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Climate Change Could Dramatically Increase UV Storms and Radiation

Climate Change Could Dramatically Increase UV Storms and Radiation

When it comes to radiation, fearsome disasters like Fukushima and Chernobyl capture the headlines. But for most people, the real radiation risk comes from the sun - and global warming could make the

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Massive Supertyphoon Neoguri Pummels Southern Japan

Massive Supertyphoon Neoguri Pummels Southern Japan

The first supertyphoon of 2014 is sweeping across Japan, bringing violent waves and devastating 150 mph winds. Areas have been evacuated and airports closed as the storm landed on the southern islands of

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Three Technologies Square Off for Floating Wind Farm Supremacy

Three Technologies Square Off for Floating Wind Farm Supremacy

The renewable energy race is heating up with three new floating wind farm technologies squaring off for top spot. The challenge for floating wind farm engineering is to create a system that can be

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TEPCO Battles to Construct Fukushima Ice Wall to Contain Leaking Radiation

TEPCO Battles to Construct Fukushima Ice Wall to Contain Leaking Radiation

Over three years have passed since the devastating Fukushima disaster, yet TEPCO, the plant’s operator, is still struggling to contain radioactive water flowing from the site. A few months ago the

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Experts Warn That World’s Energy Infrastructure is Vulnerable to Climate Change

Experts Warn That World’s Energy Infrastructure is Vulnerable to Climate Change

Energy companies may shoulder a large portion of the blame for the warming planet - after all, they are responsible for around 40% of global emissions - but a new study shows that they will also suffer a

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Japan to Build Massive 1.5km Ice Wall in Order to Stop Radiation Leaks from Fukushima Nuclear Plant

Japan to Build Massive 1.5km Ice Wall in Order to Stop Radiation Leaks from Fukushima Nuclear Plant

In March, Inhabitat ran a story about how the Japanese government had pledged $470 million towards the construction of a massive ice wall that they hoped would contain the radiation from the Fukushima

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Fujitsu Converts Fukushima Microchip Factory into a Radiation-Free Lettuce Farm

Fujitsu Converts Fukushima Microchip Factory into a Radiation-Free Lettuce Farm

Located in the Fukushima Prefecture, the futuristic Aizu-Wakamatsu Akisai Vegetable Plant is the start of field trials led by Fujitsu Home & Office Services Limited. Measuring about half an acre, it

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World’s First Flying 3D Printer Built to Clean Up Radioactive Nuclear Sites

World’s First Flying 3D Printer Built to Clean Up Radioactive Nuclear Sites

Scientists at the Imperial College London have developed the world’s first flying 3D printer. Using small, preprogrammed drones, Dr. Mirko Kovac and his team from the Aerial Robotics Laboratory have

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Scientists Discover Fukushima Radioactivity in Tuna Along the Pacific Northwest Coast

Scientists Discover Fukushima Radioactivity in Tuna Along the Pacific Northwest Coast

Sushi lovers might want to think twice before ordering up that next spicy tuna roll, as scientists just found Fukushima radioactivity in tuna that has migrated from Japan to the Pacific Northwest.

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UK Nuclear Dump Could Be Swept Out to Sea Due to Planning Error

UK Nuclear Dump Could Be Swept Out to Sea Due to Planning Error

An internal document released by the UK Environment Agency (EA) reveals that the Drigg Low-Level Waste Repository (LLWR) on the Cumbrian coast is under threat from rising sea levels. If overwhelmed, which

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MIT Unveils Seawater-Cooled Floating Nuclear Power Plant That Can Withstand Earthquakes and Tsunamis

MIT Unveils Seawater-Cooled Floating Nuclear Power Plant That Can Withstand Earthquakes and Tsunamis

MIT has unveiled designs for an earthquake and tsunami-proof nuclear power plant. Similar in design to platforms used for offshore oil drilling, the floating power plant would use the surrounding water

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Japan Considers Reducing Antarctic Whaling after UN Court Ruling

Japan Considers Reducing Antarctic Whaling after UN Court Ruling

After a ruling by the UN's International Court of Justice temporarily halted Japan's whaling industry in the Antarctic, Japan may consider reducing its catch throughout the region. Japan is one of the few

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Residents Allowed to Return Home to Fukushima Disaster Area For the First Time

Residents Allowed to Return Home to Fukushima Disaster Area For the First Time

Three years ago when the Fukushima nuclear disaster forced people to evacuate their homes, many were left wondering when and if they would ever be able to return. The Miyakoji area of Tamura, a city 12

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Modular Pocket Houses Provide Emergency Housing in Natural Disasters

Modular Pocket Houses Provide Emergency Housing in Natural Disasters

Wouldn't it be helpful to have 'emergency kits' already spread over an endangered area if a natural catastrophe happens? This is the story of 'Pocket House' - a Regeneration Project in Tohoku Region in

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Former Facebook Employee Spends Two Years Building a Tsunami-Proof Capsule in His Backyard

Former Facebook Employee Spends Two Years Building a Tsunami-Proof Capsule in His Backyard

As Mr. Robinson watched the day-to-day coverage of the catastrophic event, he began to formulate a resilient design that would be able to withstand the strong forces of a tsunami. After sketching his

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Radioactive “Undead” Forests Won’t Decay in Chernobyl’s Exclusion Zone

Radioactive “Undead” Forests Won’t Decay in Chernobyl’s Exclusion Zone

It would be logical to think that after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, forests around the site would slowly rot. But the terrible radiation blast in 1986 has left dead trees and leaf litter unable to

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100 Tons of Radioactive Water Leak From Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant

100 Tons of Radioactive Water Leak From Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant

It seems that whenever the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan appears to be under control, something new happens to set back progress. The plant’s operator just discovered the worst leak since the

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The World’s Largest Solar Plant is Frying Birds

The World’s Largest Solar Plant is Frying Birds

The world’s largest solar power plant, the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System, officially opened for business a few days ago, but not all environmentalists are happy about it. The plant consists

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Fukushima Announces Plan to Go 100% Renewable Following Nuclear Disaster

Fukushima Announces Plan to Go 100% Renewable Following Nuclear Disaster

Wind turbines / Shutterstock Even though it goes against Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s agenda to reboot nuclear power throughout Japan, the province of Fukushima has pledged to go 100 percent renewable

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Freedom Industries Fails to Disclose Second Chemical Leak in West Virginia

Freedom Industries Fails to Disclose Second Chemical Leak in West Virginia

As if the company wasn’t already in enough hot water, a new report released this week reveals that Freedom Industries, the company responsible for the massive chemical leak in West Virginia, failed to

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New Radioactive Leak Found at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant

New Radioactive Leak Found at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant

Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), the embattled operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, just released a new video showing highly radioactive water inside the damaged number 3

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US Sees Slight Uptick in 2013 Carbon Emissions Despite Green Efforts

US Sees Slight Uptick in 2013 Carbon Emissions Despite Green Efforts

The US Energy Information Administration just put forth a new report that shows US carbon emissions increased 2% despite all the nation's environmental initiatives in the past year. According to the new

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Rancher Vows to Protect Hundreds of Fukushima Cows from Government Kill Order

Rancher Vows to Protect Hundreds of Fukushima Cows from Government Kill Order

Masami Yoshizawa used to raise cows for slaughter, but since the Fukushima disaster his only aim is to save them. He believes the Japanese government wants to kill the cows in order to erase the past,

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Huge Chemical Spill Leaves 300,000 Without Drinking Water in West Virginia

Huge Chemical Spill Leaves 300,000 Without Drinking Water in West Virginia

Over a quarter million people in West Virginia found themselves without access to clean water in their own homes today because of a chemical spill that contaminated local water sources. The spill was

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Japan Plans Controlled Nuclear Meltdown in Hope of Averting Another Fukushima Disaster

Japan Plans Controlled Nuclear Meltdown in Hope of Averting Another Fukushima Disaster

Photo via Shutterstock Scientists from the government-backed Japan Atomic Energy Agency recently announced that they intend to conduct a controlled nuclear meltdown in order to learn how to prevent

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High-Tech Farm Aims to Reclaim Fukushima’s Contaminated Soil for Crops

High-Tech Farm Aims to Reclaim Fukushima’s Contaminated Soil for Crops

 Image © Shutterstock Construction has just begun on a futuristic farming project in Japan’s Fukushima prefecture. A combination farm and solar park, the Renewable Energy Village will contain 120

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Coldest Temperatures in 20 Years Strike Midwest and Northeastern US

Coldest Temperatures in 20 Years Strike Midwest and Northeastern US

Over 140 million Americans are bracing this week for the coldest temperatures in nearly 20 years. A “polar vortex” of cold, dense air has the National Weather Service predicting weather 30 to 50

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Japan’s Homeless are Cleaning up Fukushima Waste for Less than Minimum Wage

Japan’s Homeless are Cleaning up Fukushima Waste for Less than Minimum Wage

 Photo © Shutterstock A recent Reuters report reveals that a black labor market run by Japanese gangsters, or yakuza, has been using taxpayer funds to clean up radioactive fallout in northern Japan.

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iLab Haiti Relief Project 3D-Prints Direly Needed Medical Supplies On Demand

iLab Haiti Relief Project 3D-Prints Direly Needed Medical Supplies On Demand

3D printing is great for homes because it can let you print just about any plastic object you crave. But in Haiti, which is still recovering from a devastating earthquake, the technology has a more urgent

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NASA’s New Valkyrie Robot Looks Like a Futuristic Superhero

NASA’s New Valkyrie Robot Looks Like a Futuristic Superhero

NASA’s new Valkyrie robot looks like a space-age superhero! Created for the DARPA Robotics Challenge by the Johnson Space Center, the six-foot-tall robot is packed with cameras, sensors and sonar to

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