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Hydro-electric: accounted for 26 per cent of new renewable capacity in 2012

Developing countries are now investing almost as much as developed countries in renewable energy, with 46 per cent of the global total in 2012, accor(...)

Honda Motor Co’s interactive robot Asimo gestures while talking with visitors at a demonstration event at the Miraikan science museum, in Tokyo

Z -MachinesHow many rock drummers have wished for more arms? The drummer in Japanese band Z-Machines has six. Mach, the group’s guitarist, has 78 fing(...)

The 9.0 magnitude strong earthquake struck offshore on March 11th at 2:46pm local time, triggering a tsunami wave of up to ten metres which engulfed large parts of north-eastern Japan, and also damaging the Fukushima nuclear plant and threatening a nuclear catastrophe.  Workers wearing protective suits and masks work at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima prefecture in November, 2011.  Photograph: David Guttenfelder/Pool/Reuters

Masao Yoshida, a nuclear engineer who took charge of the Fukushima Daiichi power plant two years ago as multiple reactors spiraled out of control afte(...)

A worker walks in front of water tanks at the  tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan. Photograph: Reuters

High levels of a toxic substance called strontium-90 have been found in groundwater at the devastated Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan, the util(...)

Workers engaged in a safety upgrading stand beside a spent fuel pool at the No 5 reactor building at Chubu Electric Power Co’s Hamaoka nuclear power station in Omaezaki, Shizuoka prefecture, Japan.  Photograph: Reuters

‘There is no such thing as a ‘pro-nuclear environmentalist’,” says the US-based lobby group Beyond Nuclear. “Environmentalists don’t support extractiv(...)

File image Sellafield nuclear plant in Cumbria, UK. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Britain’s nuclear power plant building programme poses only a “very low” risk to Ireland. That is the view of the Radiological Protectio(...)

A leakage detection unit (centre) at an underground water storage tank  at Tepco’s tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima, Japan. Photograph: Tokyo Electric Power Co/Handout/Reuters

The company responsible for the Japanese nuclear power plant destroyed by a tsunami two years ago said today it is losing faith in temporary st(...)

Farmer Donald O'Reilly rescues a sheep trapped in a snow drift in the Aughafatten area of Co Antrim last week. Photograph:  Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

What a difference a year makes; a year ago Europe was basking in some of the warmest spring temperatures recorded. Last week all that seemed a very(...)

The eerily empty streets of Namie, a town deep in the evacuation zone around the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan, are f(...)

People observe a moment of silence facing the sea during a rally at 2:46 pm, the time when the magnitude 9.0 earthquake struck off Japan's coast in 2011, in Iwaki, Fukushima prefecture. Photograph: Reuters/Kyodo

Japan is marking the second anniversary of the devastating earthquake and tsunami which left nearly 19,000 people dead or missing and more tha(...)

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