The target chamber at the National Ignition Facility has been the site of a number of breakthroughs in fusion physics.
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The promise of abundant, clean energy powered by nuclear fusion is one big step closer thanks to a new experiment. The results are a historic scientific milestone, but energy production remains a ways off.
A country’s ability to pursue major energy reforms hinges on the government’s capacity to defuse political opposition.
The current energy crisis is an opportunity to accelerate the transition towards clean energy – but some countries are better than others at pursuing major energy reform.
Uranium concentrate, known as yellowcake
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As the world’s energy crisis intensifies, there’s renewed interest in uranium and nuclear power.
South Africa has some of the best solar and wind resources in the world.
Considering South Africa’s climatic advantage, the fraction of electricity generated from renewable energy technologies is low.
Inside the world’s first nuclear waste repository in Onkalo, Finland.
Scientists have been working on a solution for decades.
The war in Ukraine will have major implications for energy and climate change, in Canada and the rest of the world, far into the future.
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New relationships between energy, geopolitical security and climate change policy flowing from the invasion of Ukraine are beginning to emerge, and the implications could be enormous.
Drink up: carrot juice contains a small amount of radioactive potassium.
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Experts in nuclear power and nuclear medicine worry that fears of radiation will keep us relying on fossil fuels for longer.
The UK government sees a reliable and low-carbon solution to future energy crises in nuclear power.
The federal government considers investment in nuclear energy as vital to address climate change, but some proposed technologies pose other challenges.
Molten salt reactors are being touted as an advanced technology for the production of nuclear energy, but their implementation is fraught with challenges.
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The world’s nuclear power plants are on the frontline of climate change – and not in a good way.
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The rush to evacuate communities and abandon nuclear energy was understandable, but an error.
South Africa can’t afford new nuclear infrastructure with state funds in these times of budget shortfalls and ballooning debt.
South Africa’s Integrated Resource Plan for Electricity reflects a global trend away from nuclear energy. But the government’s actions suggest otherwise.
The costs of renewable energy, including solar photovoltaics, is declining rapidly.
Investing billions in refurbishing nuclear generating stations doesn’t make economic sense as the cost of renewables fall dramatically.
Unpacking what South Africa’s new energy plan says about nuclear energy.
In Saint-Laurent-Nouan, in the Loir-et-Cher region, one of 19 French power plants.
Nuclear energy generates 75% of France’s electricity, and ongoing troubles at the new Flamanville EPR reactor have raised crucial questions about its future in the country’s electricity mix.
Inside a fusion reactor tokamak.
Nuclear fusion may power post-carbon societies – but it won’t save us from climate change.
The Olkiluoto Nuclear Power Station in Finland, at the site of the Onkalo geological disposal facility.
Nuclear waste is dangerous, will outlast our civilisation and needs to be dealt with as safely as possible.
The Opal nuclear research reactor at Lucas Heights in Sydney. It does not produce nuclear energy but is used to produce medical radioisotopes and for other purposes.
The state of Australia’s energy and climate change policy is reason to despair. But there may be a nuclear solution that keeps both sides happy.
Public support may be shifting in favour of nuclear energy in Australia, but there remains significant opposition to nuclear weapons.
Developing nuclear weapons requires technological and industrial capabilities that Australia simply does not have at the moment. The political will may be lacking, too.
Many Virginians back the decades-old moratorium.
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The 6-3 ruling challenges some common political assumptions about conservatives and liberals.