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The UK’s nuclear power programme is driven by military demands, write Andy Stirling & Phil Johnstone – but not in the way you might think. The most essential need is not for plutonium or tritium, but for a nuclear industrial sector to design, build and maintain the reactors that power nuclear submarines. Without them, the Trident missile system would have no military credibility.
By Prof Andy Stirling and Dr Philip Johnstone
The Ecologist, 15th January 2016
Despite recently uncovered historical evidence of nuclear ‘near misses’ and growing scientific evidence of the devastating global consequences of the use of only a few nuclear weapons, there is still a widespread belief in the value of these weapons among senior policy-makers in the nuclear-armed nations.
By Dr Philip Webber
Scientists for Global Responsibility, 14th January 2016
The latest monthly newsletter from No 2 Nuclear Power, keeping climate campaigners informed about nuclear developments in the UK, and anti-nuclear campaigners about climate issues.
By Pete Roche
No 2 Nuclear Power, 12th January 2016
The Western Mail’s report on the closure of Wales’ last nuclear power plant, at Wylfa on Anglesey, marks an important moment in Welsh industrial history.
By Dr David Lowry
Western Mail, 4th January 2016
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