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Mention “high costs,” “financing” and “safety” in the same sentence as “commercial nuclear power plants,” and most people think of the multi-billion-dollar construction or operational phase of these facilities, which provide 20 percent of the domestic electric supply. Those concerns, however, are now emerging as aging nuclear power plants reach ... keep reading
As Japan reels from the experience of living through the Fukushima disaster and public demand for a move away from nuclear energy to renewable energy grow , the environment in Japan could make it one of the fastest growing solar markets. In June 2012 Industry Minister Yukio Edano approved Japan's ... keep reading
This is Chapter 2 of Osha Gray Davidson's book a six-part series on Germany's remarkable clean break with coal, oil and nuclear energy. Click here for Chapter 1. Or read it all now as a Kindle Single ebook on Amazon for 99 cents. How did wind and solar ... keep reading
An online poll of 13,500 adults in 13 countries found that most people believe that climate change is happening.The survey was carried out from July 5 to August 6 by the opinion poll group Ipsos for the insurance firm Axa and was conducted in the United States, Belgium ... keep reading
The Japanese government unveiled a plan today to phase out nuclear power over the next three decades, signaling a dramatic shift in energy policy 18 months after the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl. The proposed policy calls for more reliance on renewable energy, greater conservation and sustainable use of fossil ... keep reading
Seventeen months after the earthquake and tsunami that destroyed the Tokyo Electric Power Company's six-reactor complex at its Fukushima Daiichi, discussions continue about the possible effects of the radiation "dusting" the prefecture's inhabitants received, and their consequences. Far outside most media coverage, 2012 is shaping up to be ... keep reading
A discussion on the nation’s direction on energy policy up until 2030 is now unfolding all around Japan. What kind of energy Japan uses and whether it abandons or keeps its nuclear power plants are issues that affect not only the Japanese, but the rest of the world and ... keep reading
The New Zealand Government expected that its two ships, Te Kaha and Endeavour would be refused entry to Pearl Harbour during a joint naval exercise in Hawaii despite the signing of a new military agreement. And they were right.Te Kaha was refused entry to Pearl Harbour along with Endeavour ... keep reading
Nuclear power returned to Japan's energy mix for the first time in two months last week just hours before a parliamentary investigative commission said that the Fukushima nuclear crisis was a preventable disaster resulting from "collusion" among the government, regulators and the plant operator. it placed blame on the ... keep reading
The Ohi nuclear power plant in Fukui prefecture has been restarted by the Kansai Electric Power Plant and it is a hugely unpopular decision in Japan. It is the first nuclear site to go back online and it is a decision that has been met with mass protests, as tens ... keep reading
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