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Chernobyl's 30th Anniversary (and Fukushima's 5th): A Tale of Preventable Nuclear Accidents and the Vital Role of Safety Culture

Najmedin Meshkati | Posted 04.23.2017 | World
Najmedin Meshkati

The world commemorates the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant catastrophic accident in Ukraine on April 26, 2016.

The 'Peaceful' Atom (Take Shelter!)

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 04.01.2017 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

On March 11, 2011, following a massive earthquake and a devastating tsunami, the cores of three of the reactors at Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant melted down with horrific results. Radioactive cesium, with a half-life of 30 years, contaminated almost 12,000 square miles of the country.

Spring Fever: Nuclear Energy Madness

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 03.27.2017 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

How do these events inform us about the future of nuclear power, or its place in addressing climate change? One view is that nuclear power is safe and cost-effective, with long periods of stability and reliability interrupted infrequently by accidents. The other view is that power from the atom is unsafe and costly, with catastrophic accidents separated by periods of stability leading to a false sense of security.

Energy Solution or Accident Waiting to Happen: The Public and Nuclear Power

Kathleen Weldon | Posted 05.04.2016 | Politics
Kathleen Weldon

While the history of support and opposition to nuclear power has been largely defined by the series of accidents that have brought safety into question, nuclear energy's role in preventing air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions has also been important in decision-making around nuclear development.

5 Other Disastrous Accidents Related To Sleep Deprivation

Posted 12.14.2016 | Healthy Living

Whether he was truly asleep at the wheel or just zoned out, Metro North train engineer William Rockefeller isn't the only shiftworker to find himself ...

A Powerful Idea From the Nuclear Industry

Peter Pronovost, M.D., Ph.D | Posted 11.06.2013 | Business
Peter Pronovost, M.D., Ph.D

Instead of a punitive process that monitors compliance with minimum standards, peer-to-peer evaluations are thorough, confidential and -- importantly -- voluntary.

San Onfre Is Dead and So Is Nuclear Power!

Harvey Wasserman | Posted 08.07.2013 | Green
Harvey Wasserman

From his California beach house at San Clemente, Richard Nixon once watched three reactors rise at nearby San Onofre. As of June 7, 2013, all three a...

Our Atomic Dominoes Are Falling

Harvey Wasserman | Posted 04.17.2013 | Green
Harvey Wasserman

The list of crippled, non-competitive and near-dead reactors lengthens daily. Few are more critical than San Onofre Units Two and Three, perched on an ocean cliff in the earthquake-tsunami zone between Los Angeles and San Diego.

Could the Next Nuclear Disaster Happen in South Korea?

John C.K. Daly | Posted 12.24.2012 | Green
John C.K. Daly

While the world seems to have overlooked the consequences of the debacle at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, the fact remains that the global nuclear power industry continues to suffer from several threats unknown to more conventional power stations.

Is New Nuclear Energy Just Mission Impossible?

Terry Tamminen | Posted 09.10.2012 | Green
Terry Tamminen

Many proponents of nuclear power are the same "let the market work" advocates in economics and politics today. If the market were allowed to function in this case, would any new nuclear power plants be built in America -- or existing ones re-licensed -- if Price-Anderson were repealed?

Atomic Titanics

Karl Grossman | Posted 06.17.2012 | Green
Karl Grossman

Indeed, human error is a big part of what can go wrong at a nuclear power plant. However, even without human error, nuclear power is fraught with the potential for immense catastrophe.

Japanese Workers and Children Overexposed to Radiation

Alexia Parks | Posted 07.02.2011 | Home
Alexia Parks

While the world news media has shifted its attention elsewhere, tragedy continues to unfold at Tokyo Electric Power's crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear...

What Began in Hiroshima Must End in Fukushima

Norman MacAfee | Posted 06.04.2011 | Green
Norman MacAfee

It was a bad idea all around for most of the human race. When Albert Einstein learned of the bombing of Hiroshima and the dawn of the Nuclear Age, he ...

Double Deja Vu

Gary Hart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gary Hart

The problem with nuclear power is not simply one of safety. It is one more of economics. So long as we depend on OPEC oil supplies, OPEC can drop its prices and make plant investments uneconomic overnight.

Can Obama Lose?

Matthew Dowd | Posted 05.31.2011 | Politics
Matthew Dowd

Only one Democratic president has lost a reelection bid. What combination of factors must come together to cause a catastrophe for Obama politically that would result in his defeat?

Political Fallout: Will Germany Go Nuclear-Free?

Katie Engelhart | Posted 05.28.2011 | World
Katie Engelhart

Germany could well become the first major industrial power to abandon nuclear energy entirely.

No Word for Tsunami: Imagining the Unimaginable

Rory O'Connor | Posted 05.28.2011 | World
Rory O'Connor

George Orwell argued that controlling language was the ultimate tool for getting people to accept the unacceptable -- like the catastrophic risks of operating nuclear power plants.

Kill Nuke Power Before it Kills Us All!

Harvey Wasserman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Harvey Wasserman

The Japanese people are now paying a horrific price for the impossible dream of the "Peaceful Atom." For a half-century they have been told that what'...

Beyond Fukushima: A World in Denial About Nuclear Safety

Danny Schechter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Danny Schechter

What will it take for our world to recognize the dangers that nuclear scientists and even Albert Einstein were warning about at the "dawn" of the nuclear age?

A Three Mile Island Primer

Joanne Doroshow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Joanne Doroshow

If you're still not convinced that nuclear energy should be an unacceptable risk for any nation, I've got a mothballed nuclear reactor sitting in Central Pennsylvania that I'd like to sell you.

The Tokyo Syndrome

Adario Strange | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Adario Strange

There is the resolute determination to remain in Tokyo no matter what. I will never forget seeing Tokyo going about its business in a slow, orderly, dignified fashion.

Japan Nuclear Crisis May Spur Use Of Safer Reactors

Daily Finance | DAWN KAWAMOTO | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

As people in the earthquake-tsunami disaster zone north of Tokyo either flee or hunker down in response to the fear of radiation being released from t...

Japan's Nuclear Nightmare

Father Paul Mayer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Father Paul Mayer

The calamitous Japanese earthquake and tsunami -- with the reluctant official admissions of possible reactor core meltdowns -- is a tragic reminder of...

Vulnerable Is Not Just An Island In The Pacific

Lisa Guest | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Lisa Guest

I recognize I can't do much but prepare myself as best I can, then trust and have hope.

Too Cheap to Meter: The Top 10 Myths of Nuclear Power

Michael Rose | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Michael Rose

Wrapping nukes in a green cloak and declaring their oneness with those concerned with climate change has helped to sway public opinion. But nuclear power is really too expensive and dangerous to use.