Natural disasters?Guardian Unlimited | 01 Apr 2011
At least since Noah, and likely long before, we've stared in horror at catastrophe and tried to suss out deeper meaning - it was but weeks ago that the Tokyo governor, Shintaro Ishihara, declared that the earthquake/tsunami/ reactor tripleheader was "divine punishment" for excess consumerism. This line of reasoning usually fails to persuade these days (why are Las Vegas and Dubai unscathed by anything except the housing meltdown?) but it's persistent.
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.
Letters: Weighing up the cost of nuclear powerGuardian Unlimited | 28 Mar 2011
Nuclear power is unsafe because the consequences of any accident are so dire. Despite George Monbiot's perverse conclusion (Why Fukushima made me stop worrying about nuclear power and love it, 22 March), the disaster at Fukushima has so far caused the evacuation of over 100,000 people, the...
EU to subject nuclear reactors to "stress tests"Reuters | 25 Mar 2011
European leaders agreed on Friday to set the "highest standards" of nuclear safety, in part by subjecting reactors to "stress tests," to guard against crises like that at Japan's stricken Fukushima plant.
Tiny traces of Japan radiation spread to IcelandReuters | 22 Mar 2011
Minuscule numbers of radioactive particles believed to have come from Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant have been detected as far away as Iceland, officials said on Tuesday.
David Cameron's comments on nuclear emergency in Japan - Greenpeace responseGreenpeace UK | 16 Mar 2011
Responding to comments today by Prime Minister David Cameron, and to continuing events in Japan, Greenpeace executive director John Sauven said: The focus now for everybody should be on saving lives in Japan, and our thoughts in particular are with the heroic engineers working to reduce the impact of this nuclear accident.
Britain joins countries urging their citizens to leave TokyoGuardian Unlimited | 16 Mar 2011
Radiation levels in the Japanese capital were 10 times above normal levels at one point on Wednesday, prompting panic Britain France, Italy and Australia urged their nationals to get out of the capital, amid fears that a radioactive cloud could spread from the stricken nuclear reactors on Japan's...
Letters: Another rod to beat the nuclear industryGuardian Unlimited | 15 Mar 2011
It's hardly a surprise that building nuclear power stations on seismic fault lines, as Japan has done, turns out to be a foolish thing. The Fukushima disaster may mean meltdown or worse, but what it will certainly mean is extra expense (Disaster in Japan, 14 March). Nuclear has always been an expensive white elephant. UK taxpayers subsidise nuclear to the tune of £1bn a year.
Nuclear crisis - your questions answeredGuardian Unlimited | 14 Mar 2011
As Japan struggles to prevent a meltdown at Fukushima nuclear power plant, a panel of scientists will answer questions from 1pm. As the nuclear crisis continues at Fukushima Daiichi, there are many confusing reports circulating the internet - from the exposure of fuel rods at reactor 2 to the rise...
The real cause of Deepwater's spill? Peak oilGuardian Unlimited | 06 Jan 2011
Complacency, systemic failure, management incompetence resulted in the BP spill, says a US government report, but the real cause lies deeper still. The devastating report from the presidential commission on the Deepwater disaster spells out the reasons for the gigantic oil spill and the deaths of...
Greenpeace Takes Government to High Court to Halt Deep Water Oil DrillingGreenpeace UK | 12 Nov 2010
Greenpeace today dragged the Government into the High Court in London in a bid to stop offshore drilling in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon disaster. Lawyers acting for the environmental group filed a claim at the Royal Courts of Justice this morning seeking a halt to the issuing of new licences for deep sea drilling until the causes of the Deepwater Horizon explosion have been properly established. A hearing is expected in the coming weeks.
Letters: Greed not greens cause hungerGuardian Unlimited | 09 Nov 2010
The Channel 4 documentary What the Green Movement Got Wrong (Last night's TV, 5 November) in our view made a series of misguided and inaccurate allegations and assumptions. It identified GM as a solution to hunger and implicated anti-GM campaigners for exacerbating food insecurity. As development...
Climate photos fuel migration prejudicesGuardian Unlimited | 27 Oct 2010
Climate change is not a reason to use sensationalist images and language that would be unacceptable in any other public exhibition. The effects of climate change are so hard to imagine that we should welcome an exhibition of Postcards from the Future that promises "Images that bring ideas to life...
Tanker leaks jet fuel after North Sea collisionReuters | 12 Oct 2010
A Greek tanker carrying jet fuel and a Cypriot container ship collided some 30 km off the Dutch coast at Scheveningen leaking highly flammable kerosene into the sea, the Dutch coast guard said on Tuesday.
Video | Pakistan floods: Refugees in KarachiGuardian Unlimited | 08 Oct 2010
Declan Walsh travels to a former rice warehouse in Karachi that is acting as a temporary home for refugees left homeless by last month's floods. With low food supplies, poor sanitation and reports of corruption in the compensation system, the provincial government is struggling to provide for the victims.
BP CEO defends BP safety record under MP grillingReuters | 15 Sep 2010
BP Chief Executive Tony Hayward defended the oil giant's safety culture under a grilling from British members of parliament as UK regulators released dozens of documents questioning the company's record.
BP insists deepwater drilling in North Sea will go aheadGuardian Unlimited | 15 Sep 2010
Outgoing chief executive Tony Hayward says less risk than in Gulf of Mexico, as Shetlands work is expected to start next year BP is determined to press ahead with plans to drill deepwater wells west of the Shetlands despite criticism of its "outrageous" attitude to the risks of drilling in the US and worries about its North Sea safety record.