Brendan Barrett joined the United Nations University in 1997 and heads the Media Centre. He has been working on environmental conservation issues since 1984 and is a town planner by training. He currently edits and writes for Our World 2.0, the UNU’s environmental web magazine.

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I am struggling to come to terms with the possibility that Japan may economically be the “new normal,” a situation where the economy is in recession for prolonged periods of time, seeing only fleeting periods of growth. My struggle relates to the fact that conventional wisdom would suggest that, after two decades of recession, Japan […]

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Last March, a 9.0 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami left nearly 20,000 dead or missing and destroyed 125,000 buildings in the Tohoku region of Japan. The two disasters also caused three reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant to melt down, which released dangerous levels of radiation into surrounding areas and led to …

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