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The end of shyness
11 January, 2022
The COP26 meeting in Glasgow could completely change the debate...
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Sudie, Ignalina!
Thursday, January 06, 2022 by The final closure of Lithuania’s Ignalina nuclear power plant 12 years ago, means the country is now largely dependent on electricity imports. By John Lindberg

Paradigm shift
Thursday, December 02, 2021 by Jeremy Gordon says the definition of energy security is changing. That highlights the benefits of nuclear

To wait, or not to wait: the question of Safestore
Wednesday, November 24, 2021 by In the 1990s, the most cost-effective strategy for decommissioning the UK Magnox reactor fleet was deemed to be care and maintenance. Three decades on, has that changed? By John Lindberg

Playing leapfrog
Wednesday, November 10, 2021 by Developments powered by small reactors could leapfrog fossil fuels and unlock huge resources that will support emerging electric vehicles, battery storage and renewables industries,...

The role of nuclear in achieving net zero
Tuesday, November 02, 2021 by Boris Schucht discusses how nuclear can support the energy transition and explains what Urenco is doing to help

Return to the norm?
Thursday, October 14, 2021 by Ten years on from the Fukushima disaster, Jeremy Gordon asks whether policy effects on other countries will soon disappear

Straight to voicemail
Thursday, September 02, 2021 by Jeremy Gordon says China’s slow response to questions about fuel leakage at Taishan raise concerns over its commitment to open information – and that should be a concern for the rest...

Bill Gates has entered the chat
Wednesday, August 04, 2021 by Nuclear power and now the nuclear industry have attracted the attention of billionaire business magnate Bill Gates. Could it mark a turning point for America’s leadership in nuclear?...

Exorcise the cult of bad faith
Wednesday, June 23, 2021 by The clean energy debate is dividing into two groups — the serious and the unserious. But nuclear still has work to do to gain its place, says Jeremy Gordon.

Blown away by the competition
Wednesday, May 26, 2021 by Jeremy Gordon asks whether the nuclear industry could improve public engagement by setting up more accessible visitor attractions

Energy demand rising a bit
Thursday, April 29, 2021 by The vision of blockchain as the route to a distributed low energy utopia has not delivered, argues Jeremy Gordon. Instead it points to an always-on, high-energy-demand future, favouring...

Towards more reasoned debate about nuclear and renewables
Thursday, April 29, 2021 by Letter to the editor from Andy Stirling, Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex, UK

Pass the mic
Tuesday, March 30, 2021 by Japanese leaders insist that nuclear must have a role in the country’s energy future, but their declarations of support can’t do much to convince key communities. By Jeremy Gordon

Propelling decarbonisation
Thursday, February 18, 2021 by Proposals for nuclear powered container ships have returned after a decade in the doldrums. By Jeremy Gordon

Macron steers nuclear policy
Wednesday, February 03, 2021 by France remains committed to reducing its nuclear share, but for President Emmanuel Macron the strategic importance of the technology is reaching a new high, writes Jeremy Gordon

Bringing radiation down to earth
Tuesday, January 19, 2021 by If I had a dollar for every time I had heard ‘We need to educate the public’ I would have more than enough to do something about it, says Jeremy Gordon

Nuclear: rivalling renewables?
Thursday, December 10, 2020 by A recent study suggests that nuclear might ‘crowd out’ renewables and may not, in fact, lead to decarbonisation. Jeremy Gordon looks deeper

Critical moment for China
Thursday, November 05, 2020 by China has been building the world’s biggest nuclear power plants, but as Jeremy Gordon asks, is it storing up the world’s biggest public relations problems to go with them?

How tragedy plays out
Thursday, October 01, 2020 by Jeremy Gordon looks at the recent disaster in Beirut and the reaction of the fertiliser industry to the explosion. How does this compare with response to a nuclear accident?

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