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Alternative Energy / Nuclear Power

On the 25th Anniversary of the Chernobyl Disaster Old Nuclear Fears are Awakened

On the 25th Anniversary of the Chernobyl Disaster Old Nuclear Fears are Awakened

Apr 25, 2011 at 09:27 | RFE/RL staff

When reactor No. 4 at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant exploded 25 years ago, it seemed nuclear power might die with it. Around the world, people recoiled in horror as…

The Nuclear Industry Took a Wrong Turn: Could Fukushima Have Been Prevented?

The Nuclear Industry Took a Wrong Turn: Could Fukushima Have Been Prevented?

Apr 19, 2011 at 08:21 | Kurt Cobb

Nuclear researchers knew long ago that reactor designs now in wide use had already been bested in safety by another design. Why did the industry turn its back on that…

Can Asia Live Without Nuclear Power

Can Asia Live Without Nuclear Power

Apr 18, 2011 at 10:36 | Stuart Burns

Every time there is a spike in the cost of energy such as the ’73 crisis and the ’79/80 oil price spike — and then again in ‘07/08 — alternative…

Completely Wrong About Nuclear Power

Completely Wrong About Nuclear Power

Apr 13, 2011 at 09:04 | Ferdinand E. Banks

When the subject was oil, my students at the Asian Institute of Technology (Bangkok) were politely asked to study the situation in the United States. It told me everything I…

Nuclear Waste Storage in the Spotlight Following Fukushima

Nuclear Waste Storage in the Spotlight Following Fukushima

Apr 11, 2011 at 09:08 | Stuart Burns

Events at Fukushima in Japan have put the spotlight not just on nuclear power as a source of energy, but on the storage of nuclear waste. Some of the gravest…

Spent Nuclear Fuels Could Provide an Economic Opportunity for the UK

Spent Nuclear Fuels Could Provide an Economic Opportunity for the UK

Apr 06, 2011 at 07:00 | Jess McCabe

The UK should turn its stockpiles of spent nuclear fuel into a £10 billion ($16 billion) economic opportunity, according to a report from the Smith School of Enterprise and Environment.…

Extent of Nuclear Disaster Still Unknown as Rescue Teams Struggle to Regain Control

Extent of Nuclear Disaster Still Unknown as Rescue Teams Struggle to Regain Control

Apr 04, 2011 at 01:47 | RFE/RL staff

After three weeks of efforts to regain control of Japan's damaged reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, several bits of bad news this week showed the job could…

Is Thorium the Future of Nuclear Power

Is Thorium the Future of Nuclear Power

Mar 31, 2011 at 04:44 | Stuart Burns

So following the near meltdown of several reactors at Fukushima Nuclear Power, it’s dead is it? Well, to follow one FT article, you could be mistaken for thinking that…

Nuclear Power: Down but Certainly not Out

Nuclear Power: Down but Certainly not Out

Mar 30, 2011 at 04:10 | SciDev SciDev

The World Still Needs Nuclear Power — But it Must be Safer and More Transparent Earlier this month, an explosion in the energy sector caused immense destruction, costing the lives…

Fukushima Nuclear Disaster May Damage US Clean Energy Ambitions

Fukushima Nuclear Disaster May Damage US Clean Energy Ambitions

Mar 29, 2011 at 04:34 | Gloria Gonzalez

The near-meltdown of nuclear reactors in Japan may derail already shaky prospects for a US clean energy standard (CES) and an expansion of the US nuclear fleet. Prospects for a…


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