Radioactive Fukushima snake tracked to measure contamination

Snakes have been helping researchers to gauge current levels of radiation around the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Japan where three reactors suffered meltdowns after the earthquake and tsunami in March 2011.

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Podcast: “A permanent reactor": Fracking's radioactive health threat to Ohio will last 1,600 years without action

Industry, with help from the state, has chosen to downplay or ignore risks to both workers in the fracking industry and locals who live near oil and gas sites, treatment plants, and sewage systems.

Investigation uncovers Ohio is “illegally” building radioactive mountains, affecting 26 waterways

Everyone knows that oil and gas wells produce oil and natural gas. But few people understand that these wells also produce radioactive waste, or that it's being disposed of in communities alongside household trash.


Life goes on at Chernobyl 35 years after the world’s worst nuclear accident

Although there were mass evacuations following the radioactive catastrophe, Chernobyl never fully emptied of people.

Cleanup of Rayrock mine, the 'Tłı̨chǫ Giant,' to receive public scrutiny

Kwetıı̨ɂ̨aà, one of the most contaminated sites on Tłı̨chǫ land, is about to be cleaned up – again. Federal plans will receive a public examination next week.

Nuclear fallout is showing up in U.S. honey, decades after bomb tests

Levels of radioactive cesium aren't concerning, but study shows how they persist in food products.

Nuclear waste structures in Washington state are stabilized

The U.S. Department of Energy has confirmed that two underground structures at the decommissioned Hanford nuclear reservation in Washington state have been stabilized after they were deemed at risk of collapsing and spreading radioactive contamination into the air.

DeSantis, Manatee officials work to prevent 20-foot wall of wastewater at Piney Point

At a Sunday afternoon press conference, Manatee County officials reported “no news was good news.”

Why frack wastewater injected underground doesn't always stay there

One geologist says the landscape is like "Swiss cheese" from a century of drilling. All those wells could allow fracking wastewater to travel to the surface.

Japan marks 10 years since Fukushima

Japan marked a decade since the Fukushima disaster with a moment of silence, prayers and anti-nuclear protests.

Sea-level rise could threaten coastal nuclear waste facilities

Recent research suggests that as seas rise, some nuclear waste storage facilities are at risk of flooding or storm damage.

River dredging near Chernobyl risks radioactive water contamination

Eight million people in Ukraine are in danger of drinking contaminated water due to the construction of an inland shipping route.

Pennsylvania: Westmoreland landfill neighbors frustrated

  1. Municipal officials and residents who live near the Westmoreland Sanitary Landfill in Rostraver on Thursday voiced frustration and anger over its continuing operation and what they say is a lack of adequate state regulation.

Study: Radiation levels higher downwind of fracking sites

Researchers found elevated levels of radioactivity on air particles measured downwind of fracking sites around the country. They say health effects are possible, though not imminent.

Airborne radioactivity increases downwind of fracking, study finds

Particles released by drilling could damage the health of nearby residents, say scientists.

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Researchers, doctors call for regulators to reassess safety of taking acetaminophen during pregnancy

The painkiller, taken by half of pregnant women worldwide, could be contributing to rising rates of reproductive system problems and neurodevelopmental disorders like ADHD and autism.

LISTEN: Azmal Hossan on the sociology of climate crises in South Asia

"If we look at the rate of carbon emissions, most is emitted by the developed and industrialized countries, but the problem is poor countries like Bangladesh are the main sufferers."

Op-ed: We don’t have time for another fossil fuel bridge

Those holding up carbon capture and hydrogen as new climate solutions are leading us down the wrong path.

Climate storytelling: Creativity and imagination in the face of bleak realities

Working with youth writers on a climate-fiction screenplay has opened my eyes to the power of the arts in confronting environmental crises.

Ocean plastic pollution

Too much plastic is ending up in the ocean — and making its way back onto our dinner plates.

Peter Dykstra: Protected by an alphabet soup of acronyms

CITES, CCAMLR, LDC, MBTA, CBD, Ramsar, LWCF ... they may make your eyes glaze over, but they protect our health and planet.

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