1. RENEWABLE ENERGY
Despite decline of nuclear power, wind industry remains in the doldrums
The earthquake and tsunami that crippled the Fukushima Daiichi atomic plant last month resurrected a vociferous anti-nuclear movement in Europe that until recently seemed to have been all but tamed by the fight against global warming. Responding to protests by Greens and public fears that nuclear technology has become too risky, Germany shut down seven reactors, Italy canceled plans to build four, and Switzerland and the United Kingdom are reviewing their plans for new plants.