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An International Atomic Energy Agency investigator examines Reactor Unit 3 at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi plant, May 27, 2011. Greg Webb, IAEA/Flickr

10 years after Fukushima, safety is still nuclear power’s greatest challenge

On the 10th anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, two experts explain why human choices are more important to nuclear safety than technology, and why the job is far from finished.
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Politics with Michelle Grattan: Keith Pitt on the Murray-Darling Basin

Keith Pitt on the Murray-Darling Basin, the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility, and Nuclear Power in Australia.
Keith Pitt, minister for resources, water, and Northern Australia, discusses the NAIF, climate policy, nuclear energy, and the Murray-Darling Basin scheme with Michelle Grattan.
Ontario needs to reconsider its current electricity demand problems and focus on conservation efforts. (Gandosh Ganbaatar/Unsplash)

Energy conservation needs to take centre stage in Ontario

Energy-efficiency initiatives are consistently identified as the lowest impact and most cost-effective means of meeting energy needs. Why isn't Ontario focusing on them?
The nuclear power plant in Pickering, Ont., was the subject of a false alarm. (Shutterstock)

The fallout from a false nuclear alarm

A nuclear alarm was issued on Jan. 12, 2020. The alarm had been mistakenly sent during a training exercise and was retracted, but the impact will erode trust in public safety efforts.
The costs of renewable energy, including solar photovoltaics, is declining rapidly. (Shutterstock)

Why Ontario must rethink its nuclear refurbishment plans

Investing billions in refurbishing nuclear generating stations doesn't make economic sense as the cost of renewables fall dramatically.
Few people would have predicted in 2010 that by the end of the decade, electricity generation from renewables would outpace nuclear. J Davidson/Shutterstock

Britain’s electricity since 2010: wind surges to second place, coal collapses and fossil fuel use nearly halves

Britain greets a new decade with substantially cleaner electricity, but challenges lie ahead to decarbonise its transport and heating.
New research shows Ontario doesn’t really need nuclear energy, and its absence would not have an impact on emissions in the province’s energy sector. (Ferdinand Stohr/Unsplash)

Ontario can phase out nuclear and avoid increased carbon emissions

Nuclear power isn't needed to meet Ontario’s electricity needs. And the absence of nuclear power won't have any impact on emissions in Ontario's energy sector.
In Saint-Laurent-Nouan, in the Loir-et-Cher region, one of 19 French power plants. Ludovic Marin/AFP

Nuclear power in France: imagining the industry’s future

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.

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