Centrica and French energy giant EDF, which has agreed to buy British Energy for £12.5billion, will start negotiations in the New Year to kick-start a nuclear power station building programme. Centrica, owner of British Gas, intends to invest £3.1billion to buy 25 per cent of the new nuclear business, despite speculation last week that it was looking to renegotiate the terms. It is understood that details of the shape of the company, its strategy and what role Centrica will be playing in the new organisation still need to be decided.
Mail on Sunday 28th Dec 2008 more >>
The world is now in its second period of nuclear proliferation. The threat that most concerns the United States is terrorist attacks using nuclear weapons, and that possibility is greater now than ever. Everyone has simply been fortunate thus far. The United States has thus far neglected to make efforts to observe this crisis in terms of a comprehensive nuclear policy.
The Hankyoreh 27th Dec 2008 more >>
Will we face up to the challenge in 2009? The answer, according to most climate experts, is simple: we better had in 2009 or the planet will be in trouble. Carbon dioxide in the atmosphere now stands at 387 parts per million, an increase of almost 40% since the industrial revolution, and the highest the planet has experienced for at least 650,000 years. Evidence of global warming is appearing across the globe, particularly in the Arctic where scientists had always predicted it would strike first. Summer ice cover has dropped dramatically while permafrost in Siberia is melting. The first phenomenon reduces the planet’s ability to reflect solar heat back into space. The second will release excess amounts of methane. Combined, they worsen the rate of global warming.
Observer 28th Dec 2008 more >>