Ever since Tony Blair rebooted support for nuclear power 13 years ago, British governments have been committed to a new generation of reactors to secure supplies and cut carbon emissions. But those ambitions have yielded just one project under construction, Hinkley Point C in Somerset, south-west England. The past two months have dealt serious blows to hopes for more, with Toshiba scrapping its plans for Moorside in Cumbria and Hitachi scrapping its Wylfa plant on Anglesey. Wylfa’s death means a second Hitachi plant planned for Oldbury, Gloucestershire, is doomed too. Together the three projects would have provided 15% of today’s electricity demand. That begs the question: is it time to rethink plans for new nuclear, or redouble our nuclear efforts? With the cost of wind, solar and batteries dropping rapidly, have renewables and smart technologies matured enough to fill the gap? What is not in question is the UK’s need for more low carbon power. Coal and old nuclear … [Read more...] about Does the Hitachi decision mean the end of the UK’s nuclear dream?
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0 Have your say The rise of the world’s population is set to create mass migration on an unprecedented scale, writes Bill Jamieson. What today is the biggest long-term challenge we face? Climate change is certainly one; debt and poverty reduction another.But both are dwarfed by a phenomenon already widely evident across Europe and which has already forced governments into policy change unthinkable barely a decade ago. It is the mass movements of populations from poorer countries to richer ones: movement on a scale that is set to dwarf the migrant crisis of 2014-16.The abject misery of thousands of fleeing migrants – from the 7,000–strong ‘caravan’ heading to the Mexican-US border to the continuing arrivals of desperate people from Africa and the Middle East – is seldom far from our television screens and newspaper headlines.The ‘migrant caravan’ is case in point. This started with 1,000 people fleeing oppression in … [Read more...] about Migration, not climate, is world’s biggest challenge – Bill Jamieson
The first sun bear cub to ever be born in the UK has emerged from its den for the first time at Chester Zoo... in very wobbly fashion! The little female cub – which does not yet have a name - had several minor tumbles as she tried to keep up with mum, Milli. The chunky youngster was seen exploring her heated indoor habitat at the zoo in front of enthralled visitors before the sleepy-eyed cub headed back to the den for some more cuddle-time with mum. Tim Rowlands, Curator of Mammals at Chester Zoo, said: “The new cub has plenty of enthusiasm but, at just 12 weeks old, she’s still somewhat wobbly on her legs. “She’ll soon find her feet though and it won’t be long until mum Milli really has her paws full. “Her little one will quickly gain in confidence; become more and more excitable and look to explore. “That’s when her parenting skills will be given a new test. “We’re sure she’ll come through it with flying colours … [Read more...] about Chester Zoo’s new sun bear cub is the UK’s first
As Britain comes to the end of its second month of extreme heat, many British people are enjoying another week of basking in the never-ending sunshine. However, as the heatwave continues the Met Office has issued a health warning urging people to stay out of the sun and a hosepipe ban has been brought into force. Worldwide, soaring temperatures are taking a far more serious toll. Deadly wildfires have torn through Greece and Sweden and a record 41.1C has been recorded in Japan, where after claiming 65 lives, the heatwave has been declared a natural disaster. More than 22,000 people have also been taken to hospital, with heat stroke, nearly half of them elderly. As the UK heads towards record temperatures and the world continues to heat up, many have started to question what is behind this spate of hot weather, and how it fits into our understanding of climate change. What is causing the current phase of hot and dry weather in the UK? While hot weather … [Read more...] about Why is it so hot in the UK and around the world?
The Bank of England has provided a useful reminder that failure to make proper preparations for Brexit is not only a British curse. Threadneedle Street’s language was polite but do not doubt UK regulators’ deep frustration that the European Union hasn’t taken seemingly simple steps to ensure that trillions of pounds-worth of insurance and derivatives contracts don’t explode on day one. The Bank did its part six months ago when it set out plans, now formalised by the Treasury, to allow European banks and insurers to maintain their UK operations under current rules after Brexit. It was a commonsense safeguard against a “hard” or disorderly Brexit and the Bank was within its rights to expect its move to be copied. Guaranteeing financial stability across Europe should not be contentious territory. At a simple level, the Bank’s “temporary permissions regime” will protect the rights of UK consumers with home and car insurance policies … [Read more...] about Is the EU trying to undermine the City over Brexit?