Top news: BP to resume drilling in the Gulf of Mexico; German power plants are found to be as dangerous as Fukushima; Chernobyl’s health effects are more serious than expected.


#Oil: As if BP had not caused enough damage already, and spent enough billions in financial penalties, they are now planning on drilling the Gulf of Mexico again. Commenting on this astonishing news, the Director of Greenpeace USA told the Guardian "BP's reckless approach led to the worst oil disaster in American history, but one year later they're off the hook and ready to take more risks."

#energy[r]evolution: Masdar City (United Arab Emirates) will be the world’s first zero-carbon zero-waste city, being entirely powered with solar energy and other renewable energy sources. A slideshow of the futuristic city can be found in The Guardian today.

#Chernobyl : Chernobyl’s health effects are far from over. The United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation confirmed evidence of ongoing skin injuries and radiation-induced cataracts among the survivors. Greenpeace’s report from 2006 had already predicted that over 93,000 people will die due to cancer from radiation exposure from Chernobyl.

#StemCells: The European Court of Justice is considering making it unlawful to patent applications using embryonic stem cells on moral grounds. The case was triggered by Greenpeace’s challenge to a patent on a technique involving embryonic stem cells put forward by Professor Bruestle, from the University of Bonn, in 2004.


That’s it for today’s news.

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