Recognising Anthropocene as an epoch is a caution to humanity

The overwhelming vote by the Anthropocene Working Group to recognise Anthropocene as a new epoch is a grim reminder to humanity that failure to end destructive activities will irrevocably change the face of the earth and make it uninhabitable. The pervasive and long-lasting signatures of modern human activity on earth have been so striking, that … Continue reading Recognising Anthropocene as an epoch is a caution to humanity

‘Our policy is to reprocess all the fuel put into a nuclear reactor’

Published in The Hindu on October 28, 2012 ‘India is one of the countries doing a lot of work on a scientific solution to waste management,’ says Dr. Sekhar Basu, Director of the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre. = Photo: R. Prasad Post the Fukushima disaster, one of the key issues protesters raise is nuclear waste … Continue reading ‘Our policy is to reprocess all the fuel put into a nuclear reactor’

Consuming plutonium for producing energy is the superior option: Anil Kakodkar

Published in The Hindu on May 10, 2012 A paper published today (May 10) in Nature states that the process of converting plutonium to MOX (mixed oxide fuel containing uranium and reprocessed plutonium) for use in reactors is costly and risky. Using in fast breeder reactors does not address the central issue of reducing the … Continue reading Consuming plutonium for producing energy is the superior option: Anil Kakodkar

The safest way for plutonium disposal

Published in The Hindu on May 10, 2012 There are 500 tonnes of separated plutonium (Pu) worldwide that can be used for making one lakh nuclear weapons, claim four scientists in a paper published today (May 10) in Nature . So if this huge stock is not required for making weapons, which route should nations … Continue reading The safest way for plutonium disposal