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The pursuit of a solution to climate change via the route of fossil gas is a needless and harmful detour, writes Agneta Rising, director general of World Nuclear Association.

Date: Friday, 20 December 2019
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The Australian government should consider a partial lifting of the moratorium on nuclear energy to allow the deployment of new and emerging technologies including Generation III+ and Generation IV reactors, a report by a parliamentary committee has recommended.

Successive Labor and coalition governments have maintained a bipartisan moratorium on the construction and operation of nuclear power plants in Australia.

However, at the request of energy minister Angus Taylor the parliament’s House Standing Committee on the Environment and Energy began in August an inquiry into the nuclear fuel cycle and Australia’s potential future use of nuclear energy. The committee has since considered 309 submissions and undertaken a programme of public hearings across the country.

The committee has now released a report – entitled Not without your approval: A way forward for nuclear technology in Australia – in which it summarises its findings and makes recommendations. The report has been presented to Speaker of the House of Representatives Tony Smith for the government’s consideration.

Date: Tuesday, 17 December 2019
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Global carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels and industry are expected to grow slowly in 2019 due to a decline in the use of coal, according to a study by Global Carbon Project. However, a separate report from the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) suggests the increasing use of renewables in 2020 will not be sufficient to meet targets set in the Paris Agreement on climate change.

Date: Thursday, 05 December 2019
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The United Nations Environment Programme's (UNEP’s) Emissions Gap Report for 2019, published on 26 November, says global temperatures are set to rise by 3.9 degrees Celsius by the end of the century, which means emissions must decrease by 7.6% a year to stop the worst effects of climate change.

Date: Tuesday, 03 December 2019
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Global temperatures are on course to rise by as much as 3.9 degrees Celsius by the end of the century, according to the United Nations Environment Programme's latest Emissions Gap Report. Emissions must now fall by 7.6% each year to stop the worst effects of climate change.

Date: Saturday, 30 November 2019
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Levels of heat-trapping greenhouse gases in the atmosphere have reached another new record high, according to the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO). The WMO Greenhouse Gas Bulletin published today shows that globally averaged concentrations of CO2 reached 407.8 parts per million in 2018, up from 405.5 ppm in 2017. Global levels of CO2 crossed the 400 ppm "benchmark" in 2015.

Date: Tuesday, 26 November 2019
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Achieving net-zero emissions in the USA by 2050 will require action across society, a new report from the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) has concluded. It recommends the development of innovative technologies including small advanced reactors and strong policies to ensure they are deployed, including a long-term federal framework and an economy-wide carbon pricing programme.

Date: Friday, 15 November 2019
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Rapid and widespread changes across all parts of the energy system are needed to put the world on a path to a secure and sustainable energy future, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said today on launching the latest edition of its World Energy Outlook.

Date: Wednesday, 13 November 2019
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The global nuclear decommissioning services market is expected to grow by 6.8% a year to be valued at $8.9bn by 2025, according to a report by Grand View Research.

Global nuclear plant retirements are the main factor behind the projected growth, the report says.

Public safety concerns about nuclear and a transition towards renewables are likely to lead to further retirements and an increase in market demand over the coming years, according to the report.

Date: Saturday, 09 November 2019
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A decrease in electricity consumption because of higher prices following the March 2011 Fukushima-Daiichi accident in Japan led to an increase in mortality that significantly outweighs the mortality from the accident itself, a report concludes.

The report, published by Germany-based private economic research institute the Institute of Labour Economics (IZA), says after the accident, all nuclear power plants ceased operation and nuclear power was replaced by fossil fuels, causing an exogenous increase in electricity prices.
Increased fossil fuel imports led to rises in the price of electricity by as much as 38% in some regions. These higher electricity prices led to a decrease in electricity consumption, particularly during times of the year with greater heating demand.

“Given the role that climate control plays in providing protection from extreme weather events, we find that the reduced electricity consumption caused an increase in mortality,” the report says.

Date: Thursday, 31 October 2019
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