Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Thursday, September 05, 2013
Earlier this week the Japanese government announced plans to spend $500 million on a new effort to build a frozen wall to stabilize the Fukishima Daiichi nuclear plant, the site of the worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl. Arjun Makhijani, an engineer specializing in nuclear fission and the president of the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research, explains how that frozen wall would work.
Friday, March 09, 2012
One year ago this Sunday a massive earthquake devastated northeast Japan. The Japanese barely had time to catch their breath before waves of water 30 feet high crashed down on the coast. Twenty-thousand people died; 90,000 were evacuated. The natural disasters were soon followed by a nuclear crisis. In the year since the meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi plant, Japan has had to face difficult questions on the state of their nuclear regulations and the country’s energy future.
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
The earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant last year brought attention to the safety risks associated with atomic energy. Before Fukushima, nuclear energy was on the rise and many countries developed plans to build more power plants. But after the disaster, nuclear energy became a subject of international debate and countries like Japan and Germany started to shut down reactors. How should the United States deal with nuclear energy?
Thursday, November 17, 2011
The crisis at the Fukushima reactor in Japan has been out of the headlines, but that doesn’t mean the crisis has been solved. We’ll speak with Dr. Edwin Lyman, a senior staff scientist in the Global Security program at the Union of Concerned Scientists
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
It's been six months since three reactors at the Fukushima nuclear plant over-heated following a tsunami, forcing 100,000 people living within a 12 mile radius of the site to evacuate. Today, the reactors are still not fully stabilized, but radiation levels in one area of what has come to be known as the "exclusion zone" have dropped. The BBC's David Shukman is one of the few journalists to venture inside the exclusion zone.
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Thursday, June 23, 2011
A number of scientists believe that the nuclear disaster at the Fukushima reactors in Japan is much worse than what governments are revealing. Al Jazeera reporter Dahr Jamail discusses what some in the scientific community are saying about the effects of the meltdown.
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
By Alec Hamilton : Assistant Producer, WNYC News
— Former New Jersey governor and EPA administrator Christine Todd Whitman on The Brian Lehrer Show.
Friday, June 03, 2011
— WNYC reporter Bob Hennelly on The Brian Lehrer Show
Friday, April 01, 2011
By Bob Hennelly
In the past week officials have increased the evacuation zone around the six reactors in Fukushima, an effort being watched by disaster relief experts here who say there are important lessons to glean from the Japanese response.
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Friday, March 25, 2011
It’s been two weeks since the earthquake and tsunami hit Northeastern Japan. Ever since that day, Japanese officials have been working tirelessly to avert a nuclear disaster. Friday morning, Japanese nuclear safety officials said that they suspect that the reactor core at one unit of the troubled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant may have breached. That raises the possibility of more severe radioactive contamination to the environment. Henry Fountain, Science Reporter for The New York Times explains the latest.
Sunday, March 20, 2011
By Bob Hennelly
The collapse of the World Trade Center towers, the failure of New Orleans' levies during hurricane Katrina, and the destruction of the half dozen Fukushima General Electric boiling water nuclear reactors are all monuments to "good enough" engineering.
In our free-market world, what gets built and how robust it is constructed is the result of a dynamic tension between profit and probability. What are the odds that "X" will happen versus the cost of preventing or anticipating it, otherwise known as the "Pinto principle."
Thursday, March 17, 2011
The situation at the Fukushima Power Plant in Japan continues to worsen. U.S. Media is reporting that water levels are dropping in more than one of the six reactors at the plant, leaving nuclear fuel rods exposed. The United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission has warned that Japanese regulators may be downplaying the risk of radiation levels at the plant; and the commission has advised that Americans evacuate the area within 30 miles of Fukushima.