WBEZ | nuclear energy http://www.wbez.org/tags/nuclear-energy Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Morning Shift: Is Chicago America's toughest weather city? http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2014-03-06/morning-shift-chicago-americas-toughest-weather-city <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Chicago winter Flickr Kamil Dziedzina Photos.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Between harsh winters and sweltering summers, is Chicago the city with the toughest weather to live in? We find out the answer. And, a preview of the eight-part documentary premiering on CNN, Chicagoland.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-is-chicago-america-s-toughest-weathe/embed?header=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-is-chicago-america-s-toughest-weathe.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-is-chicago-america-s-toughest-weathe" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: Is Chicago America's toughest weather city?" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 08:24:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2014-03-06/morning-shift-chicago-americas-toughest-weather-city CP-1: The Past, Present, & Future of Nuclear Energy and the 70th Anniversary of the First Nuclear Chain Reaction http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/cp-1-past-present-future-nuclear-energy-and-70th-anniversary-first-nuclear <p><p>On December 2, 1942, 49 scientists, led by Enrico Fermi, made history when Chicago Pile 1 (CP-1), under the west stands of the original Alonzo Stagg Field stadium at the University of Chicago, went critical and produced the world&rsquo;s first self-sustaining, controlled nuclear chain reaction.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F78655018" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>This talk commemorates the 70th anniversary of the world&rsquo;s first self-sustaining, controlled nuclear chain reaction with Dr. <strong>Mark Peters</strong>, Deputy Laboratory Director for Programs Argonne National Laboratory, and Dr. <strong>Robert Rosner</strong>, Director, Energy Policy Institute Chicago at the University of Chicago. The two speakers will discuss nuclear energy from the history of CP-1 to what the future holds.</p><div>&nbsp;</div><div><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/C2ST-webstory_8.jpg" title="" /></div></div><div>Recorded Friday, January 25 at&nbsp;Hughes Auditorium, Northwestern University Chicago Campus.</div></p> Fri, 25 Jan 2013 11:35:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/cp-1-past-present-future-nuclear-energy-and-70th-anniversary-first-nuclear Worldview 5.7.12 http://www.wbez.org/worldview/2012-05-07/worldview-5712-98880 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP110316116026.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Greece went to the polls over the weekend. The outcome may cause difficulties in forming a coalition government. <em>Worldview</em> gets analysis from Endy Zemenides, executive director of the <a href="http://hellenicleaders.com">Hellenic-American Leadership Council</a>.<strong> </strong></p><p>Then, the Uzbek government forced civil servants to take part of their salaries in Serbian chickens. Surprisingly, this is the latest example in a long history of poultry politics. On <em>Worldview's</em> <em>Food Mondays</em> segment, <em>Atlantic</em> contributor <a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/joshua-foust/" target="_blank">Joshua Foust</a> weighs in about chickens in government and why Russians still call drumsticks “Bush’s legs,” in honor of George H.W.<strong><em> </em></strong>Bush.</p><p>Lastly, <em>Worldview</em> discusses nuclear power, from Fukushima to the Midwest, with <a href="http://beyondnuclear.squarespace.com/storage/Kevin_Kamps_bio.pdf" target="_blank">Kevin Kamps</a> of Beyond Nuclear.</p></p> Mon, 07 May 2012 16:51:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/worldview/2012-05-07/worldview-5712-98880 Nuclear power from Fukushima to the Midwest http://www.wbez.org/worldview/2012-05-07/segment/nuclear-power-fukushima-midwest-98879 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP110314139210.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Japan turned off the last of its 50 nuclear reactors over the weekend. The industry and many government officials want to rebuild confidence after the Fukishima disaster. The U.S. took a hard look at its own safety issues after Fukishima. Critics say we&rsquo;re not safe enough.</p><p><em>Worldview </em>is joined by Kevin Kamps from <a href="http://www.beyondnuclear.org/about/" target="_blank">Beyond Nuclear</a>, a group that works for a world free of nuclear power and nuclear weapons. He specializes in waste management and transportation.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><em>Kevin Kamps will be sharing his knowledge of nuclear energy issues at 5:30pm this evening at 4254 N. Hazel Street.</em></p></p> Mon, 07 May 2012 15:54:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/worldview/2012-05-07/segment/nuclear-power-fukushima-midwest-98879 The energy game in the Caspian Sea http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-06-07/energy-game-caspian-sea-87521 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-June/2011-06-07/2607919.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Germany announced plans last week to phase out all of its nuclear reactors by 2022. But it’s wishful thinking to believe that renewable energy sources alone can replace these nuclear reactors, not to mention keep up with the world’s growing energy demands.&nbsp; That leaves us still relying heavily on oil and natural gas.</p><p>With massive reserves of these hyrdrocarbons, the Caspian Sea Basin is crucial to the world’s future energy needs. But longstanding rivalries between the region’s five nations -- Russia, Iran, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan; unfavorable geography for production and transport; and competing interests of global powers such as Russia, China and the European Union complicate the energy game in the Caspian Sea.</p><p><a href="http://csis.org/expert/edward-c-chow" target="_blank">Edward Chow</a>, a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, helps us make sense of some of the Caspian's many complexities.</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 07 Jun 2011 16:39:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-06-07/energy-game-caspian-sea-87521 African nations pursue nuclear energy, but many are not ready http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-04-01/african-nations-pursue-nuclear-energy-many-are-not-ready-84604 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-April/2011-04-01/Koebergnps.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Because of the growing crisis at Japan’s Fukushima power plant, we’ve spent the past week discussing nuclear energy around the globe.&nbsp; Today we conclude with a look at Africa. Many African nations have long struggled to find reliable energy sources. Recently, nuclear power has emerged as a popular solution.&nbsp; At least 10 African countries plan to build their own nuclear power plants, but many lack the technical know-how, financial resources or reliable security to make it work.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://www.uga.edu/cits/About/Staff/khripunov_igor.html">Igor Khripunov</a> is a Distinguished Fellow at the Center for International Trade and Security at the University of Georgia. He’s written about nuclear power in Africa. And we began by talking about the one African nation that’s had some success with nuclear energy…South Africa.</p></p> Fri, 01 Apr 2011 16:17:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-04-01/african-nations-pursue-nuclear-energy-many-are-not-ready-84604 Brazil forges independent path on nuclear energy http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-03-30/brazil-forges-independent-path-nuclear-energy-84491 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-March/2011-03-30/106769421.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>This week on<em> Worldview</em> we’re taking a look at nuclear power around the world. Today's focus is on Brazil. Brazil’s nuclear energy program was in part inspired by American efforts to promote peaceful uses of nuclear science. In recent years, the Latin American nation has strayed from the Western playbook on issues like Iran. <a href="http://www.wilsoncenter.org/index.cfm?topic_id=1419&amp;fuseaction=topics.profile&amp;person_id=139483" target="_blank">Paulo Sotero</a>, director of the <a href="http://www.wilsoncenter.org/index.cfm?topic_id=1419&amp;fuseaction=topics.home" target="_blank">Brazil Institute</a> at the Woodrow Wilson International Center, discusses Brazil’s nuclear power ambitions.</p></p> Wed, 30 Mar 2011 17:26:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-03-30/brazil-forges-independent-path-nuclear-energy-84491 From Hiroshima to Fukushima: Japan & nuclear energy http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-03-22/hiroshima-fukushima-japan-nuclear-energy-84081 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-March/2011-03-22/71590826.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>In Japan, efforts to contain the nuclear crisis continue. An official at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said yesterday that the plant appeared to be &ldquo;on the verge of stabilizing.&rdquo; As Japan struggles to contain the damage to the plant&rsquo;s nuclear reactors, we take a look at the country&rsquo;s history with nuclear power. In spite of the Japan's experience with radiation at Hiroshima and Nagasaki after World War II, Japanese leaders touted nuclear power as the way forward. Atomic energy also became embedded in Japanese popular culture, from Godzilla to widely read Japanese manga such as &quot;Astro Boy&quot;. We&rsquo;ll discuss Japan&rsquo;s nuclear history with Craig Nelson, a doctoral candidate in Japanese history at Ohio State University. His dissertation is on the history of nuclear power in Japan.</p></p> Tue, 22 Mar 2011 17:37:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-03-22/hiroshima-fukushima-japan-nuclear-energy-84081 The fate of Illinois' nuclear economy http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-03-17/fate-illinois-nuclear-economy-83856 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-March/2011-03-17/Illinois nukes Scott Olson Getty.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Worries about nuclear power are rippling across the world as Japan struggles to stave off a potential nuclear meltdown. Earlier in the week, German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced the temporary closure of some of the country&rsquo;s nuclear plants. And China has suspended the approval of new nuclear plants until safety standards are revised.<br /><br />Illinois has had a moratorium on new nuclear plants since 1987 but nuclear energy still has a vital presence in the state's economy. Illinois has more reactors than any other state and about half of the its electricity is powered by nuclear plants.<br /><br />So as governments here and abroad start to weigh the risks and benefits of nuclear energy, <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> spoke to <em>Chicago Tribune's</em><a target="_blank" href="http://bio.tribune.com/michaelhawthorne"> Michael Hawthorne</a> about the future of nuclear energy in the state.</p></p> Thu, 17 Mar 2011 13:56:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-03-17/fate-illinois-nuclear-economy-83856 Map: Chicago-area nuclear power plants at a glance http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-03-16/map-chicago-area-nuclear-power-plants-glance-83819 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-March/2011-03-16/Nuke Plant in Byron IL_Getty_Scott Olson.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>A series of nuclear reactor fires and explosions at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant in Fukushima, Japan has put nuclear power back in the spotlight around the globe.</p><p>And few states are as central to the discussion of nuclear power in the United States as Illinois.&nbsp; Illinois is home to seven nuclear power plants, six of which are still in active operation.&nbsp; Add in Wisconsin, and Southwest Michigan and there are 10 nuclear power facilities located within the greater region, both current and <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/23/business/23nuke.html">decommissioned</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>Many of the plants contain more than one nuclear reactor, making Illinois home to more nuclear reactors than any other state in the nation.</p><p>All of the plants in this region went into operation between 1971 and 1988, and use a variety of reactor types.</p><p>As Shawn Allee noted in <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/scitech/energy/how-closely-related-are-reactors-illinois-and-japan">a recent story on wbez.org</a>, four of the reactors at two different plants - Quad Cities and Dresden - are GE Mark I, the same reactor type in use at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant.</p><p>The map below provides a look at the facilities, their locations, and their operating details.&nbsp;</p> <object height="300" width="500" id="umapper_embed" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000"><param value="kmlPath=http://umapper.s3.amazonaws.com/maps/kml/93823.kml" name="FlashVars" /><param value="always" name="allowScriptAccess" /><param value="true" name="allowFullScreen" /><param value="http://umapper.s3.amazonaws.com/templates/swf/embed.swf" name="movie" /><param value="high" name="quality" /><embed height="300" width="500" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" name="umapper_embed" quality="high" allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" flashvars="kmlPath=http://umapper.s3.amazonaws.com/maps/kml/93823.kml" src="http://umapper.s3.amazonaws.com/templates/swf/embed.swf"></embed></object></p> Wed, 16 Mar 2011 20:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-03-16/map-chicago-area-nuclear-power-plants-glance-83819