In the wake of the Fukushima meltdown in 2011, Japan shut down all its nuclear reactors. Two reactors soon returned to operation, but now even these are closed for maintenance. Recently released estimates of Japan’s energy consumption and carbon emissions for 2012 confirm that a continuing consequence of that shutdown is more fossil-fuel-based electricity generation and attendant greenhouse gas emissions. It’s likely, though, that concerns about costs, not emissions, will drive a return to nuclear, as Japan’s trade deficit increase has been blamed on fossil fuel purchases.
Coal Pollution Fatalities
Major report by U.S. National Academies provides authoritative estimates of health toll from coal power plant emissions, as well as from motor vehicles
A Note on Coal Pollution Fatalities
Where the estimate of ten thousand premature deaths comes from
Latest IEA Energy Report
Get it from the horse's mouth, not from the daily press
Siemens Natural Gas Plant Sets New Efficiency Record
Bavarian plant achieves 60 percent efficiency
Exxon and Palin Take (Green) Gas a Step Forward
Oil giant joins mega-project to bring natural gas from Alaska's North Slope to Lower 48
That Radical Decoupling of Gas and Oil Prices
Natural gas and oil normally trade in a well-defined range, but recent gas prices are sharply below the historic norm
Why Plug-Ins Will Make (Dollars and) Sense
Q&A With the Electric Power Research Institute's Mark Duvall
Carolina Energy Company to Shutter Coal Plants
Decision is a bellwether of several big important trends in electric power
Alternative Energy Plan for China
A report being presented in China today outlines high-and low-carbon scenarios -- and the high is really high
Natural Gas's Contested Potential
Estimates of recoverable reserves are radically higher, but can the gas actually be recovered without dirtying water and air, or undermining cherished ways of life?
Gas Up, Coal and CO2 Down Sharply
Latest data show an astonishingly fast switch from coal to natural gas in the United States
Deepwater Horizon pre-Post Mortems
Initial journalistic investigations find plenty to occupy the lawyers, detectives and prosecutors
Can Kevin Costner's Machines Really Help the Gulf Cleanup?
The oil-separating centrifuges will work, but they would have worked better months ago
MIT Weighs In on Natural Gas
It too sees huge potential in fracking if concerns are assuaged
Siemens Enters U.S. Market with Super-efficient Turbine
Latest version has achieved an eye-popping 60 percent efficiency
BP's Other Problems
They don't begin and end with the Gulf of Mexico cleanup
Technology Winners of 2011
IEEE Spectrum chose these tech projects, all new and relatively untested, as having the greatest chances for the coming year
Earthquakes Hinder Green Energy Plans
Quakes slow geothermal energy, hydropower, and carbon sequestration projects
Day Four at Pikes Peak Motorcycle Race With the Buckeye Current Team
Will today's bug defeat the Ohio State student engineers?
Lithium-Sulfur Batteries Overcome Another Limitation: High Temperatures
Could safe, durable and high-temperature Li-S batteries lead to EV applications?