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Soviet Nuclear Waste Dump Poses Threat to Arctic Drilling (GCaptain): Exxon Mobil Corp. and its Russian partner OAO Rosneft are taking steps to drill near the ocean-floor wasteland, eager to plumb an Arctic region estimated to hold enough crude to supply the world for five years. They’ve sidestepped environmental groups’ calls for a clean-up prior to exploration of the area off Russia’s northern coast where Soviet ships dumped worn-out reactors and 17,000 containers of radioactive waste.
Eiko, of the performance team Eiko & Koma: “A Body in Fukushima,” an exhibition of photographs by William Johnston featuring Eiko, 62, performing in abandoned train stations in Fukushima, Japan. The images, elegant, bleak and harrowing, place her in a desolate landscape devastated by the explosions at the Fukushima nuclear power plant after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Monday that radiation in the primary containment vessel of the No. 1 reactor of the Fukushima No. 1 power station gets as high as 9.7 sieverts per hour — enough to kill a human within an hour. A rock is shown inside the primary containment vessel of the No. 1 reactor at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant in this image taken by a robot. How the rock got there is not yet known, but the robot lasted less than three hours in the deadly radioactive chamber. | TOKYO ELECTR
Pope Francis’ Latest Mission: Stopping Nuclear Weapons. For Pope Francis, nuclear disarmament, like most everything, must be viewed from the position of the poor instead of the position of the powerful. Inequality and nuclear power are interwoven. “Spending on nuclear weapons squanders the wealth of nations,” Pope Francis wrote to the Vienna Humanitarian Conference in December. “To prioritize such spending is a mistake and a misallocation of resources which would be far better invested in the areas of integral human development, education, health and the fight against extreme poverty. When these resources are squandered, the poor and the weak living on the margins of society pay the price.”