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U.S. to extend nuclear reactor lifespans in bid to revive industry

The United States plans to extend the lifespans of existing nuclear reactors and support new technologies as it seeks to revive an industry seen as crucial to its energy security, a senior U.S. official said on Thursday.
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Britain needs more nuclear power, electric chargers for climate goal - CBI

Britain needs more nuclear power plants, electric vehicle charging sites and carbon capture and storage projects to meet its new climate target, the Confederation of British Industry said on Friday.
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EU may ease regulations on food from Japan's nuclear disaster region

The European Union proposed on Thursday easing restrictions on imports of some food from Japanese regions hit by the Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011, Japanese officials said.
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Nuclear waste, rising seas and Trump: Marshall Islands struggles to stay above water

(This June 21 story corrects number of nuclear tests in 13th paragraph to 67 from 23)
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World's first underground nuclear waste storage moves forward in Finland

Finland's plan to establish the world's first underground nuclear waste disposal tool a step forward on Tuesday when its builder Posiva announced a 500-million-euro ($569.55 million) investment in facilities needed for nuclear waste burial.
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Clean power to overtake fossil fuels in Britain in 2019

Britain, the birth place of coal power, is set this year to use more electricity from zero-carbon sources such as wind, solar and nuclear than from fossil fuel plants for the first time, the country's National Grid said on Friday.
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Pennsylvania governor wants to tie nuclear bailout to joining RGGI

Democratic Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf asked Republican lawmakers on Tuesday to authorize the state to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) as part of a nuclear bailout deal, according to reports from local media and analysts.
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French carbon emissions fell 4.2% year-on-year in 2018

Carbon dioxide emissions in France fell by 4.2% in 2018 compared with the previous year due to a drop in emissions from the transport sector, a mild winter, and abundant supply of French nuclear energy which curbed the use of thermal power.
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IEA rings alarm bell on phasing out nuclear energy

A steep decline in nuclear energy capacity will threaten climate goals and power supply security unless advanced economies find a way to extend the lifespan of their reactors, the International Energy Agency said.
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Russia, eyeing Arctic future, launches nuclear icebreaker

Russia launched a nuclear-powered icebreaker on Saturday, part of an ambitious program to renew and expand its fleet of the vessels in order to improve its ability to tap the Arctic's commercial potential.
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The week in review: Huawei invests in Switzerland, land of poor sperm quality

Almost every article published by swissinfo.ch contains a percentage, an age, an amount of money or some other figure. Here’s a round-up of some of the most interesting statistics to appear in the past week’s stories. Monday 20 For the first time, all of Switzerland’s top 20 companies have at least one woman in the boardroom. The finding by consultancy firm Russell Reynolds shows the slow but steady progress towards gender equality in the management of Swiss firms. Tuesday 24 million A Swiss-led study into the possible consequences of a nuclear meltdown in Switzerland concluded that 16-24 million Europeans would be affected.   Wednesday 47 million Swiss men have 47 million sperms per millilitre, putting Swiss sperm quality at among the worst in Europe. Researchers tested over 2,500 army recruits aged between 18 and 22. Thursday 245% Swiss consumers pay a “high price island” premium of up to 245% for magazines and clothing compared to prices being charged for the ...
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Ohio House committee passes bill to save nuclear power plants

A committee in Ohio's House of Representatives voted along party lines to approve a bill to save the state's two nuclear power reactors from retirement and provide some financial support for a couple of ailing coal plants.
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What a Swiss nuclear disaster could do to Europe

If there were to be a serious accident at one of Switzerland’s nuclear reactors, many of the radiation victims would be residents of other countries. A Swiss-led study has calculated the potential effect of nuclear meltdowns on the health of people living nearby. Its focus is on how meteorology and geography would influence the movement of a radioactive cloud. For example, this clip illustrates how the weather conditions on January 19, 2017 would have shaped the aftermath of an accident at the Gösgen reactor between Bern and Zurich. The study was led by Frédéric-Paul Piguet at Institut Biosphère, an interdisciplinary research institute in Geneva. Piguet and his team examined the accident risk at Switzerland’s five nuclear power plants, which fall between Fukushima and Chernobyl in terms of size. This includes 50-year-old Beznau I in northern Switzerland, the oldest nuclear reactor in the world. The research team used the weather conditions throughout 2017 to calculate the ...
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Climate Stasis: German Failure on the Road to a Renewable Future

In 2011, German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced the country was turning away from nuclear energy in favor of a renewable future. Since then, however, progress has been limited. Berlin has wasted billions of euros and resistance is mounting.
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Fukushima owner to allow overseas staff to work on disaster cleanup

Tokyo Electric Power plans to allow overseas workers coming to Japan under a new visa program to work on the cleanup of its wrecked Fukushima nuclear power station north of Tokyo, a spokeswoman said on Friday.
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Ohio legislators to hear bill to save nuclear power plants

A House of Representatives subcommittee in Ohio will hear a clean energy bill on Wednesday designed to save the state's two nuclear power plants from retirement and encourage the building of new renewable facilities.
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Japan's 2017/18 CO2 emissions drop to 8-year low

Japan's greenhouse gas emissions dropped 1.2 percent to an eight-year low in the financial year ended March 31, 2018, government figures showed on Tuesday, due to an increased use of renewable energy and higher utilization of nuclear plants.
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Tepco begins second round of fuel rod removals at battered Fukushima nuclear plant

Tokyo Electric Power has begun removing spent nuclear fuel rods from a second building at the wrecked Fukushima plant, using remote-controlled cranes to lift hundreds of radioactive cylinders from a highly contaminated reactor site.
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China targets nuclear fusion power generation by 2040

China aims to complete and start generating power from an experimental nuclear fusion reactor by around 2040, a senior scientist involved in the project said, as it works to develop and commercialize a game-changing source of clean energy.
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EU seeks design bids for storage plant for Georgia's nuclear waste

Sweden's radiation safety authority launched a tender on Monday for the design of a nuclear storage and processing plant for Georgia's Soviet-era radioactive waste.
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Major science education project unveiled in Geneva

A scientific education centre has been launched at the Geneva-based European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN). Science Gateway is part of the organisation’s mission “to educate and engage the public in science, and to share knowledge and technology with society”, according to a press release published on Monday. “The purpose of the project is to create a hub of scientific education and culture to inspire younger generations with the beauty of science,” the promoters say. The aim is to attract audiences of all ages and will include exhibition spaces, laboratories for scientific experiments for children and students from primary to high-school level, as well as an amphitheatre to host science events. The 7,000 square metre building will be designed by the architects of the Renzo Piano Building Workshop. The facility is scheduled for completion by 2022 following two years of construction. The promoters say the project will be funded by external donations, including a ...
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Fukushima contaminants found as far north as Alaska's Bering Strait

Radioactive contamination from Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant hit by a tsunami in 2011 has drifted as far north as waters off a remote Alaska island in the Bering Strait, scientists said on Wednesday.
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