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Tag: Nuclear Power


Posted on Aug 17, 2015 READ MORE

A Critical Look at ‘Uranium: Twisting the Dragon’s Tail’

This PBS documentary can’t seem to make up its mind about whether nuclear power is a manageable risk or an untamable beast. It really shouldn’t be that confusing.

Posted on Aug 9, 2015 READ MORE

Renewable Energy Redoubles Its Global Reach

As the world economy and energy use both grew in 2014, renewables continued their rapid rise—but carbon emissions did not.

Posted on Jun 27, 2015 READ MORE

Fukushima: The Story of a Nuclear Disaster

A team of scientists and a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist recount, in the new book “Fukushima,” what happens when a catastrophe strikes that no one imagines. Early and often comes the warning: Hubris Ahead.

Posted on Jun 12, 2015 READ MORE

China’s Investment in Renewables Soars by a Third

Despite a slowdown in its economy and the continued reliance on coal, China is pumping billions of dollars into its renewable energy industry.

Posted on May 31, 2015 READ MORE

New Energy Policy Needed as Nuclear Giants Take a Hit

Plans for a worldwide fleet of huge new nuclear reactors have collapsed, with the cancellation of a major project and no new orders being placed.

Posted on May 29, 2015 READ MORE

The United States’ Knee-Jerk Support for Israeli Nukes Torpedoed U.N. Disarmament Talks

Non-nuclear states are furious at Washington for leaving the issue of global disarmament dead in the water for the next five years.

Posted on May 26, 2015 READ MORE

Flood Risk to Nuclear Sites Raises Meltdown Fears

Sea level rise, storm surges and bursting dams all pose an increasing danger to nuclear power stations as the climate changes.

Posted on May 6, 2015 READ MORE

Global Conference Urges Ban on Uranium Mining and Nuclear Power

It’s time to end the myth that nuclear power is a cost-effective, practical or safe response to climate change, the World Uranium Symposium declared.

Posted on Apr 24, 2015 READ MORE

Unfinished Nuclear Plants Raise Safety Doubts

A new generation of giant reactors, meant to provide fresh hope for nuclear power in Europe, has been found to have a serious safety problem.

Posted on Apr 13, 2015 READ MORE

Unhappy 21st Birthday for the U.K.’s Nuclear White Elephants

A state-of-the-art British plant intended to help cut greenhouse gas emissions by reusing spent nuclear fuel will close after years of what critics call “commercial and technical failure.”

Posted on Apr 9, 2015 READ MORE

Noam Chomsky: Israel Is a Violent State Acting in Direct Violation of International Law

In a talk aired on C-SPAN in March, the world-renowned linguist and political activist discusses his book of essays “Masters of Mankind: Essays and Lectures, 1969-2013” and answers questions about Israeli politics.

Posted on Apr 7, 2015 READ MORE

Historic Nuclear Deal Has Prevented a War With Iran, Former Diplomat Says

Iran has agreed to general terms for curbing its nuclear program in exchange for a lifting of U.S. and European economic sanctions. In a “Democracy Now!” interview, Seyed Hossein Mousavian, a Princeton scholar who served as a nuclear negotiator for Iran in the 1990s, said the deal is “a road to peace.”

Posted on Apr 3, 2015 READ MORE

Head of U.N. Nuclear Watchdog Group Says Iran Isn’t Playing by the Rules

Iran’s nuclear program has again become a source of controversy on the global stage, and now Yukiya Amano, the top-ranking official in the United Nations’ nuclear oversight organization, has added his voice to the chorus of concerns.

Posted on Mar 24, 2015 READ MORE

No Prospect of Relief From Constant Nuclear Headache

Keeping nuclear waste safe costs billions of dollars a year, but what to do with it in the long-term is still no nearer being resolved.

Posted on Jan 24, 2015 READ MORE

Professors Plead With Greens to Accept Nuclear Power

Academics argue that nuclear power is essential to save the planet from climate change, but critics say they seem to have forgotten the danger of a nuclear winter.

Posted on Dec 26, 2014 READ MORE

Europe’s Nuclear Giants Are Close to Collapse

Doubts that the biggest construction project in Europe will get the final go-ahead from the UK government leave the European nuclear industry facing a struggle for survival.

Posted on Nov 24, 2014 READ MORE

Veteran Green Says Emissions Aren’t the Only Danger

Forty years ago, climate change was not even on the agenda of green campaigners—but now a veteran of those pioneering days speaks out about the danger of neglecting other issues that threaten the planet.

Posted on Oct 16, 2014 READ MORE

Europe Provides State Support for Nuclear Power

The controversial decision that Europe will allow state subsidies for nuclear power is likely to face a legal challenge by opponents who believe it will kill off the market for renewable energy.

Posted on Oct 11, 2014 READ MORE

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Is Diablo Canyon California’s Fukushima-in-Waiting?

The Diablo Canyon Power Plant sits on the edge of the Pacific Ocean between Los Angeles and San Francisco. More significantly, it is nestled in a thicket of fault lines, some only recently discovered.

Posted on Sep 8, 2014 READ MORE

Blame Russia All You Want: The Ukraine Crisis Was Caused by the West

The Western media blame the Kremlin for the current battles in Ukraine, but the West holds more blame for them than it may seem; Seattle’s leading a “wage revolution” throughout the United States with its $15 minimum wage; meanwhile, a power plant in California is deemed “a Fukushima in waiting.” These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Sep 2, 2014 READ MORE

John Oliver: America Is a Useless Nuclear Weapon ‘Hoarder’ and Nobody Cares

As the “Last Week Tonight” host points out, it’s not Iran or North Korea we have to worry about; it’s America.

Posted on Jul 28, 2014 READ MORE

AP/Toru Yamanaka

News Flash: Fukushima Is Still a Disaster

The corporate media silence on Fukushima has been deafening even though the melted-down nuclear power plant’s seaborne radiation is now washing up on American beaches.

Posted on Jun 3, 2014 READ MORE

The Energy Revolution Is In Reverse

The world should be moving to a clean energy future, the IPCC says. The recent record of global greenhouse emissions show it’s heading in entirely the wrong direction.

Posted on Apr 18, 2014 READ MORE


Fighting Our Fossil-Nuke Extinction

How petro-pollution and nuclear fallout interact remains largely unstudied, but the answers can’t be good. And it’s clearer than ever that we won’t survive without ridding our planet of both.

Posted on Apr 8, 2014 READ MORE

Fukushima’s 3rd Anniversary

Posted on Mar 11, 2014 READ MORE

Best Bad Actor

Posted on Mar 1, 2014 READ MORE

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The Iran Breakthrough TV News Is Ignoring: Uranium Stockpile Falls Below Amount Needed for Bomb

U.S. television newscasters have often slipped up and spoken of an Iranian nuclear “weapons program,” even though no U.N. inspectors have found firm evidence of any such thing.

Posted on Feb 22, 2014 READ MORE

Kim Award

Posted on Feb 21, 2014 READ MORE

Nuclear Waste Gets Expensive

Beset by the problems of a warming world, governments may feel they have no option but to build a new generation of nuclear power plants. But no country has yet found a way to dispose of the existing stock of radioactive waste.

Posted on Feb 14, 2014 READ MORE

AP/Presidency Office, Rouzbeh Jadidoleslam

Iran Breakthrough a Triumph for Pragmatists and a Defeat for the Warmongers

As with all good diplomacy, the Iran accord is a win-win for that country and the United Nations Security Council’s permanent members.

Posted on Jan 22, 2014 READ MORE

Fukushima: An Ongoing Warning to the World

“I write these facts as dispassionately as I can in the hope that they will act as a warning to the world,” wrote the journalist Wilfred Burchett from Hiroshima.

Posted on Jan 15, 2014 READ MORE

Rodman Assist

Posted on Jan 12, 2014 READ MORE

Happy Birthday Kim Jong Un

Posted on Jan 10, 2014 READ MORE

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Is That a Reactor In Your Pocket?

Small reactors in kit form, designed with an emphasis on safety, are the latest idea aimed at reviving the fortunes of the nuclear industry.

Posted on Jan 10, 2014 READ MORE


Posted on Jan 9, 2014 READ MORE

Vacation in North Korea

Posted on Dec 16, 2013 READ MORE

Killer Kim

Posted on Dec 14, 2013 READ MORE

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Iran Nuclear Deal Reached

Updated: In exchange for the released of “just over $4bn in Iranian oil sales revenue from frozen accounts” and the lifting of suspensions on “the country’s trade in gold, petrochemicals, car and plane parts,” Iran has agreed to restrict its nuclear activities.

Posted on Nov 23, 2013 READ MORE

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Tsunami Warning Canceled After Japanese Quake

A small tsunami triggered by the quake measuring 1 foot hit Japan’s eastern coast, but no damage was reported, the BBC said. A tsunami warning issued earlier was lifted.

Posted on Oct 25, 2013 READ MORE

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China May Own U.K.’s Nuclear Stations

Electricity prices in the United Kingdom are expected to double as a consequence of the British decision to allow Chinese companies to own 100 percent of new British nuclear power stations.

Posted on Oct 18, 2013 READ MORE

Shutterstock photo of a nuclear power plant.

Thousands of Nuclear Regulators Sent Home During Shutdown

The shutdown of the U.S. government has made our nation’s nukes more dangerous than ever.

Posted on Oct 16, 2013 READ MORE

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83-Year-Old Nun Faces Prison After Protesting at Nuclear Plant

Sister Megan Rice, a Roman Catholic nun, could be imprisoned for up to 30 years after she and two other activists protested at a nuclear weapons plant in Oak Ridge, Tenn. The Y-12 facility they were peacefully demonstrating at is the main source of highly enriched uranium in the U.S.

Posted on Oct 5, 2013 READ MORE

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Fukushima Leaks 4 Tons of Radioactive Water Into Ground—Again

At some point the persistence of leaks at the Fukushima nuclear plant stops being news, and reports that there is not a leak becomes a story. The problem this time: typhoon rains, and chances are good more heavy weather will hit the region before the busy storm season ends.

Posted on Oct 2, 2013 READ MORE

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Fukushima Operator Seeks to Restart Another Nuclear Plant

With financial losses climbing, Fukushima operator Tepco wants to fire up reactors at another site. The question is, how much of an appetite does Japan have for nuclear power as Fukushima continues to leak radioactive water, an environmental catastrophe whose extent is still unknown.

Posted on Sep 29, 2013 READ MORE

NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response Team

Typhoon Lands in Japan, Fukushima Remains an Open Wound (Updated)

With Japanese authorities still struggling to contain contamination at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant two-and-a-half years after it melted down, we are reminded by events in the news that the disaster lies in one of the most volatile meteorological and geographical regions in the world.

Posted on Sep 15, 2013 READ MORE

North Korea Restarts Nuclear Program

Posted on Sep 13, 2013 READ MORE

Nuclear’s Demise, From Fukushima to Vermont

Welcome to the nuclear renaissance. Entergy Corp., one of the largest nuclear-power producers in the U.S., issued a surprise press release Tuesday, saying it plans “to close and decommission its Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station in Vernon, Vt.

Posted on Aug 29, 2013 READ MORE

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Dr. Hansen, We Need You at Fukushima and Diablo Canyon

The sales pitch for new nuclear technologies is a dangerous diversion, like building an experimental garage while a raging radioactive fire forever contaminates our only home.

Posted on Aug 26, 2013 READ MORE

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Fukushima’s Legacy Is Just Beginning

The highly radioactive water leaking from the wrecked Fukushima plant is part of a problem that Japan will take decades to resolve and that will blight many thousands of lives.

Posted on Aug 26, 2013 READ MORE

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