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After the Fujushima catastrophe, this rice was grown nearby by IAEA to test methods of soil decontamination. Photo: IAEA Imagebank via Flickr.

Fukushima radiation damages rice genome

Gregory McGann

18th September 2014

Research on the biological effects of radiation near the Fukushima nuclear disaster site finds a powerful response in rice seedlings, writes Gregory McCann. The discovery will do nothing to boost consumer confidence in resumed rice exports from the Fukushima region. more...
IAEA Experts at Unit 4 of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, 17th April 2013, as part of a mission to review Japan's plans to decommission the facility. Photo: IAEA Imagebank.

Fukushima - we need health studies now!

Joseph Mangano & Janette Sherman

2nd August 2014

A massive health crisis is following the 2011 nuclear disaster at Fukushima, write Joseph Mangano & Janette Sherman - not just in Japan but around the world. But the health impacts remains woefully under-studied. Scientists must wake up and undertake serious research without delay. more...
Some springs on Ikaria, Greece, carry high levels of natural radioactivity - but that does not mean the radiation is good for you! Photo: Eleni Ikanou via Flickr.

An abuse of science - concealing fracking's radioactive footprint

Paul Mobbs

8th July 2014

A new scientific paper presents the radiation produced by fracking as 'natural' and harmless. But it's based on sketchy data, hyperbolic statistics and questionable assumptions, writes Paul Mobbs. Is it an attempt to stifle an essential public debate? more...
Sea Lion entangled in fishing gear. Photo: Kanna Jones / Marine Photo Bank via Lauren Packard / Flickr.com.

The decline and fall of America's last great fishery

Jeffrey St. Clair

13th May 2014

The Bering Sea is America's biggest fishery - but factory trawlers are ripping the guts out of the ecosystem, writes Jeffrey St.Clair, as they have already devastated fishing communities. Mix in nuclear bomb test fallout - an unlikely savior? more...
Power lines over Didcot's Ladygrove Estate -  by Jonathan Rawle via Flickr.com.. The electromagnetic fields from the lines are harmless - excess leukemia results only when there are high levels of  radioactive fallout for the fields to concentrate.

Power lines, fallout and childhood leukemia

Chris Busby

9th May 2014

The risk of leukemia for children living near power lines closely tracks levels of radiation from nuclear bomb test fallout, writes Chris Busby. The obvious explanation the 'experts' have chosen to ignore: the electro-magnetic fields increase radiation exposure. more...
Is this how people living near fracking well will have to live? Photo via Tumblr.com.

Shale gas and public health - the whitewash exposed

Paul Mobbs

6th May 2014

Public Health England is guilty of gross scientific misconduct, writes Paul Mobbs, for its apparently deliberate whitewashing of the public health impacts of fracking. But it's all part of a pattern of maladministration that reaches to the heart of government. more...
George Monbiot attempts to terrify his TED audience into loving nuclear power at TEDGlobal 2013 in Edinburgh, Scotland. June 12-15, 2013. Photo: TED Conference / James Duncan Davidson via Flickr.com.

'Arrest Monbiot' for 'nuclear crimes' - £100 reward

The Ecologist

26th April 2014

Marking 'Chernobyl day' 2014, a website is launched that calls for the arrest of writer George Monbiot for 'Nuclear Crimes against Humanity and the Environment'. more...
Chernobyl Zone 75, Pripyat, Ukraine. Photo: kvitlauk via Flickr.com.

Chernobyl - the biting wind, the silent scream

Barys Piatrovich

26th April 2014

Barys Piatrovich recalls the tension of unknowing during the days that followed the Chernobyl disaster. Today, barely any of the evacuees are still alive. Dispersed throughout the country, they died alone and unnoticed, statistically insignificant. more...
Angels of nuclear death. Image: Abode of Chaos via Flickr.com.

Chernobyl - how many died?

Jim Green - Nuclear Monitor

26th April 2014

It was 28 years ago today that Reactor 4 at the Chernobyl nuclear plant in Ukraine ruptured and ignited, sending a massive plume of radiation across Europe. Jim Green assesses the scientific evidence for how many people died as a result of the catastrophe. more...
If only it was this easy to see radiation. Strange Land by Russ Seidel via Flickr.com.

Fracking's radwaste - supervision remains inadequate

Sharon Kelly / DeSmogBlog

22nd April 2014

After over a decade of fracking, oversight of the industry's radioactive waste is still lacking, reports Sharon Kelly. Over half of the 280 billion gallons a year of radioactive waste water from fracking ends up in rivers and streams. more...
Stars mark sites where the researchers put the leaf bags, with colors corresponding to levels of radiation. Photo: Mousseau et al., Oecologia.

Chernobyl's forests - dead wood and leaves preserved by radiation

Rachel Nuwer / Smithsonian

24th March 2014

It's not just people, animals and trees that suffer from radiation at Chernobyl, writes Rachel Nuwer, but also decomposer fungi and microbes. And with the buildup of dead wood comes the risk of catastrophic fire - which could spread radiation far and wide. more...
The damaged Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station as seen during a sea-water sampling boat journey, 7 November 2013. Photo: IAEA Imagebank via Flickr.com.

Fukushima meltdown continues around the world

Paul Mobbs

12th March 2013

Three years after the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe hit our TV screens, Paul Mobbs examines the still unfolding global disaster - and the motives of politicians whose love of nuclear power is stronger, than it is wise. more...

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Another fracking hazard for campaigners to worry about - radioactive waste. Photo of protest at Balcombe, 6th August 2013, by Push Europe via Flickr.com.

Fracking's radioactive legacy - we lack the technology

Alan Herbert & Trevor Jones

5th March 2014

Fracking operations produce radioactive waste derived from naturally occurring uranium and thorium - until now, safely buried deep underground. And right now the industry has neither a plan, nor the technology, to deal with it. more...
Fukushima graffiti. Photo: Abode of Chaos via Flickr.com.

'No one died, no one's health was damaged' - Fukushima's big lie

Karl Grossman

8th March 2014

The nuclear industry and its media cheerleaders have raised a chorus of misinformation over Fukushima, writes Karl Grossman. But their attempts to suppress the truth are ultimately doomed to failure. more...
An observation post on Drigg beach. It was used by observers from the Eskmeals gunnery range a short distance down the coast, but looks to have been abandoned years ago. Photo: tim_d via Flickr.com.

Still dangerous after 30 years - Uranium particles from DU weapons

Doug Weir & Oliver Tickell

1st February 2014

Uranium particles formed from exploding DU munitions are highly persistent in the environment, scientists have found. They are still hazardous after 30 years in soils or dumps and even their corrosion products are durable minerals. more...
Baby feet. Photo:  Denis Vrublevski / Shutterstock.com.

Fukushima fallout damaged thyroid glands of California babies

Chris Busby

19th November 2013

A new study finds that radioactive Iodine from Fukushima has caused a significant increase in hypothyroidism among babies in California, 5,000 miles across the Pacific Ocean. more...

How the smartphone boom could damage your health and the environment

Ecologist

3rd December, 2012

Behind the rise of smartphones and tablets, microwave pollution is a serious assault on our health reports Lynne Wycherley, whilst a new Ecologist Film Unit investigation uncovers the hidden cost of tin used in many phones more...
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Chemical weapon and radiation fear at Scottish RAF base

Ecologist

21st May, 2012

RAF Kinloss in Moray, Scotland, at the centre of an investigation into radioactive contamination and chemical weapons buried at the site

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Fukushima: the social impact of a nuclear disaster

Hiroki & Ngaire Takano

15th February, 2012

The earthquake and nuclear meltdown in Japan last year compounded pre-existing issues like falling birth rates, fragmented families and shrinking communities. What does the future hold? more...
Nuclear waste in Cumbria

Battlelines drawn as Cumbrian residents square up over nuclear waste site

Matilda Lee

15th February, 2012

A decision looms on whether - and where - to build the UK's first deep disposal for nuclear waste. Two borough councils in Cumbria have 'volunteered' - but can the communities be convinced? Matilda Lee reports more...
Smoke rises from a nuclear facility's four chimneys

Links between childhood leukaemia and nuclear power plant radiation

Matilda Lee

15th February, 2012

The UK government's scientific advisory group found no link between childhood leukaemia and proximity to nuclear power plants, but German and French research has found an alarming doubling of risk more...
Semipalatinsk

Kazakhstan’s nuclear legacy offers lessons for Fukushima

Matilda Lee

30th August, 2011

The Semipalatinsk region suffered under four decades of Soviet nuclear testing. Now, the country wants to become an international research hub for the effects of radiation on future generations. Matilda Lee reports from Kazakhstan more...
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Fukushima fall-out: why the nuclear industry's liability for an accident is too low

Dr Paul Dorfman

21st March, 2011

With Japan's nuclear catastrophe still far from resolved, Dr Paul Dorfman argues why nuclear remains 'economically unreliable' and why it will be the taxpayer who ends up being liable as well as facing all the risks more...
Anti-nuclear protest

EU 'ignoring safety risks' in financing of nuclear expansion in Ukraine

Tom Levitt

17th March, 2011

As Japan's Fukushima disaster unfolds, the EU is financing a controversial nuclear expansion programme in Ukraine to increase exports to energy-hungry consumers in western Europe. Tom Levitt reports more...
A nuclear power station

Fukushima crisis raises fresh concerns over UK nuclear energy expansion

Kate Hudson

14th March, 2011

The UK should suspend its plans to build new nuclear power stations after the leak of radioactive material from the Fukushima plant in Japan, says Kate Hudson from the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND)

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