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Nuclear energy not sustainable says leading institute
With nuclear power back on the political agenda, in Britain and elsewhere, the influential Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) says that nuclear energy is not the answer to the UK's energy needs. It calls instead for the development of a long term strategy towards a carbon neutral economy. ... more

UK can have 'brighter energy future'
New research by Friends of the Earth concludes that the UK can meet its electricity needs, reduce the need for imported natural gas, and tackle climate change without a new nuclear power programme. ... more

US-India nuclear deal condemned as 'reckless'
The nuclear co-operation agreement reached this week between US President Bush and Indian Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh has been welcomed by some US Congressmen of both parties but is being heavily criticised by environmental groups who say it promotes a dangerous technology, instead of clean renewable ones, and increases security risks because it does not hold India to a non-proliferation regime. ... more

Emerging US renewables grab presidential attention
President George W. Bush says he is "fired up" about renewable energy. On a visit to the Energy Department�s National Renewable Energy Laboratory on Tuesday Bush mentioned but downplayed his government's push to build nuclear power plants and turned his attention to clean coal, ethanol, hybrid cars, wind and solar power. ... more

Bush would export nuclear fuel and power plants to developing nations
Nuclear power is the primary focus of his plan to wean the United States off fossil fuels and give developing countries the electricity they need, President George W. Bush said in his radio address to the nation on Saturday. The President's plan would divide nations into two classes - nuclear fuel supplier nations and user nations. ... more

New York goes for renewable energy
The Governor of New York State, George Pataki, has announced a series of measures designed to reduce the State�s dependence on imported fuels and make it a centre for renewable energy research and investment. ... more

China to increase green energy
The Chinese Government has set a new target for renewable energy (not including hydro and nuclear) of 10 per cent by the year 2020, Wang Ying reports in the English language China Daily ... more

Renewable energy growing fast
Global investment in renewable energy set a new record of $30 billion in 2004, according to a report released in Beijing today. It says that technologies such as wind, solar, biomass, geothermal, and small hydro now provide 160 gigawatts of electricity generating capacity, or about 4 per cent of the world total. ... more

Hybrids reign supreme over fuel economy list
A fuel economy ranking of 2006 vehicles issued Wednesday by the federal government puts the two hybrid-electric cars far and away out in front. The gas-electric hybrids by Honda and Toyota are nearly twice as fuel efficient as the rest in the top 10, whether diesel or gas. ... more

First fuel cell sports car on the way
A wholly British partnership has unveiled plans to develop the world's first environmentally clean sports car, powered by a fuel cell which converts hydrogen into electricity. ... more

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