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Report: Globalising the German Energy Transition

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Excellent report by German think tank SWP on the need for international cooperation if we are to move to a global new energy system.

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Online Cloud Services Rely on Coal and Nuclear Power, Report Says

The report, by Greenpeace, singled out Apple as a leader in the drive for cheap coal-fired energy to power giant data centers.
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The nukes of hazard: - not safety but exploding cost is the demise of nuclear

The nukes of hazard: - not safety but exploding cost is the demise of nuclear | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
We need to start aggressively deploying all forms of carbon-free power if we are to avoid catastrophic global warming, starting with the lowest cost ones. That’s what makes the events of March 12, 2011 so tragic.

 

Great piece by Joe Romm on his Climate Progress blog about the future of nuclear. Nuclear power is too costly to be a major climate solution.

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Survey: Americans Not Warming Up to Nuclear Power One Year After Fukushima

Americans continue to want to keep the brakes on more nuclear power in the United States, according to a major new ORC International survey conducted for the nonprofit and nonpartisan Civil Society Institute (CSI).

 

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Nuclear Fusion

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"I am sympathetic to delayed predictions, and the fact that fusion has failed to deliver on the promise that it’s “just around the corner” for decades does not mean that it will never arrive. I can compare this to Malthus’ insight that exponential population growth was on a collision course with finite agricultural capability, or to various warnings about collapse along the way. Just because the predictions have not yet been satisfied does not mean that they will not be someday. In fact, the two divergent predictions become related. If we can manage to hold it together this century and maintain a high-tech civilization during our forced transition off of fossil fuels, it becomes far more likely that we will get to the point of employing fusion. If, on the other hand, we overshoot and collapse, we may descend too far to viably pursue fusion this century."

 

Bit technical but nevertheless a great essay by "Do the math" Tom Murphy on nuclear fusion, explaining why this energy dream is so hard to make reality.

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Fusion project funding dispute threatens Horizon 2020

Fusion project funding dispute threatens Horizon 2020 | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
An ongoing tussle between the EU institutions over the future funding of a controversial nuclear fusion project – which will come under the spotlight during the Danish EU presidency – threatens to hack into the European Commission’s €85-billion Horizon 2020 budget proposal.

 

Good article on ITER from EurActiv.

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Monbiot on nuclear: hard-hitting attack on green movement

Monbiot on nuclear: hard-hitting attack on green movement | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

"This year the environmental movement to which I belong has done more harm to the planet’s living systems than climate change deniers have ever achieved."

 

UK top journalist George Monbiot is very harsh in his critique of the anti-nuclear movement in Europe.

 

"Anti-nuclear campaigners have generated as much mumbo-jumbo as creationists, anti-vaccine scaremongers, homeopaths and climate change deniers. In all cases, the scientific process has been thrown into reverse: people have begun with their conclusions, then frantically sought evidence to support them."

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IEA draft: Nuclear to fall as power demand

IEA draft: Nuclear to fall as power demand | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

(Reuters) - "The Fukushima disaster could lead to a 15 percent fall in world nuclear power generation by 2035, while power demand at the same time could rise by 3.1 percent a year, according to a.draft copy of the International Energy Agency's 2011 World Energy Outlook."

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Resource scarcity, fair shares and development | WWF Articles | WWF UK

Resource scarcity, fair shares and development | WWF Articles | WWF UK | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
Great report on the link between resources scarcity and global development policy. How can the poor get a fail share of prosperity
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What Today's Euro Elections Mean for Energy

With new leadership in France and Greece, energy funding and development in Europe could see some changes and challenges on the horizon.

 

Interesting analysis by Forbes of the possible impact for nuclear in France and solar in Greece.

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Positive Bilanz des Bundesumweltamtes – Industrie vermindert Kohlendioxid-Ausstoß

Positive Bilanz des Bundesumweltamtes – Industrie vermindert Kohlendioxid-Ausstoß | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

Despite switching off 7 nuclear power stations and good economic growth, German industry reduced its carbon emissions by one percent in 2011. Critics of the nuclear phase-out had predicted big carbon increases. (Source: Süddeutsche Zeitung).

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The dream that failed

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A year after Fukushima, the future for nuclear power is not bright—for reasons of cost as much as safety

 

The Economist has an excellent critical dossier on the tough future for nuclear energy

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Auditors criticise decommissioning of nuclear reactors in Eastern Europe

"The European Court of Auditors (ECA), which checks the management of EU money, has published a highly critical report on the management of the EU's financial assistance for the decommissioning of eight nuclear reactors in Bulgaria (Kozloduy), Lithuania (Ignalina) and Slovakia (Bohunice). As one "Green" member of the European Parliament puts it, the ECA's report shows 'the enormous hidden costs of nuclear energy'."

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"La fin du mythe du nucléaire bon marché" - Le Nouvel Observateur

"La fin du mythe du nucléaire bon marché" - Le Nouvel Observateur | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

France does not have the financial means to replace its old nuclear power plants according to a surprising new governmental report.

 

More on this very revealing report by the French "Court des Comptes" on my 3E Intelligence blog http://3eintelligence.wordpress.com

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Energy: Roadmap 2050 - European Commission

Energy: Roadmap 2050 - European Commission | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

On 15 December 2011, the European Commission adopted the Communication "Energy Roadmap 2050". The EU is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 80-95% below 1990 levels by 2050 in the context of necessary reductions by developed countries as a group. In the Energy Roadmap 2050 the Commission explores the challenges posed by delivering the EU's decarbonisation objective while at the same time ensuring security of energy supply and competitiveness. 

 

Despite some unrealistic assumptions in the modelling, the EU Commission study demonstrates that a high renewables and energy efficiency scenarios would not cost Europeans more than business as usual.

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UK's faith in nuclear power threatens renewables, says German energy expert

UK's faith in nuclear power threatens renewables, says German energy expert | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
Jochen Flasbarth, who is advising German government on its nuclear phase-out, says UK's wind and solar industry will suffer...

 

Maybe Germany should also take the lead of Europe's energy policy as it is doing for its economic crisis?

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Siemens to quit nuclear industry

Siemens to quit nuclear industry | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
The head of German engineering and industrial giant Siemens, Peter Löscher, has said in an interview that his company is to withdraw entirely from the nuclear industry.

Courageous move from one of the key European companies.

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