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Kagoshima solar power plant: are 'solar islands' the future? Photo: Kyocera.

Japan: 'solar islands' replace nuclear power

Jon Major

13th September 2014

As Japan seeks to end reliance on nuclear power, one of the answers is floating 'solar islands', writes Jon Major. A 70MW solar island opened last year, and two additional plants have just been announced. more...
Icelandic fin whale meat on sale in Japan. Photo: EIA.

Iceland's whaling and whale meat exports - the IWC must act!

Clare Perry

10th September 2014

Tomorrow the 65th meeting of the International Whaling Commission begins in Slovenia, writes Clare Perry. Among the issues: Iceland's slaughter of fin whales in defiance of the IWC moratorium, and its illegal export of their flesh and blubber to Japan - over 2,000 tonnes this year alone. The IWC and its member nations must act. 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...
Unit 4 of TEPCO's Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station. Photo: IAEA Imagebank via Flickr.

Fukushima - the continuing catastrophe

Harvey Wasserman

11th June 2014

Fukushima has largely disappeared from the mainstream news, writes Harvey Wasserman. After all, who wants to read about children with cancer, continuing huge radiation leaks, and the very real possibility of another catastrophe as big as Chernobyl? more...
Coal workers in Shizuishan, China. Photo: Bert van Dijk via Flickr.com.

Japan must stop financing coal

Nicole Ghio

23rd April 2014

Japan is the world's biggest financier of coal development, setting developing countries on a dirty, coal fired energy track. As President Obama visits Japan, Nicole Ghio urges Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to re-apply its coal billions to build a clean, renewable energy future. more...
A humpback whale fresh from Antarctica in the Rurutu warm water mating grounds. Photo: Pierre Lesage via Fliuckr.com.

Japan must end 'scientific whaling' in the Antarctic

The Ecologist

31st March 2014

The International Court of Justice has ordered Japan to revoke its 'scientific whaling' permits in the Antarctic and cease to issue new ones as they are not for scientific purposes. Next, the North Pacific ... more...
Minke whale meat for sale on Rakuten - rakuten.co.jp.

Exposed - World's biggest seller of ivory and whale meat

The Ecologist

18th March 2014

Japanese retail giant Rakuten is exposed today as the world's biggest online marketplace for elephant ivory and whale meat products. 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...
Fukushima is Here on Ocean Beach demo, San Francisco, October 2013. Photo: Steve Rhodes.

Fukushima - all charges dropped

Oliver Tickell

4th March 2013

Japanese prosecutors have dropped all charges against Tepco, the operator of the stricken nuclear power plant at Fukushima, along with senior Government officials. more...
March 23, 2011 - The aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan conducts a wash down while the ship is operating off the coast of Japan, to remove potential radiation contamination. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kyle Carlstrom.

The US Navy knew: Fukushima's 'hard rain' on USS Ronald Reagan

Harvey Wasserman

27th February 2014

A telephone transcript released under the Freedom of Information Act shows: the US Navy knew that the USS Ronald Reagan took major radiation hits from the Fukushima atomic power plant after its '3/11' meltdowns and explosions. more...
The Solúcar PS10 20MW solar tower near Seville, Spain. Saudi Arabia is now planning to build much bigger versions of the technology. Photo: Alejandro Flores via Flickr.com.

Solar is going great - but could be greater!

Jonathon Porritt

1st March 2014

The solar industry is going great, with tens of gigawatts of new capacity planned for 2014 alone. But as Jonathon Porritt writes, the solar revolution could be going even faster - with smart, consistent policies for solar power in Europe and Japan. more...
Fukushima live today - Photo: Tepco webcam.

Fukushima leaks 23 TBq of radioactive water

The Ecologist

20th February 2014

Tepco has announced the accidental leak of 100 tonnes of highly radioactive water from a storage tank at the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan. more...

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The prop fouler is launched by bosun Daniel. Photo: © Adam Lau.

Hunting the hunters

Laurens de Groot

10th February 2014

In his new book 'Hunting the Hunters - at war with the whalers', Laurens de Groot recounts his adventures with Sea Shepherd in the Southern Ocean, saving whales from Japan's 'scientific research'. more...
Selecting dolphins for capture at the 'drive hunt' at Taiji. Photo: Sea Shepherd.

Taiji - Japan's dolphin slaughter continues

Joshua Frank

30th January 2014

The Japanese dolphin slaughter at Taiji is an exercise in wilful sadism, writes Joshua Frank. But responsibility for the killing spreads much wider than Japan, with captive cetaceans from Taiji reaching aquaria around the globe - including SeaWorld. more...
Photo: Semmick Photo / Shutterstock.com

Japan's post-Fukushima 'secrecy' clampdown

Saul Takahashi

11th December 2013

Japan's secrecy law, just passed by parliament, gives the government carte blanche to designate state secrets - and restrict information about anything it likes. Saul Takahashi hears the sound of jackboots on the march ... more...

UK - the world's plutonium store?

The Ecologist

27th November 2013

An unexpected outcome of the Fukushima nuclear disaster is that the UK's Sellafield nuclear site - already the world's biggest plutonium repository - is set to store even more of the radioactive, fissionable metal. more...
Mining taking place at an Australian open pit coal mine. Photo: Kadda / Shutterstock.com.

The climate change saboteurs

Binoy Kampmark

20th November 2013

At the COP19 in climate conference in Warsaw, a new coalition has formed - 'the climate saboteurs'. Key members are Australia, Canada, Japan. They are resolute in crushing the hopes of developing countries already suffering climate catastrophes like Typhoon Haiyan. more...
Flensing of a Baird's beaked whale killed in a small-type coastal whaling hunt

Ending Japan's great cetacean hunt

Sarah Baulch

12th November 2013

Japan's hunting of cetaceans has become a rallying point for nationalists, but demand for their meat is falling amid worries about toxic pollution. Fukushima could just prove to be the last straw for a declining industry ... more...

Japan - end the cetacean slaughter!

Oliver Tickell

31st October 2013

Over one million whales, dolphins and porpoises killed by Japan's fishing industry in 70 years. And the persecution continues. more...
Tuna catch

Are captive tuna farms a viable alternative to overfishing?

Tom Edathikunnel

22nd August, 2012

The Kindai tuna, bred by scientists at Kinki University, may lead the way for future large-scale tuna farms. Tom Edathikunnel investigates whether the idea really is preferable to overfishing more...
EIA

Tsunami stalls Japan's Dall’s porpoise slaughter, but for how long?

Clare Perry

17th November, 2011

The Japanese tsunami appears to have temporarily halted the annual Dall's porpoise hunt. Pity the Taiji dolphins haven't been spared too, says the Environmental Investigation Agency's Clare Perry more...
Ecologist Magazine December 1971

The Ecologist December 1971: Japan’s ‘economic miracle’

George Blacksell

1 December, 2011

Forty years ago this month The Ecologist reported on the environmental implications of the rise of the Japanese economy. In the wake of the recent earthquake and associated nuclear fears has it cleaned up its act?
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soseki

Eco eatery: Soseki

Jemima Roberts

12th April, 2011

A city fish bar that cares more than most about sustainability; Jemima Roberts puts Soseki to the test to find out whether its food is as good as its principles more...
No Need for Nuclear

TAKE ACTION on nuclear power

Matilda Lee

18th March, 2011

With the Japanese nuclear disaster still unfolding, make your voice heard on Britain's sustainable energy future: say no to nuclear... more...
Chernobyl

Lessons for Japan from the Chernobyl catastrophe

Ian Sample, guardian science correspondent

18th March, 2011

The Fukushima nuclear plant crisis appears less dangerous than the 1986 Chernobyl disaster – but the risk of radiation spreading wide remains more...

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