THE East of England has become more positive about nuclear power as an energy option and is strongly in favour of wind power, a survey has shown. A poll, commissioned by EDF Energy ahead of today’s Queen’s Speech and a final decision by the Government on the nuclear power option, found a net 9% in favour of nuclear power stations in the region.
East Anglian Daily Times 5th Nov 2007 more >>
It looks like the government’s nuclear ambitions have been dealt yet another major body blow. This time it’s all about the thorny, intractable issue of nuclear waste. Just as yet another nuclear-related consultation comes to an end, this time on where to store the UK’s highly toxic atomic legacy, the government has been warned that it would be “wrong”, and possibly even illegal, to use Sellafield in West Cumbria as a site for long term nuclear waste disposal.
Greenpeace 5th Nov 2007 more >>
Queen’s Speech: Carbon dioxide emissions will be reduced by 60 per cent by 2050 and a new generation of nuclear power plants will be built.
Mirror 6th Nov 2007 more >>
The truth about nuclear power can take a long time to come out. It wasn’t until the 50th anniversary of Britain’s worst nuclear accident that we learnt just how bad it was. Interest in nuclear power is increasing worldwide because it is being marketed as a solution to climate change. But is it? There’s the radioactive waste, then there is the key question of whether a programme of nuclear stations could really contribute to cutting carbon emissions. If we embark on a new nuclear programme there is a real risk that it will divert limited resources from improving energy efficiency and boosting clean renewable sources like wind, wave and tidal power.
The House Magazine, 29 October 2007 more >>
Czech power group CEZ is ready to begin preparations for the construction of new nuclear power units in the Czech Republic if the government can reach a decision on allowing more nuclear energy in the country.
Interactive Investor 6th Nov 2007 more >>
North Korea began disabling its nuclear facilities yesterday, marking the biggest step it has ever taken to scale back its atomic programme. The communist North shut down its sole functioning nuclear reactor at Yongbyon in July, and promised to disable it by the year’s end in exchange for energy aid and political concessions from other members of talks on its nuclear programme: the US, China, Japan, South Korea and Russia.
Guardian website 6th Nov 2007 more >>
World Nuclear News 5th Nov 2007 more >>
Entergy Corp the second-largest U.S. nuclear power generator, said on Monday it would spin off five nuclear plants into a new company in a bid to capitalize on rising power prices for nuclear generation.
Reuters 6th Nov 2007 more >>
World Nuclear News 5th Nov 2007 more >>
Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak has said that the country is to build several nuclear power plants and will seek to co-operate with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the US government in developing the plants.
Modern Power Systems 5th Nov 2007 more >>
The UK can cut its CO2 emissions by 80% by 2050, according to 80% Challenge: Delivering a low carbon Britain – a new report published by the Institute for Public Policy Research (ippr), WWF and the RSPB. The report says that the government’s current target of 60% cuts in CO2 emissions by 2050 is based on out-dated science and excludes the UK’s share of emissions from international aviation. The research, published ahead of the second reading of the Climate Change Bill, includes emissions from international aviation, and applies environmental safeguards on the use of biofuels and wind energy. It also examines the implications of excluding new nuclear power.
WWF Press Release 5th Nov 2007 more >>
Environmental groups have told the government to aim higher in its programme to cut CO2 emissions. The government wants a 60 per cent cut by 2050 but a new study claims an 80 per cent cut is achievable.
Telegraph 5th Nov 2007 more >>
Campaigners warned today that hundreds of thousands of households are living in “fuel poverty” because of rising costs. Some 600,000 households and 100,000 children in Scotland have been hit by rocketing fuel prices between 2003 and 2006, they said. A household is said to be in fuel poverty if it needs to spend more than 10% of of its income to maintain satisfactory heating, according to a UK government definition.
Herald 5th Nov 2007 more >>