News bites: Japan’s nuke crisis prompts climate goal questions, emails show BP strife over Gulf well, and more

Japanese officials say they are not seeking an exemption from climate pledges under the Kyoto Protocol, Reuters reports.

But their piece notes that the fatal damage to the Fukushima Daiichi plant and the questions about nuclear power the crisis has raised are altering the energy equation in Japan.

"Tokyo has not said explicitly that it will consider backing away from its longer-term target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent by 2020 from 1990 levels. But the government's revision of energy policy in light of the Fukushima crisis could pave the way for a review of its 2020 emission reduction target," their story states.

Bloomberg and other outlets have reported that Japan may be forced to revisit its greenhouse gas reduction plans because the nuclear crisis is badly hindering its low-carbon power capacity.

Reuters reports that Tokyo Electric Power Co. is pledging to compensate local governments for radiation damage and evacuation costs stemming from the releases at the tsunami-stricken Fukushina Daiichi plant.

The Associated Press has the latest on the containment efforts, including release of radioactive water into the sea.

AP also reports that Japan is setting first-time standards for the amount of radiation allowed in fish.

Dow Jones reports on delays in plans to restart a reactor in Florida due to new cracks discovered in the containment building.

The Houston Chronicle reports on disputes among BP personnel about the Macondo well in the months before the catastrophic blowout last April. The paper, in a scoop, got a look at emails among supervisors.

“The emails, which were given to the Houston Chronicle, appear to show strain among managers overseeing the drilling operation, as well as the stress on workers trying to complete the over-budget well and shut it in for production later,” they report.

The latest international climate change talks are getting underway in Thailand. The Guardian sets the table.