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Britain is no leader in nuclear security

You report David Cameron as asserting at the global nuclear security summit in Washington that, along with the US, “Britain is very much giving the lead on nuclear security on nuclear sites, transport and materials” (World leaders meet to plan

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Why America abandoned nuclear power

There’s a compelling argument that the world ought to be building many more nuclear power plants. We’ll need vast amounts of carbon-free energy to stave off global warming. It’s not at all clear that renewables can do the job alone.

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EU lacks 118 billion euros in nuclear decommissioning funds

Europe lacks more than 118 billion euros ($132 billion) needed to dismantle its nuclear plants and manage the waste storage management, a working paper by the European Commission seen by Reuters shows. Assets covering only 150.1 billion euros in decommissioning

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What’s the (Hinkley) point?

Britain has been often criticised for the unpredictability of its energy policy. It should take a lesson from Paris. The national utility, Électricité de France (Edf), reliably puts off a final decision on whether to build Britain’s first nuclear-power station

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Can the world convert to total renewable energy by 2050?

In 2009, Stanford University engineering professor Mark Jacobson outlined a plan for the world to get all its energy – including transport and heating fuel and electricity – from wind, water and solar resources by 2050. Considered radical at the

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For nuclear’s cost, U.K. could have six times the wind capacity

Britain could have six times the power-generation capacity for the same money by investing in wind turbines instead of the 24.5 billion-pound ($37.9 billion) Hinkley Point nuclear reactor. That’s the conclusion of Bloomberg New Energy Finance, a London-based researcher that

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Solar and wind will match gas on cost by 2020, finds UK government body

The Committee on Climate Change reports that low carbon energy sources will be as affordable in the U.K. as gas by 2020, provided gas pays its fair share through a carbon price. The gathering arguments undermining the Conservative’s proposal to

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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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What the Iran nuclear deal means for oil prices

From an economic standpoint, one of the most significant aspects of US-Iran nuclear deal is that it could open up Iran’s vast crude oil reserves to the rest of the world. Once Europe and the US ease their sanctions, Iran

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