Plans for a third nuclear power station at Dungeness will be discussed at a series of public meetings next month. With one of its reactors now closed and the other nearing the end of its life, owner British Energy has earmarked the site as an obvious location for one of a new generation of plants.
Kent News 2nd Jan 2009 more >>
Letter: we will make already high-priced wind power only more high-priced by turning some of it into hydrogen before turning it back again into electricity. Most people would prefer to have their electricity from the cheapest possible sources, and if that means nuclear power at one-quarter or one-fifth the price, then so be it.
Scotsman 2nd Jan 2009 more >>
Europe and America urged a rapid solution to Russia and Ukraine’s new “gas war” last night amid fears that supplies to European client countries could be affected.
Guardian 2nd Jan 2009 more >>
Hansen advocates a three-pronged attack on the climate problem – all measures he has promoted before. First, he wants a moratorium and phase-out of coal-fired power stations – which he calls “factories of death” – that do not incorporate carbon capture and storage. Second, he proposes a “carbon tax and 100% dividend”: a mechanism for putting a price on carbon without raising money for government coffers. The idea is to tax carbon at source, then redistribute the revenue equally among taxpayers, so high carbon users are penalised while low carbon users are rewarded. Finally, Hansen wants a renewed research effort into so-called fourth generation nuclear plants, which can use nuclear waste as fuel. “In our opinion [fourth generation nuclear power] deserves your strong support, because it has the potential to help solve past problems with nuclear power: nuclear waste, the need to mine for nuclear fuel, and release of radioactive material.”
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There were growing fears in Israel last night that Hamas missiles could threaten its top-secret nuclear facility at Dimona. Rocket attacks from Gaza have forced Israelis to flee in ever greater numbers and military chiefs have been shaken by the size and sophistication of the militant group’s arsenal. Many fear that as the group acquires ever more sophisticated weaponry it is only a matter of time before the nuclear installation at Dimona, 20 miles east of Beersheba, falls within its sights. Dimona houses Israel’s only nuclear reactor and is believed to be where nuclear warheads are stored.
Times 2nd Jan 2009 more >>
India and Pakistan exchanged sensitive nuclear information on Wednesday in a rare conciliatory gesture after the sharp deterioration in relations following the Mumbai terror attacks.
FT 2nd Jan 2009 more >>
An emergency “Plan B” using the latest technology is needed to save the world from dangerous climate change, according to a poll of leading scientists carried out by The Independent. The collective international failure to curb the growing emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere has meant that an alternative to merely curbing emissions may become necessary.
Independent 2nd Jan 2009 more >>