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UK Government Backs First Nuclear Plant in 35 Years

UK Government Backs First Nuclear Plant in 35 Years

As it works to reduce its contribution to the climate crisis and ensure energy independence, the UK will move forward with a new nuclear power plant in Suffolk, England–the first government-backed nuclear installation in 35 years. The UK government’s support for the plant was first announced during the chancellor’s autumn statement earlier this month and […]

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    UK to Decarbonize Its Electricity by 2035, Johnson Says

    UK to Decarbonize Its Electricity by 2035, Johnson Says

    The UK will remove fossil fuels from its electricity mix by 2035, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Monday. The news comes as the UK prepares to host the upcoming COP26 international climate conference in Glasgow next month, Reuters reported. The country has already pledged to reduce emissions by 78 percent by 2035, and […]

    Nuclear Energy 101: What Exactly Are Small Modular Reactors?

    Nuclear Energy 101: What Exactly Are Small Modular Reactors?

    Roughly one-fifth of the electricity needed to power America comes from nuclear energy. Fewer than 100 reactors are licensed to operate across 30 U.S. states, with most located along the East Coast. Others are scattered across the Midwest, while a handful are sited in West Coast states. Some states, like Illinois, South Carolina and New […]

    Chernobyl Is Encouraging Educational Tourism 35 Years After Nuclear Disaster

    Chernobyl Is Encouraging Educational Tourism 35 Years After Nuclear Disaster

    Three-and-a-half decades after the world’s worst nuclear disaster, Ukrainian officials are transforming the deserted Chernobyl exclusion zone into a monument that educates and warns tourists about the consequences of human error. On the night of April 26, 1986, reactor No. 4 at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant exploded and caught fire, sending radioactive material into […]

    Japan to Release Fukushima Wastewater Into the Pacific

    Japan to Release Fukushima Wastewater Into the Pacific

    Japan will release radioactive wastewater from the failed Fukushima nuclear plant into the Pacific Ocean, the government announced on Tuesday. The water will be treated before release, and the International Atomic Energy Agency said the country’s plans were in keeping with international practice, The New York Times reported. But the plan is opposed by the […]

    Safety Remains Nuclear Power’s Greatest Challenge 10 Years After Fukushima

    Safety Remains Nuclear Power’s Greatest Challenge 10 Years After Fukushima

    By Kiyoshi Kurokawa and Najmedin Meshkati Ten years ago, on March 11, 2011, the biggest recorded earthquake in Japanese history hit the country’s northeast coast. It was followed by a tsunami that traveled up to 6 miles inland, reaching heights of over 140 feet in some areas and sweeping entire towns away in seconds. This […]

    Extreme Winter Storm Wreaks Havoc on Grid, Energy Markets

    Extreme Winter Storm Wreaks Havoc on Grid, Energy Markets

    Nearly 5 million electricity customers across the United States lost power over the weekend as extreme weather, including frigid temperatures and ice storms, drove up demand and shut down electricity generation. The widespread outages underscore the vulnerability of the power grid to extreme weather events made more frequent, powerful, and unpredictable by climate change. “I […]

    Chernobyl Wildfires Could Spread Radioactive Particles

    Chernobyl Wildfires Could Spread Radioactive Particles

    Firefighters are battling to contain larger-than-usual wildfires in the Chernobyl exclusion zone as radiation levels spike at their center. The fires, which started April 3 in the west of the zone, then spread to forests in the area with higher radiation levels, Reuters reported. High winds Saturday risked pushing the blaze towards the abandoned plant […]

    Germany Exceeds 50% Renewable Energy Use Milestone

    Germany Exceeds 50% Renewable Energy Use Milestone

    Germany’s target for renewable energy sources to deliver 65% of its consumed electricity by 2030 seemed on track Wednesday, with 52% of electricity coming from renewables in 2020’s first quarter. Renewable energy advocates, however, warned the trend is imperiled by slowdowns in building new wind and solar plants. The federal BDEW energy and water federation […]