Fukushima: don't forget

Fukushima nuclear disaster

The Fukushima nuclear disaster showed us once again that nuclear reactors are fundamentally dangerous. Not only do they cause significant damage to the environment, the health of populations and to national economies, the heavy financial cost of a meltdown is inevitably borne by the public, not by the companies that designed, built, and operated the plants. None of the world’s 436 nuclear reactors are immune to human errors, natural disasters, or any of the many other serious incidents that could cause a disaster. Millions of people who live near nuclear reactors are at risk.

The lives of hundreds of thousands of people continue to be affected by the Fukushima nuclear disaster, especially the 160,000 who fled their homes because of radioactive contamination, and continue to live in limbo without fair, just, and timely compensation. They have only a false hope of returning home, yet the Japanese government is eagerly pushing to restart reactors, against the will of its people, and without learning true lessons from Fukushima.

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Rainbow Warrior begins sampling off Fukushima

Blog entry by Sakyo Noda | 3 May, 2011 14 comments

It has been a frustrating few days on the Rainbow Warrior. Until Sunday we were stopped outside of Tokyo bay, waiting out bad weather, trying to find a ship’s agent to represent us and arrange entry into port to fix our broken gyro...

Marine radiation monitoring blocked by Japanese government

Blog entry by Ike Teuling | 28 April, 2011 19 comments

Since the start of the Fukushima disaster I have been following the worrying developments from a safe distance in Amsterdam, but suddenly, I am on rocking ship getting closer to the disaster area every day. I joined the Rainbow...

Rainbow Warrior to conduct marine radiation monitoring off Fukushima

Blog entry by Greg McNevin | 21 April, 2011 13 comments

With two field trips into the area surrounding the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant now completed, our flagship the Rainbow Warrior has raised its anchor and set sail for Japan to undertake a third, focusing on the threatened...

Update from the field radiation team

Blog entry by Dr. Rianne Teule | 19 April, 2011 21 comments

It’s nearly three weeks since we started the second part of the radiation monitoring work in Japan’s Fukushima Prefecture. It was an extremely intensive and exhaustive experience, but also one of the most motivating operations I've...

Update from the field radiation team

Blog entry by Sakyo Noda | 14 April, 2011 13 comments

I spent last week driving around Fukushima, taking our radiation experts to spots where they suspected there was a high levels of contamination. Always carrying a personal dose meter with us, which tells us how much radiation we...

Daily News: Confirmation of Fukushima spent nuclear fuel rods damage, and Greenpeace...

Blog entry by Eoin Dubsky | 14 April, 2011 2 comments

Top news: TEPCO confirms some spent nuclear fuel rods in number 4 reactor are damaged; Greenpeace sets world record for most Facebook comments in 24 hours; Greenpeace activists dressed as pirates protest against mining company; the...

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