Last week, it was reported in the Japan Times that Tohoku residents made homeless by the nuclear meltdown of 3/11/2011 are filing group damages suits against TEPCO and the Japanese government.
In addition, we live in an age where disruptions caused by freak weather conditions are occurring more and more often. Tokyo was paralyzed in mid-January by an extremely heavy snowfall, and fairly soon it will be hurricane and typhoon season.
Finally, there is Peak Oil to consider. The accelerating depletion of fossil fuel reserves means that blackouts and brownouts will increase - I quote here from a press release given out by Marcus Tremain, financial consultant ...
The first thing we should be seeing is an increasing trend of blackouts and power shortages. While in India rolling blackouts & load shedding are already a constant feature, it is interesting to note that at the end of July 2012 700 million in India were without power for two days, as the electric grid of more than a dozen states suffered an epic collapse. Also whilst it is fairly well known that China has had to endure power shortages every summer for the past decade, it’s when we focus on the world’s largest and most developed economy over the same decade that things start to get interesting ... the US grid appears to be becoming more and more vulnerable as time goes on. For example on the 13th March 2012 (pictured above) a large part of central Boston went dark because of a transformer explosion. The response was to roll in diesel generators to provide emergency power.
What does the world look like without electricity? For more questions and possible answers, "3/11: The Fallout" can be found here.