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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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...

Prayers unanswered: Story from the radiation team in Japan

Blog entry by Mitsuyasu Oda | 12 April, 2011 12 comments

As part of the radiation team, we traveled from place to place - sampling soil and vegetables, taking radiation readings and speaking with people affected by the crisis in Japan. We heard many stories about the loss people are facing...

Fukushima evacuation zone expanded

Blog entry by Jess Miller | 11 April, 2011 7 comments

Just hours after our field radiation team held a press conference calling for further evacuation around Fukushima, the Japanese government announced that it will extend the mandatory evacuation zone around the stricken nuclear ...

Call for further evacuation around Fukushima

Blog entry by Jess Miller | 11 April, 2011 12 comments

Our field radiation monitoring teams have wrapped up a second round of data collection outside of the exclusion zone that surrounds the stricken Fukushima nuclear complex: one investigating health threats and testing food and milk...

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