Cornwall Friends of the Earth (CFoE) have sent a nearly 900 strong petition to Cornwall county council calling for it to work towards a nuclear free and non non-nuclear dependent Cornwall by becoming a member of the Nuclear Free Local Authorities (NFLA) network .
This is the West Country 21st Jan 2008 more >>
The European Commission will on Wednesday unveil detailed plans to slash greenhouse gases by 2020, with the focus on renewable fuels and emissions trading, despite French attempts to push the nuclear option. France has recently been joined by Britain at the forefront of the pro-nuclear lobby, extolling it as a more reliable, less polluting fuel supply which cuts down on Europe’s huge dependence on Russia and the Middle East for increasingly scarce and expensive fossil fuels.
World Business Council on Sustainable Development 21st Jan 2008 more >>
Leading the way in the new nuclear resurgence in Asia are Indonesia and Thailand, while Vietnam is also planning to build its first nuclear power plant. As with the West, the governments of Indonesia and Thailand are both starting to face the backlash from environmentalists that has been all too common in Europe. Indonesia is also facing opposition from the powerful Muslim clerics.
Modern Power Systems 21st Jan 2008 more >>
Britain said on Monday it supported granting a waiver to India from a 45-nation group which polices exports of nuclear technology, a key step in finalising a nuclear energy deal with the United States.
Reuters 21st Jan 2008 more >>
Oil near $100 and rapid economic growth are giving growing momentum to Middle East plans to develop nuclear energy to help meet escalating power demand. Record oil revenues have driven an economic boom that is straining the region’s power grids. To keep the export cash coming in, some of the largest oil and gas producers are looking at nuclear energy to minimise burning fuel for power at home.
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At the height of the Cold War in 1956, Plymouth sailor Doug Atkinson was one of hundreds of servicemen callously exposed to fallout from atomic weapons in Britain’s battle to stay ahead in the arms race.
Plymouth Herald 22nd Jan 2008 more >>
Nato must prepare to launch pre-emptive nuclear attacks to ward off the use of weapons of mass destruction by its enemies, a group of former senior military officials has warned. Calling for a major change to Nato’s approach to defending its members and their interests, the authors of the report, which has been handed to Nato and Pentagon chiefs, said the first-strike use of nuclear weapons was a “indespensible instrument”.
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Kate Hudson: Last month, the US Congress voted to eliminate all funding for a new US nuclear warhead, saying that the US needs to rethink its nuclear strategy in the changed world context. Last week Henry Kissinger and George Schultz called for concrete steps on nuclear disarmament. They were backed by a range of former US officials.
Guardian 21st Jan 2008 more >>
Swedes are warming up to nuclear power becoming a bigger part of the country’s energy mix, according to a poll released Monday. The Scandinavian country is currently phasing out its nuclear reactors, but a poll by Synovate Temo suggested public opinion has shifted in favor of atomic energy. Forty-eight percent of the 1,026 respondents favored building new nuclear power stations, while 39 percent were against it and 13 percent were undecided.
IHT 21st Jan 2008 more >>
Concern is growing that the US could face electricity capacity shortages as utility companies delay much-needed new power plants, fearing restrictive carbon emissions laws under the next administration. Without additional capacity, some areas are projected to fall below their target capacity margins within two or three years.
FT 22nd Jan 2008 more >>