Japan's Nuclear Migraine: A Never-Ending Disaster at Fukushima

Japan's Nuclear Migraine: A Never-Ending Disaster at Fukushima

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 10, 2013

Japan is stumbling helplessly from one crisis to the next as it battles the ongoing disaster at the Fukushima nuclear power plant. US nuclear inspector Dale Klein is demanding the intervention of foreign experts, but a quick solution is unlikely. Von Marco Evers more... Comment ]

Forgetting Fukushima: India Pursues Massive Nuclear Expansion

Forgetting Fukushima: India Pursues Massive Nuclear Expansion

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 23, 2012

The 2011 disaster at Japan's Fukushima plant led many countries to turn away from nuclear power. But a growing population and rising economy has prompted India to massively expand its nuclear program -- even in the face of technological worries and fervent opposition. By Wieland Wagner more... Comment ]

Energy Conundrum: Japan Retreats from a Nuclear-Free Future

Energy Conundrum: Japan Retreats from a Nuclear-Free Future

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 24, 2012

In the wake of the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe, Japan turned its attention to renewable energies. Such technologies, however, will take years to develop. In the mean time, the country is importing increased amounts of fossil fuels -- and flirting with a return to nuclear energy. By Wieland Wagner more... Comment ]

Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty: 'It Is Our Shared Responsibility to Ensure We Do Not Fail'

Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty: 'It Is Our Shared Responsibility to Ensure We Do Not Fail'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 30, 2012

Conflict over Iran's nuclear program, rocket launches in North Korea and the Fukushima disaster: atomic weapons and energy remain risk factors. The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty is the best instrument for keeping these dangers in check, but it must be adjusted to suit new challenges. A guest commentary by British Under Secretary of State Alistair Burt more...

Sluggish Reaction to Fukushima: Germany Unprepared for Major Nuclear Disaster

Sluggish Reaction to Fukushima: Germany Unprepared for Major Nuclear Disaster

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 22, 2012

If a nuclear disaster comparable to Fukushima were to hit a German nuclear plant, authorities would be unprepared to handle it, and scientific projections show that radiation would likely spread much further than previous estimates. But government agencies have done little to address the problem. Critics call the delay a "scandal." By Michael Fröhlingsdorf, Cordula Meyer and Holger Stark more...

Energy Revolution Stalls: Berlin Struggles to Realize Nuclear-Free Ambitions

Energy Revolution Stalls: Berlin Struggles to Realize Nuclear-Free Ambitions

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 12, 2012

In the wake of the Fukushima disaster, the German government made a sudden and unexpected decision to phase out nuclear power by 2022. But precious little progress has been made. Key questions remain unanswered while various ministries quibble over their roles and Chancellor Merkel focuses on the pressing euro crisis. By Veit Medick and Philipp Wittrock more...

Easing Fears: A Lonely Missionary in the Radiation Zone

Easing Fears: A Lonely Missionary in the Radiation Zone

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 09, 2012

After the Fukushima disaster, residents fled from the village of Katsurao, located just outside the 20-kilometer exclusion zone. Now living in temporary emergency housing, many exist in an overwhelming state of doubt. But one man hopes to help them return to more normal lives by freeing them of their radiation anxieties. By Heike Sonnberger in Tamura, Japan more...

A Power Grid of Their Own: German Village Becomes Model for Renewable Energy

A Power Grid of Their Own: German Village Becomes Model for Renewable Energy

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 09, 2012

The tiny village of Feldheim, some 60 kilometers southwest of Berlin, was catapulted by chance to the forefront of the renewable energy movement. Now visitors from around the world are flocking to this otherwise unremarkable rural community to see if they can replicate its success. By Renuka Rayasam more...

Fukushima Fallout: Cancer Fears and Depression Plague Japanese Refugees

Fukushima Fallout: Cancer Fears and Depression Plague Japanese Refugees

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 09, 2012

Ever since the nuclear disaster at the Fukushima power plant, many Japanese people have been living with the fear of cancer. Experts find it difficult to estimate how many people will actually fall ill, but they're more concerned about the psychological consequences of the catastrophe. By Cinthia Briseño and Heike Sonnberger more...

Undeterred by Fukushima: Nuclear Lobby Pushes Ahead with New Reactors

Undeterred by Fukushima: Nuclear Lobby Pushes Ahead with New Reactors

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 08, 2012

One year after the reactor accident in Fukushima, resistance to nuclear energy is growing around the world. But the atomic industry continues to push for the construction of new reactors, primarily in emerging economies. The German government even wants to support that expansion -- despite the fact it has abandoned nuclear power back home. By SPIEGEL Staff. more... Comment ]

'It Was Like the Reactor Was in a Shaker': German Nuclear Inspectors Remember Fukushima

'It Was Like the Reactor Was in a Shaker': German Nuclear Inspectors Remember Fukushima

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 08, 2012

When the nuclear disaster happened at Fukushima last March, two German men were working on site. They spoke with SPIEGEL about the harrowing experience and the consequences of the catastrophe. more... Comment ]