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Calculated cesium-137 concentration in the air, March 19, 2011 Graphic: Roulex_45, Wiki CC
The Fukushima nuclear disaster is a distant memory to most Americans, but at the time it prompted global concern about the releases of nuclear waste into the ocean and atmosphere. The 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami killed 15,900 people, and subsequent deaths from illness and suicide linked to the disaster totaled 3,775, according to a retrospective in Smithsonian Magazine. Dan Gearino of Inside Climate News writes that the impact of the disaster may have rocked the nuclear industry, but it is its high cost that has hampered the growth of nuclear power even though it is carbon-free. To refresh your recollection, the giant waves from the earthquake-caused tsunami engulfed the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant knocking out the backup generators that cooled the plant’s reactors and spent fuel, causing the reactor to suffer a partial meltdown. Half a million people were evacuated and the area has never been the same since.
Why This Matters: In Europe and Japan, the Fukushima disaster resulted in moves away from nuclear power. Gearino examined the state of nuclear power here and says it’s “difficult to examine the U.S. nuclear industry and conclude that it has a bright future.”
Getting more electric vehicles on the road is a crucial part of lowering greenhouse gas emissions and reducing air pollution. In addition to making EVs more affordable, charging must become more accessible and convenient–especially for people living in “charging deserts.” That’s where the mobile charging company, Spark Charge, comes in. CEO and Founder, Josh Aviv […]
Why This Matters: Car companies have long been allies of the fossil fuel industry. Now they are pivoting and expanding into EVs, not only pledging to reduce emissions but to go fully electric in coming decades.
by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer On Monday, the Biden administration announced that it had approved a $550 million solar energy project—named the Crimson Solar Project— with the capacity to power almost 90,000 homes. This project will be built on 2,000 acres of federally owned desert land west of Blythe, California. This area, halfway between […]
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