Overload: Catastrophe in Japan, and More

Nuclear fallout in Japan and American disinterest in climate change in today's daily roundup of what we're reading at GOOD Environment HQ.

A sad panda that some online commentators were breathlessly saying was reacting to the unfolding catastrophe in Japan, but which, in reality, was photographed a few years ago.

Today, we paid attention to little else than the tragic crisis in Japan.

Here's an incredibly informative infographic about how a reactor shuts down, and what happens in a meltdown.

The Union of Concerned Scientists warns that if a full core meltdown at Fukushima were to occur (still, thankfully, a worst case scenario), the radiation plume could reach Tokyo.

Joshua Hatch at the Sunlight Foundation mashed up the map that I've been waiting for: American nuclear reactors and areas of high seismic risk.

Fewer Americans are worried about climate change than any time since 1998.

Coming tomorrow: a slideshow of things you can buy—posters, t-shirts, desserts, and so on—and support relief efforts in Japan. (For the folks out there that need that little extra nudge to give).

Overload is a daily round-up of what we're reading at GOOD Environment HQ.

via International Monetary Fund / Flickr and Streetsblog Denver / Flickr

Seventeen-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg made a dramatic speech Tuesday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

In her address, she called for a public and private sector divestment from fossil fuel companies

"Immediately end all fossil fuel subsidies and immediately and completely divest from fossil fuels. We don't want these things done by 2050, or 2030 or even 2021 — we want this done now," she said.

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin mocked the teenager on Thursday during a press briefing in Davos.

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