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Goodbye Nuclear Power — and Hello More Carbon?

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 9, 2012

By BRYAN WALSH

A demonstration in Tokyo celebrating the suspension of Japan’s nuclear power plants on May 6, 2012

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As the only victim of an atomic bombing, Japan has always reacted ambivalently at best toward nuclear power. This is the country of the hibakusha — the survivors of the American attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, victims of both long-term radiation and social discrimination. It’s the nation that gave us Godzilla and countless other fictional manifestations of nuclear shock and awe. But it is also a country that was able to rise from the atomic ashes stronger than it had ever been, building a world-class industrial economy that was powered in part by nuclear energy. By the beginning of 2011, Japan had 54 operational nuclear reactors providing almost 30% of the country’s electricity, with government plans on the books to build more than 14 new reactors and raise nuclear’s share of the electricity mix to 53% by 2030.

We all know what happened next. The Fukushima meltdown forced the exodus of more than 100,000 people from their homes, overshadowed even the tsunami that had caused it and had killed more than 20,000 people, and spurred fears that Tokyo itself would need to be evacuated. Though it appears now that the disaster wasn’t as serious as many experts first believed — with even the Fukushima emergency workers spared dangerous exposure to radiation — the meltdown did reveal a certain rot in Japan’s state-sponsored nuclear power industry. One by one, Japan’s nuclear reactors were shut down, ostensibly to toughen safety standards, but just as much to reassure a skittish public that no longer trusted nuclear power. Finally, over the weekend, Tomari Nuclear Power Plant’s reactor 3 in the northern island of Hokkaido was shut down for maintenance, and for the first time since 1970, Japan was without nuclear power.
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The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty – At the Heart of the Global Nuclear Debate

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on April 28, 2012

By Alistair Burt, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Foreign & Commonwealth Office

The word “nuclear” is often on the front pages of the press, whether you’re in Tehran, Tokyo or Tunis. In the last few weeks alone, we’ve seen international talks about Iran’s nuclear programme and united international concern that it is developing a nuclear weapon. We have also seen the DPRK rocket launch – ostensibly a failed satellite launch, but widely suspected to be part of a nuclear weapons programme. Yet at the same time we’ve seen unprecedented agreement by world leaders at the Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul to work together to tackle the threat of nuclear terrorism.

The issue of nuclear safety was thrust onto the front pages last year during the massive emergency response to the accident at the Fukushima nuclear plant, following the tragic earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Given our expectation that world-wide energy demand is set to double by 2050, and the stark reality that we must reduce global greenhouse gas emissions if we are to avoid catastrophic climate change, then it is clear that the debate about the peaceful uses of nuclear power and the risks of the spread of nuclear weapons is set to continue. The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) is at the heart of our approach to this debate.

The Treaty, borne out of fear that the Cold War era would lead to a nuclear arms race, has in many ways surpassed expectations in terms of longevity, participation and meeting its counter proliferation objectives. Today, with 189 States Parties to the Treaty, it has more signatories than any other treaty of its kind. The three non-signatories India, Israel, and Pakistan, are the only additional states believed to have gained possession of nuclear weapons since the Treaty’s inception in 1968. Read the rest of this entry »

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Explosive Words: US media first to bomb Iran

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 17, 2012

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Kansas City Here It Comes: A New Nuclear Weapons Plant!

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 15, 2011


Nuclear power was developed in the name of establishi­ng peace and now this is threatenin­g the whole human race. Current existing amounts of nuclear power are enough to destroy not a single earth but dozens of equivalent earths. What will happen if the nuclear power will get into terrorists­’ hand? This is today’s one of the biggest concerns for world leaders. http://ram­kshrestha.­wordpress.­com/2011/0­3/27/overc­oming-new-­decade-cha­llenges/
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U.S. Nuclear Plant Evacuation Plans Worry Some Local Residents

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 5, 2011


Still we are not taking lesson from Japan. This is very sad and any time we could have another terrible disaster.
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Japan Prime Minister Naoto Kan Says He Will Consider Resigning

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 2, 2011


Just to complain is not a problem, but it was unbearable tragedy.
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Japan Earthquake 2011: Cabinet Approves Nearly $50 Billion In Spending For Post-Earthquake Rebuilding

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on April 22, 2011


This wonderful country spoiled a lot due to this dreadful tragedy, however; this country will be able to do everything to bring the country in a normal stage soon.
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Chile, U.S. Sign Nuclear Energy Accord

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 19, 2011


Still nuclear deal? Politician­s are politician­s. They never want to take lesson.
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How Japan Learned About “Nuclear Safety”

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 17, 2011

This is not only the lesson for Japan but also for the whole world. Now world leader must get lesson and world people must give pressure to the world leader for the nuclear proliferat­ion.
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Japan Temporarily Abandons Nuclear Plant Due To Radiation Concerns

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 16, 2011


That’s why we need nuclear free world. Anything can happen in any part of the world. Huge amount of money we could use for the benefit of people creating nuclear free world.
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Japanese Crisis Only The Latest Hurdle For U.S. Nuclear Industry

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 15, 2011


Yes, the world leaders and scientist must be serious in this matter.
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Nuclear energy 101: Inside the “black box” of power plants

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 13, 2011

By Maggie Koerth-Baker

This morning, I got an email from a BoingBoing reader, who is one of the many people worried about the damaged nuclear reactors at Fukushima, Japan. In one sentence, he managed to get right to heart of a big problem lurking behind the headlines today: “The extent of my knowledge on nuclear power plants is pretty much limited to what I’ve seen on The Simpsons“.

For the vast majority of people, nuclear power is a black box technology. Radioactive stuff goes in. Electricity (and nuclear waste) comes out. Somewhere in there, we’re aware that explosions and meltdowns can happen. Ninety-nine percent of the time, that set of information is enough to get by on. But, then, an emergency like this happens and, suddenly, keeping up-to-date on the news feels like you’ve walked in on the middle of a movie. Nobody pauses to catch you up on all the stuff you missed.

As I write this, it’s still not clear how bad, or how big, the problems at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant will be. I don’t know enough to speculate on that. I’m not sure anyone does. But Ican give you a clearer picture of what’s inside the black box. That way, whatever happens at Fukushima, you’ll understand why it’s happening, and what it means. Read the rest of this entry »

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Nuclear Power Pros And Cons: Is It Key To America’s Energy Future? (PHOTOS)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 15, 2010


Risky job.
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Russia, Venezuela Reach Deal On Country’s First Nuclear Power Plant

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on October 16, 2010


Is this new Peace deal?
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