How Solar Is Playing a Role in Nepal's Disaster Relief

May 8, 2015 by Katherine Tweed

Renewables and Disaster Recovery

Avishek Malla is no stranger to bringing solar-powered light to communities in need. As the director of engineering for SunFarmer, a nonprofit that provides solar power and batteries to remote hospitals and schools in developing countries, illuminating spaces to meet basic human needs is in his job description.[read more]

The Discussion Continues: Nuclear Power in Japan

November 29, 2011 by Karen Street

This began as an answer to one letter writer in Friends Journal, and grew. The information that surprised me most is the answer to this question: How does the danger from the Fukushima Daiichi reactors compare to other health dangers, such as Tokyo pollution? ************** There were a number of responses to Earthquake, Tsunami, and...[read more]

An Earthquake, In Virginia??

August 25, 2011 by Alisha Fowler

This is weird. Today at 1:51 pm Eastern time a 5.9 magnitude earthquake struck northwest of Richmond, VA. It was felt as far north as New York City.[read more]

Dominion's North Anna reactors ride out 5.9 magnitude earthquake

August 24, 2011 by Dan Yurman

A 5.8 magnitude earthquake (USGS data) shook much of the east coast at 1:51 PM eastern time today. Dominion’s North Anna reactors went off line safely and are on emergency power using four diesel generators.[read more]

Earthquake, Tsunami, and Nuclear Power in Japan

August 17, 2011 by Karen Street

Grief was our first reaction when a civilized nation so prepared for earthquakes was devastated. Those of us who live in earthquake country found it hard to tamp down the fear that we can't protect ourselves from nature. Japan, so much better prepared than the West Coast, actually did quite well with the once-in-a-millennium earthquake (the previous largest in that area was M8.3, in 869 CE), but the tsunami killed thousands, left hundreds of thousands homeless, and may have a cost of hundreds of billions of dollars.[read more]

Japan Nuclear Concerns Update & Energy Ethics from Germany

June 5, 2011 by

TEPCO has detected radiation of up to 4,000 millisieverts per hour in the air at the building housing reactor unit 1 at the Fukushima nuclear facility. Readings were collected from a robot sent into reactor unit 1 on June 3rd. Heavy steam has also been observed rising from the floor of reactor unit 1.Record Radiation Levels at...[read more]

IAEA Fukushima Report Leaves No One In Doubt

June 3, 2011 by Dan Yurman

It was the tsunami that killed the reactor complex A report by an international team of nuclear energy experts has blamed Japan for failing to adequately protect the Fukushima Daiichi reactor complex from the effects of tsunami waves.  Despite a long history of horrific tidal events, it turns out TEPCO, the utility that built and...[read more]

UPDATED ANALYSIS: The Costs of Canceling Japan's Plans for Nuclear Power

May 19, 2011 by Jesse Jenkins

Cowritten by Sara Mansur. On Tuesday, Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan announced that the country would scrap its plans to increase nuclear power's contribution to electricity generation to 50 percent by 2030, in response to the crisis at Fukushima's Daiichi nuclear complex. Replacing nuclear power's sizable role in Japan's energy...[read more]

TEPCO Concedes Severe Fuel Damage at Fukushima

May 17, 2011 by Dan Yurman

For the first time utility says fuel has "melted" and may be "crumbled" at bottom of the reactor pressure vessel for reactor 1 The fuel assemblies in Fukushima reactor unit 1 are only partially covered by water. A TEPCO spokesman, Junichi Matsumoto, told a press conference in Tokyo Thursday May 12 that plant workers have poured enough...[read more]

Initial Look at Lessons Learned From Fukushima

April 25, 2011 by Dan Yurman

A review of what went wrong, why, and what should be done in the future Guest Blog Post by: Akira T. Tokuhiro Ph.D * Following a magnitude 9.0 earthquake and as high as ~14 meter tsunami, the Fukushima  Dai-ichi (D1) and Dai-ni (D2) Nuclear Power Plants (NPPs, Units 1-4[U1-4] at D1, U5-6-2 at D2i) experienced a series of multiple...[read more]

Post-Fukushima Nuclear Power

April 14, 2011 by Lou Grinzo

Worldwatch Institute has made the draft version of their report, “Nuclear Power in a Post-Fukushima World”, freely available. From the announcement page: The future of nuclear power was bleak even before the Fukushima disaster, said energy expert Mycle Schneider Wednesday at a press conference in Berlin, where he previewed an upcoming...[read more]


How They Came Up With That Fukushima Level 7 Rating

April 13, 2011 by David Lewis

It surprises many that Fukushima has been reclassified as a Level 7 Accident under the guidelines of the International Nuclear and Radiological Event  (INES) Scale.  I wondered what was going on.  It turned out there is an INES User Manual. Quotes from this manual in what follows appear in italics...[read more]

As Fukushima Gets Moved From 5 to 7, Remember That 0 (Deaths) Is Still An Applicable Number

April 12, 2011 by Rod Adams

The overreaction and stoked fears about the events at Fukushima continues. One month ago today, I wrote an article titled Nuclear plant issues in Japan are the least of their worries that exposed my ignorance of the differences between various kinds of containment designs and was a bit too optimistic about the eventual releases of...[read more]

Fukushima Rated At INES Level 7 - What Does This Mean?

April 12, 2011 by Barry Brook

Hot in the news is that the Fukushima Nuclear crisis has been upgraded from INES 5 to INES 7. Note that this is not due to some sudden escalation of events today (aftershocks etc.), but rather it is based on an assessment of the cumulative magnitude of the events that have occurred at the site over the past month (my most...[read more]

Avoiding Nuclear Safety

April 10, 2011 by Charles Barton

The real question about nuclear safety is not "can nuclear accidents be avoided," but "do we want to do what ever is required to avoid nuclear accidents." As it turns out avoiding and mitigating nuclear accidents is not terribly expensive, nor does it make nuclear power impractical, but does require the nuclear industry to change the...[read more]