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The anti-nuclear lobby has misled us allGuardian Unlimited | 05 Apr 2011
I've discovered that when the facts don't suit them, the movement resorts to the follies of cover-up they usually denounce. Over the last fortnight I've made a deeply troubling discovery. The anti-nuclear movement to which I once belonged has misled the world about the impacts of radiation on human health. The claims we have made are ungrounded in science, unsupportable when challenged, and wildly wrong.
It's not easy being green... rating white goodsGuardian Unlimited | 02 Apr 2011
Does an A rating really guarantee energy efficiency? On the surface it looks good. Some 95% of dishwashers and 98% of washing machines now claim to be A-rated. Until you realise that for an appliance not to score an A it would need to belch out a visible cloud of soot during every wash. The point of energy ratings for machines is to reduce environmental pressures through better efficiency and to let the consumer make that choice.
Scottish Power won't refund our feed-in tariff lossesGuardian Unlimited | 01 Apr 2011
To start saving money from solar panels, you must fill in a formLate last year we had electricity-generating solar panels put on our roof. We applied to our supplier, Scottish Power, for the feed-in tariff, but it told us it will only pay us for units generated from when we filled in the form, rather than when the panels were installed. We have lost around £80 as a result. Can they do this?
UK greenhouse gas emissions up 2.8 percent in 2010Reuters | 31 Mar 2011
Britain's greenhouse gas emissions rose 2.8 percent in 2010 due to increased power generation, largely due to cold weather early and late in the year, provisional data from the government showed on Thursday.
Greenpeace targets Facebook employeesGuardian Unlimited | 30 Mar 2011
Unfriend Coal campaign calls on world's most successful social networking site to free its energy-intensive business from coal power. Greenpeace says it is targeting Facebook employees in a renewed campaign that is urging the world's most successful social networking site to lead an energy revolution. A local television advert broadcast on Wednesday in Silicon Valley, where many of the company's 2,000 employees live, will urge the company to "Unfriend Coal".
UK households to save £23 a year by 2020Guardian Unlimited | 30 Mar 2011
Cost-saving potential set out in government plan for national roll-out of energy-saving technology. Smart meters, which monitor energy use in real-time, will save households £7.3bn over the next two decades, the government said on Wednesday as it set out its strategy for the roll-out of the energy-saving technology. The roll-out - the most comprehensive yet planned in any country – will require 53m smart meters to be installed in 30m homes and businesses, starting in 2014 and finishing in 2019.
UK must push on with nuclear plans: scientistsReuters | 29 Mar 2011
Nuclear plants remain one of the safest ways to make electricity, and Britain should not allow Japan's tsunami-provoked problems to delay its new build plans, UK scientists said on Tuesday.
Sir David King: a 'massive opportunity'Guardian Unlimited | 29 Mar 2011
Sir David King says nuclear power is a 'massive economic opportunity' and should be pursued despite incidents in Japan. Stepping on to a transatlantic flight will expose a person to more radiation than walking around the Fukushima nuclear power station in Japan - even in its current state of near-meltdown – according to the UK government's former chief scientist. Sir David King mounted a robust defence of nuclear power on Wednesday as renewed fears over its dangers buffeted the industry.
Transport to remain big polluter under new EU planReuters | 28 Mar 2011
Europe's transport chief called for a shift away from fossil fuels on Monday to cut greenhouse gas emissions and protect the economy from oil price spikes, but critics said his strategy lacked meaningful action.
Letters: Standard batteries key to electric carsGuardian Unlimited | 27 Mar 2011
Many of us would welcome electric cars which closely match the practicality of those propelled by petrol engines (A new Leaf, 26 March). But the greatest impediment is the lack of international standards on the battery system. The limited milage currently available, coupled with the lengthy...
Earth HourGuardian Unlimited | 26 Mar 2011
At 8:30pm on Saturday 26th March 2011, landmarks across the world switch off their lights for one hour in a bid to highlight global climate change.
EU climate chief sees green fuel debate in monthsReuters | 25 Mar 2011
European Union governments may begin talks in the coming months on a proposal to promote greener fuels, potentially black-listing fuels whose production is more polluting, according to Europe's climate chief.
Nissan Leaf charges into UK showroomsGuardian Unlimited | 25 Mar 2011
Their sometimes clunky designs, short range between recharges and super-car price tags have put many drivers off buying an electric car. But that could soon change with the launch of the UK's first mass-produced electric vehicle. The Nissan Leaf, an all-electric family car with the performance of a...
Government to cut health and safety inspections by a thirdGuardian Unlimited | 21 Mar 2011
Automatic practice inspections set to only focus on high risk sites, such as energy, nuclear sites and chemical industries. Health and safety inspections are to be cut by a third in the deregulatory drive being pushed through Whitehall ahead of the "go for growth" budget due to be introduced in April. The work and pensions minister Chris Grayling is to announce that future automatic practice inspections should only focus on high risk sites, such as energy, nuclear sites and chemical industries.
Nuclear Installations Inspectorate statement - Greenpeace responseGreenpeace UK | 17 Mar 2011
Commenting on a statement released today by the Nuclear Installations Inspectorate detailing the timeline for its review into nuclear safety, Greenpeace executive director John Sauven said: It is welcome news that this review will be longer and wider in scope than was originally reported. The approval process for new nuclear power station should be suspended while we await the its findings.
Scottish tidal power station gets approvalGuardian Unlimited | 17 Mar 2011
Underwater power station to generate enough energy for 10,000 Hebridean homes, and some distilleries. The world's first major tidal power station is to be installed in a deep, but sheltered, channel between two Scottish islands, providing electricity for up to 10,000 homes.The array of 10 underwater turbines will be placed between the inner Hebridean islands of Islay and Jura, both well known for their malt whisky.
Not so green now when it comes to the low-carbon revolutionGuardian Unlimited | 17 Mar 2011
What better way for the government to celebrate its new low-carbon revolution than overseeing a major renewable energy scheme for a highly successful factory producing some of the latest fuel-efficient cars? A win-win for the UK, you might think, with the potential for the country to become an exporter of the very latest in hybrid petrol/electric vehicles from a Toyota plant powered by the sun.
Letters: Another rod to beat the nuclear industryGuardian Unlimited | 15 Mar 2011
It's hardly a surprise that building nuclear power stations on seismic fault lines, as Japan has done, turns out to be a foolish thing. The Fukushima disaster may mean meltdown or worse, but what it will certainly mean is extra expense (Disaster in Japan, 14 March). Nuclear has always been an expensive white elephant. UK taxpayers subsidise nuclear to the tune of £1bn a year.