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Japanese earthquake causes radiation concerns at nuclear reactor listen

03/11/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Authorities in Japanese are releasing slightly radioactive vapor in order to ease pressure at a nuclear reactor whose cooling system failed following today’s earthquake.

Japan’s nuclear safety agency says the massive 8.9 earthquake caused a power outage. That increased pressure to one-and-a-half times normal inside one of six boiling water reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi plant

Japanese Cabinet Minister Yukio Edano was translated on Al Jazeera English.

"So the emergency shut do...

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Documentary inspires Clearwater couple to speak out against Japanese dolphin hunting listen

12/23/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The Oscar-winning film The Cove highlights the capture and killing of dolphins in the Japanese fishing village of Taiji. The documentary set off a wave of outrage across the globe. It has even prompted a few Tampa Bay area residents to head there next week.

Tim Burns said his wife urged him to see the film, and come September they were on a plane to Japan.

"We're both aquatic people, I've grown up in the ocean my entire life, so we instantly got online because anything I see the fir...

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IWC whaling ban talks collapse in Morocco listen

06/23/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The International Whaling Commission is in Morocco this week for its annual meeting. The 88 member-governments are working to devise new rules governing commercial whaling which is still practiced by Norway, Japan and Iceland. Today WMNF spoke with Sue Lieberman of the Pew Environmental trust who is in Morocco for the meeting. She said talks collapsed after whaling and non-whaling countries failed to reach an agreement.

Lieberman said that since the talks are over the status quo remains...

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