Wednesday, March 16th 2011 - 15:05 UTC

WHO: radiation risk in Japan limited to area next to damaged nuclear plant

Gregory Hartl, spokesman for the WHO: “it is a local risk”

The risk of the contamination of food products from nuclear radiation in Japan is limited to the specific area surrounding the damaged nuclear plant, according to a source from the World Health Organization (WHO).

Wednesday, March 16th 2011 - 14:45 UTC

US extends import duties on shrimp to protect local industry hurt by BP’s oil spill

Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour and Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal pressed the ITC to retain the tariffs

United States announced this week it will continue import duties on shrimp from Thailand, China, Vietnam, India and Brazil for five more years in a victory for the US shrimp industry hurt by last year's BP oil spill.

Wednesday, March 16th 2011 - 06:07 UTC

Japan seems unable to control stricken nuclear plant; fears of radiation

Low levels of radiation reported in Tokyo, 240 kilometres away

Workers were ordered to withdraw from a stricken Japanese nuclear power plant on Wednesday after radiation levels rose, Kyodo news reported, a development that suggested the crisis was spiralling out of control.

Wednesday, March 16th 2011 - 03:05 UTC

Japanese stocks rebound; central bank injects 326 billion USD in three days

The death toll is expected to exceed 10.000 and 3% of Japan’s GDP

Japanese stocks rebounded Wednesday as concerns over the long-term impact of Friday's earthquake and tsunami on Japan's economy ease.

Wednesday, March 16th 2011 - 01:32 UTC

‘Frozen’ Japanese economy expected to rebound positively in third quarter

Major industries have closed their factories to evaluate damages

Friday's earthquake and tsunami have left parts of Japan's economy “frozen”, but analysts forecast that it will bounce back later this year. Some of the country's leading producers, including the world's biggest carmaker, Toyota, have closed all of their plants in the country.

Tuesday, March 15th 2011 - 07:58 UTC

Japanese officials admit radiation levels at nuclear plant are eight times higher

People within a 20km exclusion zone around the plant had to leave; those living between 20km and 30km should remain indoors.

Explosions at a Japanese quake-stricken nuclear plant have led to radiation levels that can affect human health, a senior Japanese official has said. Prime Minister Naoto Kan has urged those living within 30km of the plant to stay indoors.

Monday, March 14th 2011 - 07:05 UTC

Second explosion at nuclear plant damaged by Japan’s earthquake

PM Naoto Kan said: “We as Japanese people can overcome these hardships”

A second explosion has hit the nuclear plant in Japan that was damaged in Friday's earthquake, but officials said it had resisted the blast. TV footage showed smoke rising from Fukushima plant's reactor 3, a day after an explosion hit reactor 1.

Monday, March 14th 2011 - 06:24 UTC

Dangerous neurotoxin could be responsible for massive death of fish in California

Yachts at Redondo Beach marina clogged with dead sardines

Dead fish found in the King’s Harbor Marina in Redondo Beach, California, this week have tested positive for a dangerous neurotoxin. The California Department of Fish and Game originally blamed the die-off on oxygen deprivation.

Monday, March 14th 2011 - 02:09 UTC

Chevron appeals 9.5 billion USD fine from an Ecuador court

Indigenous groups argue that Texaco dumped billions of litres of toxic materials destroying their live hood

US oil giant Chevron has launched a legal appeal against a 9.5 billion US dollars fine by an Ecuador court for polluting much of the country's Amazon region.

Sunday, March 13th 2011 - 00:33 UTC

Explosion at quake-damaged Japanese nuclear power station; 170.000 evacuated

The cooling systems of two nuclear reactors have failed

An estimated 170,000 people have been evacuated from the area around a quake-damaged nuclear power station in north-east Japan that was hit by an explosion, the UN atomic watchdog says.


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