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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
As Osborne doubles nuclear research support for small modular reactors in the UK, has he ignored the new, multiple terror risks this brings in its wake?
By Dr David Lowry
openDemocracyUK, 26th November 2015
Paris climate change talks: Political will to tackle global warming is building, says Sir Jonathon Porritt
Former Green Party chair Sir Jonathon Porritt has traditionally been pessimistic about world leaders’ efforts.
By Jonathon Porritt
The Independent, 22nd November 2015
NASA scientist James Hansen is heading to COP21 in Paris to berate climate campaigners for failing to support ‘safe and environmentally-friendly nuclear power’, writes Jim Green. But they would gladly support nuclear power if only it really was safe and environment friendly.
By Dr Jim Green
The Ecologist, 20th November 2015
Renewable energy ‘must stand on its own two feet’ yet subsidies for nuclear and fossil fuels continue unabated, and energy efficiency policies are axed with no thought as to what might replace them.
By Craig Bennett
The Guardian, 18th November 2015
The UK-China plan for new nuclear build in England defy the evolving reality of 21st century power networks, writes Paul Dorfman. In China itself, the nuclear dream is hitting construction problems and delays, while wind and solar blossom at ever falling cost. But the phenomenon is global. Despite some governments’ nuclear obduracy, renewables are winning the race hands down.
By Dr Paul Dorfman
The Ecologist, 10th November 2015