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The Glowing Burden

Nuclear power's return to vogue as an effective, climate-friendly energy source has reignited old fears of a Chernobyl meltdown or nuclear waste storage -- even the target of a potential terrorist attack. In Germany, the government controversially extended the lifespan of nuclear reactors by more than a decade.

Bad Banks for Nuclear Plants: Utilities Look to German Taxpayers

Bad Banks for Nuclear Plants: Utilities Look to German Taxpayers

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 15, 2014

Fearing astronomical cost overruns, German utility companies want to shift responsibility for dismantling nuclear power plants to the government. Despite the billions of euros in risks it entails, the proposal could still prove attractive for Berlin. By Frank Dohmen and Dietmar Hawranek more... Comment ]

Olli Heinonen on Iran: 'This Is a Step Forward, Without a Doubt'

Olli Heinonen on Iran: 'This Is a Step Forward, Without a Doubt'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 02, 2013

Former IAEA deputy secretary general Olli Heinonen says the nuclear deal with Iran is an important one, with verifiable results and a timetable for a final agreement. Still, he argues, "there is no reason to celebrate." Interview By Erich Follath more... Comment ]

Tehran Treaty: Winners and Losers in Geneva Nuclear Deal

Tehran Treaty: Winners and Losers in Geneva Nuclear Deal

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 02, 2013

The Geneva nuclear treaty with Tehran offers the West new opportunities and could change the world.  But secret documents suggest it is the hardliners in Iran who stand to profit the most from the new opening. The clear losers are Israel and Saudi Arabia. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Nuclear Divergence: UK's New Reactor Spurs Debate in Germany

Nuclear Divergence: UK's New Reactor Spurs Debate in Germany

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 30, 2013

The UK's decision to build a new nuclear power plant has thrown Germany's vow to shut down its own nuclear plants into relief. Critics argue Germany's decision was emotional, not practical -- others disagree. By Rupert Neate more... Comment ]

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 ]

Abyss of Uncertainty: Germany's Homemade Nuclear Waste Disaster

Abyss of Uncertainty: Germany's Homemade Nuclear Waste Disaster

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 21, 2013

Some 126,000 barrels of nuclear waste have been dumped in the Asse II salt mine over the last 50 years. German politicians are pushing for a law promising their removal. But the safety, technical and financial hurdles are enormous, and experts warn that removal is more dangerous than leaving them put. By Michael Fröhlingsdorf, Udo Ludwig and Alfred Weinzierl 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 ]

'Politicians Haven't Listened': Merkel Climate Advisor Blasts Global Inaction

'Politicians Haven't Listened': Merkel Climate Advisor Blasts Global Inaction

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 19, 2012

Politicians need to get their act together on climate change, says Chancellor Angela Merkel's leading climate advisor Hans Joachim Schellnhuber just days before the global warming conference in Qatar. The World Bank agrees, releasing a report on Monday highlighting the serious consequences that await should global temperatures continue rising unchecked. more...

Merkel's Blackout: German Energy Plan Plagued by Lack of Progress

Merkel's Blackout: German Energy Plan Plagued by Lack of Progress

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 10, 2012

Germany plans to abandon nuclear power by 2022, but its government hasn't been doing enough to ensure that the project succeeds. Needed infrastructure and technology is lacking, and coordination is a mess. Meanwhile, weary consumers are paying more for electricity, and the supply is in jeopardy. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

From Plutonium to Power: Russia To Produce Electricity with Former Nukes

From Plutonium to Power: Russia To Produce Electricity with Former Nukes

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 07, 2012

Russia is planning to destroy plutonium used in thousands of soon to be decommissioned nuclear warheads by using it as fuel in a special new atomic power plant. The reactor is set to begin operating in one year, but time pressures and a vulnerable cooling system make the project a risky one. By Kerstin Brandt more... Comment ]