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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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…
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.
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,…
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!!”
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.
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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