Thyroid cancer in children increases 30-fold in Fukushima

A study examining children who were 18 years and younger at the onset of the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe found an increase in thyroid cancers, as predicted by World Health Organization (Who) initial dose assessments. Lead researcher Toshihide Tsuda, an epidemiologist

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The sun always seems to shine on nuclear

A glaring anomaly of British energy policy will be on display this week: the government will loudly trumpet a nuclear deal with China, and then will come a no-fanfare end to a controversial solar subsidy consultation. President Xi Jinping will

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Bp to pay largest settlement with a single entity in american history

As the U.S. Department of Justice announced on Monday October 5 a final settlement with Bp over the devastating 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, groups are warning that the oil giant may still nab a substantial tax break under the

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Lcoe for renewables decreases, fossil fuels see increase

The generating cost comparison between renewable energies and fossil fuels is narrowing, with 2015 recording a “significant shift,” says Bloomberg New Energy Finance (Bnef). Overall, levelised costs of electricity (Lcoes) for renewable energies are decreasing, while those for fossil fuels

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Solar-powered Mayflower has ambition to be first unmanned boat to cross Atlantic

To mark the 400th anniversary of the first transatlantic crossing, an unmanned, solar-powered yacht aims to sail from Plymouth (UK) to Plymouth (US) in 2020 Precisely 400 years after the first Mayflower, a second boat of that name will set

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Carbon story

The Global Carbon Project is a scientific program that aims to draw a complete picture of the carbon cycle on planet Earth. Take a short tour of carbon story.   Source: Global Carbon Atlas Date: October 2015 Watch the infographic

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A battery made from rhubarb: sustainable and cheap

The next step for renewable energy is to figure out how to store all the power we create. Harvard researchers have used a molecule nearly identical to one in rhubarb to make a battery that can store more energy­—for less

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The Iea consistently underestimates wind and solar power. Why?

The International Energy Agency was created in 1974 by countries that had just been through a bruising oil crisis (and were headed for another). Some 23 participants in the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (Oecd) founded the Iea to

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Climate-panel chief Hoesung Lee wants focus on solutions

South Korean economist Hoesung Lee was elected as the fourth chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (Ipcc) on 6 October. He will lead the panel through its sixth major assessment of climate-change science, impacts and solutions. Lee, at

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Open letter to world leaders

Around the world, people from all walks of life are standing together to demand a strong climate agreement in Paris and a healthy future for the planet. When the world speaks with one voice, our leaders have to listen. So

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