Kentucky statewide tornado drill a reminder of nuclear drills during Cuban missile crisis. Photo: Mike Lawrence, The Gleaner

United States and Russia Have a Nuclear Problem That Threatens All of Us

October 17, 2016 – When I was in junior high school in the fall of 1962, the October Cuban missile crisis made nuclear war a distinct reality. From October 14th to the 28th I ... Continue Reading →
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China Appears to be Ahead of the Downward Curve Commitment It Made in 2014 on Carbon Emissions

October 8, 2016 – In a world where Russia and the United States are freezing themselves into another Cold War it is hard to believe that any progress can be made on the climate ... Continue Reading →
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Is North America Finally on the Right Climate Action Path?

June 30, 2016 – Having reached the mid-point of 2016 yesterday’s joint announcement by Canada, Mexico and the United States, may finally put us on the path to a sustainable ... Continue Reading →
Hiroshima

Visit to Hiroshima Reminds Us That a Nuclear Winter is Never Too Far Away

June 4, 2016 – The visit by President Obama to Hiroshima a little over a week ago made me think about the legacy we still live with because of the invention of nuclear weapons. ... Continue Reading →
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A Nuclear Power Station on the Moon is in Russia’s Space Plans

May 27, 2016 – Russia wants to establish a permanent lunar base by the mid-2030s. A partnership between Roskosmos and the European Space Agency (ESA) includes mission plans to ... Continue Reading →
Magnetized Target Fusion Reactor

General Fusion Takes Next Step in Developing Magnetized Target Fusion Technology

March 5, 2016 – Back in 2013 I wrote a brief note about General Fusion in a posting on Canadian nuclear technology development. At the time the technology was about 15 years away ... Continue Reading →
IMSR Terrestrial Energy

Integral Molten Salt Nuclear Reactors Could be Deployed in the Next Decade

January 9, 2016 – Small molten salt nuclear reactors may become a part of the energy mix by the mid-2020s if Terrestrial Energy has its way. The company, based in Oakville, Ontario, ... Continue Reading →
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United Kingdom to Phase Out Coal-Fired Power by 2025

November 18, 2015 – The British government today announced it intends to shutter all coal-fired power plants by 2025. Alternative energy sources will need to be built including ... Continue Reading →
Wendelstein 7-X under construction

Is Fusion About to Take its Next Step on the Way to a Commercial Reactor?

November 4, 2015 – Hot fusion, cold fusion…the promise of sustainable, commercial fusion reactors remain enigmatic. We just can’t the architecture quite right whether ... Continue Reading →
ARC-reactor

Is MIT’s New Fusion Reactor Concept the Answer to Unlimited Power?

August 12, 2015 – The promise of an affordable commercial fusion reactor continues to be ten years out. It was ten years out in 1990. Ten years out in 2000. And ten years out ... Continue Reading →