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Articles from ncg members. For news articles before 2014, see the news archive.
London: on the occasion of the 4th anniversary of the Fukushima disaster and its impact on Europe. In particular, in view of the recent illegal decision to give permission for massive government subsidy of Hinkley Point – highlighting subsequent environmental and economic consequences as well as creating a precedent across the EU.
NEW BOOK: Humanity is in a race, a kind of civil war. Believers in a safe future fuelled by endless sunlight and related forms of clean energy combat defenders of finite carbon fuels often careless of the impact they have on the world by clinging to coal, oil, and gas. Jeremy Leggett fought for the light side for a quarter of a century as it lost battle after battle to the dark side. Then, in 2013, the tide began to turn. By 2015, it was clear the light side could win the war. Leggett’s front-line chronicle tells one person’s story of those turnaround years, and what they can mean for the world.
By Jeremy Leggett
jeremyleggett.net, 1st March 2015
The ‘nuclear renaissance’ just got nasty. Britain has threatened Austria that it will take “every opportunity” to harm the country if Austria goes ahead with plans to challenge the European Commission decision on the granting of state aid for the proposed Hinkley point C nuclear power station. In response Austria has declared that it “won’t be intimidated” and will stick to its guns in fighting for the principle of no subsidies for atomic energy.
By Dr Philip Johnstone
Sussex Energy Group, 17th February 2015
Claims that nuclear power is a ‘low carbon’ energy source fall apart under scrutiny. Far from coming in at six grams of CO2 per unit of electricity for Hinkley C, as the Climate Change Committee believes, the true figure is probably well above 50 grams – breaching the CCC’s recommended limit for new sources of power generation beyond 2030.
By Prof Keith Barnham
The Ecologist, 5th February 2015
As flagship nuclear projects run into long delays and huge cost overruns, solar and wind power are falling in price. Renewables already supply twice as much power as nuclear. It’s just too bad the nuclear-fixated UK government hasn’t noticed.
By Prof Dave Elliott
The Ecologist, 18th December 2014
In the wake of the publication of the Implementing Geological Disposal White Paper, Andrew Blowers looks at political and policy developments in the search for a site for the geological disposal of higher-activity nuclear waste, and argues that the White Paper leaves the way open for further procrastination.
By Prof Andy Blowers
Town & Country Planning, 15th December 2014
Westminster’s energy strategy to “keep the lights on” by relying on new nuclear build is looking increasingly like a recipe for economic ruin and political disarray.
By Prof Peter Strachan
The Conversation, 4th December 2014
E3G’s Tom Burke runs the rule over the current media hysteria over looming blackouts and reveals a tale of hyperbole and ideology.
By Prof Tom Burke
Business Green, 4th December 2014
A new report shows that the UK’s farms can easily generate as much power as the proposed Hinkley C nuclear plant. Not only would it all be renewable, but if could all be in place by 2020.
By Jonathon Porritt
The Ecologist, 26th November 2014