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In Paris, in early December, the advocates of nuclear power made yet another appeal to world leaders to adopt their technology as central to saving the planet from dangerous climate change. Yet analysis of the plans of 195 governments that signed up to the Paris agreement, each with their own individual schemes on how to reduce national carbon emissions, show that nearly all of them exclude nuclear power.
By Paul Brown
EcoWatch, 31st December 2015
This paper analyses the performance of two cases of renewable energy (RE) auction/tender systems in an effort to contribute to the evaluation of RE auction/tender systems and to study best practice in their delivery of RE projects. This is done by comparing regimes in different settings, one concerned with Danish offshore wind development, the other concerned with renewable energy development in South Africa.
By Dr David Toke
International Journal of Sustainable Energy Planning and Management, December 2015
Changing relations between science and democracy – and controversies over issues such as climate change, energy transitions, genetically modified organisms and smart technologies – have led to a rapid rise in new forms of public participation and citizen engagement. This book offers new insights that rethink public engagements with science, innovation and environmental issues as diverse, emergent and in the making.
By Dr Jason Chilvers (Ed.), Prof Brian Wynne et al
The nuclear industry has had a disappointing COP21, writes Jim Green. Lobbyists were there en masse desperately trying to get pro-nuclear wording into the Paris Agreement, and they failed.
By Dr Jim Green
The Ecologist, 16th December 2015
Review of “The national politics of nuclear power – economics, security, and governance” by Benjamin K. Sovacool and Scott Victor Valentine.
By Dr Paul Dorfman
Taylor & Francis Online, 9th December 2015
Dr Paul Dorfman summarises how Europe is striding towards clean energy, especially in light of Germany’s significant progress.
By Dr Paul Dorfman
21stcentury.co.uk, 7th December 2015
Many scientists around the world remain sceptical that nuclear is the answer, or even part of the answer, to climate change.
By Dr Paul Dorfman, Dr Ian Fairlie, Dr David Lowry, Jonathon Porritt
The Guardian, 6th December 2015
New research shows that wind and solar can meet 80% of Germany’s power demand, with biogas and hydropower providing the balance, writes Keith Barnham. And if Germany can do it, so can other countries, many of them even more easily – with no need for fossil fuels or nuclear power.
By Prof Keith Barnham
The Ecologist, 30th November 2015
The ‘Autumn Statement’ delivered with such aplomb by the Chancellor is yet another attack on the UK’s sustainable future, write David Lowry & Oliver Tickell – cutting energy efficiency funds just as tens of thousands are set to die of cold this winter, betting £250m on pointless nuclear research, and raiding the renewables budget to fund subsidies to nuclear power and fossil fuels.
By Dr David Lowry and Oliver Tickell
The Ecologist, 26th November 2015