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Anthropocene, Capitalocene, Chthulucene,  staying with the trouble at Fukushima
2016 es el año en el que convergen dos acontecimientos de escala global. Por una parte, la posible confirmación por la Comisión Internacional de Estatigrafía de que estamos en una nueva época geológica, el Antropoceno, marcado por la radical afección de la tierra por la actividad humana. Por otra, el quinto aniversario de la explosión de multiples reactores nucleares en Fukushima a 200 km del area urbana más populosa del planeta. Las definiciones de ambos acontecimientos están en disputa. La tesis del Antropoceno es problematizada por otras formulaciones críticas como las del Capitaloceno (Moore), con énfasis en las relaciones de capital y trabajo, o el Chthuluceno (Haraway), como una propuesta para escapar del excepcionalismo humano. Como ya sucediera anteriormente en Chernobyl, la catástrofe nuclear de Fukushima es un tipo de problema presentado por las autoridades como “bajo control” frente a un enorme dispenso por amplios sectores de población y especialistas que denuncian la existencia de unas políticas de invisibilidad (Kuchinskaya, Downer, Petryna, Yablokov, Ross, Alexievich). ¿Cómo se relacionan ambos acontecimientos? ¿Qué aporta Fukushima a las actuales discusiones sobre el Antropoceno? Situándonos en el tiempo de las catástrofes (Stengers) respondemos a la sugerencia de Haraway de permanecer con el problema y a su incitación a la investigación a partir de la ciencia ficción. Apoyándonos del trabajo de una larga serie de escritores, científicos, y artistas, llevamos a cabo una especulación fabulativa sobre el significado de Fukushima como una lucha situada a partir de las figuras de Antropos, del Capital y de Chthulu y sus respectivas máquinas de contar historias.
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Radioactive waste mounts up as residents resist post-Fukushima disposal plans

Radioactive waste mounts up as residents resist post-Fukushima disposal plans | Anthropocene, Capitalocene, Chthulucene,  staying with the trouble at Fukushima | Scoop.it
A huge backlog of radioactive waste from the Fukushima nuclear disaster that unfolded in 2011 has piled up as the government faces public resistance to the effects of disposal regulations introduced after the meltdown.
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Decline in intertidal biota after the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami and the Fukushima nuclear disaster: field observations

Decline in intertidal biota after the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami and the Fukushima nuclear disaster: field observations | Anthropocene, Capitalocene, Chthulucene,  staying with the trouble at Fukushima | Scoop.it
In 2011, 2012, and 2013, in the intertidal zones of eastern Japan, we investigated the ecological effects of the severe accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant that accompanied the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami.
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Nuclear Nation - the Fukushima refugees story

Nuclear Nation - the Fukushima refugees story | Anthropocene, Capitalocene, Chthulucene,  staying with the trouble at Fukushima | Scoop.it
A documentary about the exile of Futaba’s residents, the region housing the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Since the 1960s, Futaba had been promised prosperity with tax breaks and major subsidies to compensate for the presence of the power plant. The town’s people have now lost their homeland. Through their agonies and frustrations, the film questions the real cost of capitalism and nuclear energy.
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EXPOSED: Death of Fukushima Workers Covered-Up by TEPCO and Government

EXPOSED: Death of Fukushima Workers Covered-Up by TEPCO and Government | Anthropocene, Capitalocene, Chthulucene,  staying with the trouble at Fukushima | Scoop.it
The death of many Fukushima workers who die from radiation exposure is covered-up by Fukushima Daiichi power plant operator TEPCO and the Japanese governmen
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The Dialogical Avatar: a presentation with Donna Haraway

The Dialogical Avatar: a presentation with Donna Haraway | Anthropocene, Capitalocene, Chthulucene,  staying with the trouble at Fukushima | Scoop.it
A transcript of a 2010 presentation with Donna Haraway in Hawaii. Constituting one of her most extended engagements with science fiction, and with Avatar in particular, as a central topic.
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Nuclear Hotseat #240: Holistic Strategies and Radiation Safeguarding for Porter Ranch and Beyond

Nuclear Hotseat #240: Holistic Strategies and Radiation Safeguarding for Porter Ranch and Beyond | Anthropocene, Capitalocene, Chthulucene,  staying with the trouble at Fukushima | Scoop.it
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Repositioning The Social At The Heart Of The Anthropocene: A Transdisciplinary Dialogue

Repositioning The Social At The Heart Of The Anthropocene: A Transdisciplinary Dialogue | Anthropocene, Capitalocene, Chthulucene,  staying with the trouble at Fukushima | Scoop.it

This symposium was aimed at students and scholars across the humanities and social sciences, who were willing to foster transdisciplinarity to a more critical and effective engagement with the challenges of the anthropocene. Researchers coming from a wide variety of backgrounds– political ecology and its affiliated disciplines, environmental history and philosophy, and of course the Earth sciences and conservation– were also warmly invited to participate.

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Near Fukushima, a Generation of Kids Who Don't Play Outside

Near Fukushima, a Generation of Kids Who Don't Play Outside | Anthropocene, Capitalocene, Chthulucene,  staying with the trouble at Fukushima | Scoop.it
The fear of cancer from radiation exposure has led to a new set of problems for young families.
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Nuclear culture in Japan. Pt 2: Road trip through Fukushima exclusion zone

Nuclear culture in Japan. Pt 2: Road trip through Fukushima exclusion zone | Anthropocene, Capitalocene, Chthulucene,  staying with the trouble at Fukushima | Scoop.it
http://youtu.be/HATlmXSkmY4 After my lecture at the Actinium nuclear forum in Sapporo, a group of us (Arts Catalyst team and artists with Kyoko Tachibana from our partners S-AIR) travelled by plane and bullet train to Fukushima City (located 60km from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant). If we weren’t already aware of what we were heading into, this…
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Radioactive Water From Fukushima Is Leaking Into the Pacific

Radioactive Water From Fukushima Is Leaking Into the Pacific | Anthropocene, Capitalocene, Chthulucene,  staying with the trouble at Fukushima | Scoop.it
Nearly five years on, the environmental disaster at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant continues to unfold.
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Archived videos | 第4回市民科学者国際会議 / the 4th Citizen-Scientist International Symposium on Radiation Protection

Archived videos | 第4回市民科学者国際会議 / the 4th Citizen-Scientist International Symposium on Radiation Protection | Anthropocene, Capitalocene, Chthulucene,  staying with the trouble at Fukushima | Scoop.it
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Drone Footage Of Pripyat In The Snow - Chernobyl, january 2016

Drone footage of Pripyat in the snow, taken on a DJI Phantom 3 Professional. Taking off from the Palace of Culture and flying over some of the 16 story build...
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The Reopening Of Nahara Fukushima, What The Press Failed To Mention

The Reopening Of Nahara Fukushima, What The Press Failed To Mention | Anthropocene, Capitalocene, Chthulucene,  staying with the trouble at Fukushima | Scoop.it
The press has widely reported the reopening of Nahara as the government uses it as a PR tool. Much of the reporting focused on issues such as the lack of stores, services or schools.
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Nuclear Waste Is Art in the Work of Taryn Simon

In an active nuclear plant somewhere on the outskirts of Moscow, Taryn Simon’s latest piece of art is processing out radioactive properties—and will be doing so for the next 1,000 years. Through the vitrification process, Simon worked with the top secret Russian State Atomic Energy Corporation to repurpose nuclear waste to create a compound suitable and safe for disposal. The end result, which will not be unearthered until 3015, will be a glassy black square titled Black Square XVII.

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Life returning to normal in Naraha after 2011 nuclear meltdown

Life returning to normal in Naraha after 2011 nuclear meltdown | Anthropocene, Capitalocene, Chthulucene,  staying with the trouble at Fukushima | Scoop.it
Naraha was one of the first cities to be evacuated when a 2011 earthquake and tsunami caused a nuclear meltdown at the Fukushima nuclear power station.
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¿Qué le está sucediendo a los niños en Fukushima?

¿Qué le está sucediendo a los niños en Fukushima? | Anthropocene, Capitalocene, Chthulucene,  staying with the trouble at Fukushima | Scoop.it
El jefe de medicina interna en el hospital de Japón, asombrado por los exámenes de la tiroides de los niños en Fukushima. Hace una comparativa con los estudios realizados en Chernobyl haciendo una estimación de daños en la función pulmonar y la médula ósea. Pide la evacuación inmediata en las zonas de alta contaminación, considerando…
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Japan restarts nuclear reactor using plutonium-mixed fuel

Japan restarts nuclear reactor using plutonium-mixed fuel | Anthropocene, Capitalocene, Chthulucene,  staying with the trouble at Fukushima | Scoop.it
Police officers stand guard near No. 3 nuclear reactor at Takahama nuclear power station in Takahama town in Fukui prefecture, northwestern Japan ...
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Casi 5 años después de que el reactor 3 explotara, esparciendo su mezcla de uranio y plutonio por la biosfera, Japón vuelve a calentar agua para producir electricidad a partir de ese peligroso combustible.

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The Population Bomb, Nuclear Winter and the Role of Science in Public Advocacy

The Population Bomb, Nuclear Winter and the Role of Science in Public Advocacy | Anthropocene, Capitalocene, Chthulucene,  staying with the trouble at Fukushima | Scoop.it
In 1996 Cornell astrophysicist and science popularizer Carl Sagan posed the question, “What are conservatives conserving?” It was not something he asked lightly. The question appeared in his final book following a prolonged battle with bone marrow disease. Faced with his own mortality, he wanted to understand the individuals whose actions, whether consciously or not,…
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The manga that predicted nuclear meltdown

The manga that predicted nuclear meltdown | Anthropocene, Capitalocene, Chthulucene,  staying with the trouble at Fukushima | Scoop.it
Despite the fact that the manga was penned before the March 11 earthquake, and certainly before the Fukushima reactor accidents, the larger-than-life dialogue rings eerily true, even if not all of it is accurate:
“There’s been a lot of accidents happening inside the reactor that never get leaked to the press.”
“Toto Denryoku knows how to use money and political power to keep everything hidden!”
“The workings of the reactor are 15 years behind the technology in chemical manufacturing plants.”
“The reactors have been patched together by a number of different subcontractors..”
“And on top of that, the construction is really sloppy!”
“If the main workings of the reactor were to be blown off, you’d have an accident on the scale of Chernobyl!!”
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Sin retorno posible: la inevitable odisea de una comunidad de Fukushima

Sin retorno posible: la inevitable odisea de una comunidad de Fukushima | Anthropocene, Capitalocene, Chthulucene,  staying with the trouble at Fukushima | Scoop.it
La historia de Nagadoro, una pequeña aldea en el área del desastre nuclear de Fukushima, ofrece una pista sobre el futuro de otras comunidades desplazadas de la misma zona.
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Fukushima to manage evacuees’ health via electronic data

In an effort to prevent deaths caused by prolonged evacuation as a result of the Great East Japan Earthquake and ensuing disaster at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, the Fukushima prefectural government will manage information on the health of evacuees via electronic data, such as the mental and physical conditions of those living in temporary housing, starting in fiscal 2015.

Social workers keeping an eye out for problems in residents’ daily lives and providing consultations will share individual information including evacuees’ living conditions and chronic illnesses, and aim to provide mental and physical care in cooperation with medical institutions. 

The project will be implemented for about 71,000 evacuees such as those living in temporary housing and municipally subsidized rental housing in Fukushima. The prefecture will be divided into five zones – northern Fukushima, central/southern Fukushima, Aizu, Soso (Soma and Futaba) and Iwaki – and about 70 social workers will be assigned to each zone. The social workers will visit the evacuees in pairs at their homes to survey their health and living conditions. 

Information obtained from such visits will be computerized into electronic data and shared among senior social workers and regional managers. In the case of suspected illness or concern about mental and physical health, they will refer the cases to local medical institutions, municipal healthcare centers, the Fukushima Center for Disaster Mental Health or other appropriate organizations for follow-up.

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Radioactive Wild Monkey Poops from Namie-city, Fukushima

Radioactive Wild Monkey Poops from Namie-city, Fukushima | Anthropocene, Capitalocene, Chthulucene,  staying with the trouble at Fukushima | Scoop.it
https://youtu.be/aJqz2WBDc0c   January 23, 2016 An example of bio-accumulation of radioactive material in Fukushima: According to the following post, wild monkey poops from Namie-city, Fukushima had more than 150,000Bq/kg in terms of radioactive Cs137 & Cs134. Cs137: 133987 Bq/kg Cs134: 25186 Bq/kg K40: 225 Bq/kg The surrounding ground surface was about 500~600cpm.     More…
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