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German decommissioning provisions in place, ministry confirms

12 October 2015

A stress test ordered by the German government has shown that the country's nuclear energy suppliers are able to cover the costs of decommissioning their power plants and disposing of radioactive waste.

Chernobyl supports 'abundant' mammal life, says new study

06 October 2015

A scientific study has for the first time demonstrated that, regardless of potential radiation effects on individual animals, the Chernobyl exclusion zone supports an abundant mammal community after nearly three decades of chronic radiation exposures. The study, conducted by scientists from Belarus, Japan, the UK and the USA was published yesterday in the journal Current Biology.

BHP Billiton sees climate opportunities

01 October 2015

Increasing demand for uranium would help commodity producer BHP Billiton to remain strong in a carbon-constrained world, according to a newly published analysis of the potential effects of climate change on the multi-commodity company's portfolio.

Draft climate agreement presented to governments

06 October 2015

The United Nations (UN) working group tasked with negotiating a new universal climate change agreement has issued the first comprehensive draft of the agreement in the lead-up to the forthcoming COP 21 climate change conference.

EU nuclear trade body calls for 100 new reactors by 2050

05 October 2015

The European Union should maintain at least the current capacity of nuclear generation up to and beyond 2050, entailing the commissioning of more than 100 nuclear power reactors over the next 35 years, Foratom said 2 October. This target would deliver 122 GWe of nuclear capacity between 2025 and 2045.

Nuclear costs remain competitive, says IEA/NEA report

01 September 2015

The cost of nuclear power is in line with other baseload energy technologies, but new nuclear power plants can generate more electricity and more cheaply over their full lifetime if financing costs are low. This is the conclusion of a recent joint study by the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) and the International Energy Agency (IEA).