An invitation to a UNESCO talk regarding ethics, energy and climate change

“Beyond Fukushima: Ethics, Energy and Climate Change”
Consultation Meeting with UNESCO Bangkok RUSHSAP in cooperation with the National Commission of the Philippines to UNESCO, and the Department of Philosophy of Ateneo de Manila University
Ethics and Climate Change in Asia and the Pacific (ECCAP)
8:00 – 12:00, 30 April 2011

Venue: Ching-Tan Room of Ateneo Gokongwei School of Management
Ateneo de Manila University, Loyola Heights, Q.C.



TEPCO release images from inside Fukushima Nuclear plant

Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) released images from inside their stricken Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear power plant, NHK revealed.

“This photo of the first floor of the No.3 reactor building shows a sheet-like object hanging from the ceiling and what appears to be equipment for moving the control rods. TEPCO says it cannot identify whether there are any pools of water on the floor.

The bright area at the innermost part of the building is an entrance for vehicles to bring in large machinery and materials.”

Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant suffered heavy damage following a massive 9.0 magnitude Earthquake, and tsunami that struck Northeastern Japan in early March 2011. The International Atomic Agency rated the catastrophe at Fukushima as a Level 7 on its Nuclear Event Scale, the highest level, and describes it as a major accident.

Japan Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station meltdown

The Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear power station in quake and tsunami devastated Miyagi prefecture suffered a meltdown of the reactor core, Japan’s Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency (NISA) announced. In a last ditched effort to avoid a full meltdown, the Japanese government ordered that seawater flood the reactor core to avoid a full meltdown.

The Japanese Nuclear and Industrial safety agency revealed that at least 160 people may have been exposed to radiation. Japanese officials also revealed that while no major health risk is anticipated, they have informed the International Atomic Energy Agency that they are distributing iodine to people living near Daiichi, as well as a second plant. Iodine would help protect thyroid gland from radiation exposure.

Flooding the plant with seawater means it is effectively scrapped. Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station is almost 40 years old. The exact sequence of failures have not been explained.

NISA is the Japanese agency that reports to the Agency for Natural Resources and Energy, a branch of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. NISA works with the International Atomic Energy Agency, and provides oversight to Japan’s Nuclear industry. NISA have been criticized for approving nuclear plants near fault lines, and it was also NISA who issued the order to open valves to release pressure from the plant.