Small modular reactors are popular among conservative politicians and supposedly the Australian public. But they’re nowhere near ready to power Australia in time to replace coal-powered stations.
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There are several risks in choosing the nuclear path – the biggest being financial.
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When Australia’s government and opposition argue over how to get to net zero emissions, nuclear power is the flashpoint. The argument against nuclear is stronger, but not for the obvious reason.
Peter Dutton has been open since the election about nuclear energy being on the Coalition’s agenda - but that has allowed the government, especially Climate Change Minister Chris Bowen, to attack the idea
A technician conducting a review at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, Calif.
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While the nuclear fusion scientific breakthrough is indeed historic, it’s important to pause and reflect on the way ahead for fusion energy.
In this podcast, Michelle Grattan and South Australian senator Simon Birmingham discuss the Voice, the Aston byelection defeat and "where to now?" for the Liberal Party
Nuclear submarines may offer protection – but they will leave us with a high-level nuclear waste headache
An independent assessment of Japan’s plan to release treated radioactive wastewater into the Pacific Ocean, nearly 12 years after the Fukushima nuclear disaster, finds it safe and reasonable.
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.