Mason Inman

Mason Inman is a journalist who specializes in reporting on science and the environment. He writes regularly for National Geographic News, Science and New Scientist, and has reported from Bangladesh and Pakistan. He also writes The Climate Post, a weekly roundup of climate and energy news for Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, and pens his own blog, http://FailingGracefully.com.

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Gregory Jaczko, chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, announced his resignation this week, but he is still making pointed comments about the need to strengthen regulations to ensure nuclear power plants are safer. “I think the Fukushima event was a wake-up call, hopefully for everyone,” Jaczko said in a news conference today, referring to…

The Western Hemisphere is looking more promising as a source of crude oil, while today’s oil powerhouses—the Middle East and the Former Soviet Union—may have significantly less undiscovered oil than previously estimated, according to a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). Also, the prospects for finding more oil are getting dimmer, at the…

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After reaching an all-time high in 2010, this year the nuclear power capacity—the amount of electricity that all the world’s nuclear power plants can produce—took a dip. (Related: World Electricity Mix Interactive) The earthquake-tsunami disaster at the Fukushima power plants in Japan, which are still being cleaned up, led many to sour on nuclear energy.…