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Letter: New nuclear plants would be hopelessly problematic

Nuclear cooling towers at sunset

This letter was originally published in The Financial Times on 21/06/2021. By failing to consider alternatives in a balanced way, Admiral Lord West of Spithead (“Investment in UK nuclear power is long overdue”, Letters, June 18), treats UK energy policy

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Heat pump users in Finland and the UK: How low-emission technologies can grow from enthusiast projects to a mainstream industry

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The International Energy Agency (IEA) recently reported that gas boiler sales should stop by 2025 to meet emission reduction goals. Heat pumps, which operate by extracting warmth from the ground, air or water, are often regarded as one of the

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Can nuclear power play a large part in getting to net zero?

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In late 2020, there was a flurry of announcements about climate change and energy – first a ten-point plan for a ‘Green Industrial Revolution’[i] followed a few weeks later by a much–delayed energy White Paper[ii]. Nuclear power figures prominently in both narratives, with

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Counting the deaths prevented by decarbonisation: A historical analysis

Introduction While there is general consensus that renewable energy technologies can make great positive contributions towards achieving the 2015 Paris Agreement, there are associated externalities that follow the adoption of low-carbon technologies (i.e. nuclear, hydro, solar, wind, geothermal and biomass)

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Low carbon energy and national security: why incoherent policy risks delaying energy transition in Europe

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Energy transitions are progressing at increasing speed, stimulated by more ambitious climate policies in Europe and beyond. However, these positive gains are under constant threat from conflict and governance failures, heightened by the global geopolitical and economic importance of energy.

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