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A summary of the results of a recent statistical analysis of 216 nuclear energy accidents and incidents (events). The dataset is twice as large as the previous best available.
By Spencer Wheatley, Benjamin K Sovacool, Didier Sornettea
Energy Research & Social Science, May 2016
Global nuclear companies are meeting this week to discuss licensing the controversial small modular reactors that are costing billions of dollars to develop and would be sited near towns.
By Paul Brown
Climate News Network, 11th April 2016
Just as climate change deniers leap from scientific uncertainty over the precise impacts of greenhouse gas emissions to certainty of little or no impact at all, so ‘pro-nuclear environmentalists’ conflate uncertainty of the mortality arising from Chernobyl and other nuclear disasters to certainty of few if any deaths, writes Jim Green. Their position is equally indefensible.
By Dr Jim Green
The Ecologist, 7th April 2016
MPs today grilled EDF Energy supremo Vincent de Rivaz over the troubled Hinkley C nuclear plant in Somerset. He insisted that the project was definitely going ahead – but refused to say when the ‘final investment decision’ was due. Confused? Bewildered? Frustrated? So were the MPs.
By Paul Brown & Oliver Tickell
The Ecologist, 23rd March 2016
Given the long list of technical and financial problems afflicting the Hinkley C power plant, writes David Thorpe, the Labour Party’s continuing support for the over-priced, highly subsidised project is increasingly paradoxical. Labour must take a fresh look at HPC and the renewable alternatives that can do better at far lower cost.
By David Thorpe
The Ecologist, 21st March 2016
Two heavily armed, UK registered ships are currently engaged in the transport of UK sourced plutonium across the Pacific, writes Tim Deere-Jones. Details of their safety inspection records, survey status, voyage routes and location have been suppressed in the interests of security but the lack of transparency breaches a number of international safety standards.
By Tim Deere-Jones
The Ecologist, 21st March 2016
Nuclear power requires obedience, as well as massive subsidy and the suppression of competition from other forms of low-carbon energy. These are not attractive platform planks in market-oriented democracies, so subterfuge in the service of political clout is also needed.
By Prof Peter A Bradford
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, 20th March 2016
The UK may be island based, but, as renewables expand, it will need more grid links to the continent for balancing and trade. It may have a net surplus and so could do very well selling it over supergrid interconnector links to EU countries less well endowed with renewables.
By Prof David Elliott
Environmental Research Web, 19th March 2016
In December, David Cameron joined 195 other leaders to promise ambitious action on climate change. Achieving the Paris goals requires leaving most of the world’s fossil fuel reserves in the ground. A first step must be to stop subsidising fossil fuel production.
By Craig Bennett et el
The Guardian, 15th March 2016