Edwin Lyman

Union of Concerned Scientists

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Senior staff scientist at the Union of Concerned Scientists

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Seventy years ago, Japan became only nation ever hit with an atomic weapon. Four years ago, it suffered one of history's worst nuclear accidents.

Japan Set to Reactivate Nuclear Reactors Next Week

Seventy years ago, Japan became only nation ever hit with an atomic weapon. Four years ago, it suffered one of history's worst nuclear accidents.

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"Decommissioning" nuclear reactors means cleaning up all radioactivity and progressively dismantling the plant.

Japanese Consider Entombing Four Malfunctioning Reactors

"Decommissioning" nuclear reactors means cleaning up all radioactivity and progressively dismantling the plant.

from To the Point

The death toll from today's massive  8.9 earthquake  and subsequent tsunami in Japan has already reached into the hundreds and is expected to rise.

The Big One Hits Japan

The death toll from today's massive 8.9 earthquake and subsequent tsunami in Japan has already reached into the hundreds and is expected to rise.

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P eople like Becky Dennison are working to address to one  of America’s most urgent crises with a straightforward approach.

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Orange County Democrats are celebrating a victory that seemed almost impossible 10 years ago.

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Accused child sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein apparently killed himself over the weekend. He was in the secure housing unit in a Manhattan jail.

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In 1950, America had the richest middle class in the world, but now U.S. workers face wage stagnation and historic wealth inequality.

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Your questions about impeachment, and more

“We can’t recycle our way out of this crisis.” That’s according to California’s Democratic State Senator Ben Allen-- just one of many politicians around the country proposing to ban all straws, bags and other single-use plastics. At the overwhelmed Recycling Center in Burbank, California, Kreigh Hample says, “Our packaging has gone up exponentially in just the last few decades… it’s a sad story in the way we eat, the way we dispose of things and the way that we’re living.” A throwaway culture may be convenient, but the costs include cleaning it up with taxpayer money--not to mention worldwide pollution. China now requires recycled products so pure that the bottom’s gone out of the market, but the plastics industry is bigger than ever. Former EPA official Judith Judith Enck says half the world’s plastics have been produced in the past 13 years. One new process has developed from coal fracking, and development is being encouraged by President Trump with support from the fossil fuel industry. But just 9% of the plastic produced is getting recycled. Some goes to landfills, but the rest turns into worldwide pollution. Images of plastic waste floating by the acre in the Pacific Ocean are all too familiar; microplastics are turning up from the depths of the seas to the remotest parts of the Arctic. In Texas and other states, it’s illegal to ban plastic products. But, in Sacramento, Allen says it’s time to hold the plastics industry accountable. California is big enough to influence the nation’s economy, so his efforts are being scrutinized by politicians and advocates around the country.

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Author and University of Michigan professor Alexandra Minna Stern traces the origins of America's burgeoning white nationalist movement.

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The mysterious arrest of a Swedish data privacy activist with links to the WikiLeaks founder raises important questions about government surveillance.

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