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By Toru Hanai and Elaine Lies

KORIYAMA, Japan (Reuters) - Some of the smallest children in Koriyama, a short drive from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, barely know what it's like to play outside - fear of radiation has kept them indoors for much of their short lives.
Though the strict safety limits for outdoor activity set after multiple meltdowns at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant in 2011 have now been eased, parental worries and ingrained habit mean many children still stay inside.Read more »

By Ruth Rosen, Open Democracy

“Everything that explains the world has in fact explained a world that does not exist, a world in which men are at the center of the human enterprise and women are at the margin "helping" them. Such a world does not exist -- never has”
(Gerda Lerner )

A side from the Republican’s relentless War on Women, let me offer you another reason why even one token month is still necessary to America’s political culture.Read more »

By Ed Pilkington, Guardian UK

American Legislative Exchange Council forms new initiative

Offshoot will target 'villages, towns, cities and counties'

The rightwing group Alec is preparing to launch a new nationwide network that will seek to replicate its current influence within state legislatures in city councils and municipalities.Read more »

By Andrea Germanos, Common Dreams

Reproductive rights advocates denounce 'injustice' to women as Bill 2 forces more clinics to close

Two more reproductive healthcare clinics in Texas that provided abortion closed this week, an 'injustice' critics say has been brought on by legislation that robs women of their rights and 'endangers the lives of the state's most vulnerable women.'

The two clinics were part of the Whole Women's Health network-one in McAllen in the Rio Grande Valley, and the other in Beaumont, in eastern Texas.Read more »

By Judith D. Schwartz

The degradation of soils from unsustainable agriculture and other development has released billions of tons of carbon into the atmosphere. But new research shows how effective land restoration could play a major role in sequestering CO2 and slowing climate change.

In the 19th century, as land-hungry pioneers steered their wagon trains westward across the United States, they encountered a vast landscape of towering grasses that nurtured deep, fertile soils.Read more »

By Associated Press

Some members of US Congress demanding closer scrutiny of pipes following serious spills in Arkansas and North Dakota.

A freshwater channel that separates Michigan’s upper and lower peninsulas is a premier midwestern tourist attraction and a photographer’s delight, offering spectacular vistas of two Great Lakes, several islands and one of the world’s longest suspension bridges.Read more »

Scientists say lack of government supported research forcing them to use volunteers, predictive models

- Lauren McCauley, staff writer

An image from a model of the progression of a radioactive plume coming across the Pacific following the Fukushima nuclear meltdown. (via BBC News)
This post was updated Tuesday, February 26.Read more »

Remember Fukushima? Earthquake? Tsunami? Nuclear meltdown? Happened back in '75, if I recall correctly.

Still going on.Read more »

By Paul Krugman

Remember the “death tax”? The estate tax is quite literally a millionaire’s tax — a tax that affects only a tiny minority of the population, and is mostly paid by a handful of very wealthy heirs. Nonetheless, right-wingers have successfully convinced many voters that the tax is a cruel burden on ordinary Americans — that all across the nation small businesses and family farms are being broken up to pay crushing estate tax liabilities.Read more »

By MARTIN FACKLER

TOKYO — About 100 tons of highly radioactive water leaked from one of the hundreds of storage tanks at the devastated Fukushima nuclear plant, its operator said Thursday, calling the leak the worst spill at the plant in six months.Read more »

By Grant Schulte, Associated Press

A Nebraska judge on Wednesday struck down a law that allowed the Keystone XL pipeline to proceed through the state, a victory for opponents who have tried to block the project that would carry oil from Canada to Texas refineries.Read more »