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Solar energy to become cheaper than Eskom electricity in South Africa

While solar energy was currently cheaper than energy derived from diesel plants and generators that were often used as a substitute to conventional coal-fired power, it remained more expensive than coal-fired electricity generation. “This scenario is set to change,” said energy management consultancy firm PPA Energy South Africa executive director Graeme Chown.

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Earless rabbit born in Japan sparks fears about radiation (Video)

An earless rabbit allegedly born near Japan’s severely damaged Fukushima nuclear plant has become the latest poster child for the potential side effects of radiation exposure. Source: Mother Nature Network The radiation risks from the damaged Fukushima nuclear plant have probably been under-played in the interests of public calm. Also read A Guide to Terminology […]

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Three ways to make nuclear power compete on the free market

This post is coauthored by Cutler Cleveland, Bruce Cooperstein, and Ida Kubiskewski. It’s a condensed version of an article in the April issue of the Solutions journal, based at the Institute for Sustainable Solutions at Portland State University. As the Japanese nuclear disaster shows, the cleanup costs after a nuclear meltdown are borne in large […]

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The operator of Japan’s crippled nuclear plant still working on a plan to end the country’s nuclear crisis

The operator of Japan’s crippled nuclear plant said Wednesday it was still working on a detailed plan to end the country’s nuclear crisis a month after it began, as tests showed radiation levels in the sea near the complex had spiked. Engineers moved a step closer to emptying highly radioactive water from one of the […]

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Radiation risks from Fukushima Nuclear Plant ‘no longer negligible’

The risks associated with iodine-131 contamination in Europe are no longer “negligible,” according to CRIIRAD, a French research body on radioactivity. The NGO is advising pregnant women and infants against “risky behaviour,” such as consuming fresh milk or vegetables with large leaves. Background After the radioactive cloud emanating from Japan’s stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant reached […]

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Japan Nuclear Plant: Radioactive Water Still Spilling Into Ocean

TOKYO — Japanese nuclear power plant operator TEPCO expects to stop pumping radioactive water into the ocean on Monday, days later than planned, a step that would help ease international concern about the spread of radiation from a smashed nuclear plant. Prime Minister Naoto Kan’s Democratic Party was likely to be punished at Sunday’s local […]

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How Much Radiation is ‘Safe’?

Government and industry officials often assess the potential danger of our exposure to radiation, whether from cell phones or nuclear reactors, in terms of how it compares to radiation from other sources–but that method overlooks the cumulative effects of radiation. While it’s true we are bombarded with low levels of radiation every day–from the soil, […]

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Radioactive Water Leaks Into Sea From Crippled Nuclear Plant (Japan)

RIKUZENTAKATA, Japan — Highly radioactive water spilled into the ocean off a tsunami-damaged nuclear power plant Saturday, as Japan’s prime minister surveyed the damage in a town gutted by the wave. The Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear complex has been spewing radioactivity since March 11, when a magnitude-9.0 earthquake and ensuing wave knocked out power, disabling cooling […]

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A Guide to Terminology about Radiation Exposure

Sometimes it must seem as though reports on releases of radioactive materials from Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear powerplant in the wake of the devastating earthquake and tsunami are going out of their way to confuse people. Some reports talk about millisieverts while others talk about rem or becquerels, when what most people really want to […]

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