Nuclear

Japanese stage mass protest against nuclear power

One month after a damning report blaming human error for the Fukushima disaster, as many as 100,000 Japanese protest restarting use of nuclear.

Japanese commission: Don’t blame Mother Nature for Fukushima

A lengthy report from a commission tasked with analyzing what went wrong at Fukushima issues its response: everything.

Hope for the unemployed: Fukushima exec lands new gig

One, we might add, that may bode poorly for Japan's currently oil-free coastlines.

Japan turns reactors back on — but bulks up on solar

Two big announcements offer a mixed picture of how the nation plans to meet its energy needs.

Energy Policy

We’re half-assing the clean-energy transition

We're not moving fast enough to fight off catastrophic climate change, according to a new report from the IEA. What will it cost to really get going? A good chunk in the short term and negative dollars in the long term.

Nuclear

Stop the nuclear-industry welfare program

With our nation facing a $15 trillion national debt, it's time to end the extraordinary amount of corporate welfare going to the nuclear energy industry -- so say the independent senator from Vermont and the president of Taxpayers for Common Sense.

Nuclear

On 26th anniversary, Chernobyl’s crumbling seal gets new cap

Today marks the 26th anniversary of the Chernobyl explosion, the worst nuclear disaster the world has ever seen. Ukraine officials are gifting the nuclear site with an odd sort of birthday hat — a massive containment cap, or “Chernobyl sarcophagus.” An international drive has raised funds from governments towards building a new permanent covering to slide over a temporary concrete-and-steel shelter that was hastily erected after the disaster and is now dangerously crumbling. The 20,000-tonne arched structure, known as the New Safe Confinement, is designed to last for a century and spans 257 meters.

Nuclear

America’s best-known nuclear family gets mural at world’s best-known nuclear disaster

Street artists have started covering walls within the no-go zone of Chernobyl with advertising from the world's nuclear power companies -- and a family portrait of America’s favorite family with a nuclear safety officer dad.

Business & Technology

Watch out for radioactive tissue boxes

Radiation is an effective treatment for some serious illnesses, but it’s not generally applied to the common cold — unless you bought a metal tissue box from Bed Bath & Beyond. In January, the retailer recalled tissue boxes from 200 stores because they had been contaminated by radioactive metal.

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