Rosemary Laing, one dozen considerations, Totem 1, Emu (2013) on display at The Image is Not Nothing.
The thinking behind the idea of a dump near Whyalla goes back 60 years.
The Yomiuri Shimbun via AP Images
Japan's plan is a terrible idea, but so is our government's plan to send nuclear waste to South Australia temporarily.
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In my ten years working with and researching it, I've encountered lots of myths.
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.
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.
Australia’s stable geography is suitable for below-ground nuclear storage.
EPA/RITCHIE B. TONGO
There's precious little business case for nuclear power in Australia, but we could start with the end product: storing radioactive waste.
It would be nice to blast dangerous nuclear waste far away from Earth, or into the Sun where it won’t cause any harm. However, it’s not as simple as it sounds.
At the end of the day, the problem is that no-one on Earth wants nuclear waste stored near them, and it's not safe or cost-effective to blast it into space.
PM-3A McMurdo Station, Antarctica.
US Army Engineer Research and Development Labs - United States Antarctic Program, Antarctic Photo Library
For just ten years Antarctica was home to a nuclear power station called "Nukey Poo".
A 2015 tour of an entryway into the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository.
AP Photo/John Locher
If recent history repeats itself, the proposed repository for extremely dangerous nuclear waste will stay dead.
French President Emmanuel Macro arrives at the Tallinn Digital Summit, September 28, 2017.
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Since his election, Emmanuel Macron has emerged as a man of the "liquid" society, where finance, labour, politics and people shift and flow. What matters is change, not the direction one is taking.
The threat of the closure of Arrium’s steelworks in the SA town of Whyalla is just one of many that could disrupt the state’s economy.
South Australia is facing a whole range of social and economic problems that are forming the perfect storm.
A miner takes a break from sorting through coal at a mine in Vietnam. The country relies heavily on coal imports.
Julian Abram Wainwright/EPA
Vietnam recently cancelled it's plans for the procurement of nuclear energy. There are lessons South Africa can take from this.
South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill meeting members of the citizens’ jury.
AAP Image/Tim Dornin
After a Royal Commission and a citizens' jury, South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill has enough advice to decide on his nuclear waste dump plan. Which makes his decision to hold a plebiscite baffling.
Dry nuclear fuel casks similar to those Australia would use to store nuclear waste temporarily above ground.
The South Australian royal commission recommended the state investigate a high-level nuclear storage facility. But the costs don't stack up.
Australia could take spent fuel from nuclear power stations overseas. This one is in South Korea.
South Australia's Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission has recommended a nuclear waste site for the state.
The policy failures behind the upbeat headlines.
Under the proposed plan, countries would ship their nuclear dry storage casks to Australia.
US Nuclear Regulatory Agency/Wikimedia Commons
We don't know how much it would cost to store nuclear waste in Australia - or how much other countries would be willing to pay.
The proposals could add significant value to Australia’s existing uranium mining.
Alberto Otero Garcia/Wikimedia Commons
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.
AAP Image/Tracey Nearmy
Australia has been trying to construct a new nuclear storage site for the past thirty-five years without success.
This sign might actually be appealing to treasure hunters in the distant future.
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Our natural difficulties in thinking about the future, low probabilities and considering risk make many of our views about nuclear power problematic.