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Russian nuclear facility denies it is source of high radioactivity levels

nuclear experts have said there was no evidence to suggest the leak posed a significant hazard
Nuclear experts have said there was no evidence to suggest the leak posed a significant hazard to human health or the environment. Photograph: Martin Argles for the Guardian

Greenpeace calls for investigation after levels of ruthenium-106 in atmosphere near Urals site found to be 986 times norm

November 21, 2017 — A secretive Russian nuclear facility has denied it was behind high atmospheric concentrations of the radioactive isotope ruthenium-106, after Russia’s meteorological Continue reading Russian nuclear facility denies it is source of high radioactivity levels

New South Korean president vows to end use of nuclear power

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Moon Jae-in speaks at an event to mark the closure of South Korea’s oldest nuclear plant, Kori-1. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Moon Jae-in said he would lead country towards a ‘nuclear-free era’ following fears of a Fukushima-style meltdown

June 19, 2017 — South Korea’s new president, Moon Jae-in, has vowed to phase out the country’s dependence on nuclear power, warning of “unimaginable consequences” from a Fukushima-style meltdown. Continue reading New South Korean president vows to end use of nuclear power

Solar power to rise from Chernobyl’s nuclear ashes

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This power plant in Belarus another example of a solar project on the site of the Chernobyl disaster. Photograph: Viktor Drachev/TASS

Chinese companies plan to spend $1bn building a giant solar farm on land contaminated by the nuclear disaster in Ukraine, reports Climate News Network

January 12, 2017 — It was the worst nuclear accident in history, directly causing the deaths of 50 people, with at least an additional 4,000 fatalities believed to be caused by exposure to radiation.  Continue reading Solar power to rise from Chernobyl’s nuclear ashes

Britain’s energy dilemma – if not nuclear power, then what

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An artist’s impression of Hinkley Point C. Photograph: PA

The delay to the construction of the controversial Hinkley point plant raises a question: what else can provide baseload power without polluting

July 31, 2016 — Britain faces a problem in coping with its complex energy demands. It needs to provide extra energy to meet rising demands for power in coming decades but at a reasonable cost – while also reducing carbon emissions by considerable levels in order Continue reading Britain’s energy dilemma – if not nuclear power, then what

Record 46% of UK’s electricity generated by clean energy sources

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Renewable sources accounted for around 25% of the UK’s electricity generation in 2015. Photograph: Paul Glendell/Alamy

Official figures show low-carbon sources accounted for almost half of national electricity supply last year – outstripping coal for the first time

July 30, 2016 — Almost half the UK’s electricity came from clean energy sources such as wind and nuclear power last year, official figures have revealed.  Continue reading Record 46% of UK’s electricity generated by clean energy sources