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UK | Fukushima disaster: residents may never return to radiation-hit homes

August 22, 2011

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UK | GUARDIAN | 22 August 2011 Japanese government will admit for first time that radiation levels will be too high to allow many evacuees to return home Residents from a village near the Fukushima nuclear plant are checked for radiation exposure after returning briefly to their homes to collect belongings. Photograph: Koichi Kamoshida/EPA Residents […]

UK | Withholding details of reactor radiation ‘was akin to murder’

August 10, 2011

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UK | THE SCOTSMAN | 10 August 2011 THE day after a huge tsunami set off the disaster at Japan’s Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant, thousands of residents at the nearby town of Namie gathered to evacuate. Given no guidance from Tokyo, town officials led the residents north, believing that winter winds would be blowing south […]

UK | Rice from town near Tokyo is radiation-free, tests show

August 10, 2011

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UK | REUTERS | 10 August 2011 TOKYO (Reuters) – Samples of rice grown in a town near Tokyo showed no radioactive materials when tested, officials said on Wednesday, a relief for farmers preparing to ship Japan’s traditional food staple. Concerns over food safety have grown after radiation from the smashed Fukushima Daiichi power plant […]

UK | After Fukushima, Japan’s ‘authority myth’ is crumbling

August 8, 2011

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UK | GUARDIAN | 8 August 2011 Ordinary people in Japan are starting to wonder whether to trust what politicians and the media tell them. Several weeks after the Japanese tsunami, I asked an acquaintance in the country whether the electricity shortfall resulting from the Fukushima crisis would affect his lifestyle choices. “Not at all,” he […]

UK | Hutton fears nuclear industry has lost confidence of the public

August 6, 2011

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UK | THE INDEPENDENT | 6 August 2011 Britain’s nuclear operators face the gravest challenge for years to persuade the public that new power plants will be safe in the wake of the Fukushima disaster, the new head of the industry admitted yesterday. Lord Hutton, chairman of the Nuclear Industry Association, said the Fukushima disaster […]

UK | Day after Sellafield plant is shut, Government told to build another

August 5, 2011

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UK | INDEPENDENT | 5 August 2011  The plant has been a complete technological failure, managing to produce only a little fuel The Government is being pressured to build a new nuclear-fuel plant at Sellafield in Cumbria, just a day after the decision to close a failing plant that has so far cost British taxpayers […]

UK | How UK newspaper coverage is skewed against renewables – Britain’s pro-nuke, anti-green press

August 5, 2011

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UK | GUARDIAN | 5 August 2011 More than half of the coverage of renewable energy solutions in the mainstream British press is negative Is it significant that more than half the coverage of renewables in the mainstream British press is negative? Photograph: Sang Tan/AP A few weeks ago I blogged about the impact the hackgate […]