With anti-nuclear protests heating up after Japan revoked a previous anti-nuke plan, the country is desperately looking for energy alternatives.
There are serious talks about turning the country into a mining frontier in order to access its many precious metals.
Outbreaks of the sometimes-fatal West Nile virus across the United States have intensified, making this one of the worst years for the mosquito-borne disease.
Yamada said this disaster requires mobilizing international expertise along with an international inspection team.
If the shift is successful, Germany could stand as a paradigm for industrialized countries looking to do the same.
The 230,000-plus porpoises (and dolphins) in the North and Baltic seas use sound to navigate, locate prey, and find mating partners. Interference with that could, indeed, effectively kill them.
For those who continue to argue that nuclear energy is both feasible and safe, protesters may have a new, compelling argument: "Tell that to the butterflies."
The crime came to light after federal agents raided one of the company's supply outlets in Nashville, Tenn.
This comes one year after Japan was struck by the earthquake- and tsunami-triggered Fukushima Daichi disaster.