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Our Daily Planet: Inside Japan's Nuclear Hot Zone and Indiana Tornadoes

Each weekday morning, OurAmazingPlanet takes the pulse of the Earth, reporting on natural phenomena and exploration news from around the globe.

Japan's Nuclear Hot Zone: Follow along with journalists that 10 of the Most Polluted Places on Earth ]

Endangered Whales: A record number of critically endangered North Atlantic right whales has gathered close to the beaches of Cape Cod, Mass.

Underreported Oil Spills: Watchdog groups say that the nation's only system for monitoring pollution caused by offshore drilling is flawed because it relies on self-reporting.

Turtles in Trouble: About 20 In Images: Tagging and Tracking Sea Turtles ]

Previously on Our Daily Planet: Midwest Tornado Video and the BP Oil Spill Anniversary

Reach OurAmazingPlanet staff writer Brett Israel at bisrael@techmedianetwork.com. Follow him on Twitter @btisrael.

Brett Israel was a staff writer for Live Science with a focus on environmental issues. He holds a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and molecular biology from The University of Georgia, a master’s degree in journalism from New York University, and has studied doctorate-level biochemistry at Emory University.