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NNL stresses nuclear industry's need to innovate

18 May 2018

Andrew Sherry at SciTec 2018 - 48Innovation through collaboration was the key message of NNL SciTec 2018, the annual event hosted by the UK National Nuclear Laboratory and held this week in Liverpool, England. That message, delivered by NNL Chief Science and Technology Officer Andrew Sherry, reflected the challenges he says the industry faces.

IAEA tests drone to fight disease-carrying mosquitos

19 April 2018

Drone to suppress mosquitos - 48The International Atomic Energy Agency and the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations have successfully tested releasing sterile mosquitos from drones as part of efforts to use a nuclear technique to suppress the insect that spreads Zika and other diseases. The IAEA said today that testing of the new system had been carried out in Brazil last month.

Measuring the true cost of power production

13 April 2018

The social and environmental impacts of electricity provision affect individuals, economies and countries in ways that are not captured in market prices, but yet are too important to be neglected, according to a report issued today by the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency. Despite their importance, full accounting for these costs remains difficult, it says.

Macron: Europe must prioritise emission reductions

24 April 2018

Macron_EU_17April18_(EU2018EP)-48The European Union must ensure it retains sovereignty over energy and climate, French President Emmanuel Macron told the European Parliament last week. Reducing emissions must remain a priority for Europe, and replacing phased-out nuclear plants with coal would not achieve this, he warned.

Report highlights impact of US nuclear plant closures

17 April 2018

Davis-Besse - 48The announced closure of four nuclear power plants in Ohio and Pennsylvania will lead to increased emissions of carbon dioxide and air pollutants, according to a report released by the Brattle Group. The retirement of the Beaver Valley, Davis-Besse, Perry and Three Mile Island plants will also mean higher electricity costs for residents, and the loss of thousands of jobs.

Pickering supports Ontario’s economy, report says

04 April 2018

Pickering_(OPG)_48The Ontario Chamber of Commerce says the continued operation of the Pickering nuclear power plant until 2024 would be a benefit to Ontario's economy, its local communities, its climate change goals and the stability of its energy system. The OCC made its comment in a report released yesterday in partnership with the Canadian Centre for Economic Analysis.