‘Only Option’: Japan May Dump Fukushima Nuclear Plant Water Into Pacific Ocean

‘Only Option’: Japan May Dump Fukushima Nuclear Plant Water Into Pacific Ocean

Photo: The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, seen on Feb. 22, 2016. (TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA/AFP/Getty Images)

Japan’s environment minister said the country will have to dump large quantities of contaminated water from the Fukushima Daiichi power plant, which was damaged during the March 2011 earthquake, because the facility is running out of room.

During the devastating earthquake and subsequent tsunami, three Fukushima reactors were damaged. However, by 2022, storage space will … [more…]

Household water and energy bills soar 30% in four years

Utility bills - Household water and energy bills soar 30% in four years

Despite general inflation running between 1.8% and a maximum of 4% per year since 2015, the cost of some of the core utilities has skyrocketed in that time, disproportionately impacting poorer households, including single parent families.

According to the September 2019 Money Statistics produced by The Money Charity, UK households spent £111.27 million per day on the core utilities of water and energy in Q1 2019, equating to £4.05 per … [more…]

Water and women: we need to know more

Water and women: we need to know more

Photo: © Caritas Internationalis.

Justice for women in the access to water and sanitation will not be attained without more specific statistical data on their situation. The campaign #NoWalking4Water needs to raise our awareness of the gender invisibility suffered by millions of women, which prevents efficient actions from being carried out in order to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

The water crisis affects women twice over. In the poorest areas, … [more…]

To save life on Earth, here’s the $100 billion-a-year solution

pie charts: To save life on Earth, here's the $100 billion-a-year solution

Graphical pie charts: Increasing representation of important terrestrial, freshwater, and marine biodiversity sites for global 2030 milestones. (A) Terrestrial and freshwater biodiversity sites. (B) Marine biodiversity sites. The pie charts on the right of each figure represent sites that are currently not protected. Credit: Dinerstein et al., Sci. Adv. 2019; 5:eaaw2869

There have been five mass extinctions in the history of the Earth. But in the 21st century, scientists now … [more…]

Safeguarding oceans from climate change a global responsibility

Photo: polar bear

Article/op-ed by Seychelles President Danny Faure. Image Credit: Hugo A. Sanchez/©Gulf News

There was a strong reason why I delivered an underwater speech to protect the marine life

Last Sunday, I climbed into the tight quarters of a Global Sub Dive submersible — essentially a clear bubble on a power platform — with sub pilot Randy Holt. As an islander and as the president of the Republic of Seychelles, an … [more…]