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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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Sailors decontaminate the flight deck aboard USS Ronald Reagan, March 23 2011. Official U.S. Navy Page / Kevin B. Gray via Flickr.com.

Fukushima's cancer epidemic: the reality revealed

John Ward

25th December 2013

USS Reagan & Fukushima cancer levels are miles above comparative levels, according to John Ward. Slowly, the world is waking up to the realities of Japan's nuclear catastrophe: this disaster is real. more...
Uranium mining in Kakadu National Park, Australia. Photo: Alberto Otero GarcĂ­a via Flickr.com.

The nuclear renaissance is stone cold dead

Dr Jim Green

25th December 2013

2013 has been the nuclear power industry's annus horribilis and the nuclear renaissance can now be pronounced stone cold dead. Dr Jim Green reveals the global unravelling of the nuclear dream ... more...
Former EPA Administrator Michael Leavitt speaks at an ALEC event sponsored by ExxonMobil, among other dirty energy interests and Fortune 500 companies. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

ALEC - civil society fights back

Ben Whitford

28th December 2013

Few groups have done more to further the US conservative agenda - and harm progressive causes - than the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC. But as Ben Whitford reports, civil society is fighting back. more...

UK plans 75GW of new nuclear power

Jamie Doward for The Observer

23rd December 2013

The UK government is planning 75GW of new nuclear power, Jamie Doward reports - equivalent to 50 1.5GW reactors, or 25 dual-reactor Hinkley C's - enough to supply 86% of the UK's energy demand. more...
Nuclear power station at Hinkley Point, Somerset. Photo: rrx_blade via Flickr.com.Nuclear power station at Hinkley Point, Somerset. Photo: rrx_blade via Flickr.com.

Hinkley C: the Generic Design Assessment has failed

Emma Bateman

26th December 2013

The safety assessment for the Hinkley C reactor design has failed, reports Emma Bateman. Faced with 724 unresolved concerns about the EPR design, the UK regulator went ahead and issued the licence anyway. more...
Uranium glass - fluorescent under UV light. Photo: Danilo Russo via Flickr.com.

Uranium - the 'demon metal' that threatens us all

Chris Busby

1st January 2014

Ingested Uranium is linked with health impacts far greater than is explained by orthodox risk models. Chris Busby explains how the 'demon metal' does its damage - and why the nuclear industry is desperate to hide the truth. more...
Solar panels like these in Oxford could provide much of the UK's electricity. Photo: Adrian Arbib - www.arbib.org / r-eco.co.uk .

Sustainable energy for all

David Eliott

16th December 2013

Can we really produce all our electricity from renewable sources? Yes, says David Elliott - and at lower cost than by using fossil fuels and nuclear power. But powerful forces are opposed to change ... more...

'Illegal UK state aid' probe hits nuclear plans

Paul Brown

14th December 2013

An EU investigation into the UK's financial support for new nuclear power stations is dividing Europe, with critics saying London is flouting EU rules by offering illegal subsidies to EDF at Hinkley Point in Somerset. Paul Brown reports. more...
Khone-Phapheng Falls. Photo: hiroo yamagata via flikr.com.

The Mekong must run free!

Tom Fawthrop

14th December 2013

The Mekong is among Southeast Asia's greatest rivers, sustaining tens of millions from its abundant fisheries and its floodwaters which both irrigate and fertilise. But as Tom Fawthrop reports, Nature's bounty, and beauty, are at risk from a series of 11 dams. more...
Photo: Semmick Photo / Shutterstock.com

Japan's post-Fukushima 'secrecy' clampdown

Saul Takahashi

11th December 2013

Japan's secrecy law, just passed by parliament, gives the government carte blanche to designate state secrets - and restrict information about anything it likes. Saul Takahashi hears the sound of jackboots on the march ... more...
George Monbiot. Photo: Adrian Arbib / Wikimedia Commons

It can't be easy being George Monbiot

Jonathon Porritt

7th December 2013

On 21st March 2011 George Monbiot stated: "As a result of the disaster at Fukushima, I am no longer nuclear-neutral. I now support the technology." Jonathon Porritt critiques Monbiot's intellectual gymnastics ... more...

UK - the world's plutonium store?

The Ecologist

27th November 2013

An unexpected outcome of the Fukushima nuclear disaster is that the UK's Sellafield nuclear site - already the world's biggest plutonium repository - is set to store even more of the radioactive, fissionable metal. more...
Fukushima live today - Photo: Tepco webcam.

Can we risk another Fukushima?

Tom Burke

27th November 2013

Tom Burke expresses his disgust at those who downplay the enormity of the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe, and asks: is the world willing to tolerate repeat nuclear disasters? If not the answer is simple - an end to nuclear power. more...

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