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Mar 8, 2012

World nuclear powers on after Fukushima, costs rise

LONDON, March 8 (Reuters) – A year after the Fukushima
nuclear accident most of the world continues running and
building nuclear power, but extra risk control measures imposed
in the wake of the disaster will increase the cost of operating
nuclear plants.

Japan’s reactor meltdowns at the Fukushima nuclear plant
triggered by a deadly earthquake and tsunami on March 11 last
year shook the nuclear world and raised a question mark over
whether atomic energy is safe.

Mar 6, 2012

Table Talk: TV Masterchef judge goes back to his 1970s roots

LONDON, March 6 (Reuters) – Gregg Wallace, a judge of
the popular British television cooking competition Masterchef,
has gone back to his roots with a new 1970s-inspired restaurant
in Bermondsey, southeast London.

Born in neighbouring Peckham and a former Bermondsey
resident, Wallace opened “Gregg’s Table” last week in the
Bermondsey Square Hotel with a retro menu inspired by food from
the 1970s.

Mar 5, 2012

Aqualia eyes large-scale algae biofuel production

LONDON, March 5 (Reuters) – Water management company
Aqualia plans to launch a commercial-scale demonstration project
using waste water to cultivate algae for biofuel production,
which could fuel 400 vehicles, the firm said on Monday.

Spain’s Aqualia, owned by construction and services company
FCC, in collaboration with European partners, has
already started construction of algae culture ponds at a waste
water treatment plant in Chiclana, northern Spain, which should
be able to produce 500 litres of biodiesel a year and 1,500
cubic metres of biomethane.

Mar 1, 2012

London fashion students hail green as the new black

LONDON (Reuters) – Could “green” be the new black? Perhaps only if you can imagine wearing stilettos made from pistachio nuts and coffee beans and clothes from orange peel, fungi and mould.

While the fashion pack are hitting the catwalks at Paris Fashion Week, students at London’s Kingston University have taken up the challenge of trying to lower the industry’s carbon footprint by using biodegradable materials to produce luxury clothes, shoes and accessories for home and car interiors.

Feb 28, 2012

EU politicians back plan to withhold EU CO2 permits

BRUSSELS/LONDON, Feb 28 (Reuters) – European Union
politicians backed a proposal on Tuesday to allow the EU
Commission to intervene in the bloc’s emissions trading scheme
by withholding the supply of carbon permits in a bid to prop up
low prices.

The European Parliament’s industry committee passed an
amendment to the Energy Efficiency Directive that would let the
Commission take measures that “may include withholding of the
necessary amount of allowances” from the 2013-2020 phase of the
EU market.

Feb 27, 2012

EU industry emissions rise slightly in 2011-analysts

LONDON, Feb 27 (Reuters) – European Union industrial
carbon emissions rose by up to 2.4 percent last year, analysts
surveyed by Reuters estimated, below the market cap and keeping
the 27-nation bloc on track to meet its 2020 climate target.

The EU’s emissions trading scheme (ETS) limits the emissions
of over 12,000 installations, including power plants and
factories, and covers over 40 percent of the 27-nation bloc’s
total emissions.

Feb 19, 2012

UK must not lose lead in marine renewables drive

LONDON, Feb 19 (Reuters) – Britain must not lose its
lead in the development of marine energy like it did with wind
power, and should focus on reducing costs and setting ambitious
deployment targets beyond 2020, a report by a parliamentary
committee said on Sunday.

Seven out of the eight large-scale prototype wave and tidal
devices installed worldwide are in the UK but are not expected
to make a large contribution to its energy mix before 2020.

Feb 16, 2012

Clean energy set for consolidation says E&Y

LONDON (Reuters) – The clean energy sector is unlikely to sustain its frenzied rate of investment growth and looks set for consolidation led by Asian players, said Gil Forer, head of global cleantech at Ernst & Young.

“The (renewables) space has grown dramatically in the last seven to eight years. No industry can continue to grow indefinitely at such rates, there is always a point of correction,” he told Reuters on Wednesday.

Feb 13, 2012

Soil erosion increasing global warming threat-UNEP

LONDON, Feb 13 (Reuters) – Global warming will get
worse as agricultural methods accelerate the rate of soil
erosion, which depletes the amount of carbon the soil is able to
store, a United Nations’ Environment Programme report said on
Monday.

Soil contains huge quantities of carbon in the form of
organic matter. which provides nutrients for plant growth and
improves soil fertility and water movement.

Feb 9, 2012

Britain to urge green accounting at Rio+20 summit

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain will urge businesses and governments to start accounting for natural capital as an additional way of measuring economic activity at a U.N. sustainability summit in June, its environment minister said on Thursday.

This could mean moving towards a concept of GDP+, or measuring the use or loss of natural resources like water, agriculture and forests to gauge economic activity, in addition to relying solely on economic output.

    • About Nina

      "Based in London, Nina helps coordinate Reuters' coverage of European power, gas, coal and renewables markets with a focus on policies, investment and trading. She also covers environment, climate change and new clean energy technologies. Nina has twelve years of journalistic experience. Previously at Reuters Nina covered carbon markets in London and EU energy policy and competition in Brussels. Before joining Reuters, Nina worked as a journalist in the European pulp and paper sector in Brussels and for Japanese newspaper The Yomiuri Shimbun, covering everything from UK politics and the Iraq War to sport and entertainment. Nina holds a first class ..."
      Joined Reuters:
      2007
      Languages:
      Russian, Italian, French, basic Japanese, some Turkish
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