Experts say health effects from the radiation released by last year's nuclear disaster will be minimal. But the lasting psychological trauma from the tsunami, including the loss of life and livelihoods, will be an ongoing struggle.
A new independent report on the Fukushima nuclear accident found that a far worse meltdown — one that could have forced the evacuation of Tokyo's 30 million people — was narrowly avoided. It also suggests that Japan also suffered a failure of government regulation, supervision and response.
A new law proposed in the District would make it easier for businesses and organizations to get on the solar-powered bandwagon, even if their particular building leaves something to be desired in the sun department.
Environmental groups are calling for the EPA to strip Virginia regulators of the ability to issue permits for mountaintop removal, saying they have been doing so without providing sufficient notice to the public.
The U.S. has been dependent on foreign oil for its energy needs for decades. Some analysts now say the country could become energy independent over the next decade. Still, exactly what "energy independence" means is in dispute.
The U.S. has become a net exporter of gasoline for the first time in fifty years. Thanks to rising production at refineries and declining demand, the United States exported more gasoline than it imported in December. The unusual development reflects the segmented U.S. energy market — the East Coast needs to import gas while the Midwest produces a surplus.
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