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Student Spotlight: Eric Scheuch on Interning in the Nuclear Power Industry

A rising senior in the Undergraduate Program in Sustainable Development shares his summer internship experiences and professional growth.

by |August 28, 2020
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An Atomic Catch 22: Climate Change and the Decline of America’s Nuclear Fleet

Nuclear energy currently generates a majority of America’s carbon-free electricity. It is an energy source that we cannot afford to keep — and also cannot afford to lose.

by Eric Scheuch |May 5, 2020
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New Podcast Explores Lessons From Chernobyl

This edition of the Columbia Energy Exchange podcast brings in Adam Higginbotham to discuss his new book, Midnight in Chernobyl, a thrilling, chilling, and gripping account of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.

by |August 15, 2019

How Energy Choices After Fukushima Impacted Human Health and the Environment

A new paper examines CO2 emissions and mortality rates after Japan and Germany shifted away from nuclear power.

by |June 17, 2019
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Could New Nuclear Reactors Power America’s Low-Carbon Future?

A documentary featuring Earth Institute scientists suggests next-generation reactors could be a safe and clean way to replace fossil fuels.

by |November 9, 2017

Replacing the Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant with Energy Efficiency

Many people who are concerned about fossil fuels and climate change argue for nuclear power as a viable solution to carbon pollution. I am not one of those people.

by |March 6, 2017

The Technological World and the Risk of Nuclear Power

The modern economy and our way of life depend on new and advancing technology. It especially depends on energy technology.

by |March 14, 2016

The Energy to Fight Injustice

The enormity of these anti-nuclear policy decisions is difficult to exaggerate. Energy consumption is an inescapable requirement of development, and renewable energy sources alone cannot satisfy the energy demands of China and other developing nations. They now have no choice but to burn massive amounts of coal if they wish to raise their living standards.

by |August 25, 2014

Fossil Fuels Do Far More Harm Than Nuclear Power

Pushker Kharecha and James E. Hansen write about their recent paper on the long-term health effects of nuclear power versus fossil fuels, and argue that nuclear power needs to be part of the solution to climate change.

by |April 15, 2013

Indian Point: Safe, Secure and Vital or an Unacceptable Risk?

The owners of Indian Point nuclear power plant want to re-license the facility for 20 years. Opponents say the plant is unsafe and we can do without its electricity. Supporters say it’s safe, and we need the power.

by |March 5, 2012