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Radioactive cesium detected in Fukushima shiitake

NHK World  |  Link to article Radioactive cesium exceeding the government standard has been detected in shiitake mushrooms grown indoors in 2 cities in Fukushima Prefecture, about 60 kilometers from the troubled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. This is the first detection of radioactive cesium exceeding the standard in produce grown in greenhouses in the prefecture […]

Salazar Approves Major Renewable Energy Projects, Identifies Next Step in Solar Energy Development

U.S. Department of the Interior  |  Link to article Projects to generate 1,300 Jobs, 550 MW of clean power; Supplement to Solar PEIS will offer greater clarity for solar development in the West WASHINGTON – Advancing the Obama Administration’s commitment to rapid and responsible development of large-scale renewable energy, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar […]

California leads ‘clean economy,’ study finds

By Anne Cusack  |  Los Angeles Times  |  Link to article Nationwide, 2.7 million people work in the “clean economy,” according to a new study. It employs nearly 320,000 people in California. In the Los Angeles metropolitan area, the sector accounts for about 90,000 workers. Based on the definition offered in the report from the […]

Study: 15,000 per year train for green jobs in CA.

By David R. Baker   |   The San Francisco Chronicle / Blog   |   Link to article Politicians love to talk about the number of jobs a green economy can create. Jobs in solar installation, home energy retrofits and wind farm construction, to name a few. But how do people get those […]

Radioactive tritium leaks found at 48 US nuke sites

By Jeff Donn  |  Associated Press  |  Link to article BRACEVILLE, Ill. — Radioactive tritium has leaked from three-quarters of U.S. commercial nuclear power sites, often into groundwater from corroded, buried piping, an Associated Press investigation shows. The number and severity of the leaks has been escalating, even as federal regulators extend the licenses of more […]

Gov. Jerry Brown sees future in massive solar plant near Blythe

By K Kaufmann  |  |  Link to article At groundbreaking, governor calls for fiscal responsibility, innovation California Gov. Jerry Brown, just a day after vetoing the Democrat-backed state budget, on Friday used the backdrop of the future site of one of the world’s largest solar plants to issue a call for fiscal responsibility and […]

Germany to Forsake Its Nuclear Reactors

By PATRICK MCGROARTY and VANESSA FUHRMANS  |  The Wall Street Journal  |  Link to article BERLIN—Germany on Monday said it would close all of its 17 nuclear reactors by 2022, a sharp policy reversal that will make it the first major economy to quit atomic power in the wake of the nuclear crisis in Japan. […]

Fukushima Revives The Low-Dose Debate

By Dennis Normile  |  Science (  |  Link to article The general public avoided exposure to high levels of radioactivity, but questions linger about the long-term effects of contamination. FUKUSHIMA, JAPAN—At 5 p.m. sharp, Mitsuru Itou watches as a technician steps inside a quartet of orange traffic cones and black-and-yellow traffic bars marking a “keep […]

Tokyo Retreats From Its Nuclear Ambitions

By MITSURU OBE AND MARI IWATA  |  The Wall Street Journal  |  Link to article TOKYO—Prime Minister Naoto Kan said Japan should start over in forming a long-term energy policy, dropping plans to get half its energy needs from nuclear power and instead turning to renewable sources. “The existing energy-policy outline needs to be scrapped, […]