Top news: Dutch judge asks Arctic oil drillers Cairn Energy for their oil spill plan; Japan doubles its initial estimate of radiation; more boys than girls are born due to nuclear radiation; Japanese workers ditch business suits in order to save the energy.

Greenpeace activists climb onto the 53,000 tonne Leiv Eiriksson.

Photo: Greenpeace activists climb onto the 53,000 tonne Leiv Eiriksson.
© Jiri Rezac / Greenpeace

#SaveTheArctic: The Greenpeace search for Cairn’s Energy oil spill plan still continues, this time in an Amsterdam courtroom, where the oil company yesterday demanded an injunction – and €2 million a day for every day Greenpeace activists stops the Arctic oil company from drilling for oil. The presiding judge, wasn’t impressed with Cairn and requested the same thing that we’ve been asking –a copy of Cairn's 'missing' oil spill plan . As the Financial Times reports, Greenpeace sees the Cairn’s drilling campaign as “a defining environmental battle of our age”. 

#Fukushima: Japan has more than doubled its initial estimate of radiation released from the crippled Fukushima power plant. The news has been announced by NISA (Japan’s Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency), which now says it believes 770,000 terabecquerels escaped into the atmosphere in the first week - compared to its earlier estimate of 370,000 terabecquerels. We can only hope that NISA’s assessment that most of the radiation released in the first days after the quake was blown across the Pacific Ocean and not over inhabited areas is accurate this time.            

#Nuclear: The consequences of radiation exposure are very often slow to develop and long-lasting. National Geographic reports about a recent study which found that nuclear radiation from bomb tests and power plant accidents results in more boys than girls being born across the world. While the differences seem to be regional for the cases of nuclear accidents (such as Chernobyl), atmospheric nuclear blasts seem to affect birth rates on a global scale, resulting in a million fewer females being born worldwide. The long-term consequences of the nuclear exposure in Japan are yet to be seen, but a glimpse of the life in today’s Chernobyl from an article written by Greenpeace’s director Kumi Naidoo, gives a taste of the stark consequences of the nuclear fallout.     

#EnergySaving: Are you an environmentally conscious fashionista? Well, it would seem that a nuclear accident could actually influence the way you dress. In order to reduce energy use in Japan this summer, businesses are now switching off the air-conditioners and encouraging their employees to swap their business outfits for more comfortable flip-flops and Hawaiian shirts. However as The Independent reports, getting the message across to the country’s conservative community is proving to be a bit of struggle.  


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