Indian peasants in Maharashtra are protesting plans to build a nuclear plant on an earthquake fault at Jaitapur. India has an ambitious set of plans to build 21 further nuclear reactors. The peasants were already worried, but the partial melt-down at the Fukushima plant in Japan, and especially the venting of radioactive water into the sea there, has the peasants worried as never before. Some 77% of Indians say they are anxious about India’s plans to build so many nuclear plants.
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Meanwhile, Israeli scientists at the National Solar Energy Center in Israel are now arguing that with improvements in batteries and energy storage, the days when a country could generate 90% of its energy from renewable sources is much nearer than it had seemed only a few years ago.