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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
An analysis of nuclear greenhouse gas emissions, commissioned by the World Information Service on Energy (WISE)
By Jan Willem Storm van Leeuwen
Club of Rome - European Research Centre, November 2015
The UK Government’s pursuit of a new nuclear plant at Hinkley Point C represents not just a colossal waste of money, but could also be real danger to the UK’s national security, write Professors Alex Russell and Peter Strachan of Robert Gordon University.
By Prof Alex Russell and Prof Peter A Strachan
Energy Post, 26th October 2015