In 2018, the US consumed the most nuclear energy of any other nation, found the BP Statistical Review of World Energy 2019 report. Accounting for 31.4% of the global nuclear consumption, the US' rate was more than double that of second-place France.
On Friday, the Columbia Generating Station returned online following a 41-day refueling-related shutdown. "It's a rigorous, five-week, non-stop 24/7 operation," said Energy Northwest chief nuclear officer Grover Hettel.
A trail derailment in Nevada last week may lead to increased scrutiny over Yucca Mountain, the proposed repository in Nevada. The train that derailed was carrying munitions, but none of the cars involved in the derailment were carrying explosives, said a Federal Railroad Administration spokesperson.
Thorium could serve as a suitable substitute for uranium, as it would reduce meltdown concerns and produce less nuclear waste, writes Fordham University professor Quamrul Haider. "It is the best supplement to sustainable green energy, filling the gap until nuclear fusion reactors are built," he writes.
Environmental Progress' Michael Shellenberger said that South Korea's effort to phase out nuclear energy is in direct conflict with its plan to boost reactor exports. Nuclear is the country's best chance for greener energy, he said.
ExxonMobil says it may sell its interests in oil and natural gas fields off Norway's coast. The company, which has stakes in over 20 fields in the region that analysts believe could be worth up to $4 billion, says it produced about 170,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day from the offshore fields in 2017.
An earthquake in the Banda Sea off the coasts of East Timor and Indonesia shook areas as far away as northern Australia today, but authorities say that there weren't reports of tsuunamis, injuries or damage. The magnitude 7.5 quake, which occurred at a depth of 220 kilometers, was followed by at least one aftershock.
Lundin Petroleum says subsidiary Lundin Norway has made two oil discoveries in the eastern portion of the Edvard Grieg field off Norway's coast. Lundin, which operates the site and has a 65% stake in it, says the discoveries contain up to 37 million barrels of oil equivalent.
Ahuna Mons, a mountain with an elevation of up to 5,000 meters on the dwarf planet Ceres, formed when an underground mass of rocks and mud rose to the surface and froze, scientists say. Their study used gravitational data from the Dawn spacecraft and computer modeling to show how the cryovolcanic activity occurred about 210 million years ago.