The head of the UN nuclear agency urged a worldwide rethink of safety measures to prevent new nuclear disasters, declaring that in the wake of the Fukushima catastrophe "business as usual is not an option.&" But Yukiya Amano, chief of the International Atomic Energy Agency, also acknowledged that improvements are only effective if countries apply them, in opening comments to the IAEA's conference

U.N. Nuclear Report Shows Japan Safety Shortcomings Photo: Tokyo Electric Power Co/Handout
Workers in protective suits are seen at a cesium absorption tower at Tokyo Electric Power Co.

Japan on Tuesday pledged to overhaul regulation of nuclear power, saying that lax standards and poor oversight had contributed to the worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl in 1986.

Japanese officials from embattled Prime Minister Naoto Kan on down have been widely criticized for their handling of the nuclear disaster, triggered by a March 11 quake and tsunami, which has prompted a complete ret

Despite 20 years of effort, greenhouse gas emissions are going up instead of down, hitting record highs as climate negotiators gather to debate a new global warming accord.
The new report by the International Energy Agency showing high emissions from fossil fuels is one of several pieces of bad news facing delegates from about 180 countries heading to Bonn, Germany, for two weeks of talks beg

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The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has begun a fact-finding mission to unravel the causes of Japan's ongoing radiation crisis that was triggered by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station.

The IAEA said the mission, from Tuesday to June 2, would assess the

Iran has started the nuclear reaction at its Bushehr power plant, the Russian company that built the reactor said in a statement on Tuesday that indicated Iran is close to wrapping up work on the site that has dragged on for more than three decades.

Countries using nuclear energy must ensure their reactors are built to withstand multiple disasters after Japan's accident revealed gaps in safety standards, U.N.

Japan, stung by international criticism of its handling of a nuclear crisis, will likely include foreign experts in a review of the disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant, an aide to the prime minister said on Wednesday.

Prime Minister Naoto Kan has promised an eventual review of the crisis, in which cooling functions at the nuclear power plant in northeast Japan were knocked out by a 15

The world must strengthen the ability of the International Atomic Energy Agency to make independent assessments of nuclear safety. (Editorials)