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Russian nuclear facility denies it is source of high radioactivity levels

nuclear experts have said there was no evidence to suggest the leak posed a significant hazard
Nuclear experts have said there was no evidence to suggest the leak posed a significant hazard to human health or the environment. Photograph: Martin Argles for the Guardian

Greenpeace calls for investigation after levels of ruthenium-106 in atmosphere near Urals site found to be 986 times norm

November 21, 2017 — A secretive Russian nuclear facility has denied it was behind high atmospheric concentrations of the radioactive isotope ruthenium-106, after Russia’s meteorological Continue reading Russian nuclear facility denies it is source of high radioactivity levels

122 countries adopt global treaty banning nuclear weapons

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Nuclear-armed states dismiss the ban as unrealistic, arguing it will have no impact on reducing the global stockpile of 15,000 atomic weapons

UNITED NATIONS (Jul. 7, 2017) — A global treaty banning nuclear weapons was adopted at the United Nations on Friday, July 7, despite opposition from the United States, Britain, France and other nuclear powers that boycotted negotiations. Continue reading 122 countries adopt global treaty banning nuclear weapons

New South Korean president vows to end use of nuclear power

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Moon Jae-in speaks at an event to mark the closure of South Korea’s oldest nuclear plant, Kori-1. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Moon Jae-in said he would lead country towards a ‘nuclear-free era’ following fears of a Fukushima-style meltdown

June 19, 2017 — South Korea’s new president, Moon Jae-in, has vowed to phase out the country’s dependence on nuclear power, warning of “unimaginable consequences” from a Fukushima-style meltdown. Continue reading New South Korean president vows to end use of nuclear power

Analysis: The climate papers most featured in the media in 2016

2016's top 10 climate papers for news and social media attention
2016’s top 10 climate papers for news and social media attention. CARBON BRIEF

Every year, thousands of scientific journal papers are published by researchers across the world, but only a tiny proportion make it into the pages of the newspapers

January 14, 2017 — Using Altmetric, we’ve compiled a list of the 25 most talked-about climate papers of 2016. You can see the Top 10 in our infographic above. Continue reading Analysis: The climate papers most featured in the media in 2016

Solar power to rise from Chernobyl’s nuclear ashes

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This power plant in Belarus another example of a solar project on the site of the Chernobyl disaster. Photograph: Viktor Drachev/TASS

Chinese companies plan to spend $1bn building a giant solar farm on land contaminated by the nuclear disaster in Ukraine, reports Climate News Network

January 12, 2017 — It was the worst nuclear accident in history, directly causing the deaths of 50 people, with at least an additional 4,000 fatalities believed to be caused by exposure to radiation.  Continue reading Solar power to rise from Chernobyl’s nuclear ashes

30 years on, Ukraine remembers Chernobyl catastrophe

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TRIBUTE. Ukrainians light candles near the memorial for ‘liquidators’ who died during cleaning up works after the Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster, during a ceremony in Slavutich, Ukraine, April 26, 2016. Photo by Sergey Dolzhenko/EPA

‘There was crying and screaming,’ says a resident, as she recalls the day the world’s worst nuclear accident occurred

CHERNOBYL, Ukraine (Apr. 26, 2016) — Ukrainians held candlelit vigils Tuesday, April 26, to mark 30 years since the world’s worst nuclear accident at Chernobyl spewed radiation across Europe and left several thousand people dead or dying.  Continue reading 30 years on, Ukraine remembers Chernobyl catastrophe

Japan marks 5th anniversary of quake, tsunami disaster with moment of silence

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AFTER 5 YEARS. Visitors offer a prayer for victims, at the former Disaster Prevention Center in Minamisanriku, Miyagi Prefecture, northern Japan, March 10, 2016. 43 people were killed when a 15.5-meter high wave hit the town. Japan will mark the fifth anniversary of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami on March 11. Photo by Kimimasa Mayama/EPA
‘I hope people will remember us, that lives of evacuees are still difficult in many ways, including financially,’ Kazuko Nihei, 39, says at a memorial event in a Tokyo park

TOKYO, Japan (Mar. 11, 2016) — Japan paused on Friday, March 11 to mark five years since an offshore earthquake spawned a monster tsunami that left about 18,500 people dead or missing along its Continue reading Japan marks 5th anniversary of quake, tsunami disaster with moment of silence

Fukushima mistakes linger as Japan marks 5th anniversary

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GROUND ZERO. An aerial photo taken by a small unmanned drone of the damaged units of Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, Japan, 20 March 2011. EPA/Air Photo Service / Handout / File
As officials vow to prevent a repeat, some critics say Tokyo’s push to restart switched-off nuclear reactors is proof that the lessons of the tragedy have not been learned

FUKUSHIMA, Japan (Mar. 10, 2016) — The complacency and cozy relationships blamed for the Fukushima nuclear accident are still a problem in Japan, experts warn, even as the country faces the Continue reading Fukushima mistakes linger as Japan marks 5th anniversary

Japan court orders two nuclear reactors to shut down

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ORDERED SHUT. This file photo taken on February 26, 2016 shows Kansai Electric Power’s number 3 (L) and number 4 (R) reactors at the Takahama nuclear plant in western Japan’s Fukui prefecture. Jiji Press/AFP
The order would bring the number of operating reactors in Japan down to two

TOKYO, Japan (Mar. 10, 2016) — A Japanese court on Wednesday, March 9, ordered two regional nuclear reactors to shut down over safety concerns, the plant’s operator said, just days before the fifth anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

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Former TEPCO bosses indicted over Fukushima disaster

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NUCLEAR CRISIS. A file picture dated March 12, 2011 shows an overview of the Fukushima I nuclear plant in Japan, shortly before an explosion happened. File photo by EPA
If convicted, they face up to 5 years in prison or a penalty of up to one million yen ($8,850)

TOKYO, Japan (Feb. 29, 2016) — Three former executives of the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant operator were indicted Monday, February 29, over the 2011 atomic accident, in what will be the first criminal trial linked to the disaster.

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