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Is nuclear power safe? The chances of a catastrophic failure is low, but when they do happen the consequences are dire

Is Nuclear Power Safe for the Environment?

One of the first questions on everyone’s lips, when the conversation turns to nuclear power, is what are the advantages and disadvantages and how safe is it. Various media and information channels provide conflicting, sensationalised information depending on their core values. Depending on your point of view, nuclear reactors could be seen as one of, if not the most environmentally…

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French government proposes law to reduce nuclear power by 25 percent

France Poised to Turn Away from Nuclear to Renewables

France’s National Assembly is poised to pass a new energy law that will transform the French power industry and the way electricity is produced, distributed and consumed. Up for a vote Wednesday, July 22, the new law calls for nuclear power to meet 50 percent of electricity needs by around 2025, which would be 25 percent less than a current…

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Nuclear energy is essential to avoid runaway climate change

Abandoning Nuclear for Fossil Fuels Lays the Foundation for Runaway Climate Change

The explosion of the Fukushima reactor in 2011 prompted many nations to abandon nuclear power and turn to fossil fuels to meet their energy requirements. On March 11 of this year, Japan marked the third anniversary of the tragic earthquake and tsunami that killed more than 18,000 people and ultimately led to a global push away from nuclear power. As predicted a year after the Fukushima disaster, concerns about the dangers of nuclear power are laying…

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It may not qualify as a nuclear power renaissance, but many developing countries rely on development of nuclear to meet their growing energy demands

EarthTalk: A Nuclear Power Renaissance?

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: I thought Japan’s 2011 Fukushima nuclear plant meltdown would have sealed nuclear power’s fate, but I keep hearing otherwise. Can you enlighten? – Jacob Allen, New York, NY The 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster did cause many nations to reconsider their nuclear…

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After Fukushima is the sun setting on nuclear energy?

Nuclear Power One Year after the Fukushima Disaster

The March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami that led to the explosions at the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan sent shock waves that are still being felt around the world. The fallout from this tragic event is driving countries away from nuclear power and increasing GHG intensive coal-fired energy production. This abandonment of nuclear energy could add a billion tonnes…

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Is the Obama administration serious about a clean energy economy of just greenwashing?

Dirty Energy: Interior Dept. Clear Path for More Wyoming Coal; Michigan Oil Spill Clean-Up Unfinished

The Weekly Mulch from the Media Consortium by Sarah Laskow, Media Consortium blogger (reposted with permission) The renewable era is still far away. Despite the attention and rhetoric that has been given over to green energy projects, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced this week that coal companies would be able to take a whack at mining 2.35 billion tons of…

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Wind energy hits record peak in California

Latest EIA Report Shows Renewable Energy Production Continues Growth in 2010, Equals Nuclear Energy Output

The latest Monthly Energy Review released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) last week shows both nuclear and renewable energy sources provided roughly 11 percent each of primary energy production for the first nine months of 2010 – the latest period for which data is available. The EIA report states that renewable energy sources, including biomass/biofuels, solar, wind, hydro,…

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