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Fukushima Plant Is Releasing 770,000 Tons of Radioactive Water Into the Pacific Ocean

Published on Truthout, 14 August 2017.

When Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant suffered a triple-core meltdown in March 2011 as the result of devastating earthquake, most people had no idea this was only the beginning of a nuclear disaster that has arguably become the single worst industrial accident in human history.

Keeping the three core meltdowns cool has been an ongoing challenge that has yet to be met. As fresh water is pumped over the cores, it is then stored on site in massive tanks. The Tokyo Electric Power company (TEPCO), the operator of the plant, then has to figure out what to do with that water.

Recently, TEPCO announced that it would dump 770,000 tons of radioactive tritium water into the Pacific Ocean.

The announcement infuriated local fishermen and environmental groups across Japan. According to Mozhgan Savabieasfahani, an environmental toxicologist and winner of the 2015 Rachel Carson prize, their outrage and alarm is not without merit.

“The release of thousands of tons of radioactive tritium by a giant utility company into our aquatic and natural environments is a blood-chilling prospect,” Savabieasfahani told Truthout.

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Deforestation and Climate Disruption Are Degrading the Amazon, Endangering Our Survival

Published on Truthout, 7 August 2017.

As human beings, our survival depends upon respecting the complexity of the Earth’s ecosystems and protecting them, say the experts in Brazil tasked with protecting the Amazon rainforest from the effects of human-caused climate disruption. The Amazon is one of the most important and biodiverse ecosystems, and it is being deforested at an astonishing rate.

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“Biological Annihilation,” Trillion-Ton Icebergs, Warming Levels Unseen for 115,000 Years

Published on Truthout, 31 July 2017.

This month, we take an in-depth look at the impacts of climate disruption from the Earth’s center of biodiversity — the Amazon rainforest. Meanwhile, scientists report that one-third of all global vertebrates are gone, Antarctica is on track to lose a quarter of its ice coverage by 2100, and record-high temperatures continue to be set across the globe.

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Oregon’s Siletz River Ecosystem Files Lawsuit to Defend Its Rights

Published on Truthout, 26 July 2017.

Ecuador, New Zealand, India and Colombia have recognized the personhood rights of rivers. Now representatives of the Siletz River Ecosystem in Oregon have filed a motion to intervene in a lawsuit to protect the ecosystem’s right to be “free from toxic trespass and aerially sprayed pesticides.”

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