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Madrid Talks Leave Carbon Pricing To COP26

The UN climate talks in Madrid  ended recently with agreement to postpone a decision on the sixth article of the Paris climate accord. COP25 had been supposed to work out rules for a new global carbon market and create a system that would allow countries to pay each other for projects that reduce emissions. That task will now have to be ...

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Nuclear Power Can Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

  The IAEA’s work has a direct impact on fundamental issues of war, peace, health, energy, food and water, Rafael Mariano Grossi told a Special Session of the Agency’s General Conference following his appointment as IAEA Director General. Mr. Grossi, a senior Argentinian diplomat with a career spanning several decades in nuclear non-proliferation and the peaceful uses of nuclear energy ...

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Rosatom Suspends Work At Iran’s Nuclear Plant

Russian state nuclear company Rosatom has suspended work on revamping a factory at Iran’s Fordow nuclear complex due to an issue with uranium compatibility. In November, the United States said it would cease waiving punitive sanctions related to the Fordow plant from Dec. 15 – a move Russia condemned – after Tehran resumed uranium enrichment at the underground site in ...

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Chinese Nuclear Companies Added to Entity List

China General Nuclear Power Group (CGN) and affiliates China General Nuclear Power Corporation (CGNPC), China Nuclear Power Technology Research Institute Co. Ltd. and Suzhou Nuclear Power Research Institute Co. Ltd. have been added to the Commerce Department’s Entity List. The listing adds new restrictions to activities with CGN companies already limited by the October 2018 policy framework. The listing prohibits the export, ...

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NWMO Advances Canada’s Plan For Long-Term Management Of Used Nuclear Fuel

The Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) is advancing the site selection process for a deep geological repository for Canada’s used nuclear fuel. The organization will narrow its focus from five to two potential siting areas, an important advancement in Canada’s plan. The site selection process has been underway since 2010. This process started with 22 municipalities and indigenous communities that ...

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Russia To Make Nuclear Power A Reality For African Nations

South Africa is the only country on the African continent with nuclear power generation. Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke at a Russia-Africa summit in Sochi, Russia and said his government is ready to provide its nuclear power technology to more of Africa. African nations are trying to increase their power generation capacity on a continent that has long struggled to ...

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Africa Looks To India For Nuclear Reactors

As part of India’s strategy to expand its footprint in Africa, the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government is exploring supply of small nuclear power reactors to the electricity-starved countries.  Interestingly, India’s civilian nuclear power programme has caught the fancy of African countries because climate change has impacted their conventional hydropower generation capacity, which was primarily dependent on the Nile, the ...

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Brazil To Join Nuclear Energy Agency

Brazil is considering joining the Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA), a specialized agency within the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), which could serve as a stepping stone to joining the rich-nations club, its head said. NEA director general William Magwood said the membership of the agency, which groups 33 countries with 85% of the world’s nuclear power capacity, is ...

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Lessons From The Cyberattack On India’s Largest Nuclear Power Plant

Indian officials acknowledged towards the end of October that a cyberattack occurred at the country’s Kudankulam nuclear power plant. An Indian private cybersecurity researcher had tweeted about the breach three days earlier, prompting Indian authorities to initially deny that it had occurred before admitting that the intrusion had been discovered in early September and that efforts were underway to respond ...

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US Confirms Saudi Arabia Nuclear Energy Talks

A senior US official has confirmed that Washington is in talks with Riyadh about supporting Saudi Arabia’s planned nuclear programme. Speaking in Abu Dhabi in October, US Energy Secretary Rick Perry Perry confirmed that talks were ongoing. Perry told the forum that Saudi Arabia’s leadership in Riyadh wanted to sign a ‘123 Agreement’ with the United States. A 123 Agreement ...

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