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Mar 18, 2011

Restoring power Japan’s best hope in nuclear crisis

LONDON/MADRID (Reuters) – Japan is still far from solving its nuclear crisis despite some signs of progress on Friday and restoring power to the Fukushima plant is its best hope, European experts said.

Getting mains power back in to the plant might enable pumping of water to cool crippled reactors and spent fuel stores, they reasoned, saying it was too early to consider burying the complex in concrete or sand.

Mar 18, 2011

Analysis: Restoring power Japan’s best hope in nuclear crisis

LONDON/MADRID (Reuters) – Japan is still far from solving its nuclear crisis despite some signs of progress on Friday and restoring power to the Fukushima plant is its best hope, European experts said.

Getting mains power back in to the plant might enable pumping of water to cool crippled reactors and spent fuel stores, they reasoned, saying it was too early to consider burying the complex in concrete or sand.

Mar 14, 2011

Japan nuclear disaster risk seen receding fast

LONDON, March 14 (Reuters) – The risk of a major radiation
leak in Japan is subsiding as stricken nuclear reactors cool,
but there will be major clean-up costs and three reactors will
probably be written off, experts said on Monday.

A massive earthquake and tsunami on Friday knocked out
cooling systems at a nuclear plant in Fukushima, eastern Japan,
triggering a race to flood reactor cores with seawater and stop
radioactive uranium fuel from melting and leaking out.

Mar 13, 2011

No danger of major Japan radiation leak: UK expert

LONDON (Reuters) – Frantic efforts in Japan to cool three nuclear reactors may avert a collapse of the radioactive cores and a more costly clean-up, but there is no risk of an extensive radiation leak, a top UK academic said.

Engineers fought on Sunday to avert a meltdown at earthquake-crippled nuclear reactors by pumping in cooling seawater after Tokyo said it was assuming partial damage had already happened.

Mar 12, 2011

Japan radiation leak evokes Three Mile Island

LONDON (Reuters) – The radiation leak in Japan immediately recalls memories of accidents at the Chernobyl and Three Mile Island power stations, and how it unfolds will be a critical test for international acceptance of nuclear energy.

The Fukushima incident, brought on by the biggest earthquake ever recorded in Japan, took a turn for the worse on Saturday after a blast blew the roof off the facility.

Mar 12, 2011

Nuclear power growth at risk if Japan plant leaks

LONDON/DETROIT (Reuters) – The growing risk of a significant radiation leak at two Japanese nuclear power plants following Friday’s earthquake and tsunami threatens to hurt an industry that has enjoyed a rebirth since the Three Mile Island accident in 1979 and the Chernobyl disaster in 1986.

On Friday, nuclear power advocates and environmentalists staked out familiar ground over the incident. But a wider public debate may be ignited if a major radiation leak occurs in Japan, said Paul Patterson, an energy analyst with consultants Glenrock Associates in New York.

Mar 12, 2011

Analysis: Nuclear power growth at risk if Japan plant leaks

LONDON/DETROIT (Reuters) – The growing risk of a significant radiation leak at two Japanese nuclear power plants following Friday’s earthquake and tsunami threatens to hurt an industry that has enjoyed a rebirth since the Three Mile Island accident in 1979 and the Chernobyl disaster in 1986.

On Friday, nuclear power advocates and environmentalists staked out familiar ground over the incident. But a wider public debate may be ignited if a major radiation leak occurs in Japan, said Paul Patterson, an energy analyst with consultants Glenrock Associates in New York.

Mar 11, 2011

Industry, greens differ on Japan nuclear impact

LONDON (Reuters) – The threat of a radiation leak at a Japanese nuclear power plant reopened the debate on Friday over nuclear safety, with industry experts convinced by the efficiency of new security and green groups fearing disaster.

An earthquake, which hit Japan’s northeastern coast and is expected to have killed at least 1,000 people, knocked out the cooling system from one reactor and Tokyo said there could be a small leak.

Mar 10, 2011

Industry backs new UK low-carbon heat support

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain confirmed on Thursday overall funding for low-carbon heating of 860 million pounds ($1.39 billion) through 2014, a move welcomed by industry groups.

Incentives would be likely to drop in line with falling costs as technologies matured, the department for energy and climate change said.

Mar 8, 2011

EU urges efficiency spending to curb fuel costs

LONDON, March 8 (Reuters) – Europe must invest heavily in
efficiency to limit spiralling energy costs and beat its own
target for cutting greenhouse gas emissions, the European
Commission said on Tuesday.

Much or all of the extra investment would be recovered from
savings on oil imports, the Commission said in its “Roadmap for
moving to a competitive low-carbon economy in 2050″.

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      "Based in London, for four years I have helped coordinate Reuters global coverage of green business and environmental markets. I focus on policies and investment related to renewable energy, carbon markets, energy efficiency and emerging clean technologies including electric cars. I also cover UN climate negotiations, biodiversity, land use and climate science. Previously I covered distressed M&A and credit markets on the corporate finance desk."
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