The following is an excerpt from National Geographic.
Tensions are rising in Japan over radioactive water leaking into the Pacific Ocean from Japan's crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, a breach that has defied the plant operator's effort to gain control.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday called the matter “an urgent issue” and ordered the government to step in and help in the clean-up, following an admission by Tokyo Electric Power Company that water is seeping past an underground barrier it attempted to create in the soil. The head of a Nuclear Regulatory Authority task force told Reuters the situation was an "emergency." (See Pictures: The Nuclear Cleanup Struggle at Fukushima.”)
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Parts of the southern United States will continue to face dangerous and drenching thunderstorms into Saturday evening.
The severe weather danger, including tornadoes, will quickly ramp back up across the south-central United States late on Sunday into Monday.
Central Queensland is being put on alert for the danger of a land-falling severe tropical cyclone during the start of the week.
An area of disturbed weather north of Hispaniola is being monitored for potential tropical development early next week.
Following mild weather during January and February, winter came back with a vengeance with plummeting temperatures in March. Will that trend continue into April?
The most comprehensive study on the subject to date found that severe weather incidents in China have plunged in the last 50 years, potentially due to climate change and air pollution.
Scientists and environmental groups contend that supplementing California's "gray" infrastructure such as dams with floodplains and "green" infrastructure could provide ecological benefits and protect communities from flooding.
Flooding continued to wreak havoc in Peru this week, while severe storms tore across parts of the United States.