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Japan approves new energy policy, reinstating nuclear power

In a stunning reversal of previous government plans to mothball nuclear power plants, Japan's cabinet on Friday approved the Basic Energy Plan, making it the first comprehensive energy policy since the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant meltdown.
In the Media by Karen Graham - 7 comments

Netanyahu on the Iranian Geneva decision: 'I will not shut up'

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, facing criticism for his public comments on the U.S.-led Geneva agreement with Iran, vowed that he will "not shut up."
In the Media by Michael Krebs - 1 comment

Saudi Arabia on Iran deal: Concerns on being 'lied to' by U.S.

In the wake of the controversial deal brokered with Iran in Geneva over Iran's nuclear ambitions, Saudi Arabia, concerned about being "lied to," is opting for its own proactive foreign policy agenda.
In the Media by Michael Krebs - 1 comment

1000's protest nuclear energy in Tokyo on Fukushima anniversary

Tokyo - In the run up to the second anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami that caused the disaster at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant, tens of thousands have taken to the streets of Tokyo in protest against nuclear power.
In the Media by Anne Sewell - 9 comments

Thousands of environmental activists rally on National Mall Special

Washington - Tens of thousands of climate change activists descended on the National Mall in Washington, DC. People came from numerous U.S. states and Canada to protest various actions relating to energy forms.
Digital Journal Report by Leigh Goessl - 13 comments

UK nuclear decommissioning Sellafield, budget and safety concerns

Seascale - Sellafield, formerly known as Windscale, Britain's largest nuclear facility is being decommissioned. The cost continues to escalate with the latest estimate reaching £67.5 billion.
In the Media by Eileen Kersey - 6 comments

Japan drops nuclear power, turns to green energy instead

After intense public pressure following last year's Fukushima disaster, the Japanese government announced Friday plans to phase out nuclear power over the next 30 years.
In the Media by Greta McClain - 5 comments

Iran’s first nuclear power plant operating at full capacity

Bushehr - Iran's Bushehr nuclear power plant is open and operating at full capacity. This is the first power plant of its type in the Islamic Republic.
In the Media by Anne Sewell - 8 comments

Khamenei: Iran will not develop nuclear weapons

Tehran - At a gathering of leaders of developing countries in Tehran, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei stated that Iran will never develop a nuclear bomb, but will continue the pursuit of peaceful nuclear energy.
In the Media by Anne Sewell - 2 comments

Op-Ed: Natural gas could replace coal

If natural gas production is not thwarted by environmental interests, it could overtake coal during the next two decades to become the second largest world energy source. This will give Mideast and Russian gas producers some serious competition.
In the Media by Eliot Elwar - 2 comments

Op-Ed: Nuclear safety and expenses become more problematic

Today reactors built in the United States and elsewhere finds problematic safety concerns contributing to nuclear expenses during an era of earthquakes and natural disasters.
In the Media by Eliot Elwar

Germany implements ‘historic’ nuclear energy phaseout by 2022

Berlin - In the wake of Japan’s Fukushima nuclear meltdown, the German government has reversed its energy policy and will gradually wean itself from its nuclear energy program, shutting down its reactors by 2022.
In the Media by Lynn Herrmann - 2 comments

Thousands demonstrate in Tokyo streets against nuclear energy

Tokyo - A day after Japan Prime Minister Naoto Kan called for suspension of operations at the Hamaoka nuclear facility southwest of Tokyo, thousands of demonstrators took to the streets in Tokyo demanding the country take a new path away from nuclear energy.
In the Media by Lynn Herrmann - 1 comment

Gates tells WIRED crowd ‘cute’ is not the answer to energy crisis

New York - In a keynote speech at the WIRED Business Conference, Microsoft founder Bill Gates said more money needs to be spent on research and development in the field of energy innovation rather than old technologies, making it affordable for developing nations.
In the Media by Lynn Herrmann - 1 comment

UN chief says we must ask ‘painful questions’ on nuclear energy

Kiev - After visiting the Chernobyl nuclear plant site on Wednesday, the UN Secretary-General said the Daichi nuclear disaster in Japan is part of an “unnerving history” of accidents in which the risks and costs may not be properly calculated.
In the Media by Lynn Herrmann

Poll: Few Americans confident US ready for nuclear emergency

Washington - Public confidence in the United States government's readiness to respond to a nuclear emergency is low according to a recent poll. Sixty-five percent of those surveyed felt it was at least somewhat likely a disaster situation could occur on U.S. soil.
In the Media by Kim I. Hartman - 1 comment

TEPCO officials: Radiation spike report a mistake

Tokyo - Officials from Japan's Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) issued an apology on Sunday for releasing a report stating that the radiation readings taken from puddles found within the facility's No. 2 reactor was 10 million times higher than normal.
In the Media by Adeline Yuboco

Op-Ed: Japan in need of friends in the aftermath

We have observed the graphic images of the Japanese and their nation, succumbing to the overwhelming forces of nature destroying lives, infrastructure, and economy.
In the Media by James Raider - 2 comments

Japanese hospital patients exposed to radiation from Fukushima

Tokyo - A Japanese public broadcasting station reports three people randomly chosen from a hospital that's located near the damaged nuclear power plant Fukushima Daiichi have tested positive for exposure to radiation.
In the Media by Kim I. Hartman - 3 comments

Frustrated Vermont Yankee protesters want day in court

Eight protesters calling for the shutdown of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant were arrested yesterday for trespassing. It wasn’t the first time, but each time the charges have been dropped, much to the disappointment of the group.
In the Media by Martin Laine

Iranian experts assisting Venezuela in pursuit of uranium

Venezuela is discovering uranium deposits with the help of Iranian mining experts. The findings are proving to be significant.
In the Media by Michael Krebs

Russia to provide Venezuela with nuclear capabilities

After a visit to Moscow by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, Venezuela announced on Monday its intention to build nuclear energy facilities with Russian help.
In the Media by Michael Krebs

Op-Ed: Economics and War and Comfort Food and Black Ice - a Wintry Mix

At a city's corners and under the advertisements of a pub there are the colder strokes of economics and of world war. March brings a wintry mix.
In the Media by Michael Krebs - 2 comments

Op-Ed: G7 Financial Ministers Look to Fossil Fuel Alternatives, But Nuclear Power is a Pandora’s Box

The G7, an entity comprised of the world's leading industrialized nations, endorses nuclear power as a way to alleviate the addiction to fossil fuels and mitigate global warming. However, can nuclear power be implemented on a world wide scale?
In the Media by Squidny - 17 comments

Nuclear Waste and Wildlife

A response to "Nuclear power and its Risks."
In the Media by Mark M Drewe - 2 comments

Bush calls for global isolation of Iran

Bush urges other nations and the UN to isolate Iran from getting any support until they stop enriching uranium.
In the Media by Mark M Drewe

Czech Nuclear Plant Shut Down

PRAGUE (voa) - The Czech Republic's controversial Temelin nuclear power plant has been shut down because of technical problems just hours after powering up to full capacity. Spokesmen for the plant said the trouble, stemming from a power generator,...
In the Media by Digital Journal Staff

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(L to R) Vice Admiral Kurt Tidd, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. Kerry and foreign ministers of five other world powers joined talks on Iran's contested nuclear programme on November 23, 2013, with the two sides edging towards a breakthrough to ease a dangerous decade-old standoff

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