On Tuesday I attended the launch of the annual World Nuclear Industry Status Report at Chatham House think tank in London. WNISR is the pre-eminent independent analysis of nuclear statistics- reactor construction, start ups, operation, closure and decommissioning. This year it includes a new policy section exploring the links between civil and military nuclear infrastructures, and their implications. At the Q&A, chaired by Jonathan Porritt, former chair of the UK Sustainable Development Commission and former director of Friends of the Earth and currently executive director of Forum for the Future, I asked how might the plans of the China National Nuclear Corporation ( a state-owned enterprize that builds both reactors and m nuclear weapons in China) to finance , build and operate the proposed new reactor at Bradwell in Essex be compatible with the merging of civil and military nuclear activities in the UK programme. One of the co-authors of the chapter republished in full below, Professor Andy Stirling, replied “We live in interesting times”!!!!
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