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North Korea exploring sanctions-proof energy technologies

Feb. 14, 2019 7:48 PM EST

NAMPO, North Korea (AP) — Power-strapped North Korea is exploring two ambitious alternative energy sources — tidal power and coal-based synthetic fuels — that could greatly improve living standards and reduce its reliance on oil imports and vulnerability to sanctions. Finding a lasting energy...

Democrats seek Green New Deal to address climate change

Feb. 7, 2019 6:03 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats launched a sweeping plan Thursday to transform the U.S. economy to combat climate change and create thousands of jobs in renewable energy, signaling its likely elevation as a central campaign issue in 2020 despite President Donald Trump's failure to mention climate change in his...

IAEA urges Japan to take ample time in Fukushima cleanup

Jan. 31, 2019 11:07 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — The International Atomic Energy Agency urged Japan on Thursday to spend ample time in developing a decommissioning plan for the tsunami-damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant and to be honest with the public about remaining uncertainties. In a report based on a visit by an IAEA team to the...

Radiation leaks at Japan plutonium lab; no workers exposed

Jan. 30, 2019 9:03 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese state-run nuclear fuel laboratory near Tokyo said Wednesday it detected a radiation leak in its plutonium handling facility, but no workers were exposed. The Japan Atomic Energy Agency said a radiation alarm went off after nine workers changed plastic covers on two canisters...

Toshiba unveils robot to probe melted Fukushima nuclear fuel

Jan. 28, 2019 10:47 AM EST

YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — Toshiba Corp. unveiled a remote-controlled robot with tongs on Monday that it hopes will be able to probe the inside of one of the three damaged reactors at Japan's tsunami-hit Fukushima nuclear plant and grip chunks of highly radioactive melted fuel. The device is designed to slide...

Work on UK nuclear power plant halted over financing impasse

Jan. 17, 2019 6:49 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Work on a major new nuclear power station in Britain was suspended after the developer, Japan's Hitachi, said Thursday it had been unable to agree on financing with the U.K. government. Hitachi said Thursday that it was halting work already underway on the Horizon Project, located in Wylfa,...

Connecticut taps nuclear plants to generate clean energy

Dec. 28, 2018 3:18 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Nuclear power plants in Connecticut and New Hampshire made the list of electricity producers selected Friday to generate the clean energy needed to help meet Connecticut's goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Department Energy and Environmental Protection Commissioner Robert...

Idaho lab protects US infrastructure from cyber attacks

Dec. 24, 2018 12:22 PM EST

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — It's called the "Dark Side" because the 50 workers there prefer to keep the lights low so they can dim the brightness on their computer screens. Or maybe it's because of what they do in cyber research and development. Questions about exactly what goes on at the heart of one of the...

Russia shuts down Soviet-built nuclear reactor

Dec. 22, 2018 6:24 AM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Russia's nuclear power company says a Soviet-built nuclear reactor has been taken out of operation after 45 years of service. The state-controlled Rosatom corporation said Saturday that Reactor No. 1 at the Leningrad nuclear power plant has been shut down as planned. It said...

End of an era: Germany closes its last black coal mine

Dec. 21, 2018 1:21 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Straining to hold back tears, their once-white helmets and overalls smeared with dust, seven miners in Germany stepped out of a metal cage Friday bearing the last piece of black coal hauled up from 1,000 meters (3,280 feet) below. The ceremony marked the end of an industry that laid the...