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Articles from ncg members. For news articles before 2014, see the news archive.
A legacy of lies and cover-up leaves nuclear energy with a serious credibility gap, and no sign of its long-promised revival.
By Paul Brown
Climate News Network, 25th December 2016
BBC World Service, interview with Dr Paul Dorfman, 8 mins into the programme.
BBC World Service, 21st December 2016
Instead of having political leaders and regulators make pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey-type guesstimates of how much nuclear power we’ll need, how long we’ll need it, and how much we should pay for it, we should adjust our power markets to procure the needed low-carbon electricity.
By Prof Peter A Bradford
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, 12th December 2016
A 50% renewable electricity target for 2030 and a radical free market shake up- that’s what is on the cards from the latest EU proposals, with consumers empowered to self-generate and sell power themselves.
By Prof David Elliott
Environmental Research Web, 10th December 2016
The company that designed Britain’s proposed £18 billion nuclear plant is facing a criminal investigation on suspicion of aggravated fraud, forgery and endangering life. With comments from Dr Paul Dorfman.
The Times, 9th December 2016
Nuclear giant EDF could be heading towards bankruptcy, writes Paul Brown, as it faces a perfect storm of under-estimated costs for decommissioning, waste disposal and Hinkley C. Meanwhile income from power sales is lagging behind costs, and 17 of its reactors are off-line for safety tests. Yet French and UK governments are turning a blind eye to the looming financial crisis.
By Paul Brown
The Ecologist, 8th December 2016
The launch of The Legacy of Nuclear Power, a new book by Andrew Blowers, on Wednesday January 11th, 2017 at the Royal Asiatic Society, early evening commencing at 6.00pm, speakers include Jonathan Porritt.
By Prof Andy Blowers
Electricité de France has had to shut down 18 of its 58 nuclear reactors
By Prof Steve Thomas
The Economist, 3rd December 2016
Letter: In their Policy Forum “China-U.S. cooperation to advance nuclear power” (5 August, p. ), J. Cao et al. make the case for low-carbon energy trajectories that use “next-generation” nuclear reactors. However, they fail to address the challenges inherent in the reactors they advocate.
By Dr Philip Johnstone, Prof Benjamin Sovacool, Prof Gordon MacKerron and Prof Andy Stirling
Science, 2nd December 2016