A new report commissioned by Edinburgh City Council and green pressure groups has said the capital could be a world leader in fighting climate change.
BBC 8th Nov 2006
Governments must make a dramatic shift towards climate-friendly energy policies to avoid global economic disruption, industrialised countries warn. The International Energy Agency (IEA), which involves 26 governments, says that business as usual could lead to price shocks and sudden interruptions in energy supply, as well as a huge growth in climate-wrecking carbon dioxide emissions.
New Scientist 7th November 2006
RobEdwards.com 7th Nov 2006
SAVINGS of $560bn (E438bn £294bn) could be achieved over the next 25 years by investing in nuclear power, energy efficiency and renewables, according to the World Energy Outlook 2006. The report, published by the International Energy Agency’s (IEA), envisages raising the world’s nuclear power production from today’s 368 GW to 520 GW by 2030. After warning of skyrocketing fuel prices, blackouts and supply disruptions, the report says that nuclear power is economically competitive with gas-fired power stations at gas prices equivalent to $40 a barrel of oil. The price is presently well above $60. The agency says: “Nuclear power will only become more important if private investment is facilitated by the governments of countries where nuclear power is acceptable.”
The Business 8th Nov 2006
Mr Abe has been less successful at quelling discussion of an incendiary topic: nuclear armament.
FT 9th Nov 2006
Ségolène Royal’s campaign for the French Socialist presidential nomination came under fire yesterday after she took a hard line on Iran’s nuclear programme. Ms Royal said Iran should not be allowed a civil atomic power programme because it would inevitably lead to weapons production, a harder line on Iran than even George W. Bush, the US president, has adopted.
FT 9th Nov 2006