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Japanese Mayor Announces Plans to Restart Two Nuclear Reactors

Japanese Mayor Announces Plans to Restart Two Nuclear Reactors

Nuclear Power Station image from Shutterstock Despite shutting down all their nuclear plants last month in the wake of the Fukushima disaster, Japan has hinted that its relationship with nuclear

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Japanese Robotics Lab Launches New Robot for Crippled Fukushima Nuclear Plant

Japanese Robotics Lab Launches New Robot for Crippled Fukushima Nuclear Plant

Meet "Rosemary" - a new emergency response robot prototype developed by the Future Robotics Technology Center for work at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant in northern Japan, which was ravaged by the

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New Report Unveils the Impact of Fukushima Radiation on Marine Life

New Report Unveils the Impact of Fukushima Radiation on Marine Life

According to a new report published in the highly-respected journal PNAS, the levels of radiation caused by the Fukushima nuclear disaster and experienced by marine organisms throughout the food chain

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40 Tons of Japanese Tsunami Debris Land on Alaskan Island

40 Tons of Japanese Tsunami Debris Land on Alaskan Island

40 tons of debris from last year’s tsunami in Japan just washed up on Montague Island in Alaska’s Prince William Sound. Today workers today launched a massive cleanup on the largest uninhabited island

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Fukushima Radiation Finally Below “Cancer-Causing Levels”

Fukushima Radiation Finally Below “Cancer-Causing Levels”

Residents of Japan may be able to breathe a sigh of relief as the World Health Organisation (WHO) recently announced that radiation levels in most of the country are "below cancer-causing levels." It has

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After Closure of All Nuclear Power Plants, Japan Urges Population To Cut Power Use By 15% To Avoid Blackouts

After Closure of All Nuclear Power Plants, Japan Urges Population To Cut Power Use By 15% To Avoid Blackouts

Since Japan shut down all its nuclear power stations in the wake of the Fukushima disaster, the country has been exploring ways to replace the 30 percent of national power which was generated by nuclear

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The Chen House is a Disaster-Proof Farmhouse in Taiwan

The Chen House is a Disaster-Proof Farmhouse in Taiwan

Flood waters escape underneath the mahogany home, which is lifted off the ground, while the brick chimney along with the bathroom and kitchen area gives the otherwise lightweight home grounding and

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100,000 Solar-Powered LEDs Flow Down the Sumida River in Tokyo

100,000 Solar-Powered LEDs Flow Down the Sumida River in Tokyo

At the Tokyo Hotaru Festival, the sea of blue LED lights flowed past the Tokyo Sky Tree, a radio broadcast tower that was completed in 2011 and is now the second tallest structure in the world after the

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Vermont Will Become the First State to Outlaw Fracking

Vermont Will Become the First State to Outlaw Fracking

Wyoming Gas Drill Photo by Shutterstock Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin is set to sign into law a bill that will make Vermont the first state to outlaw hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, the

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Japan Could Tap Thermal Springs to Replace Nuclear Power With Geothermal Energy

Japan Could Tap Thermal Springs to Replace Nuclear Power With Geothermal Energy

A lot has happened since the Fukushima nuclear disaster. In the 15 months since the power plant was damaged by a double-whammy of an earthquake and a tsunami, the nuclear state has been described as worse

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Japan Goes Completely Nuclear Free, But Greenhouse Gas Emissions From Fossil Fuels Surge

Japan Goes Completely Nuclear Free, But Greenhouse Gas Emissions From Fossil Fuels Surge

Tomorrow Japan will become completely nuclear free for the first time since 1970 as it shuts down the Tomari nuclear reactor on the island of Hokkaido. One by one the country’s 54 nuclear reactors have

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Power in a Box: Princeton’s Disaster Relief Solar and Wind Generator Fits in a Shipping Container

Power in a Box: Princeton’s Disaster Relief Solar and Wind Generator Fits in a Shipping Container

A prototype for a solar and wind power station that fits within a shipping container has placed a group of students from Princeton University among the winners of a national EPA-sponsored sustainable

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Japanese Tsunami Debris Adds to Pacific Garbage Patch

Japanese Tsunami Debris Adds to Pacific Garbage Patch

As debris from last year’s tsunami in Japan now washes up in North America, much of it is also settling into the Pacific Garbage Patch. Stretching northward from the outermost Hawaiian Islands, this

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Shigeru Ban’s Christchurch Cardboard Cathedral Gets the Green Light for Construction

Shigeru Ban’s Christchurch Cardboard Cathedral Gets the Green Light for Construction

Shigeru Ban’s temporary cardboard cathedral finally got the green light to be erected in Christchurch, New Zealand. Now called the “Transitional Cathedral”, the building will replace a 19th century

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Japanese Volleyball Appears to Be First of Tsunami Debris to Reach Alaska

Japanese Volleyball Appears to Be First of Tsunami Debris to Reach Alaska

The first identifiable pieces of debris to be washed across the Pacific Ocean in the wake of last year's tsunami in Japan, a volleyball and a soccer ball, have reached the Alaskan coast. Discovered on the

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The World’s 6 Most Pressing Environmental Issues

The World’s 6 Most Pressing Environmental Issues

Water Pollution of a Copper Mine Exploitation Image from Shutterstock WATER Water; we can't live without it, and thankfully much of the Earth is made up of it. Yet we face major problems where the

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EPA Introduces Regulations Limiting Hydraulic Fracturing Emissions

EPA Introduces Regulations Limiting Hydraulic Fracturing Emissions

Today the EPA finally introduced long-delayed regulations requiring natural gas companies to utilize technologies that reduce or eliminate the emission of smog-forming volatile organic compounds (VOCS)

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Iranian Architect Builds Sustainable Bamboo Dome From Bamboo and Dry Rice Plants

Iranian Architect Builds Sustainable Bamboo Dome From Bamboo and Dry Rice Plants

It takes three people two days to build this shelter, which is made from seventy bamboo canes. The base of the self-standing shelter was made from gas pipes from a local shop, ensuring the structure

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Japan to Shut Down Last Operating Nuclear Reactor on May 6th

Japan to Shut Down Last Operating Nuclear Reactor on May 6th

Nuclear Power Station image from Shutterstock For the first time in a generation, Japan is set to go nuclear-free next month. Nuclear energy has suffered a serious blow to its public image since the

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Updated Cornell Study Shows Fracking Causes More Global Warming Than Coal

Updated Cornell Study Shows Fracking Causes More Global Warming Than Coal

Hydraulic fracking is getting a pretty bad reputation for its potential to pollute water, cause cancer, and trigger earthquakes -- need we go on? But a new study from Cornell reports that the natural gas

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U.S. Coast Guard Launches Cannon Fire to Sink Japanese Tsunami Ghost Ship

U.S. Coast Guard Launches Cannon Fire to Sink Japanese Tsunami Ghost Ship

The Japanese ghost ship that recently appeared off the coast of Canada has recently come under cannon fire from the U.S. Coast Guard. The 164-foot Ryou-un-Maru fishing vessel washed out into the Pacific

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Japanese Ghost Ship Spotted Off Coast of Canada Signaling Arrival of Tsunami Wreckage

Japanese Ghost Ship Spotted Off Coast of Canada Signaling Arrival of Tsunami Wreckage

After Japan was hit with a devastating earthquake in March 2011, the Pacific nation was rocked by a massive tsunami that destroyed thousands of coastal houses, cars and boats and swept millions of tons of

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Japan to Reopen Area Around Fukushima, Home to 16,000 Evacuees

Japan to Reopen Area Around Fukushima, Home to 16,000 Evacuees

The Japanese government has relaxed restrictions imposed on some of the towns impacted by last years Fukushima nuclear disaster. The towns of Kawauchi and Tamura were largely reopened to residents on

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Reactor at Fukushima Confirmed to Have Fatally High Levels of Radiation

Reactor at Fukushima Confirmed to Have Fatally High Levels of Radiation

The most recent inspection of the No. 2 Nuclear Reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi plant has cast doubts on government claims of the reactor's stability. A probe found radiation levels 10 times the fatal

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Japan Shuts Down Second-to-Last Nuclear Reactor

Japan Shuts Down Second-to-Last Nuclear Reactor

In the wake of the world's worst nuclear disaster in a generation, yet another nuclear reactor in Japan was taken offline for maintenance on Monday, leaving only one of the country's 54 nuclear reactors

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Google Launches Incredible ‘Street View’ Map of the Amazon

Google Launches Incredible ‘Street View’ Map of the Amazon

We were pretty excited when we found out last year than Google was working in the Amazon to create a Street View map of the ecologically vital rainforest. To coincide with World Forest Day, they've just

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AIA and Architecture for Humanity Team Up To Help Architects Respond To Disasters

AIA and Architecture for Humanity Team Up To Help Architects Respond To Disasters

Last month the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and nonprofit Architecture for Humanity teamed up to launch ArchitectsRebuild.org, a new website that promises to help architects contribute to

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Melbourne’s Advanced Technologies Centre by H2o Architects Looks Like a Gigantic LEGO Brick

Melbourne’s Advanced Technologies Centre by H2o Architects Looks Like a Gigantic LEGO Brick

Much of the design of Swinburne University of Technology's Advanced Technologies Centre is about openness, circulation, and adaptability. The lower labs are glassed on all sides

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Study Shows Air Emissions from Fracking Sites Contain Carcinogens and Other Harmful Chemicals

Study Shows Air Emissions from Fracking Sites Contain Carcinogens and Other Harmful Chemicals

When hydraulic fracturing (or fracking - the technique of extracting natural gas from rocks) was thrust into the public consciousness with the release of the 2010 film Gasland, most of the conversation

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One Year After Fukushima, Radiation Adviser Shunichi Yamashita Attempts to Assuage a Shaken Public

One Year After Fukushima, Radiation Adviser Shunichi Yamashita Attempts to Assuage a Shaken Public

One year after the disastrous earthquake and tsunami that shook Japan to its core, all eyes are turned to radiation risk management adviser Shunichi Yamashita. Yamashita, the son of a Nagasaki atomic bomb

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