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After Fukushima, can nuclear power actually help save the planet?

Ten years ago this week, a powerful earthquake off the coast of eastern Japan triggered a tsunami that destroyed the Fukushima nuclear plant, resulting in the world's worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl in 1986. A decade and dozens of decommissioned reactors later, nuclear energy still supplies about 10 percent of global electricity, but its future remains uncertain.

As more countries pledge to curb emissions to mitigate climate change, nuclear could serve as a clean(ish) and reliable source of energy. But investing more in nuclear comes with tradeoffs.

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First Chinese-developed nuclear reactor starts operations

November 29, 2020 5:00 AM

BEIJING • China has powered up its first domestically developed nuclear reactor - the Hualong One - a significant step in Beijing's attempts to become less dependent on Western allies for energy security and critical technology.

China's first domestically made nuclear reactor goes online

November 28, 2020 1:50 PM

The reactor can generate 10 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity each year.

Japan decides to release Fukushima contaminated water into sea: Reports

October 16, 2020 8:01 AM

Japan's government has decided to release treated water containing radioactive substances from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant into the sea.

Fukushima staff could use raincoats as coronavirus threatens gear production

February 18, 2020 3:22 PM

TOKYO (AFP) - Workers at Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant may need to wear plastic raincoats as the coronavirus outbreak threatens production of protective suits in China, the operator warned on Tuesday (Feb 18).

Japan panel recommends ocean release for radioactive Fukushima water

January 31, 2020 11:31 PM

TOKYO (REUTERS) - A panel of experts advising Japan's government on a disposal method for radioactive water from the destroyed Fukushima nuclear plant on Friday (Jan 31) recommended releasing it into the ocean, a move likely to alarm neighbouring countries.

Nuclear fuel removal begins at Fukushima plant

April 16, 2019 5:00 AM

TOKYO • The operator of Japan's crippled Fukushima power plant has begun removing atomic fuel from inside a building housing one of the reactors that melted down in 2011.

Tepco starts removing nuclear fuel from melted-down reactor at Fukushima plant

April 15, 2019 12:00 PM

TOKYO (AFP) - The operator of Japan's crippled Fukushima power plant on Monday (April 15) began removing atomic fuel from inside a building housing one of the reactors that melted down in 2011.

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