Research shows 23 nuclear power plants with 74 reactors have been identified in high tsunami risk areas and one is the now infamous Fukushima. Thirteen plants with 29 reactors are already operating and another 4 have 20 reactors with nine more reactors to be added. Seven new plants are under construction with 16 reactors. Tsunamis threaten the U.S. west coast the Spanish/Portuguese Atlantic Coast and the coast of North Africa, the Eastern Mediterranean and areas of Oceania to a degree. But the higher risks lie in South and Southeast Asia. Of considerable note, is that 19 (two of which are in Taiwan) of the 25 new reactors under construction are being built in Chinese areas identified as dangerous.
Oil Price 26th Sept 2012 more >>
Growth rates may have slowed but world nuclear energy capacity will nevertheless continue to increase over the coming decades, according to the latest projections from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The newly released report – full title Energy, Electricity and Nuclear Power Estimates for the Period up to 2050 – contains high and low projections of energy, electricity and nuclear power trends over the coming years. Under the low scenario, installed nuclear capacity is predicted to grow from 2011’s 370 GWe to reach 456 GWe by 2030, about 9% down on the increase projected in 2011. A ten-year delay in growth anticipated before the Fukushima accident is observed, with nuclear capacity taking until 2030 to reach levels that had previously been anticipated for 2020.
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The U.N. atomic agency cut its forecast for nuclear energy growth for a second year as the industry continued to feel the effect of the Fukushima disaster in Japan and said most of the expansion would be in Asia.
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United Nations nuclear agency chief Yukiya Amano, a key figure in international diplomacy over Iran’s disputed nuclear activity, will seek a new four-year term next year, the Vienna-based organisation said on Wednesday.
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Nick Clegg has issued a clear warning to David Cameron that he will not allow any scaling back of the coalition’s green ambitions in the face of criticism from the Conservative Party “Nick Clegg has rightly identified the necessity of building a low-carbon economy – and the huge financial benefits this will bring to the UK,” he said. “The key test of Mr Clegg’s environmental resolve will be the forthcoming Energy Bill – it must contain a legally-binding commitment to decarbonise the power sector by 2030, as called for by the Government’s official climate advisor. “It’s time to stand up to the anti-green Chancellor.”
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Sir Nick Harvey, the former Liberal Democrat defence minister who was leading the review into the future of the UK’s nuclear deterrent, suggested there was broad support for scaling it down. The Trident submarine nuclear missile system should undergo a major downgrade, a Government review is likely to suggest. One possibility reportedly being considered is locking the warheads “in a cupboard” for delayed launch only after several weeks of growing international tension. Sir Nick Harvey, the former Liberal Democrat defence minister who was leading the review into the future of the UK’s nuclear deterrent until the recent Government reshuffle, argued there were all sorts of credible alternatives to replacing Trident with a similar 24-hour nuclear armed submarine system. These could include developing missiles to be launched from aircraft, surface navy ships or land, or a delayed-launch system.
Telegraph 27th Sept 2012 more >>
The government’s review of the future of the Trident submarine nuclear missile system is likely to suggest a significant downgrading of the UK’s nuclear deterrent.
Guardian 26th Sept 2012 more >>
Senior military commanders have privately questioned whether Britain needs to maintain its current level of nuclear deterrence when the country’s ageing Trident submarines are decommissioned. Nick Harvey, the former defence minister who until September had responsibility for the Government’s nuclear capability review, said officers had expressed reservations to him about both the costs and the benefits of such a deterrent. And he warned that Britain’s armed forces are facing a “perfect storm” of additional costs in the next five years that meant any decision to replace Trident would force cutbacks in other areas.
Independent 26th Sept 2012 more >>
Iran’s president has accused the West of nuclear “intimidation” in a UN General Assembly address boycotted by the United States and Israel. It was using a nuclear arms race to threaten other nations to accept the status quo, said Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
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Denmark has underlined its position as one of the world’s leading renewable energy markets with the release of new government figures showing the country generated over 40 per cent of its electricity from renewable sources last year.
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The EU has cemented its title as the world champion of wind power by passing the milestone of 100 gigawatts of generating capacity installed. The turbines bestriding the continents plains and seas can now pump out as much electricity as 39 nuclear power plants or enough for 57m households. The new record, announced by the European Wind Energy Association trade body, underlines how quickly wind power has grown in the EU, despite the eurozone crisis and concern about the cost of wind subsidies and turbine-blighted views. It took almost 20 years to get the first 10GW of wind power connected to the grid in Europe, the EWEA said, but only 13 years to add 90GW.
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Welcome to Lighter Learning, our programme lighting classrooms in Africa using clean, safe solar. We take light for granted. Yet nearly 2 billion people in the world have no access to electricity. And that includes schools. The only option for many teachers is to burn dangerous, dirty, expensive kerosene lamps so their students can study. These not only produce poor quality light but pose a frightening health risk too. The SolarAid solution is simple: harness the extraordinary power of the sun with robust, reliable solar technology so schools can give pupils a chance to study for a better future without putting lives and health at risk.
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Spain at last has its own renewable energy cooperative Som Energia founded in Girona in the countrys Catalonia region. The group gets involved in profitable renewable energy projects to supply green electricity to its members and partners. The Cooperative has just surpassed the 3,500 membership mark. This nonprofit organization allows members to invest directly into renewable energy projects, as is already being done in many Northern and Central European countries, such as Germany. The current economic crisis is really hurting Spain, and that means that many people are looking for alternative ways of living, and joining cooperatives are a great option compared to the large multinational energy companies (which dominate the Spanish energy sector). The cooperative invests in its own photovoltaic, wind, biomass, biogas, and hydroelectric projects. And the members (who pay a one-off 100 to join ) can then change their energy provider over to Som Energia, therefore receiving purely clean energy. Alternatively, each member can invest into projects directly (investors can get a return of between 3-5% annually and can take out their investment whenever they wish).
Clean Technica 27th Sept 2012 more >>
The number of homes being insulated in Britain has risen according to the latest figures from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC). Between April and July 2012, over 200,000 had cavity wall insulation and 480,000 properties undertook loft insulation. That now means that 65% of homes with a loft have had loft insulation and 68% of homes with cavity walls have had their walls insulated.
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