Top news: For the first time since April, Tokyo’s taps produce radioactive water; ministers and animal rights activists call Italian police to disperse feast of bear-meat attended by Berlusconi supporters; top Australian scientific body refuses to release details of plans to test GMO wheat on humans; US government scientists say that last year Greenland's ice sheet melt was the highest in over half a century.

#Fukushima Radioactive caesium has been found in Tokyo tap water for the first time since April. While the levels remain below the safety limit set by the government, the presence of radioactive compounds in people’s drinking water is sure to raise concerns for even the most ardently pro-nuclear citizenry of Japan’s mega-city; particularly as the country struggles to cope with the worst nuclear disaster in 25 years.

#Berlusconi Italian police have been called in to break-up a bear-meat banquet laid on by supporters of embattled and eternally colourful Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. From bunga bunga parties to bear-meat banquettes the Prime Minister’s flair for the politically incorrect appears only matched by a penchant for inspiring alliterative hedonistic headlines.

#GMO Australia’s top scientific body – the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) – has refused freedom of information requests from Greenpeace over plans to test genetically modified wheat on humans. The organisation’s information officer cited the amount of time required to process the requests as not being in the public interest. With GMO bread potentially on shelves by 2015, it appears CSIRO would prefer the public to remain uninterested in what’s in their food.

#Climate US government scientists say that Greenland's ice sheet last year melted the most it has in over a half century, in what they see as one of a series of "unmistakable" signs of climate change. However, the work of numerous scientists from 45 countries demonstrating that the ice sheet in Greenland melted at its highest rate since at least 1958 – when similar data first became available – is unlikely to convince Dr. Willie Soon to abandon his corporate benefactors and look open mindedly at the facts.

If they’d have just checked out our website or some of our blogs, they’d have found that we’ve been trying to raise awareness of this for years. Better late than never, I guess.