When Germany decided to turn its back on nuclear power five years ago after the Fukushima meltdown, everything changed for those who depended on the plants. The town of Biblis is still trying to cope with the challenges.
Germany can hasten its closure of nuclear and the oldest coal-fired power plants without endangering its energy self-sufficiency, Friends of the Earth said. Otherwise, Berlin would miss its climate targets.
The German cabinet has confirmed that two utilities operating in Germany are entitled to compensation for losses stemming from the country's nuclear phaseout. The move is in line with an earlier top court ruling.
The Fukushima disaster in 2011 swept away support for nuclear power and led to a rise in fossil fuels. Six years on, Japan is taking steps to restore its atomic energy capabilities.
Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has led a somber ceremony in Tokyo to mark the seventh anniversary of the tsunami disaster. The tragedy killed some 18,500 people and triggered the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl.
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