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The damaged Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station as seen during a sea-water sampling boat journey, 7 November 2013. Photo: IAEA Imagebank via Flickr.com.

Fukushima meltdown continues around the world

Paul Mobbs

12th March 2013

Three years after the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe hit our TV screens, Paul Mobbs examines the still unfolding global disaster - and the motives of politicians whose love of nuclear power is stronger, than it is wise. more...
The MOX facility under construction in 2010. Photo: NNSANews via Flickr.com.

DOE shuts $4 billion 'plutonium-eater' reactor

Douglas Birch

12th March 2014

A nuclear reactor designed to burn up surplus Cold War plutonium has been closed by the US Department of Energy. Initially it was meant to cost $1bn. So far it has cost $4bn. To complete and operate would cost $25-34bn. more...
Hinkley Point B. Photo: Ken Grainger / geograph.org.uk via Wikimedia Commons.

European Commission: Hinkley C subsidies are unfair State Aid

Greenpeace UK & The Ecologist

11th March 2014

The European Commission has launched its public consultation over the UK's proposed state aid to the proposed Hinkley C nuclear plant in Somerset - and in the process delivered a mighty broadside against the UK Government's plans. more...
US Solar installations by quarter through 2013. Image: SEIA / GTM.

Sun shines on US solar sector

John Rogers

8th March 2014

The US Solar sector boomed in 2013, with a record breaking volume of new solar capacity added - almost 5,000MW. And as John Rogers reports, the party is set to carry on through 2014. more...
Fukushima is Here on Ocean Beach demo, San Francisco, October 2013. Photo: Steve Rhodes.

Fukushima - all charges dropped

Oliver Tickell

4th March 2013

Japanese prosecutors have dropped all charges against Tepco, the operator of the stricken nuclear power plant at Fukushima, along with senior Government officials. more...
Hinkley Point A (right) twin magnox and Hinkley Point B (left) AGR nuclear power stations in Somerset, across the River Parrott in Burnham. Photo: Joe Dunckley via Flickr.com.

UK taxpayer will be liable for Hinkley C billions

David Toke

4th March 2014

The EPR nuclear reactor is a busted flush. The two examples under construction in France and Finland are way over time, and budget. If the UK goes ahead with an EPR at Hinkley Point in Somerset, writes David Toke, the taxpayer will pay a huge price ... more...
Fukushima graffiti. Photo: Abode of Chaos via Flickr.com.

'No one died, no one's health was damaged' - Fukushima's big lie

Karl Grossman

8th March 2014

The nuclear industry and its media cheerleaders have raised a chorus of misinformation over Fukushima, writes Karl Grossman. But their attempts to suppress the truth are ultimately doomed to failure. more...
Aerial picture of Horns offshore wind farm in Denmark. Photo: Vattenfall via Flickr.com.

Offshore wind could calm hurricanes

Tim Radford

11th March 2014

US scientists say that very large wind farms could not only withstand a hurricane: they would also weaken it and so protect coastal communities. As Tim Radford reports, wind farms could just have saved New Orleans ... more...
Solar PV hard at work on a hotel roof in Hawaii. The state has resisted proposals for heavy charges for solar connections to the power grid. Photo: ShellVacationsHospitality via Flickr.com.

America's corporate revolt against clean energy

Trip Van Noppen

3rd March 2014

The US's fossil fuel industry is scared at the growth of solar power, and its ever-declining market cost. So it's fighting back, reports Trip Van Noppen, doing its best to quash solar growth by imposing new costs and restrictions. more...
March 23, 2011 - The aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan conducts a wash down while the ship is operating off the coast of Japan, to remove potential radiation contamination. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kyle Carlstrom.

The US Navy knew: Fukushima's 'hard rain' on USS Ronald Reagan

Harvey Wasserman

27th February 2014

A telephone transcript released under the Freedom of Information Act shows: the US Navy knew that the USS Ronald Reagan took major radiation hits from the Fukushima atomic power plant after its '3/11' meltdowns and explosions. more...
The SolĂșcar PS10 20MW solar tower near Seville, Spain. Saudi Arabia is now planning to build much bigger versions of the technology. Photo: Alejandro Flores via Flickr.com.

Solar is going great - but could be greater!

Jonathon Porritt

1st March 2014

The solar industry is going great, with tens of gigawatts of new capacity planned for 2014 alone. But as Jonathon Porritt writes, the solar revolution could be going even faster - with smart, consistent policies for solar power in Europe and Japan. more...
Water permit hearing poster for uranium mining in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Photo: via White Plume.

Protect our sacred water!

Ben Whitford

3rd March 2014

The curse of Uranium has fallen once again on the Black Hills of South Dakota, ancestral home to the Lakota Indians - now fighting a massive mining project that threatens land, rivers and groundwater. But this time, writes Ben Whitford, the Lakota are not alone ... more...

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PRISM - bending light, or bending truth? Photo: Ingrid Truemper via Flickr.com.

Can PRISM solve the UK's plutonium problem?

Jim Green, Nuclear Monitor

26th February 2014

The UK's nuclear decommissioning authority has a problem - what to do with over 100 tonnes of plutonium. Jim Green evaluates the NDA's options, and sees another generation of nuclear white elephants in the making. more...
Fukushima live today - Photo: Tepco webcam.

Fukushima leaks 23 TBq of radioactive water

The Ecologist

20th February 2014

Tepco has announced the accidental leak of 100 tonnes of highly radioactive water from a storage tank at the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan. more...
How long before Fukushima's radiation reaches America's west coast? Big Sur Pool, California. Photo: kptkarl via Flickr.com.

Citizens to fill the Fukushima information void

David Suzuki

10th February 2014

A citizen scientist project on North America's West Coast hopes to fill the void in credible scientific information about Fukushima's radiation and its effects on food and the environment, writes David Suzuki. more...
Chernobyl / Pripyat Exclusion Zone. Graffiti on a wall facing the amusement park in central Pripyat. Photo: Pedro Moura Pinheiro via Flickr.com.

The true cost of disaster insurance makes nuclear power uncompetitive

Ingmar Schumacher

6th February 2014

The European Commission is assessing how it should augment its nuclear disaster insurance. Ingmar Schumacher calls for full transparency of insurance costs in the cost-benefit evaluation of the nuclear industry. more...
An AP1000 reactor is under construction at Vogtle Electric Generating Plant, Georgia. Units 1 and 2 pictured here. Photo: Nuclear Regulatory Commission via Flickr.com.

Toshiba's nuclear project - cheaper than Hinkley C?

David Toke

17th January 2014

Toshiba, the 60% owner of NuGen, has announced it will build 3 AP1000 reactors at Moorside, England - much faster and cheaper than Hinkley C. But the whole proposition, writes David Toke, is seriously implausible. more...
Andy enjoys the sunshine outside 'The Shack' - while solar panels charge up the batteries. Photo: Solar Events.

My solar life

Andy Hope

15th January 2014

Andy Hope has been working with solar power for over 25 years and pioneered renewable energy at festivals. He talks to The Ecologist about his passion for sustainability and his self-built, off grid home - 'The Shack' ... more...
Solar is everywhere in Germany. This is a newly constructed home with near total solar covering. Photo: Tim Fuller via Flickr.com.

Germany's 'impractical dream'?

Chris Goodall

11th January 2014

Germany's Energiewende or Energy Path is leading Europe's dominant industrial power into wholly new territory. Sober bureaucrats see a 100% renewable energy economy by 2050 as technically feasible. Chris Goodall asks - have they all gone mad? more...

China: nuclear and coal giants go solar

Oliver Tickell

10th January 2014

Chinese coal and nuclear energy giants are suddenly piling into the solar industry. Is this the way of the future, not only in China but around the world? more...
Ellie Harrison campaigning for a publicly owned railway system. Photo: Robin Prime.

Power for the people!

Ellie Harrison

9th January 2014

Ellie Harrison explains how her concerns about climate change led to her founding two dynamic campaigns to make Britain's vital national infrastructure publicly owned and accountable once more. more...

Hitachi-GE nuclear reactor design assessment begins

The Ecologist

6th January 2014

The Office for Nuclear Regulation and the Environment Agency have begun assessing Hitachi-GE's boiling water nuclear reactor design. more...
Wind turbines near Tow Law, County Durham, UK. Photo: Jonathan Pearson / pearsongraphics via Flickr.com.

Wind turbines - going strong 20 years on

Chris Goodall

3rd January 2014

Anti-wind campaigners claim that wind turbine performance more than halves after 15 years. Chris Goodall analyses the figures and finds that even 20-year old wind turbines in the UK are still going strong ... more...
Mulan wind farm, 170km NE of Harbin City in Heilongiang, is one of the first wind farms to be built in China. Photo: Land Rover Our Planet via Flickr.com.

China roars ahead with renewables

John Mathews and Hao Tan

4th January 2014

Reports of China opening a huge new coal fired power station every week belie the reality - China is the new global powerhouse for renewable energy. As John Mathews and Hao Tan report, the world must follow its example. more...
Clearing debris from around the spent fuel pond in Fukushima Building 3 in late 2013. Photo from Tepco video.

Fukushima meltdown? Mystery steam rising over Reactor 3

Oliver Tickell

31st December 2013

Unexplained plumes of radioactive steam have been rising from Fukushima's Reactor Building 3, Could a major meltdown be on the way? more...

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