Disasters

June 26, 2011 to June 30, 2011

The World Conference of Science Journalists

Primarily focused on science journalism and journalists, the conference will be held in the Arab world for the first time in its history, as a unique partnership between the Arab Science Journalists’ Assocation and the USA’s National Association of Science Writers.

"U.S. Criticized Tokyo's Nuclear Plan"

"The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident exposed flaws in the Japanese government's measures to guard the country's reactors against earthquakes and tsunamis. U.S. officials in recent years also have worried that Japanese officials haven't taken enough precautions to protect the facilities from terrorist attacks, according to diplomatic documents released over the weekend on the WikiLeaks website."

Source: Wall St. Journal, 05/10/2011
May 23, 2011 to May 25, 2011

Threatened Island Nations: Legal Implications of Rising Seas and a Changing Climate

Some time this century the Republic of the Marshall Islands is likely to be completely submerged. They asked Columbia Law School to look at the legal issues this raises. If a country is under water, is it still a state? Does it still have a seat at the UN? What happens to its fishing rights and mineral rights? What is the citizenship of its displaced people? Does it have legal recourse? The result is this international conference of legal scholars on legal issues faced by island nations threatened by sea level rise.

"Nuclear Agency Is Criticized as Too Close to Its Industry"

"Corroded cooling water pipes at the Byron nuclear power plant in Illinois could have caused a nuclear catastrophe. The plant, owned by Exelon Corp., is just one example of regulators from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission failing to penalize safety failures."

Source: NY Times, 05/09/2011

"Floods Raise Runoff Concerns"

"The Ohio and Mississippi River levels were falling Wednesday at the site where engineers blasted holes in a Missouri levee to relieve pressure. But unleashing torrents of water across 35 miles of farmland in what has already been a terrible flooding season could carry other consequences. One risk, scientists cautioned, is fertilizer runoff from the flooded farm country along the Mississippi."

Source: Wall St. Journal, 05/06/2011

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