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Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant

RADIOACTIVITY DETECTIVES  The Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant, shown in the background here in 2016, was damaged in 2011 by an earthquake and tsunami. A new study shows that a surprising amount of the plant’s leaked radioactive waste has made its way into groundwater underneath nearby beaches.

air pollution

BAD AIR  U.S. pollution levels have come way down since the 1970s, but there’s still enough smog to raise the risk for cardiovascular deaths. Researchers are also drawing new connections between dirty air and metabolic and brain disorders.

Shanghai in October 2015

SMOG FOG  By blocking sunlight and dirtying solar panels, air pollution — as in this image of Shanghai on October 12, 2015 — can hamper the production of solar energy.

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