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Alternative Energy / Nuclear Power

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…

Is loss of electricity a risk for spent nuclear fuel?

Is loss of electricity a risk for spent nuclear fuel?

Mar 28, 2011 at 03:13 | Gail Tverberg

The usual plan for spent nuclear fuel in the United States is to transfer it to a cooling pool and then after some time to transfer it to dry cask…

Thorium: The Future of Nuclear Energy?

Thorium: The Future of Nuclear Energy?

Mar 24, 2011 at 14:22 | Professor Chris Rhodes

97% of world market supplies of rare earth elements (REEs) come from China and look to become insecure in regard to meeting "green" energy targets, since exports of REEs are…

The Nuclear Energy Crossroad – What are our Options Going Forward

The Nuclear Energy Crossroad – What are our Options Going Forward

Mar 23, 2011 at 16:39 | Gail Tverberg

We are at a crossroads with respect to nuclear energy, having discovered a new way (or several new ways) that nuclear plants can fail. How do we deal with such…

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

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?

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

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

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

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

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…

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