After one reactor at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant caught fire and exploded in 1986, the whole site was encased in a concrete sarcophagus.
The meltdown at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in 1986 exposed 572 million people to radiation. No other nuclear accident holds a candle to that level of public health impact.
Engineers have devised an innovative way to dismantle Chernobyl's reactor while preventing further radiation escaping.
Because knowledge is power.
Small nuclear reactors are one step closer to powering the UK's future energy requirements.
South Africa has made promises to decarbonise but is hugely reliable on coal - so this is difficult.
The process of decarbonisation is a complex one for South Africa, as most its power supply comes from coal.
The proposals could add significant value to Australia’s existing uranium mining.
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Offering permanent storage for the world's nuclear waste could open up a huge economic opportunity for Australia.
The OPAL reactor at Lucas Heights in Sydney produces radioactive materials for medicine and manufacturing.
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Australia has been trying to construct a new nuclear storage site for the past thirty-five years without success.
South Africa is considering new nuclear power stations to supplement the Koeberg plant near Cape Town.
South Africa has plans to build new power stations despite many calling for no nuclear energy in the country.
The UK government looks set to allow EDF to build a new kind of nuclear reactor at Hinkley Point. But are there better nuclear technologies we could use?
Radioactively contaminated territory around the Mayak nuclear facility in Russia.
Nikulina/Slapovskaya/Heinrich Boell Foundation Moscow
The nuclear deal South Africa signed with Russia is set to be massively expensive and comes with a fair amount of risks.
Protesters at the restart of Japan’s Sendai 1 reactor.
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The restart of Japan's nuclear reactors is good news for climate change. But there are still large psychological barriers to overcome.
Walking in sync.
A scholars' panel looks at the diplomacy, the science and the pragmatism behind the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action signed between Iran and six world powers.
Russian President Vladimir Putin (right) is looking to provide his South African counterpart, Jacob Zuma, with nuclear energy.
Instead of spending time trying to make nuclear energy a possibility, South Africa should look to forms of renewable energy instead.
Countries should make pledges to fund low-carbon research - such as developing solar technology - and development as part of global climate talks.
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Countries will take emissions reduction pledges to international climate talks in Paris at the end of this year. Those pledges should also include funds for low-carbon R&D.
Reactor pressure vessel during construction of Shippingport Atomic Power Station in Pennsylvania, 1956.
U.S. Department of Energy, Naval Reactors Program
The basics of fission physics have stayed the same over the decades. But power-generating reactor designs have evolved, turning to new coolants, recycled fuel and other innovations.
Wind energy will be an important part of the world’s energy future - but it won’t be enough to feed growing demand.
Peak fossil fuel and action on climate change will mean we have less energy available to power the future.
Thorium has its advantages over uranium nuclear power, but is it right for Australia?
Thorium has several advantages over uranium nuclear power, but it also has its drawbacks. However, the question remains whether it would be the right technology should Australia choose to go nuclear.
South Australia already mines uranium. Could it become a nuclear state?
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South Australian premier Jay Weatherill on Sunday announced a formal inquiry into the future role of the state in the nuclear fuel cycle, which will be tasked with considering options across the full gamut…
Nuclear power plants, like this one in Tennessee, supply almost 20 percent of the electricity in the US.
Nuclear Regulatory Comission
It’s been almost two decades since a new nuclear plant opened for business in the United States. But that’s about to change as construction wraps up on the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Watts Bar Unit 2…
Energy supply including nuclear is the best way to fight climate change and conserve wildlife and ecosystems.
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Should nuclear energy be part of Australia’s (and many other countries') future energy mix? We think so, particularly as part of a solution to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prevent dangerous climate…
If Australia’s to have nuclear power, there’ll have to be policies to support it.
No sooner had foreign affairs minister Julie Bishop announced that Australia should take a fresh look at nuclear power than Prime Minister Tony Abbott responded that nuclear power would only be supported…