NUCLEAR power is a highly contested and often emotive issue. The newspaper has a view on it, but that editorial stance should be kept separate from our reporting of the issues. A reader suggests we have failed to do so. Jonathan Gordon writes: “Your business article today, ‘Scotland set to lose out as nuclear power goes global’ should either be an advertorial, and clearly marked as such, for EDF or at the very least have a different headline.
Scotsman 1st Dec 2008 more >>
When I was younger no Citro n Deux Cheveux or Volvo Estate parked on the streets I grew up in was complete without its smiling sunny sticker proclaiming “Nuclear Power? Nein Danke!” As emblems of radical chic went it may not have ranked with a scar inflicted during the Battle of Cable Street or a shrapnel wound from the Spanish Civil War but for Aberdeen University revolutionaries it was a necessary identifying mark – the equivalent of an MCC tie – signalling membership of a club that lived by certain unvarying rules.
Times 1st Dec 2008 more >>
Important decisions about the future of coal power in Britain are likely to be made today when the government’s climate change committee sets out plans to de-carbonise the economy. The committee will publish its first report recommending how Britain can achieve its target of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050, which could eventually see the country ending almost all fossil fuel use to generate energy or run cars and public transport. It will also urge quicker development of carbon capture and storage for coal power, and recommend whether government should allow coal plants to be built before the technology is fully developed.
Guardian 1st Dec 2008 more >>
The Committee on Climate Change will recommend that large numbers of motorists must switch to the greener vehicles by 2025. The influential Committee, headed by Lord Turner, sets out the major technological advances needed for Britain to meet its commitment of cutting emissions by 80 per cent to halt global warming.
Telegraph 1st Dec 2008 more >>
Letter: As someone who was a radiation safety officer for many years, I would be among the first to condemn breaches of nuclear safety. So I accept that the French incidents quoted by Robert Roddick (Letters, November 29) were bad. However, there are a few details which must be pointed out. Firstly, none involved a working reactor. The water leaks occurred when tanks containing traces of uranium were being cleaned out at a fuel-processing facility and the water overflowed. It was right to warn the public and launch an investigation to ensure such a thing didn’t happen again. However, the actual hazard was negligible – “traces of uranium” in large volumes of water in rivers cannot harm anyone.
Herald 1st Dec 2008 more >>
This is no idle move: India and Pakistan have gone to war three times since the 1947 partition. But in the decades following their last conflict in 1971, over the birth of Bangladesh, both nations have acquired nuclear weapons. The prospect of war in the region now is chillingly freighted with images of mushroom clouds and death on a scale that would dwarf even the horror we have witnessed, live on television, over the past few days.
Telegraph 1st Dec 2008 more >>