►A Japanese parliamentary panel has finished its final investigation into the Fukushima disaster and ruled that the accident at the nuclear plant was partially “man-made.” It is believed that the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant was already in a vulnerable condition with no guarantee it could withstand earthquakes and tsunamis prior to the natural disasters. The report also says that plant operators had numerous chances to fix the problems, but either ignored them or made decisions that were most convenient for them. A Iraqi nuclear scientist interviewed by Al-Jazeera criticized the findings saying, “These are officials not scientists. They should have assembled a group of scientists and relied on them, but they didn’t. They stayed in their political jacket suits.”
►The Michigan Department of Community Health has created a set of ethical guidelines to triage patients in case of a public health emergency to determine who gets care first and where medical resources are allocated. “During a large-scale emergency, medical supplies and resources may become scarce. Having a system in place for access to vital resources will assure that allocation occurs in a fair and ethical way that will be consistent across the healthcare system,” says Olga Dazzo, director of the state community health department. The public is invited to review and comment on the guidelines at www.mimedicalethics.org.
►At National Security Conference 2012, British officials gave contradictory statements about cybersecurity threats and solutions, some attendees say. A Counter-Terrorism Department official spoke on the prevalence of the problem, while another said the problem could be easily solved by basic housekeeping steps. “On the one hand we are being informed – not only by the Cabinet, but also by MI5 – that the current UK cyber threat is at an ‘astonishing’ and ‘industrial’ scale, whereas the subsequent statement assures us that basic techniques and technologies are more than enough to keep us safe,” said Ross Brewer, managing director and vice president at LogRhythm. “This only highlights, he believes, the sense of confusion and apparent disorganization stemming from the rapid, unpredictable evolution of today’s threat,” Infosecurity Magazine reports. Read the full article here.
►In other news, Colorado has plans to cause “a series of simulated floods” over the next few years to release built-up sediment at the Glen Canyon Dam to try and reverse environmental impacts. ♦ A new study shows a rise in employee drug use in Britain. The findings are based on 1.6 million drug tests from 2007 to 2011 by the drug screening company Concateno. ♦ And Iraq says it has evidence of Al Qaeda militants from Iraq traveling to Syria to fight.