PYLONS serving Wylfa B could have an adverse effect on the landscape and industries of Anglesey if alternative methods of carrying electricity are not found, islanders have warned. Members of the National Farmers’ Union and an Assembly candidate have expressed concern that tourism and agriculture could be affected if pylons “scar” the island.
Holyhead & Anglesey Mail 26th Jan 2011 more >>
The Namibian Ministry of Environment and Tourism has given environmental approval for the Husab uranium project mining area – potentially the second-largest uranium mine in the world. According to parent company Extract Resources Ltd, the ministry has approved the environmental impact assessment (EIA) for the proposed mining area submitted by Extract’s Namibian subsidiary Swakop Uranium after a process involving public consultations and external reviews by independent environmental consultants. A separate EIA is in progress for the project’s linear infrastructure, with public consultation scheduled for April and May.
Your Nuclear News 31st Jan 2011 more >>
State Nuclear Power Engineering (SNPEC) has signed a purchase order agreement with Emerson Process Management for Fisher control valves to be used in Westinghouse AP1000 pressurized water reactors at both the Sanmen 2 and Haiyang 2 nuclear power plants in China. The valves will be used for applications in the plants’ nuclear islands and in their passive residual heat removal system. In the nuclear containment area, Emerson’s Fisher air-operated control valves will serve several functions related to operational safety.
Energy Business Review 31st Jan 2011 more >>
Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal now totals more than 100 deployed weapons, a doubling of its stockpile over the past several years in one of the world’s most unstable regions, according to estimates by nongovernment analysts.
Washington Post 31st Jan 2011 more >>
The Government will today unveil its plans for Britain’s first marine energy park – a multi-million pound project designed to be the “Silicon Valley” for developing the technology to produce electricity from the sea. Greg Barker, the Minister for Energy and Climate Change, has called a meeting of 50 business leaders, investors and energy experts in Exeter tomorrow to discuss the plans. The project was given the go-ahead by the Prime Minister last week, following advice from Eric Schmidt, the chief executive of Google.
Telegraph 31st Jan 2011 more >>
The Government raised the possibility that the tax – known as the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) – could be merged with other taxes in a number of “discussion papers” for the 5,000 companies due to be affected. The news that more changes could be on the way – after two major shake-ups last year – will cast more confusion over the tax, which has been criticised for baffling businesses. But doing away with the CRC would not necessarily mean that companies would have to pay less because its intended effects could be included in another green tax covering a wider number of businesses.
Telegraph 31st Jan 2011 more >>
Reframing climate change as an burning economic issue could help journalists breathe life into the most important – and complex – issue of our time. Without getting mired in the morass of elaborate mathematical equations and the arcane economics-speak of “discount rates”, journalists could turn to independent environmental economists for honest assessments of how climate change will affect the global economy. For instance, Economics for Equity and the Environment Network, or E3 – a wide-ranging coalition of academic economists – has a strong track record of translating the mind-numbing humdrumism of economics into lively, comprehensible analysis in everyday language. The Real Climate Economics website stockpiles over 100 up-to-date, peer-reviewed economics articles that support the aggressive emissions reductions scientists recommend.
Guardian 31st Jan 2011 more >>