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Alternative Energy / Nuclear Power

Nuclear Energy at a Crossroads

Dec 13, 2011 at 17:23 | Tyler Hamilton

For years the nuclear power lobby has muscled its way into international climate negotiations and asserted itself as a critical part of any serious effort to reduce global greenhouse-gas emissions.…

Imminent EU Report to Back Construction of 40 New Nuclear Power Plants by 2030

Dec 12, 2011 at 20:25 | John Daly

Japan’s 11 March Fukushima nuclear power disaster? No problem. Germany’s subsequent decision on 30 May, announced by German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the aftermath of Japan’s Fukushima nuclear disaster, that…

Bill Gates to Build Nuclear Reactors in China?

Dec 08, 2011 at 17:31 | John Daly

Since the 11 March disaster at Japan’s Fukushima Daichi nuclear power complex, when an earthquake measuring 9.0 on the Richter scale was followed by a tsunami that destroyed the facility,…

European Union Wants Post-Soviet Members Nuclear Reactors Permanently Offline

Nov 28, 2011 at 08:08 | John Daly

In the wake of the March Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan and Germany’s subsequent decision in June to close all of its 18 nuclear power plants between 2015 and 2022,…

France and Russia Deepen Nuclear Cooperation

Nov 22, 2011 at 18:23 | John Daly

On 18 November, following a meeting of the Russian-France commission on issues of bilateral cooperation at the prime ministerial level, the two nations signed a declaration of cooperation in the…

Does Nuclear Energy have a Future in Europe

Nov 22, 2011 at 17:31 | Stuart Burns

The game has changed for the nuclear industry post-Fukushima, at least in the Western world, if not globally. After previous nuclear incidents, there usually was a pause while national bodies…

India's Future Nuclear Energy Plans Hit Protest Snags

Nov 17, 2011 at 16:47 | John Daly

It seems hard to believe, but less than a year ago the world’s nuclear energy companies seemed on a roll, as rising concerns about global warming, allied with a lack…

The Real Nuclear Deal

Nov 16, 2011 at 16:52 | Ferdinand E. Banks

Berthold Brecht put it as follows: “If you don’t know the truth, you are a fool, while if you know the truth but say that it is a lie, you…

A New Nuclear Age: Thorium Powered Nuclear Plant to be Built in India

Nov 07, 2011 at 07:39 | Brian Westenhaus

The Guardian in the UK is reporting that India has started the process of building the world’s newest thorium fueled prototype nuclear power plant. As prototypes go, this is…

Belgium to Shut Down All Nuclear Reactors by 2025

Nov 03, 2011 at 08:51 | David Gabel

The small western-European country of Belgium currently has two commercial nuclear sites and a total of seven reactors. Nuclear energy accounts for over half of the nation's power consumption, a…

New International Report Shreds Japan's Carefully Constructed Fukushima Scenario

Nov 02, 2011 at 08:47 | John Daly

Japan’s six reactor Fukushima Daichi nuclear complex has inadvertently become the world’s bell-weather  poster child for the inherent risks of nuclear power ever since the 11 March Tohoku offshore earthquake,…

Indian Nuclear Power Plant Emerging as Protest Magnet

Oct 17, 2011 at 08:28 | John Daly

Although the global nuclear power industry is loath to admit it, the 11 March incident at Japan’s Fukushima Daichi nuclear power plant complex has proven a global game changer, leading…

Royal Society Calls for a Nuclear Forum to Manage the Growth of the Nuclear Industry

Oct 17, 2011 at 07:51 | SciDev SciDev

A "nuclear Davos", convening the nations and industries that are involved in nuclear power, could be the way to deal with problems arising from the worldwide growth in nuclear-derived energy,…

Why Nuclear Power Could be the Best Solution for California’s Energy Needs

Oct 10, 2011 at 07:42 | Energy Digital

The California Council on Science and Technology has examined the potential of nuclear energy to meet California’s electricity demand in the year 2050.  The main focus of the organization’s analysis…

Political Intrusion is Destroying the U.S. Nuclear Power Industry

Oct 07, 2011 at 07:39 | Brian Westenhaus

Finally, the US Department of Energy’s First Quadrennial Technology Review, released last week, identifies Nuclear Regulatory Commission licensing as the technology’s primary obstacle. It would seem obvious to most…

Have Rising Costs and Increased Risks Made Nuclear Energy a Poor Choice?

Oct 04, 2011 at 07:17 | SciDev SciDev

There are 440 nuclear reactors operating around the world, providing about 14 per cent of the world's electricity supply. Most were installed 30–40 years ago, when the relative cost of…

Armenia’s Aging Metsamor Nuclear Power Plant Alarms Caucasian Neighbors

Oct 03, 2011 at 07:33 | John Daly

The USSR might have imploded two decades ago, but debris from its headlong industrialization drive litter the post-Soviet landscape, and nothing more unsettles the population of the fifteen new nations…

Belarus, Russia to Finalize Deal on Nuclear Power Plant Construction

Oct 01, 2011 at 02:40 | Charles Kennedy

The Russian Federation’s ambassador to Belarus Alekhandr Surikov told reporters in the Belarusian capital Minsk that a draft Belarusian-Russian interstate agreement on the construction of a new 2,400 megawatt nuclear…

The Broken Dreams of Nuclear Electricity

Sep 29, 2011 at 04:03 | SciDev SciDev

Nuclear power is no magic solution, argues Pervez Hoodbhoy — it's not safe, or cheap, and it leads to weapons programmes. A string of energy-starved developing countries have looked at…

Iran’s Bushehr Reactor - Benign or Merely Malignant with Bad PR?

Sep 21, 2011 at 08:37 | John Daly

The Iranian media is mounting a full court press against Western charges that its Bushehr nuclear power plant (NPP), which came online last week, in fact conceals a nefarious covert…

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