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Alternative Energy / Nuclear Power

Japan's Crisis Hold Lessons for India's Nuclear Future

Mar 23, 2011 at 16:29 | SciDev SciDev

Four of the reactors at the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan seem to be steadily moving towards progressive core melting. If sizeable core melt occurs, very dangerous species of…

Japan’s Nukes – Scary or Interesting Concern?

Mar 23, 2011 at 06:07 | Brian Westenhaus

Fast answer – an interesting concern.  Those words are chosen as the human tragedy unfolds.  Perhaps hundreds or thousands of people are exposed to the elements, including overnights in cold…

After 40 years of Nuclear Passion, It Hurts

Mar 21, 2011 at 17:00 | Llewellyn King

For 40 years I've written about nuclear power, defended it and believed, as I still do, that it offers the best signpost to a great future; to what Churchill called…

Calculating calamity: Japan's nuclear accident and the antifragile alternative

Mar 21, 2011 at 16:54 | Kurt Cobb

Famed student of risk and probability and author of The Black Swan Nassim Nicholas Taleb tells us that in 2003 Japan's nuclear safety agency set as a goal that fatalities…

Following Fukushima Safety of Armenian Nuclear Plant Questioned

Mar 21, 2011 at 16:50 | RFE/RL staff

Just a half-hour drive from the Armenian capital, Yerevan, a Soviet-era nuclear power plant sits precariously on an earthquake fault line. Environmentalists have long said the Ararat Valley, located just…

Can Africa and Other Developing Nations Provide Safe Nuclear Power

Mar 21, 2011 at 09:51 | SciDev SciDev

As Japan's nuclear accidents send shockwaves round the world, Alex Abutu explores whether Africa is ready to provide safe nuclear power. The disasters that struck several Japanese nuclear facilities in…

Excellent Opportunities In Nuclear and Uranium Stocks

Mar 18, 2011 at 15:24 | Jeb Handwerger

There's an old saying in investing: Buy a winter coat in the summer. Uranium stocks are certainly out of season and deeply discounted. Media coverage has shifted from the destruction…

What Are You Willing to Sacrifice to Give Up Nuclear Energy?

Mar 18, 2011 at 11:13 | Robert Rapier

After the Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico, someone said to me “We have to stop all offshore drilling.” My response was that I could get behind that…

EU to Stress Test Nuclear Power Plants Following Fukushima Disaster

Mar 18, 2011 at 10:48 | RFE/RL staff

BRUSSELS -- EU Energy Commissioner Gunther Oettinger has announced that EU-wide stress tests on nuclear power plants will be conducted in the wake of the nuclear disaster unfolding at the…

Five Potential Nuclear Disasters Just Waiting to Happen

Mar 17, 2011 at 10:49 | RFE/RL staff

The troubles surrounding Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant in the wake of the recent earthquake and tsunami there have set off a debate on the safety of nuclear power in…

The True Story on Nuclear Power

Mar 16, 2011 at 22:54 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

Having once worked for the Atomic Energy Commission at the Nuclear Test Site in Nevada, I do have some insights into the melt down at Fukushima. The media is wallowing…

The Fate of the Global Nuclear Industry Hangs in the Balance

Mar 16, 2011 at 09:55 | The Oil Drum

Yesterday, I believe, will go down in history as one of the most significant for mankind. Whilst most citizens of the developed and developing world do not realize this yet,…

What would be the Impact if we Discontinued Nuclear Energy?

Mar 15, 2011 at 08:37 | Gail Tverberg

We are very much reaching limits in the field of energy. This seems to mean that we ending up taking more and more risks, so that there is a greater…

UAE to Become the First Arab State to Use Civilian Nuclear Power

Mar 04, 2011 at 08:43 | ISN Security Watch

Construction work started at a site close to the UAE border with Saudi Arabia last December, and the first reactor is scheduled to go online in 2017, despite expected delays.…

It’s Time for the US to Recycle Used Nuclear Fuel

Feb 27, 2011 at 16:22 | Brian Westenhaus

Dale Klein, Ph.D., former commissioner (and former chairman) of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of Texas System and Associate Director of the University of…

Why Nuclear May Not be the Answer to Oil Shortages

Jan 07, 2011 at 11:04 | Gail Tverberg

If oil is in short supply, what should we do? One idea is to add nuclear, but this doesn’t work as well as one would like. The big issue I…

Potential Job Boom in Nuclear Energy as Industry is poised for Enormous Growth

Jan 06, 2011 at 08:10 | Brian Westenhaus

One sure thing for future employment is in nuclear.  Now with three decades past the partial meltdown of a reactor at Three Mile Island and further expansion of nuclear power…

Jordan Moving towards a Nuclear Future

Dec 31, 2010 at 10:39 | SciDev SciDev

[AMMAN] Jordan is to enter the nuclear age with the announcement on 9 December that construction of its first nuclear research and training reactor will begin by February next year.…

This is Not Your Fathers Nuclear Power Plant

Dec 21, 2010 at 10:53 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

On my recent trip to Oregon I met with venture capital investors in NuScale Power, which is trailblazing, the brave new world of “new” nuclear. Their technology has been pioneered…

China Steps Up Its Nuclear Program

Dec 20, 2010 at 11:37 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

The Middle Kingdom currently has 12 operational plants generating 12 gigawatts accounting for 2.3% of the country’s power. Another 23 are currently under construction. It plans to add ten a…

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