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Ocean Encounters: Radiation: In our ocean, our planet, and our lives

Watch a recording of Ocean Envounters from Wednesday March 24th.
We live on a radioactive planet. With the 10th anniversary of the accident at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Japan, we take a look at the radiation all around us—its natural sources, its human applications, and their impacts on us and our environment.

Fukushima Dai-ichi and the Ocean: 10 Years of Study and Insight

Watch recordings of this event! The events in Japan that began on March 11, 2011, with the country’s largest recorded earthquake and a tsunami of remarkable power, led to releases of radioactive materials from the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant that continue today. For humanity and for the oceans, the magnitude, composition, and variety of releases that have occurred over the past 10 years have been unprecedented, and the lessons we continue to learn resonate around the world.


Fresh Brew - New News from Café Thorium

Our Three “Hour” Tour

June 4, 2021

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Dive and Discover the Twilight Zone!

May 17, 2021

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10 Years after Fukushima: I’m still worried

March 11, 2021

It has been 10 years since the accident at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plants…

EVENT: March 4th – Fukushima and the Ocean: 10 Years of study and insight

February 18, 2021

PLEASE JOIN US Thursday March 4th For the 10th anniversary of the accident at the…

Addressing contaminants from Fukushima and the risks of ocean dumping

September 20, 2020

A fresh look at seawater stored in tanks on the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant…

Understanding Risks of Radioactive Effluent at San Onofre, CA

September 18, 2020

Surfrider is a non-profit foundation dedicated to the protectoin and enjoyment of the world’s ocean,…

The danger of creating a designer planet

August 3, 2020

It is natural in the face of an impending emergency to look for something-anything-that will…

MARC XII – Conference Postponed to 2022

July 6, 2020

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PNAS Cover Shot – Oceans capture more carbon than expected!

May 5, 2020

A new paper, “Metrics that matter for assessing the ocean biological carbon pump” published online…

WHOI Labs donate supplies to the Covid-19 cause

March 23, 2020

Despite the fact that the Institution has been virtually shut down during this health crisis…

The US government tested nuclear weapons on a chain of islands in the 1950s: A new project will allow locals to take their own samples

October 24, 2019

“Marine radiochemist Ken Buesseler is on a quest to provide fresh answers about how much…

Ken on Korean radio about releasing stored Fukushima plant water

September 23, 2019

As clean up continues at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant, workers have filled more…

Minion Robots in the Ocean

August 23, 2019

Learn about how Minion robots, a technological development for the Ocean Twilight Zone Project, work…

Putting the ‘nuclear coffin’ in perspective

August 13, 2019

Marine chemist weighs in on leaking radioactive dome in the Pacific By Evan Lubofsky There…

Cafe Thorium T-SHIRTS for Sale!!

August 5, 2019

You can still buy our T-shirts! Individual sales are available at the following link. Unisex…

What I Learned from an Ocean Radioactivity Testing Project

March 5, 2019

Enlisting the public in water sampling after the Fukushima disaster helped build and spread scientific…

Boyd et al. paper awarded the 2019 John H. Martin Award by ASLO

February 27, 2019

Read about Boyd and co-authors including Ken Buesseler who received the 2019 John H. Martin…

Ken Buesseler Nominated as AAAS Fellow

November 30, 2018

Buesseler Elected to Class of 2018 AAAS Fellows Ken Buesseler of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution…

Video on nuclear testing and our work at the Marshall Islands

July 25, 2018

Watch this Video made by SEEKER for the series “Science in the Extremes” Season 2,…

WHOI Among First Funding Recipients of The Audacious Project

April 11, 2018

What if we explored the ocean’s vast twilight zone, teeming with undiscovered life?  Today, the…