Solar-enhanced Biodiversity!

So who’d have thought it: solar power is good for biodiversity! Or, to be a little bit more accurate, ‘well-designed and well-managed’ solar parks are good for biodiversity. I…


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Yet More Nails in the Nuclear Coffin

Were it not for blanket Brexit, smothering every other news item, I suspect there would have been a lot more coverage of the recent collapse of Hitachi’s nuclear pretensions here…


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Nuclear Power in the USA: Going, Going …

When the biggest nuclear operator in the US says that the nuclear power industry in the US is, to all intents and purposes, DEAD, then we should probably take notice. Here are the…


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EdF’s Latest Nuclear Bullshit

It’s not often that nuclear matters make me laugh out loud. But yesterday provided one such occasion, on reading of the latest announcement from EdF that a new ‘optimised reactor’…


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Small Modular Reactors: The Nuclear Industry’s Latest Pipe Dream

You’ve got to hand it to the nuclear industry: they’re one resilient bunch of never-say-die hard-arses! By any standards, 2017 has been an annus horribilis for the industry, with…


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The Campaign to Stop Fracking Moves on – to the Vale of Ryedale!

(With reference to my blog last week, the Sheffield tree story is now reaching a crunch point. Last week, Green Party Councillor Alison Teal was found not guilty of breaching…


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Imagining a Non-Nuclear World

I found myself laughing rather too enthusiastically at a couple of jokes on last week’s Now Show (on Radio 4) about Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un. Laughing in the face of the…


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The Terminal State of the US Nuclear Industry

It’s quite something to find myself in a country where nuclear power is even more of a basket case than it is in the UK – and that of course is the United States of America. Not…


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Nuclear Weapons, Donald Trump and ‘Playing with Fire’

There are so many reasons to be apprehensive about the Trump Presidency that it’s hard to know which ones really matter, and which are just part of his unremitting campaign to…


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Decommissioning in the North Sea: Rigs, Reefs, but not much Realism

We hear a lot these days about how the oil and gas industry is winding down in the North Sea – and so it is. Which means that huge numbers of rigs, pipelines and other offshore…


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