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  • Russia`s preparedness for a nuclear accident

    The IAEA has conducted a review of Russia´s preparedness to respond to a radiation emergency in the country´s northwest Murmansk province. The area is of particular concern with regards to environmental challenges posed by an aging fleet of Soviet-era nuclear submarines, stored nuclear waste, and planned decommissioning and dismantlement work. The Emergency Preparedness Review (EPREV) exercise ...

  • Spain, US sign new accord on nuclear accident cleanup plan

    Spain and the United States signed an agreement Monday to further discuss the cleanup and removal of land contaminated with radioactivity after a mid-air collision in 1966 dumped four U.S. hydrogen bombs near the southern Spanish village of Palomares. Under a statement of intent signed by Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo and U.S. ...


    By Associated Press

  • Japan`s Nuclear Accident Spreading to Some Parts of the United States

    Universal Detection Technology (OTCBB: UNDT), a developer of early-warning monitoring technologies that protect against biological, chemical, and radiological threats, commented today on a recent study funded by the US Departments of Energy and Homeland Security that linked elevated radiation in US rain water and food to the ...


    By Marketwire

  • The nuclear power plans that have survived Fukushima

    SciDev.Net reporters from around the world tell us which countries are set on developing nuclear energy despite the Fukushima accident. The quest for energy independence, rising power needs and a desire for political weight all mean that few developing countries with nuclear ambitions have abandoned them in the light of the Fukushima accident. Jordan's planned nuclear plant is part of a strategy ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • No immediate health risks from Fukushima nuclear accident says UN expert science panel

    "Radiation exposure following the nuclear accident at Fukushima-Daiichi did not cause any immediate health effects. It is unlikely to be able to attribute any health effects in the future among the general public and the vast majority of workers," concluded the 60 th session of the Vienna-based United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effect of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR). The effects of ...

  • Clean-up continues at Chernobyl, 22 years on

    Twenty-two years after the world’s most serious nuclear accident, work by the international community and the International Atomic Energy Agency continues apace to assist Belarus, Russian Federation and Ukraine. The work is moving into a new phase that aims to build upon progress already achieved and target the most pressing social and economic needs. The IAEA remains an active participant in ...

  • Panel backs plan for Nuclear Waste Disposal near Lake Huron

    A Canadian advisory panel Wednesday endorsed a fiercely debated plan to bury waste from nuclear power plants less than a mile from Lake Huron, saying it had concluded the project would pose no danger to the environment. The Joint Review Panel made its recommendation in a report to Canada's environment minister, Leona Aglukkaq, who is expected ...


    By Associated Press

  • In Germany’s nuclear phase-out, renewable energy plans are clear

    Chancellor Angela Merkel arrived in the United States yesterday to be presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, coming shortly after her announcement that Germany plans to phase out nuclear energy by 2022 and accelerate the transition to a clean energy system largely built on renewable energy and energy ...

  • Canada’s nuclear future

    After decades of inaction, nations around the world are looking to nuclear power as an emission free, cost-competitive alternative to fossil fuels. Budget 2008 released this week is unequivocal in sending a clear signal about Canada’s nuclear future. The federal government stated in 2007 that it was very interested in returning to nuclear power as a source of low emission energy. ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Nuclear Power’s Uncertain Future

    Global nuclear generation capacity increased by 4.2 gigawatts (GW), or 1.1 percent, to 373.1 GW and the number of operational reactors also increased by two units to a total of 437 nuclear reactors worldwide last year, according to the new Vital Signs Online trend released by the Worldwatch Institute (www.worldwatch.org). The increases are net figures, taking into account ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

  • Nuclear electricity: a fallen dream?

    Nuclear power is no magic solution, argues Pervez Hoodbhoy — it's not safe, or cheap, and it leads to weapons programmes. A string of energy-starved developing countries have looked at nuclear power as the magic solution. No oil, no gas, no coal needed – it's a fuel with zero ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Managing Nuclear Information in the Cloud

    The burden of data management for the nuclear power industry is second only to that of managing nuclear material itself. For utilities operating nuclear power plants, deploying a centralized environmental management system to the “Cloud,” and housing all of their data in it, is offering unprecedented opportunities for better monitoring, aggregating and reporting of data. Aggregating ...


    By Locus Technologies

  • Is Africa ready for safe nuclear power?

    As Japan's nuclear accidents send shockwaves round the world, Alex Abutu explores whether Africa is ready to provide safe nuclear power. [CAPE TOWN] The disasters that struck several Japanese nuclear facilities in the wake of last week's devastating tsunami have highlighted concerns about whether ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • India tightens nuclear safety regime

    India has announced that it will set up a new, independent nuclear regulatory authority and invite international experts to conduct safety audits of its nuclear power plants, The steps to allay public fears following Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant breakdown in March were announced this week (26 April) at a joint media briefing by three ministers. It included a minister from the prime ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Nuclear power: look before you leap

    The Fukushima accident raised questions that must be addressed by developing countries considering nuclear energy. The accident at Japan's Fukushima nuclear power plant in March sent a shock wave through the nuclear energy renaissance that has been gaining strength in the past few years. ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • EU presents post-Fukushima nuclear safety rules

    The European Commission proposed tougher nuclear safety rules Thursday, amid international debate about the future of nuclear energy and how to secure aging plants. Stress tests on European nuclear plants prompted by the 2011 disaster at Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant showed that almost all of them needed safety improvements. A report on those tests called for more consistency across the ...


    By Associated Press

  • India must learn from Fukushima nuclear meltdown

    India must reject imported technology to ensure the safety of new nuclear power stations, says A. Gopalakrishnan. Four of the reactors at the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan seem to be steadily moving towards progressive core melting. If sizeable core melt occurs, very dangerous species of radioactive fission products in the form of gases, micro-dust and droplets could ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Questions & Answers: Safety standards for nuclear waste disposal

    Why is the Commission proposing the Directive? More than 50 years after the first nuclear power plant become operational (1956 Calder Hall, UK), there are still no final repositories for nuclear waste in the whole European Union. Some Member States such as Sweden, Finland and France are in the planning phase. To minimize the risk of contamination, the EU is proposing high safety standards ...


    By Europa Press Room

  • Radioactive water leaks at Japanese nuclear plant

    The Japanese nuclear watchdog on Wednesday said they are taking the leakage of highly radioactive water at the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant seriously, and proposed raising the rating to describe it from "an anomaly" to a "serious incident." The operator of the plant said about 300 tons (300,000 liters, 80,000 gallons) of ...


    By Associated Press

  • Hydro beats nuclear and coal, beats oil and gas

    Researchers in Italy and the UK have reviewed the economic, social and environmental impact of hydro, coal, oil, gas and nuclear power. Each has its advantages and disadvantages, but of these conventional electricity generation technologies, hydroelectric power appears to be the most sustainable and acceptable environmentally and economically. Nuclear and coal run a close second place but oil or ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

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