. “Something must be done.” Via Reuters Image via Wikipedia

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RiverBlue: Jason Priestley-narrated documentary exposes the dark side of your blue jeans

March 18, 2017 by  
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Are your clothes causing the world’s rivers to bleed blue? Directed by David McIlvride and Roger Williams and narrated by Jason Priestley, RiverBlue is a new documentary that delves deep into the shocking underbelly of fast fashion to expose its destructive and widespread impacts on our environment. For those of you in New York City, Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator will be hosting a screening of this powerful film on March 22 for World Water Day . Read on for more details about the screening and post-film discussion with Williams and Paul Gallay, President of Riverkeeper, and learn more about the movie by checking out BF+DA’s interview with McIlvride here . RiverBlue follows acclaimed river conservationist Mark Angelo on a waterborne trip around the world to uncover the truth behind the garment industry and its effects on the Earth’s waterways and ecosystems. Infiltrating one of the world’s most pollutive industries, and speaking with fashion designers and water protectors world-wide, RiverBlue reveals stunning yet, shocking images that will forever change the way we look at fashion, and the impact of the clothes we wear. – Brooklyn Fashion and Design Accelerator BF+DA will be screening RiverBlue on Wednesday, March 22 from 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm. Tickets are $10. Click here for more details and to RSVP. + RSVP to see RiverBlue here

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Massive 6.9 magnitude earthquake shakes Japans Fukushima region

November 22, 2016 by  
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Early Tuesday morning, a 6.9 earthquake rocked coastal Japan , sending residents of Fukushima into a panic and raising fears of a rising tsunami . The quake led to a preemptive evacuation of the area, under the threat of 10-foot waves that could crash in at any moment. 110318-N-SB672-1598 The tremendous 9.0 magnitude earthquake that hit the area in 2011 was overshadowed only by the destructive waves that followed. Areas like the Tohoku region, pictured above, suffered a 50-foot wave that killed 18,000 people and left thousands of others without permanent housing to this day. This catastrophe fueled fears in this week’s major earthquake. Related: Japan restarts second nuclear reactor since the Fukushima disaster amid public disapproval Luckily, no damage or radiation leaks have been reported at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant, which went into a triple meltdown in 2011. The tremors hit at 6 a.m. local time and were 160 miles away in Tokyo . Waves three feet high were seen on the coast, yet authorities warned that higher waters could be coming. The extent of damage to the region remains to be seen. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, abroad in Argentina, said, “I have ordered my government to immediately collect and provide information regarding tsunami evacuations and do everything to tackle the disaster.” Via The Washington Post Images via Flickr , Wikimedia

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Hundreds of Dakota Access Pipeline protesters injured by police attacks at Standing Rock

November 22, 2016 by  
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This weekend, protests over the Dakota Access Pipeline escalated into a violent standoff between demonstrators and police. On Sunday afternoon, the peaceful “water protectors” attempted to move a barricade set up by police on the Highway 1806 bridge. The Morton County Sheriff’s Department, along with National Guard soldiers, responded by firing rubber bullets at close range, bombarding the protestors with tear gas bombs and concussion grenades, and shooting water cannons into the crowd in sub-freezing weather.

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Japan builds controversial ice wall to solve groundwater issues at Fukushima

September 2, 2016 by  
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About two years ago, the Japanese government pledged millions of dollars for a huge ice wall designed to halt flowing groundwater at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power station after the 2011 meltdown. Now, $320 million later, the wall is nearly ready, but will it work? Critics wonder if the ” elaborate and fragile wall ” will last. Groundwater flowing into the plant’s reactor buildings has caused major issues. When it enters the buildings, it becomes radioactive, and Fukushima’s operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co., or Tepco, has to put the water in tanks. They’ve had to build over 1,000 tanks and are now storing over 800,000 tons of the water. Meanwhile, every day around 40,000 gallons of groundwater continues to flow into the buildings. Related: Japan to Build Massive 1.5km Ice Wall in Order to Stop Radiation Leaks from Fukushima Nuclear Plant The controversial ice wall, known as the Land-Side Impermeable Wall, is supposed to halt the groundwater flow and stop radioactive water from leaking into the Pacific Ocean. The 100-foot-deep and nearly a mile-long ice wall is comprised of pipes filled with a brine solution. The pipes are meant to freeze the surrounding soil to create the wall. Still solidifying, the wall could be ready later this fall. 30 refrigeration units will solidify the wall; they will consume as much electricity as 13,000 homes in Japan could use for lighting in one year. Tepco said the seaside portion of the ice wall is ” about 99 percent solid ” this month. They’re working to fill a few places that haven’t solidified with cement. Engineers from Kajima Corporation, the company building the wall, say the soil around the pipes will likely only be frozen completely in around two months. So will the ice wall actually work? Some worry the brine solution will break down the pipes, and some say concrete or steel would have been a more simple, effective alternative. Radiation monitoring group Safecast researcher Azby Brown called the ice wall a “Hail Mary play.” He told The New York Times, “Tepco underestimated the groundwater problem in the beginning, and now Japan is trying to catch up with a massive technical fix that is very expensive.” Via The New York Times Images via IAEA Imagebank on Flickr ( 1 , 2 )

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Japan awards workers’ compensation claim to cancer-strikken Fukushima cleanup worker

October 22, 2015 by  
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Just a few days after Japanese authorities restarted the second nuclear power plant since the Fukushima Daiichi disaster, a cleanup worker has been awarded payment for the cancer his doctors believe was caused by radiation in the years following the meltdown. The unidentified man developed leukemia after working at the nuclear site for more than a year and has now been awarded an undisclosed amount, marking the first official admission that exposure to radiation from the nuclear sites is likely linked to cancer. Read the rest of Japan awards workers’ compensation claim to cancer-strikken Fukushima cleanup worker

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82 bags of radioactive waste from Fukushima washed away in Japan floods

September 14, 2015 by  
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Severe rains stemming from Typhoon Etau have caused widespread flooding in Japan , and reports of the damage continue to mount. Most recently, Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) has announced that floodwaters have swept away at least 82 bags of contaminated waste from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant . What impact that will have on the ocean and nearby wildlife may never be known. Read the rest of 82 bags of radioactive waste from Fukushima washed away in Japan floods

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California’s Stevens Library is the very first net-zero energy library in the US

September 14, 2015 by  
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Asano turns old Japanese restaurant into snazzy, reflective Slundre hair salon

January 8, 2015 by  
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Radiation from Fukushima took more than two years to reach North America’s West Coast

January 5, 2015 by  
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Have you been downing iodine like mad to protect your body against all that nuclear radiation emitted from the Fukushima meltdown? If so, it looks like your precautions might have been a bit premature, as recent research shows it took more than two years for the cesium 134 and 137 particles to journey from Japan across the Pacific to the West Coast of North America. And even since then, radiation levels in the waters remain at levels considered safe. Read the rest of Radiation from Fukushima took more than two years to reach North America’s West Coast Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bedford institute , british columbia , cesium , Fukushima , Health , Japan , Japanese , meltdown , north america , nuclear , Pacific , radiation , tusnami

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