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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
The world could soon be generating all its electricity from renewable sources, writes Dave Elliott, by harnessing diverse technologies for generation, grid balancing and energy storage. Add to that the use of power surpluses to make fuels, and it could even be feasible to make all our energy – not just electricity – renewable.
By Prof David Elliott
The Ecologist, 5th November 2015
At first glance, it seems an almost inexplicable paradox. A right-wing British government has invited companies controlled by the Chinese Communist Party – and in one case, the Chinese military – into the heart of the UK’s strategically vital energy infrastructure.
By Prof Jeffrey Henderson
The Conversation, 5th November 2015