Daily Archives: January 3, 2013

Fiscal Cliff Deal Brings New Fight Over Social Welfare

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Christie Blames Boehner for Sandy Aid Inaction

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Robert Stavins on Economics and the Environment

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Sandy victims’ outrage forces Congress to vote on relief package

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No longer silent

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New York Resident: Sandy Aid Decision ‘Pathetic’

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Many Said This Is Exactly What Would Happen! More On Shell Oil Rig That Ran Aground In Alaska


Al Jazeera launches US channel

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FrackNation “Meet The Sautners”


BBC News – Why Japan’s ‘Fukushima 50’ remain unknown

13 December 2012 Last updated at 21:23 ETBy Rupert Wingfield-Hayes BBC News, Tatsuno, Japan

The BBC’s Rupert Wingfield-Hayes has been to the radiation zone to meet one of the workers who stayed at the plant

Japan quake

Entering the exclusion zone around the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant is an unnerving experience.

It is, strictly speaking, also illegal. It is an old cliché to say that radiation is invisible. But without a Geiger counter, it would be easy to forget that this is now one of the most contaminated places on Earth.

The small village of Tatsuno lies in a valley 15km (9.3 miles) from the plant. In the sunlight, the trees on the hillsides are a riot of yellow and gold. But then I realise the fields were once neat rice paddies. Now the grass and weeds tower over me.

On the village main street, the silence is deafening – not a person, car, bike or dog. At one house, washing still flaps in the breeze. And all around me, invisible, in the soil, on the trees, the radiation lingers.

But on top of a hill behind the village is a farm – and here there is noise. Two long metal sheds are crowded with cows, nearly 400 of them. Sitting next to a wood stove sipping a cup of coffee is 58-year-old Masami Yoshizawa.

There are close to 400 cows at Mr Yoshizawa’s farm

He shouldn’t be here. Nor should his cows. He should be gone and they should be dead. But Mr Yoshizawa is refusing to leave or slaughter his cows.

“I will never be able to grow rice again on this land,” he says. “No vegetables, no fruit. We can’t even eat the mushrooms that grow in the woods; they are too contaminated. But I will not kill my cows. They are a symbol of the nuclear disaster that happened here.”

Environment Ethics http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre120