What lessons must the Hanford handlers learn from Fukushima?
HANFORD'S NUCLEAR LEGACY & LESSONS UNLEARNED FROM FUKUSHIMA
The nuclear crisis that was triggered by the massive earthquake in Japan on March 11 has raised many questions about the vulnerability and safety of nuclear power installations throughout the world. But we've heard little discussion about the on-going saga of the radioactive wonderland two hundred miles upstream from Portland, at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.
Antonia Juhasz on her new book BLACK TIDE: the Devastating Impact of the Gulf Oil Spill.
Host Per Fagereng interviews Antonia Juhasz about her new book BLACK TIDE: the Devastating Impact of the Gulf Oil Spill
It is the largest oil disaster in American history, and it could happen again. It is more than a story of ruined beaches, dead wildlife, chemical dispersants, corporate spin, political machinations, and financial fallout. It is a riveting human drama filled with people whose lives will forever be defined as “before” and “after” the Gulf oil disaster.
Physicist and activist Vandana Shiva discusses "War on Earth"
Vandana Shiva - War on the Earth (interview)
The predatory practices of corporations are increasingly turning our fragile garden into a junkyard. Citizens are told by their political masters and the corporados who pay them that there is no alternative. That’s true if one’s only concern is profits. That approach is fast turning our planet into a toxic waste dump. The landscape of environmental devastation extends from radiation leaks in Japan to drilling in the Alberta tar sands to hydofracking in Pennsylvania and New York to leveling mountains in West Virginia to more drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. However in India, the site of some of the worst corporate abuses, there is tremendous popular resistance.
Crowd-sourced DIY radiation monitoring through Safecast.org
When last month's 9.0 earthquake and tsunami breached six Japanese nuclear reactors in Fukushima, releasing radiation into the atmosphere, Marcelino Alvarez of Uncorked Studios was not soothed by the official reports that there was "nothing to worry about." He hit upon the idea of using "citizen scientists" to crowd-source radiation data. Within 72 hours he and David Ewald had Rdtn.org, now known asSafecast, up and running, and within the first week there were over 150,000 visitors from 130 countries.
Theresa Mitchell with the "news you're not supposed to know" Theresa Mitchell with the "news you're not supposed to know" notes that radioactive cesium in fish 35 km from Fukushima reactors is 25x legal limit. Possibility of radiation disheartening to those who live on coast here in Oregon. How is our food being tested for radiation here in US? "Far below levels that pose risk to humans" -- really? Radioactive plumes from Fukushima--Northern Oregon right in the path. Also instability in economy -- even Ben Stein proclaiming that economic collapse is coming. Inflation -- a hidden tax. Gold and silver gaining in value. Workers wages become worth less.
Mothers battle for Mother Earth: How 'ordinary women' are saving the planet: Arrested more than 50 times-most recently at BP's London headquarters- Texas mom Diane Wilson shares her journey from quiet fisherwoman to unstoppable activist willing to chain herself to Union Carbide's smokestacks. Her new book is 'Diary of an Eco-Outlaw'www.chelseagreen.com/bookstore/item/diary_of_an_ecooutlaw Also: For 38 years Jane Swanson has called attention to the dangers of California's Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant. She's a member of mothersforpeace.org which has joined a coaltion petitioning the NRC to stop licensing nuclear power plants.
Mothers battle for Mother Earth: How 'ordinary' women are saving the planet Arrested more than 50 times- most recently at BP's London headquarters-- Texas mom and fisherwoman Diane Wilson shares her journey from quiet fisherwoman to unstoppable activist and her new book "Diary of an Eco-Outlaw." www.chelseagreen.com/bookstore/item/diary_of_an_ecooutlaw And, we'll speak with Jane Swanson, a longtime California anti-nuke activist living in the fallout zone of the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant.She's a member of mothersforpeace.org, which has joined a coalition petitioning the NRC to halt licensing of new nuclear plants.
Guest host Kathleen Stephenson interviews painter April Waters about her series of paintings called "Sheroes," which is currently on exhibit through April 21st at Portland Artists Repertory Theater at 1515 SW Morrison.
"Sheroes" is an exhibit of larger than life portraits and water. The women in the portraits, Vandana Shiva, Malalai Joya, Wangari Maathai, Helen Caldicott, Amy Goodman and Maude Barlow, have all fought for humanitarian and environmental justice. Most of them have contributed to equitable sharing and protection of clean water.