Naoto Kan and the End of ‘Japan Inc’

by Tim Shorrock The Nation (March 30 2011) On March 13, forty-eight hours after Japan's Tohoku region was rocked by a catastrophic earthquake, a ferocious tsunami and partial meltdowns at several nuclear power plants in Fukushima, Prime Minister Naoto Kan asked his citizens to unite in the face of "the toughest crisis in Japan's sixty-five … Continue reading Naoto Kan and the End of ‘Japan Inc’

Food is the New Frontier in Green Tech

by Ali Partovi techcrunch.com (April 24 2011) This is a guest post from Ali Partovi {1}, angel investor, startup advisor and serial entrepreneur. He co-founded iLike {2}, acquired by Myspace in 2009, and LinkExchange {3}, acquired by Microsoft for $265 million in 1998. His portfolio has included successes as far-ranging as Zappos, Facebook, DropBox and … Continue reading Food is the New Frontier in Green Tech

Why Nuclear is Dead on Arrival

And the Energy Source That Will Take Over by Matthew Weinschenk Wall Street Daily (March 22 2011) For decades, environmentalists had labeled nuclear power as too dangerous. But Chernobyl aside, the industry earned respect by boasting a strong overall safety record and low emissions. It also offered a viable energy alternative to oil. Then the … Continue reading Why Nuclear is Dead on Arrival

Fukushima and the Future of Nuclear Power

Green Cross International (April 11 2011) The nuclear disaster resulting from the unprecedented earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan in early March has revived the debate over the future of nuclear power worldwide. Public opinion polls around the world reveal record anti-nuclear public attitudes. According to recent surveys, 87% of people in Switzerland (Le Matin,19.03.2011) … Continue reading Fukushima and the Future of Nuclear Power

Chernobyl 25 years later

Many lessons learned by Mikhail Gorbachev Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (March/April 2011) The catastrophic accident in 1986 at the Chernobyl nuclear power station in Ukraine was one of the worst man-made disasters of the twentieth century. Two and a half decades later, the nuclear accident offers many lessons for preventing, managing, and recovering from … Continue reading Chernobyl 25 years later

Russia calls for stricter nuclear safety rules

by Maria Danilova, Associated Press Associated Press (April 26 2011) KIEV, Ukraine - Russian President Dmitry Medvedev called on the international community to work out unified guidelines to prevent accidents such as the Chernobyl disaster 25 years ago while continuing to develop nuclear energy. Medvedev and his Ukrainian counterpart Viktor Yanukovych spoke at a memorial … Continue reading Russia calls for stricter nuclear safety rules