Top news: anti-nuclear protests across the world; tourist trips to Chernobyl; increased radioactivity in milk and spinach near Fukushima; British government proposes cuts to new solar plants.


© DigitalGlobe The damaged Fukushima nuclear plant.

#Nuclear: From Thailand to France, people came together over the weekend to protest against nuclear power stations, in light of the ongoing crisis in Japan. Nuclear scientists at Fukushima, the stricken plant, have restored electricity to the reactors, but it is not yet clear whether the cooling systems have started working.

#Nuclear: While many foreign nationals left Japan due to fears of radiation, the Tages Anzeiger reported that an increasing number of people are visiting Chernobyl, the site of the 1986 nuclear disaster. This macabre form of tourism was criticised by Greenpeace in the same article for “normalising” the world's worst nuclear accident. Kuoni, the travel company running the tours, said that it was organised for those interested in the history of the accident.

#Food: Tests on milk and spinach from around the Fukushima nuclear plant have shown higher than normal levels of radiation. Although Yukio Edano, the Japanese chief cabinet secretary, has insisted that the levels are too low to pose a risk to health, consumers are worried about the long-term effects of radiation in the food chain. Shipments of milk and spinach have been halted from the Fukushima Prefecture.

#Renewables: What would you expect from the “greenest government ever”? Would cutting financial support for new solar plants feature high-up on your list? Because that’s exactly what the British government is proposing to do, despite Prime Minister David Cameron having promised “to drive the green economy, to have green jobs […] and make sure we have our share of the industries of the future”. We’re not quite sure where this fits in with his plan. But don’t just take our word for it - Roman Webber, head of renewable energy at consultancy Deloitte, said: “This will really curtail the solar industry in Britain.”

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