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US committee hears plea for Green Nuclear Deal

US committee hears plea for Green Nuclear Deal

Environmental advocate Michael Shellenberger has called for the US administration to support the nation's nuclear energy industry in what he calls a Green Nuclear Deal. Speaking to the US House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology last week, Shellenberger said people need not be passive victims of climate change and there is much that could be done to reduce the impacts of "climate-driven extremes".

Energy & Environment 22 January 2020


Viewpoint: Financing nuclear projects in developing countries

Viewpoint: Financing nuclear projects in developing countries

Developing countries are unable to enjoy the benefits of nuclear power owing to a lack of involvement from development finance institutions, but small modular reactors may provide the key, write Elina Teplinsky and Sid Fowler of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.

Over the next decade, the world faces two significant interrelated challenges. First, developing countries must increase electric generation to provide their citizens with access to affordable, reliable energy. Second, all nations face the urgent need to rapidly and dramatically reduce carbon emissions.

Perspectives 27 January 2020


British PM promotes low-carbon economic growth for Africa

British PM promotes low-carbon economic growth for Africa

The UK will no longer fund coal projects overseas, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced today during his opening address at the UK-Africa Investment Summit in London. Instead, the government will "turbo-charge" its support for low-carbon energy sources, he said, noting that the UK has cut its CO2 emissions by 42% from the 1990 level. The country is the host of the next round of UN climate talks - COP26 - in November.

Energy & Environment 20 January 2020


Austria fails to turn neighbours against nuclear power

Austria fails to turn neighbours against nuclear power

Austria failed to dent the Visegrád Group of countries' enthusiasm for nuclear power as a solution to climate change during their meeting in Prague yesterday. This was evident during a press conference held after the V4 and Austria summit by Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz and the Czech, Hungarian, Polish and Slovak prime ministers, Andrej Babiš, Viktor Orbán, Mateusz Morawiecki and Peter Pellegrini, respectively.

Nuclear Policies 17 January 2020


Viewpoint: The strategic perspective of Barakah

Viewpoint: The strategic perspective of Barakah

As the United Arab Emirates' Permanent Representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency and the UAE Special Representative for International Nuclear Cooperation, I am proud to have been given the opportunity to engage with responsible nations around the world for the promotion of peaceful nuclear energy, writes Hamad Alkaabi.

Perspectives 22 January 2020


EU Green Deal ignores its own biggest clean energy source

EU Green Deal ignores its own biggest clean energy source

The European Commission yesterday unveiled its plan for at least EUR1 trillion (USD1.1 trillion) in sustainable investments over the next decade. The European Green Deal Investment Plan is the investment pillar of the Green Deal, which aims to make the EU climate-neutral by 2050.

Energy & Environment 15 January 2020


UK's net-zero goal needs new nuclear, says Atkins

UK's net-zero goal needs new nuclear, says Atkins

Engineering firm Atkins has published a new report detailing the investment in low-carbon energy needed for the UK to achieve its target of net-zero emissions by 2050. The report - titled Engineering Net Zero - calls for the government to significantly increase investment in nuclear power.

Energy & Environment 13 January 2020


IAEA explains nuclear's vital role in a carbon-free future 

IAEA explains nuclear's vital role in a carbon-free future 

Nuclear power provides 10% of global electricity, but to stem climate change the world is going to need far greater amounts of clean and reliable energy, the International Atomic Energy Agency says in a short film it published today. To tackle climate change, 80% of all electricity will need to be low carbon by 2050.

Energy & Environment 08 January 2020


Viewpoint: The atom made Sweden a climate hero

Viewpoint: The atom made Sweden a climate hero

Sweden has been a great nation for many decades thanks, not to military might nor financial muscle, but to its energy policy. A leader in sustainable development, the country undeniably proved that it is possible to cut emissions dramatically and increase living standards. And it proved this long before climate change became the political issue it is today, write Agneta Rising and John Lindberg, respectively, director general and writer & analyst at World Nuclear Association.

Perspectives 13 January 2020


US study estimates costs of German nuclear phase-out

US study estimates costs of German nuclear phase-out

Germany's phase-out of nuclear power and increased use instead of fossil fuels could have led to 1100 additional deaths each year from air pollution, according to a study by economists at the University of California at Santa Barbara, the University of California at Berkeley, and Carnegie Mellon University.

Energy & Environment 03 January 2020