At some point the persistence of leaks at the Fukushima nuclear plant stops being news, and reports that there is not a leak becomes a story. The problem this time: typhoon rains, and chances are good more heavy weather will hit the region before the busy storm season ends.
In recent weeks, radiation levels have spiked at the Fukushima nuclear power reactors in Japan, with recorded levels of 10,000 millisieverts per hour at one spot. This is the number reported by the reactor's discredited owner, Tokyo Electric Power Co., although that number is simply as high as the Geiger counters go.
Just two and a half months after Japan's nuclear disaster kicked off a global rethink, Germany's governing coalition has committed to closing down all of the country's nuclear power plants by 2022 Chancellor Angela Merkel says Germany will replace nuclear, which (more).
After five weeks of struggling to avoid a total meltdown at the quake- and tsunami-battered Fukushima nuclear plant, Tokyo Electric Power Co. has announced that it could be nine months before it is able to cool damaged reactors completely.
Here are the latest headlines from Japan's struggle to prevent nuclear meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi plant as of early Friday morning (Japan time).
Nuclear power was beginning to look like a panacea -- a way to lessen our dependence on oil, make our energy supply more self-sufficient and significantly mitigate global warming, all at the same time. Now it looks more like a bargain with the devil.
The crisis over faulty or fraudulent paperwork in mortgage foreclosures -- which is either a big deal or a humongous deal, depending on which experts you believe -- is the fault of arrogant, greedy lenders who played fast and loose with the basic property rights of homeowners.
Scott Brown of Massachusetts has decided to support the anemic financial reform bill because, as The Washington Post reports, "he got nearly everything he wanted." The bill is now expected to pass with the support of at least two other Republicans, including Maine's Olympia Snowe.