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Three years after Japan closed all of its nuclear
plants in the wake of the Fukushima meltdown
and Germany decided to shut its industry, developing countries are leading the biggest construction boom in more than two decades.
Even several years after the 2011 Fukushima nuclear
power plant disaster, food contaminated from the meltdown
is still harming animals, according to a new study. Specifically, butterflies eating food collected from cities around the site showed ...
power in the UK has turned out much safer than environmentalists worried it would be.
Friends of the Earth, which feared the threat of a catastrophic Chernobyl-style meltdown
in the UK, is now less concerned. Fear of nuclear
Whatever you may imagine, “peak oil” has not been discredited as a concept, a statement no less true for “peak fossil fuels.” Think of them instead as postponed. We are, after all, on a finite planet that, by definition, holds a finite amount ...
For all Angela Merkel's headline-grabbing "green revolution", Germany's image as a world leader on environmental policies is in danger of falling under the shadow of the smoke stack and a cloud of exhaust fumes.
Increasing dependence on ...
The governor of disaster-struck Fukushima agreed Monday to accept the "temporary" storage of nuclear
waste from the Japanese accident, paving the way for an end to a years-long standoff.
Yuhei Sato has been cajoled and lavished with the ...
The impact of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear
on the region`s young people is starting to add up.
104 of the area`s 300,000 young people who were under 18 at the time of the disaster have been diagnosed with thyroid cancer, ...
In July, when the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) announced it would move forward with its plan to construct an "ice wall" around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear
power plant's failed reactors, it seemed like a step backwards. In June, the ...
Jin Peisheng, a drilling rig foreman, knows the challenges of trying to extract natural gas from a coal seam under the cornfields here in north-central China.
Cracks in the subterranean coal are flooded with water that needs to be pumped ...
A $1 billion lawsuit accuses the Japanese nuclear
energy company Tepco of lying about radiation levels.
This story was originally published by the Guardian and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. The article was ...
Europe's ageing nuclear
fleet will undergo more prolonged outages over the next few years, reducing the reliability of power supply and costing plant operators many millions of dollars.Nuclear power provides about a third of the European ...
An investigation into the impacts of the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear
disaster has found that radiation may be harming wildlife in the area.
In a series of new studies, published this week in the Journal of Heredity, scientists found ...
Compared to the Chernobyl meltdown
, the levels of radiation released by the Fukushima-Daiichi power plant disaster in 2011 were a drop in the bucket. Even so, a new series of studies has shown that certain types of birds, plants and insects in ...
Wild monkeys living in forests of Fukushima — the Japanese city that was the site of a nuclear
power plant meltdown
in 2011 — have lower blood cell counts than monkeys from northern Japan, and carry detectable levels of cesium in their bodies, ...
regulator vouched for the safety of two reactors in the country’s south, setting in motion the re-adoption of atomic power even as most Japanese remain skeptical after the Fukushima disaster of 2011.
In fading light and just a stone's throw from the most terrifying scenes during Japan's worst nuclear
accident, engineers resumed their race against time to defeat the next big threat: thousands of tonnes of irradiated water.
If all goes ...
In 1829, as Swedish chemist Jons Jakob Berzelius named a metallic element he had discovered after the Norse god of thunder and lightning, he surely had no inkling of its potential for unleashing enormous power. Yet today there's growing interest ...
Stigma, pay cuts and risk of radiation exposure are among the reasons why 3,000 employees have left the utility at the center of Japan's 2011 nuclear
disaster. Now there's an additional factor: better-paying jobs in the feel-good solar energy ...
The operator of Japan's battered Fukushima nuclear
power plant has said it is having trouble with the early stages of an ice wall being built under broken reactors to contain radioactive water.
Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco) has begun ...
In the three years since the Fukushima disaster, Japan's utilities have pledged $15 billion to harden their nuclear
plants against earthquakes, tsunamis, tornadoes and terrorist attacks.
But as Japan's nuclear
safety regulator prepares ...
Michael Mann, professor of meteorology at Penn State, dropped by Madison, Wis. last week, and we quizzed him about the state of the climate. Mann's post-doctoral work (1) thesis introduced the "hockey stick," a graph showing the accelerated pace ...
Human-caused climate change may already be out of control, as suggested in recent reports by the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change), confirming that a “tipping point” may already have arrived (1) with warming of the Arctic and (2) ...
Small underground nuclear
power plants that could be cheaper to build than their behemoth counterparts may herald the future for an energy industry under intense scrutiny since the Fukushima disaster started, the incoming head of the Nuclear
Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has approved a new energy plan that promotes coal as a cheap, stable, long-term and efficient energy source, along with nuclear
power, while failing to set adequate renewable energy targets.
Global greenhouse gas emissions over the past decade were the "highest in human history", according to the world's leading scientific body for the assessment of climate change. Without further action, temperatures will increase by about 4 to 5C, ...