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List of Nuclear Energy articles

Activists protest near the Presidential Office in Seoul on April 21, ahead of South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol’s planned visit to Washington.
Activists protest near the Presidential Office in Seoul on April 21, ahead of South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol’s planned visit to Washington.

A Nuclear South Korea Is a Dangerous Miscalculation

At their upcoming summit, Biden needs to let Yoon know there would be consequences for breaking Seoul’s nonproliferation promises.

General outside view of the Isar 2 nuclear power plant in Essenbach, Germany.
General outside view of the Isar 2 nuclear power plant in Essenbach, Germany.

Germany Turns Out the Lights on Nuclear Power—at Last

It’s taken a few decades, but the final shutdown comes at a delicate time.

A nuclear plant in Diablo Canyon, California.
A nuclear plant in Diablo Canyon, California.

Will Washington Halt the Global Renaissance of Nuclear Power?

Hopes to slash emissions using nuclear energy are being dashed by U.S. regulators.

Physicist Vaughn Draggoo inspects a huge target chamber at the National Ignition Facility in Livermore, California in October 2001.
Physicist Vaughn Draggoo inspects a huge target chamber at the National Ignition Facility in Livermore, California in October 2001.

Could Fusion Overcome Public Opposition to Nuclear Power?

Recent progress might lead to a nuclear energy source that produces no high-level radioactive waste and presents fewer proliferation concerns.

A worker explains a photo of construction to an interior plasma chamber.
A worker explains a photo of construction to an interior plasma chamber.

Adam Tooze: Why Nuclear Fusion Is Not the Holy Grail

A recent breakthrough is good news, but renewables are still the better bet.

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What FTX’s Collapse Tells Us About the Bahamas

Plus: What a recent breakthrough in nuclear physics means for the future of energy.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announces new European Union energy policies at the bloc’s headquarters in Brussels, on Sept. 7.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announces new European Union energy policies at the bloc’s headquarters in Brussels, on Sept. 7.

With Winter Coming, Europe Is Walking Off a Cliff

Europeans won’t escape their energy crisis as long as ideology trumps basic math.

Then-Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida walks in front of Chernobyl’s nuclear power plant.
Then-Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida walks in front of Chernobyl’s nuclear power plant.

Fumio Kishida’s Great Nuclear Leap

A decade after Fukushima, the Japanese prime minister is walking a fine political line to reengage with the carbon-free energy source.

A view of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant
A view of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant

Ukrainians Brace for the Worst Around Zaporizhzhia

Fears are rising that Russia could stage a catastrophic accident at Europe’s biggest nuclear power plant.

The Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant seen from across the Dnipro river on Aug. 13.
The Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant seen from across the Dnipro river on Aug. 13.

Protect Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Plant Before It’s Too Late

The Additional Protocol I to the 1949 Geneva Convention offers a model, but the United States can’t denounce Russia until it embraces the norms it’s seeking to enforce.

Protesting high energy prices in London
Protesting high energy prices in London

Europe’s Tiny Steps Won’t Solve Its Energy Emergency

The bad policies that created the crisis are still in place.

The Grohnde nuclear power plant
The Grohnde nuclear power plant

Germany Confronts Its Nuclear Demons

Opposition to all things nuclear was the bedrock of the modern German political psyche. Then came Russia’s war in Ukraine.

Electricity workers check solar panels in China.
Electricity workers check solar panels in China.

Russia’s War Is the End of Climate Policy as We Know It

Ironically, geopolitical strife and energy scarcity will do more for the climate than decades of ardent policies.

An Iranian flag flies next to a ground-to-ground Sejjil missile at an undisclosed location in Iran.
An Iranian flag flies next to a ground-to-ground Sejjil missile at an undisclosed location in Iran.

The Little Iran Nuclear Deal That Couldn’t

A revived nuclear pact could benefit Washington and Tehran but is proving a hard sell.

France's President Emmanuel Macron speaks in front of a screen with the sentence reading "Reinvent nuclear" during the presentation of "France 2030" investment plan at The Elysee Presidential Palace in Paris, on October 12, 2021.
France's President Emmanuel Macron speaks in front of a screen with the sentence reading "Reinvent nuclear" during the presentation of "France 2030" investment plan at The Elysee Presidential Palace in Paris, on October 12, 2021.

Emmanuel Macron Gets Nuclear Energy All Wrong

Nuclear power won’t help France meet its climate goals on budget or on time.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov welcomes his Iranian counterpart, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov welcomes his Iranian counterpart, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian.

Russia’s ‘Eleventh-Hour’ Interference in the Iran Deal

Moscow is seeking to use the Iran deal to shield itself from the full effect of Western sanctions.

Mikhail Ulyanov, Russia's envoy to the Iran nuclear talks in Vienna.
Mikhail Ulyanov, Russia's envoy to the Iran nuclear talks in Vienna.

The Iran Nuclear Talks’ Breakout Player

Love him or hate him, Russia’s man in Vienna has become the Iran deal’s unofficial spokesman.

Water vapor rises from the Grafenrheinfeld nuclear power plant shortly before it was permanently shut down as part of Germany's phaseout of all nuclear power, near Grafenrheinfeld, Germany. on June 11, 2015
Water vapor rises from the Grafenrheinfeld nuclear power plant shortly before it was permanently shut down as part of Germany's phaseout of all nuclear power, near Grafenrheinfeld, Germany. on June 11, 2015

Amid Energy Crisis, EU Fights Over Whether Nuclear Is Green

Brussels’s plans to cut emissions by promoting nuclear power has parts of the bloc up in arms.

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