At last someone in the mainstream of politics is taking climate change seriously. So it is a surprise that the Liberal Democrats’ weighty new document on how it would achieve a carbon-neutral, non-nuclear Britain by 2050 received so little attention when it was published last week. One reason was that it had appeared a few days earlier on the party’s website, making many journalists think it was somehow old news. The odd one did a story about how we’d all have to stop using cars with internal combustion engines one day, as if clean air in towns and cities was not a valid aim. But otherwise there was little coverage. The World Future Council, an NGO, and Dr David Toke of Birmingham University are leading the campaign for such a tariff here and will make their final submission this week. They are supported by many MPs, including Mr Huhne, as well as Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace and other groups.
Guardian 3rd September 2007 more >>
Water containing a small amount of radioactivity has leaked from a nuclear power generation unit in Japan, owner Kansai Electric Power said on Tuesday, in the latest in a long line of problems in the tarnished industry.
Reuters 4th September 2007 more >>
Tohoku Electric Power sank 3.4 per cent to Y2,670 after it slashed its forecast for operating profits for the year to March 2008 by 40 per cent. The company cited difficulties in acquiring enough electricity following the July closure of Tokyo Electric Power’s Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear plants – the biggest civil nuclear site in the world. But Tepco, which has kept the site closed after a July earthquake, rose 1.3 per cent to Y3,080.
FT 4th Sept 2007 more >>
Russia-based Atomenergoproject and Ukraine-based power plant designer Energoproject have agreed to mutually develop and design nuclear power plants.
Energy Business Review 3rd September 2007 more >>
North Korea has agreed to make a full declaration of its nuclear programs and disable them by the end of 2007.
World Nuclear News 3rd Sept 2007 more >>
North Korea said Monday the United States has decided to remove the Communist nation from a list of terrorism-sponsoring states and lift sanctions, despite the chief U.S. envoy’s insistence that the issue was still under discussion.
Guardian website 4th Sept 2007 more >>
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Telegraph 4th Sept 2007 more >>
Pyongyang’s nuclear test last October has given new impetus to efforts to turn the lights back on in the North. Next month the South will attempt to share some of its economic might when Roh Moo-hyun, the South Korean president, travels to Pyongyang for a long-awaited second summit between the two states. Economic aid will be central to the talks.
FT 4th Sept 2007 more >>
Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Monday pledged that Iran would not give in to Western pressure over its nuclear programme and would defeat its “drunken and arrogant” opponents.
Africasia 3rd Sept 2007