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Climate change agreement crosses threshold

22 September 2016

Ban_Ki-moon_Sept_2016_(UN-Bajornas)-48The Paris Climate Change Agreement crossed the first of two thresholds required for it to enter into force after 31 governments yesterday formally submitted their instruments of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession.

Bloomberg sees 60% rise in nuclear generating capacity by 2040

15 July 2016

Nuclear generating capacity will grow by some 60% by 2040, but its share of total installed capacity will decrease from 5% in 2015 to 4%, according to the latest annual forecast by Bloomberg New Energy Finance. In its New Energy Outlook 2016, Bloomberg also says continued low gas and coal prices will not derail the advance of renewable energy sources and zero-emission energy sources will make up 60% of global installed generating capacity by 2040.

UK sets fifth carbon budget

30 June 2016

The UK government has set a fifth carbon budget aimed at cutting the country's carbon dioxide emissions by almost 57% by 2032 compared with 1990 levels. Legislation ultimately aims to cut the UK's emissions by 80% by 2050.

Low emissions from Canadian uranium mining

09 September 2016

Sparks-Parker-McNaughton_(Fedoruk_Centre)-48Uranium mining and milling contribute only a small amount to nuclear energy's already low greenhouse gas emissions, the first comprehensive life cycle assessment of greenhouse gas emissions produced from Canadian uranium mining operations has found.

New York State sets out subsidy proposals

12 July 2016

The New York Department of Public Service has put forward a proposal to help preserve New York's upstate nuclear power plants by valuing their zero-emissions attributes based on the social cost of carbon. The department estimates that the state will realize $5 billion in benefits in the first two years alone if the proposal is implemented.

North American leaders commit to 50% clean power goal

30 June 2016

Nieto-Trudeau-Obama-(Govt-of-Canada)-48The leaders of Canada, Mexico and the USA pledged yesterday to generate 50% of their energy using clean power sources by 2025, using sources including nuclear, renewable and carbon capture and storage technologies.