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This is a big deal, as the move is part of the EU’s attempt to finalise its Sustainable Finance Taxonomy. The taxonomy uses strict environmental criteria to determine which energy projects can be called sustainable. With this ‘officially sustainable’ label, projects can gain access to green finance initiatives — which will make them cheaper to build and run. …
Is it really ten years? Already a decade since the fourth-most-powerful earthquake ever recorded hit the eastern coast of Japan? That long since the tsunami it caused swept inland, causing devastation on a huge scale and claiming almost 16,000 lives? Somehow — to me, at least — it doesn’t feel like it. Why is that, I wonder?
Probably because, to judge from some media headlines over the years since, this horrific natural catastrophe wasn’t a problem, and instead the real disaster was the meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
Scare stories about Fukushima started even before the plant’s…
Most of the time, The Independent is a really decent news outlet — although it’s now online only, since its lauch in 1986 it has been one of the few UK broadsheet newspapers to provide an alternative perspective to the mainstream media narrative and has consistently produced excellent journalism.
But sometimes even the best journalists can get things wrong — particularly in the case of nuclear power, where the same old myths get recycled again and again and tend to go unchallenged because they’ve simply become part of ‘common sense’.
As any environmental campaigner will tell you, the clock is ticking in the fight against global heating — and the 26th UN Climate Change Conference (COP26), which takes place in the Scottish city of Glasgow from 1st-12th November this year, will be vital in convincing governments to make meaningful reductions in carbon dioxide emissions. Luckily, a plucky band of young pro-nuclear activists are planning to head to COP26 and fly the flag for atomic power in a big way.
I geek out and write about various topics — the main ones being nuclear energy and palaeontology.