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Study: Renewables, not nuclear power, can provide truly low carbon energy

Study: Renewables, not nuclear power, can provide truly low carbon energy

Science
Oct. 5 (UPI) -- Nuclear energy programs around the world have failed to deliver on promises of carbon emissions reductions, according to a new survey. When researchers at the University of Sussex Business School, in Britain, and the ISM University of Management and Economics, in Lithuania, analyzed nuclear energy programs and renewable power operations in 123 countries over the last 25 years, they found the two tend not to co-exist all that well. Advertisement In low-carbon energy systems, the two programs crowd one another other out of the energy market, as well as diminish the efficiency of the other, researchers said. The latest findings, published Monday in the journal Nature Energy, suggest countries are less likely to meet carbon emissions reduction targets when nuclear energy progr...
UK can be ‘Saudi Arabia of wind power’ – PM

UK can be ‘Saudi Arabia of wind power’ – PM

Science
Prime Minister Boris Johnson says he wants to make a "big bet" on renewables, turning the UK into the "Saudi Arabia" of wind power.Speaking via video link to a climate roundtable discussion at the UN in New York, Mr Johnson said the country held "extraordinary potential for wind".He said the UK should embrace a range of new technologies to achieve its goal of net zero emissions by 2050.The UK holds the presidency of the UN climate conference, known as the COP.But because of the coronavirus crisis, the annual gathering will not take place this year. It has instead been postponed until November 2021.The Prime Minister said the UK had an ambitious agenda for the meeting and called on other countries to be "similarly ambitious". He praised the recent pledge b...
US election: McConnell promises an ‘orderly’ transition of power

US election: McConnell promises an ‘orderly’ transition of power

World
Republican leader Mitch McConnell has said there will be an "orderly" post-election transition after the president questioned the process's integrity.The top US senator said that, regardless of who wins the 3 November presidential election, there will be a peaceful inauguration on 20 January.A day earlier, President Donald Trump refused to commit to this, saying "we'll have to see what happens".He has cast doubt on postal voting, but election officials insist it is safe.The president currently trails his challenger, Democrat Joe Biden, in national opinion polls with 40 days to go until the election. Many more Americans than usual will be casting their votes by post this year, due to the pandemic, and Mr Trump has been questioning...
GE: Industrial giant will stop building coal-fired power plants

GE: Industrial giant will stop building coal-fired power plants

Business
In a dramatic reversal, one of the world's biggest makers of coal-fired power plants is to exit the market and focus on greener alternatives.US industrial giant General Electric said it would shut or sell sites as it prioritised its renewable energy and power generation businesses.It comes ahead of a US Presidential election in which the candidates hold starkly different views on coal.NGO the Natural Resources Defense Council said the move was "about time".GE has said in the past it would focus less on fossil fuels, reflecting the growing acceptance of cleaner energy sources in US power grids.But just five years ago, it struck its biggest ever deal - paying almost £10bn for a business that produced coal-fuelled turbines. 'Attractive economics'In a stateme
Climate change: Power companies ‘hindering’ move to green energy

Climate change: Power companies ‘hindering’ move to green energy

Science
New research suggests that power companies are dragging their feet when it comes to embracing green energy sources such as wind and solar. Only one in 10 energy suppliers globally has prioritised renewables over fossil fuels, the study finds. Even those that are spending on greener energy are continuing to invest in carbon heavy coal and natural gas.The lead researcher says the slow uptake undermines global efforts to tackle climate change.In countries like the UK and across Europe, renewable energy has taken a significant share of the market, with 40% of Britain's electricity coming from wind and solar last year. But while green energy has boomed around the world in recent years, many of the ne...