• Though it spent billions on Chernobyl, it simply abandoned vast amounts of contaminated land — making them into exclusions zones.

    FORBES: Fukushima and Chernobyl, similar but different

  • Congress is due to debate the reauthorisation of two bits of green legislation, the Endangered Species Act and Superfund, which deals with contaminated land.

    ECONOMIST: The defence of nature 2

  • For example, should companies be forced to pay for the clean-up of contaminated land, even though they polluted the land long before the relevant environmental regulations were in place?

    ECONOMIST: The defence of nature 2

  • One Osaka project, to build a Universal Studios theme park, has been dogged by allegations that the city has been helping one of its private-sector partners, Sumitomo Metal Industries, to avoid the cost of cleaning up the contaminated land on which the park is to be built.

    ECONOMIST: Japan

  • The Japanese researchers say they have found no evidence that they contaminated the land or affected the health of local people.

    ECONOMIST: Japan and China

  • The Systems Biology Knowledgebase or KBase will allow scientists to predict the effect of microbes on their communities and if they can clean-up contaminated environments or sequester carbon on land, for example.

    FORBES: A Better Database

  • If the onerous rules on converting farmland to other uses were waived in Tohoku, land (often wrongly) suspected of being contaminated from the nuclear leak could be turned into fields of money-spinning solar panels.

    ECONOMIST: Japan's disaster and business reform

  • For some agricultural land, we see the almost unbelievable spectacle of power shovels removing a layer of contaminated topsoil to be stored for 40 years.

    FORBES: Connect

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