Nuclear Power

  • Anti-nuclear protesters rally on March 9 in Tokyo, two days before Japan commemorated the third anniversary of the magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami that caused a massive failure at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Photo by The Asahi Shimbun via Getty Images
    March 13, 2014  

    A disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant on March 11, 2011, has greatly affected how Japanese citizens feel about that energy source. Polls suggest that 80 percent of voters now oppose nuclear power in Japan. But walking away from nuclear power is a tricky proposition for a country that has not invested much in renewable alternatives. Science correspondent Miles O’Brien reports. Continue reading

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    February 28, 2014  

    The site of the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan remains a post-apocalyptic landscape of abandoned towns, frozen in time. Science correspondent Miles O’Brien got a rare tour inside the plant, where three nuclear reactors melted down after the earthquake and tsunami in 2011, to learn more about the long-term solutions for stemming the radioactive contamination. Continue reading

  • November 22, 2013  

    John F. Kennedy’s presidency grappled with contentious national issues. Yet when his time in office was cut short, grief for his death crossed all ideological lines. Gwen Ifill talks to authors Ellen Fitzpatrick, William P. Jones, Bill Minutaglio and Robert Dallek about the legacy JFK left on the United States. Continue reading

  • November 15, 2013  

    In our news wrap Friday, Japan’s ruling Cabinet voted to reduce their climate change goals in the wake of the Fukushima disaster as the nation won’t be able to rely on nuclear power to curb greenhouse gas emissions. Also, armed militia fighters opened fire on thousands of protesters in Tripoli, Libya killing 27 and wounding 235. Continue reading

  • March 11, 2013  

    Special correspondent Emily Taguchi reports from Minamisoma, Japan, a town aching for a comeback after an earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown. When the whole region lost its faith in nuclear power, some residents looked to the possibility of rebuilding industry by utilizing renewable energy sources. Continue reading

  • May 25, 2012  

    When Chairman Gregory Jaczko resigned from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission this week, reports suggested it was linked to battles within the commission over safety requirements. In the wake of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, Miles O’Brien reports on how government regulators in the U.S. set the safety bar for nuclear plants. Continue reading

  • March 26, 2012  

    Fifty world leaders gathered Monday in Seoul, South Korea, for a summit on reducing nuclear weapons and limiting the spread of nuclear material. Judy Woodruff reports on warnings to North Korea including President Obama chastising Kim Jong-un’s government and stressing “that bad behavior will not be rewarded.” Continue reading

  • February 16, 2012  

    In other news Thursday, top U.S. officials offered new assessments of Iran’s nuclear program, a day after the country claimed major new achievements in producing its own nuclear fuel. Also, claims and counter-claims were plentiful over possible peace talks involving the United States, the Afghan government and the Taliban. Continue reading

  • June 7, 2011  

    Three months after a massive earthquake and tsunami ravaged the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power Plant in Japan, a new report puts the amount of radiation released at more than double earlier estimates. Judy Woodruff discusses the report’s findings with James Acton of The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Continue reading

  • May 30, 2011  

    Government forces in Yemen went on the offensive, trying to recapture a town seized by Islamic militants. At least 30 militants, civilians and soldiers have been killed in fighting there since Friday. In Syria, protesters have begun to fight back with guns and grenades after government troops attacked two towns Sunday. Continue reading

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