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Westinghouse bankruptcy – Reality check time for nuclear?

This week Westinghouse, the nuclear power arm of Toshiba, filed for bankruptcy. Westinghouse was one of the last remaining element of the Westinghouse electricity company, which was founded in 1886 and was a pioneer in the mass roll out of AC … Continue reading

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The flawed logic of preppers

I started writing this one a few month ago (prior to travelling long distance) and then forgot about it, but thought maybe I should finish it. For quite some time in American there has been a survivalist movement, which grew out … Continue reading

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Taxing the Sun

I’ve joked before that it would be just a matter of time before the Tories started taxing solar panels rather than subsidising them. Well, now its happening. To help pay for the ever increasing cost of brexit they are putting … Continue reading

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Space a sustainability solution? A critical review

One could characterise the whole environmental debate, or the debate about issues like peak oil or overpopulation as all boiling down to one key issue – resources, or lack thereof. We live on a single planet, which has only a … Continue reading

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The beast that will not die

Often a big news event is the time people try to bury bad news. Here’s a few you might have missed. However another story that some may have missed is that the DECC has raised its estimate for the cost … Continue reading

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So much for value for money

One has to despair sometimes at the ineptitude of politicians and their inability to listen to others. I was reading today the letters page of my Engineers journal and one of the contributors was telling about how back in 1987 … Continue reading

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Why pro-nuclear preaching undermines the case for climate action

With climate talks ongoing in Paris, we have another “plea” from various climate scientists for action. Most notably a claim by James Hansen, Kerry Emanuel, Ken Caldeira and Tom Wigley (the gang of four as I will henceforth call them) … Continue reading

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