Raised in the tumult of Japan’s industrial powerhouse, the 11 men and women profiled in A Different Kind of Luxury have all made the transition to sustainable, fulfilling lives. Based on Andy Couturier's popular articles in The Japan Times, this lushly designed volume has a wealth of stories about real people who have created an abundance of time for contemplation, connecting with the natural world, and contributing to their communities. In their success is a lesson for us all: live a life that matters. Read an excerpt of the book here or here. Read a review of the book here, here, or here.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Three 100% meltdowns, workers highly irradiated, cleanup 50-100 years

In case you missed it, famed nuclear physicists Michio Kaku said that Fukushima is "Still a ticking time bomb."
Kaku discussed some recent revelations about the disaster's impact, and noted that Japanese officials still don't have control at the site. "In the last two weeks, everything we knew about that accident has been turned upside down," Kaku says. "Now we know it was 100 percent core melt in all three reactors...now we know it was comparable to the radiation at Chernobyl."
Among Kaku's other distressing notes: Fukushima workers are exposed to a year's dose of radiation within minutes of entering the site, and cleanup will take between 50 to 100 years. 
I suppose there are lots of things you can do, having read this, but one very important way is to forward this news to anybody you know who still thinks that nuclear energy is a safe or even reasonable alternative.  Oh, and turn off your air conditioner. (Unless it's medically necessary, I should add, of course).  I know, it's less comfortable.  Please re-read above passage.

Another thing, take a moment to just be plain sad about it, if you are.  Just plain sad.


  1. Very scary. I suppose there could be consequences we haven't even imagined. While I don't like the news, I'm very grateful you shared it.


    B. Lynn Goodwin
    Author of You Want Me to Do WHAT? Journaling for Caregivers

  2. Thanks for coming to Sonoma last night...a very good talk about a very good book. I hope many people read it and take it to heart. We don't have an air conditioner, but are keeping cool none-the-less. Have a great time on your book tour.