Posts Tagged ‘nuclear energy’

Fukushima

Written By: - Date published: 2:37 pm, August 24th, 2013 - 103 comments

Meanwhile back in the real world, the nuclear disaster at Fukushima is creeping back in to the headlines, for all the wrong reasons.

Meltdown at Fukushima

Written By: - Date published: 8:39 am, March 31st, 2011 - 34 comments

Efforts to cool the nuclear fuel rods in Fukushima’s No 2 reactor have failed. The rods have become molten and it appears some have melted through the steel reactor core into a concrete layer. Two dangers now arise: radioactive chemicals created by the concrete reacting with the nuclear fuel and the nuclear fuel pooling enough to go critical.

Fukushima radiation skyrockets

Written By: - Date published: 11:16 pm, March 27th, 2011 - 45 comments

Normally, we get 3.65 millisieverts of radiation a year. Increased cancer risk is associated with 100 millisieverts per year. Nuclear workers are only meant to get 100 millisieverts even in an emergency with protective clothing. Today, water in No 2 reactor was detected emitting 1 sievert per hour – and they’re not sure of the source.

Germany abandons nuclear power

Written By: - Date published: 7:22 am, March 25th, 2011 - 30 comments

The world will gradually be forced to abandon fossil fuels.  Fukushima (and Chernobyl, and Three Mile Island) show us that we can’t trust nuclear power.  It has to be green, renewable energy sources.  Can’t be done?  Germany thinks it can.

Fukushima crisis deepens

Written By: - Date published: 10:46 am, March 17th, 2011 - 46 comments

In American football, there’s a move called the ‘Hail Mary pass’ – throw the ball down field and pray. That’s what filling the Fukushima reactors with sea-water has been described as, a Hail Mary pass. It just doesn’t seem to be coming off. Reactor 3 has started emitting more radiation, 4 is on fire, the core may be breached in 2. Even 5 and 6 pose a risk.

Continuing nuke crisis in Japan

Written By: - Date published: 10:40 am, March 16th, 2011 - 63 comments

Every day brings a new disaster from the Fukushima No 1 nuclear power plant. Four reactors have now experienced an explosion and/or fire and/or partial meltdown. Yesterday saw the first significant radiation release, from Reactor 4. It’s a complex situation, so I’ve tried to summarise it as it stands this morning.

Nuclear Free

Written By: - Date published: 10:11 am, March 14th, 2011 - 69 comments

As the nuclear disaster continues to unfold in Japan there is a risk of a Chernobyl style event and a huge release of radiation.  Coming as it does on the heels of the Christchurch earthquake, it is all too easy to imagine the same scenario playing out here.  New Zealand must remain nuclear free forever. We need a plan for a nuclear free and oil constrained future, and we need it now.

Meltdown

Written By: - Date published: 12:13 am, March 13th, 2011 - 185 comments

The Sendai Earthquake cut the power supply to the pumps at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. With no cooling water being pumped through the reactors, the nuclear fuel rods heated themselves until reactor 1 melted. But it should have been OK. The containment building should have kept the radiation from escaping. Then an explosion blew the containment building apart.

Key’s uranium mining interests

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, February 16th, 2010 - 54 comments

John Key says Jackson Mining was just a gold mining company when he bought them and that they didn’t get involved in uranium until later. In fact, Jackson mining was already involved in uranium when Key listed his interest in the company last year

A hint of uranium on the breeze

Written By: - Date published: 9:55 am, March 29th, 2009 - 32 comments

Well well well. According to the Herald: “New Zealanders are being asked whether the Government should allow nuclear-powered ships back into our waters … workers for a market research company have disclosed they have been polling voters about nuclear power”. Bravo to the staff involved for blowing the whistle. The usual suspects, National, ACT and […]

Geek’s view

Written By: - Date published: 9:40 am, June 28th, 2008 - 23 comments

On the odd occasion I have time to read outside of the confines of The Standard and its ever increasing brawl of entertaining comments. I noticed we don’t have a external reading list, and it is within the range of my writing skills, so here are my oddities for the slow weekends…. From quote of […]

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