OpinionComment and analysis that takes a view
The final closure of Lithuania’s Ignalina nuclear power plant 12 years ago, means the country is now largely dependent on electricity imports. By John Lindberg
Jeremy Gordon says the definition of energy security is changing. That highlights the benefits of nuclear
To wait, or not to wait: the question of Safestore
In the 1990s, the most cost-effective strategy for decommissioning the UK Magnox reactor fleet was deemed to be care and maintenance. Three decades on, has that changed? By John Lindberg
Developments powered by small reactors could leapfrog fossil fuels and unlock huge resources that will support emerging electric vehicles, battery storage and renewables industries,...
The role of nuclear in achieving net zero
Boris Schucht discusses how nuclear can support the energy transition and explains what Urenco is doing to help
Return to the norm?
Ten years on from the Fukushima disaster, Jeremy Gordon asks whether policy effects on other countries will soon disappear
Straight to voicemail
Jeremy Gordon says China’s slow response to questions about fuel leakage at Taishan raise concerns over its commitment to open information – and that should be a concern for the rest...
Bill Gates has entered the chat
Nuclear power and now the nuclear industry have attracted the attention of billionaire business magnate Bill Gates. Could it mark a turning point for America’s leadership in nuclear?...
Exorcise the cult of bad faith
The clean energy debate is dividing into two groups — the serious and the unserious. But nuclear still has work to do to gain its place, says Jeremy Gordon.
Blown away by the competition
Jeremy Gordon asks whether the nuclear industry could improve public engagement by setting up more accessible visitor attractions
Energy demand rising a bit
The vision of blockchain as the route to a distributed low energy utopia has not delivered, argues Jeremy Gordon. Instead it points to an always-on, high-energy-demand future, favouring...
Towards more reasoned debate about nuclear and renewables
Letter to the editor from Andy Stirling, Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex, UK
Pass the mic
Japanese leaders insist that nuclear must have a role in the country’s energy future, but their declarations of support can’t do much to convince key communities. By Jeremy Gordon
Proposals for nuclear powered container ships have returned after a decade in the doldrums. By Jeremy Gordon
Macron steers nuclear policy
France remains committed to reducing its nuclear share, but for President Emmanuel Macron the strategic importance of the technology is reaching a new high, writes Jeremy Gordon
Bringing radiation down to earth
If I had a dollar for every time I had heard ‘We need to educate the public’ I would have more than enough to do something about it, says Jeremy Gordon
Nuclear: rivalling renewables?
A recent study suggests that nuclear might ‘crowd out’ renewables and may not, in fact, lead to decarbonisation. Jeremy Gordon looks deeper
Critical moment for China
China has been building the world’s biggest nuclear power plants, but as Jeremy Gordon asks, is it storing up the world’s biggest public relations problems to go with them?
How tragedy plays out
Jeremy Gordon looks at the recent disaster in Beirut and the reaction of the fertiliser industry to the explosion. How does this compare with response to a nuclear accident?