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Japan CO2 emissions rise 4.4 percent in 2010/11Reuters | 18 Nov 2011
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) from burning fuel rose 4.4 percent in the year that ended in March from the previous year to 1.122 billion tonnes, the trade ministry said Friday, as a recovery in the economy and an unusually hot summer boosted the use of energy.
Japan raises nuclear alert level to sevenGuardian Unlimited | 12 Apr 2011
Fukushima Daiichi power plant emergency is now on a par with the 1986 Chernobyl warning. Japan is to raise the nuclear alert level at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant to a maximum seven, putting the emergency on a par with the 1986 Chernobyl disaster. Nuclear safety officials had insisted they had no plans to raise the severity of the crisis from five - the same level as the Three Mile Island accident in 1979 – according to the international nuclear and radiological event scale.
Japan, in wake of nuclear crisis, orders summer energy cutbacksWashington Post | 10 Apr 2011
The Japanese government ordered businesses and residents last week to cut their energy use by as much as 25 percent this summer to avoid power outages after the crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, a decision lawmakers acknowledged could have economic ramifications.
Minister wants Germany to drop nuclear extensionReuters | 10 Apr 2011
The German government should scrap its plans to extend nuclear energy by an average of 12 years as a result of the disaster in Japan, Environment Minister Norbert Roettgen said in an interview published on Sunday.
South Korean schools close amid radiation fearsGuardian Unlimited | 08 Apr 2011
More than 100 schools close in Gyeonggi province, despite the PM's office saying radiation levels in rain pose no health risk. More than 100 South Korean schools have cancelled or shortened classes over fears that rain falling across the country may show traces of radiation from the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan. The Education Office of Gyeonggi province said it allowed schools to decide whether to open on Thursday.
China to ban imports of farm products from JapanReuters | 08 Apr 2011
China will ban the import of farm produce, including food, edible agricultural products and feedstuff, from 12 areas in Japan, the country's quarantine authorities said, as concerns about radiation contamination mount.
Japanese nuclear engineers plug Fukushima leakGuardian Unlimited | 06 Apr 2011
Workers stem flow of radioactive water into sea using mixture of sawdust, newspaper, concrete and a type of liquid glass. Engineers battling to contain the crisis at Japan's Fukushima nuclear power plant appeared to have turned an important corner last night after they stopped highly radioactive water from leaking into the ocean from one of the facility's crippled reactors.
Japan says not seeking exemption from Kyoto CO2 pledgeReuters | 05 Apr 2011
Japan is not seeking an exemption from its Kyoto Protocol pledges to cut greenhouse gases, a government official said on Tuesday, despite a nuclear safety crisis that could hamper efforts to reduce its use of fossil fuels.
Japan to dump 11,500 tons low-radioactive waterReuters | 05 Apr 2011
VIENNA (Reuters) - Japan will need to discharge a total of 11,500 tons of low-contaminated water into the ocean from the site of a stricken nuclear reactor, a senior Japanese nuclear official said in Vienna on Monday.
Japan's nuclear crisis casts doubt over carbon goalsReuters | 04 Apr 2011
Japan's protracted nuclear safety crisis has begun to cast doubts over its pledge of ambitious carbon emissions cuts by the end of the decade, which will rely heavily on plans to boost nuclear power generation.
Japan has no immediate plan to review 2020 climateReuters | 01 Apr 2011
Japan has no immediate plan to review its emission reduction pledge for 2020, the environment minister said on Friday, in the first official comment about the target after a nuclear crisis has boosted the country's need for power from fossil fuels.
Fukushima soil contains plutonium traces, according to Japanese officialsGuardian Unlimited | 29 Mar 2011
Government says levels are not harmful to human health as anxiety grows over leaks at stricken nuclear power plant. Traces of plutonium have been found in the soil at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, Japanese officials said on Monday, but not at levels considered harmful to human health. The discovery of plutonium - a byproduct of nuclear reactions - added to anxiety over the stricken plant, 150 miles north of Tokyo.
UK must push on with nuclear plans: scientistsReuters | 29 Mar 2011
Nuclear plants remain one of the safest ways to make electricity, and Britain should not allow Japan's tsunami-provoked problems to delay its new build plans, UK scientists said on Tuesday.
Japanese nuclear firm admits error on radiation readingGuardian Unlimited | 28 Mar 2011
Tokyo Electric Power says initial reports of levels 10m times higher than normal in parts of No 2 reactor were inaccurate. Fresh doubt has been cast on the handling of the Fukushima nuclear crisis after officials admitted wildly overstating levels of radiation, prompting an evacuation of the...
IAEA calls nuclear safety summit amid Japan crisisReuters | 28 Mar 2011
The U.N. atomic energy chief called a Vienna summit to tackle mounting concerns about nuclear safety, saying on Monday the international community needed a coordinated response in the wake of Japan's crisis.
Japan nuclear crisis puts UK public off new power stationsGuardian Unlimited | 22 Mar 2011
Support for new nuclear in UK falls by 12% following near-meltdown at Fukushima in Japan, Friends of the Earth finds Support for nuclear power in the UK has dropped by twelve percent following the near-meltdown at Fukushima nuclear power plant, according to a national opinion poll conducted since the earthquake near Japan that triggered a devastating tsunami.