- 29 March 2011 | Environment
Highly radioactive water has leaked from a reactor at Japan's crippled nuclear complex. The plant, which is location 150 miles north of Tokyo has been unstable since the tragic earthquake, which left more than 27,000 people dead or missing across northeast Japan.
Fires, explosions and radiation leaks have repeatedly forced engineers to suspend efforts to stabilize the plant, including on Sunday when radiation levels spiked to 100,000 times above normal in water inside reactor No. 2.
More than 70,000 people have been evacuated from an area within 12 miles of the plant. Samples of rainwater in Massachusetts, Virginia and Pennsylvania have registered “very low” concentrations of radioactive material.
Also, the first signs of radiation have reached the Portuguese island of Azores, in the Atlantic Ocean. The radioactive particles, Xenon 133, traveled a long way from Fukushima - more than 11471 kilometres (7100 miles). Fortunately, its low levels do not cause any harm to human beings.
- 26 March 2011 | Environment
A Surfers Against Sewage campaign victory, secured in the revised Bathing Water Directive is launched today by the Environment Agency with the publishing of beach profiles for bathing waters. These beach profiles highlight what forms of pollution the beach suffers from and identifies the discharge points.
As well as vital information on sewage discharge points, locations of Combined Sewer Overflows (CSOS) and other sewerage infrastructure, these bathing water profiles also include maps and a description of the beach.
Bathing water profiles will not make the water cleaner, but they will allow all beach users to make more informed decisions about when is best to use the water and the information to know when it might be better to give it a miss due to pollution incidents.
- 23 February 2011 | Environment
A deadly earthquake has stunned the people of New Zealand, leaving in its wake at least 75 dead and many more injured or in a state of upheaval.
In addition to the horrible human catastrophe that is currently unfolding from the 6.3 magnitude earthquake that struck Christchurch, the quake has apparently caused 30 million tons of ice to fall off the Tasman Glacier, New Zealand’s largest glacier.
The glacier is located some 120 miles from the quake epicenter, and tourists and tour guides from the area said the icebergs dropping into the waters of the lake there created waves of up to 11 feet high.