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How 'world view' affects public perception of nuclear power

How 'world view' affects public perception of nuclear power

Public perception of nuclear power in mitigating climate change does not depend exclusively on education, but is also determined to a large extent by each individual's world view, Jessica Lovering of the Breakthrough Institute said last week at the International Conference on Climate Change and the Role of Nuclear Power, held by the International Atomic Energy Agency at its headquarters in Vienna.

Energy & Environment 18 October 2019


The untapped potential of nuclear under the Paris Agreement

The untapped potential of nuclear under the Paris Agreement

A policy and market environment that unlocks the mitigation potential of nuclear power will enable countries to adopt more ambitious targets in their Nationally Determined Contributions under the Paris Agreement, a paper prepared by Hal Turton, an energy economist in the Department of Nuclear Energy at the International Atomic Energy Agency shows. The paper, Nuclear Power and Climate Change: Scenario Perspectives to 2050, was presented last week at the Vienna-based agency's first international conference on climate change and the role of nuclear power.

Energy & Environment 16 October 2019


UK introduces low-carbon plans

UK introduces low-carbon plans

The UK government has today set out how it will go "further and faster" to tackle climate change - four months after the country became the first major economy to legislate for net-zero emissions by 2050. It has also introduced its new Environment Bill to Parliament, which it says signals "a historic step change in the way we protect and enhance our precious natural environment".

Energy & Environment 15 October 2019


A low-carbon future needs partnerships

A low-carbon future needs partnerships

Half of the carbon emissions in the world today were produced in the last 30 years and it is up to governments and industry to cooperate as never before to ensure the next three decades lead to a clean energy future. This was the consensus of a debate on multilateral partnerships that took place yesterday at the International Conference on Climate Change and the Role of Nuclear Power at the International Atomic Energy Agency's headquarters in Vienna.

Energy & Environment 11 October 2019


Climate debate needs shared platform for renewables and nuclear 

Climate debate needs shared platform for renewables and nuclear 

Market forces, rather than reports on climate change, will force renewable energy developers to overcome their ideological aversion to sharing a platform with the nuclear power industry, delegates at the IAEA's International Conference on Climate Change and the Role of Nuclear Power heard yesterday. 

Energy & Environment 10 October 2019


China confident of 'new era' for nuclear, says CNNC president

China confident of 'new era' for nuclear, says CNNC president

Nuclear power is "irreplaceable" and international cooperation in the technology "indispensible" in reducing global CO2 emissions, China National Nuclear Corporation President Jun Gu told delegates at the International Atomic Energy Agency's International Conference on Climate Change and the Role of Nuclear Power yesterday in Vienna. Climate change may in fact be an "opportunity to create a new era for nuclear energy", he said, and CNNC is "willing to work with all countries" to bring about a clean energy transition and mitigate climate change.

Energy & Environment 09 October 2019


EDF calls for policy 'visibility' in the transition to clean energy

EDF calls for policy 'visibility' in the transition to clean energy

Energy investments have never been as dependent upon decisions taken by nations as they are now, Cedric Lewandowski, senior executive vice president in charge of the nuclear fleet at EDF Group, said today. Public policies must quickly deliver the "visibility" required for nuclear energy to play its part in protecting the climate and promoting economic and industrial growth, he told delegates at the International Atomic Energy Agency's International Conference on Climate Change and the Role of Nuclear Power.

Energy & Environment 08 October 2019


The disconnect between climate action and reality

The disconnect between climate action and reality

Global efforts to tackle climate change are futile as long as opposition to nuclear power persists, delegates heard at the opening session of the International Atomic Energy Agency's International Conference on Climate Change and the Role of Nuclear Power. It is the Vienna-based agency's first conference on this topic.

Energy & Environment 07 October 2019


Australian poll shows strengthening public support

Australian poll shows strengthening public support

The number of Australians who say the country should develop nuclear power in order to reduce its carbon emissions has grown over the past eight years and now stands at just over 50%, according to a poll by Roy Morgan, the country's longest established market research company.

Energy & Environment 07 October 2019


Russian Energy Week discusses role of nuclear in SDGs

Russian Energy Week discusses role of nuclear in SDGs

Delegates at a plenary session of Russian Energy Week taking place this week in Moscow discussed how nuclear power is an "inalienable element of the sustainable development agenda". The session, which was hosted by Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom, included panellists from Belarus, Egypt, Hungary and the UAE, as well as from the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Energy & Environment 04 October 2019