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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
Policies to reduce carbon emissions from electricity generation will be crucial for negotiations at the UN climate conference (COP21) in Paris. In 2012, we presented data in Nature Materials on the contribution that photovoltaic (PV) power plants installed in Germany, Italy and the UK are making to reducing…
By Prof Keith Barnham, et al
Nature Materials, 9th November 2015
Peak nuclear has passed. There’s no science to support an Australian nuclear industry, says Senator Scott Ludlam
By Scott Ludlam
The Guardian, 6th November 2015
The UK is wasting a huge sum on nuclear energy at a time when low-carbon sources can provide a growing share of the world’s electricity supply, writes Paul Dorfmann
By Dr Paul Dorfman
China Dialogue, 6th November 2015