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Unions are urging the government to take back control of its nuclear strategy after Toshiba’s deepening financial crisis cast fresh doubt about its involvement in the planned Moorside power station in Cumbria.
Justin Bowden, GMB’s national secretary for energy, described the situation as a “fiasco” after Japan’s Toshiba, the lead party behind Moorside, revealed a $6.3bn writedown in its US Westinghouse business and confirmed it was scaling back investment in new overseas nuclear projects.
. Greg Clark, the business and energy secretary, sought to reassure that the UK project would go ahead. “I have spoken to Toshiba and NuGen today. I welcome the continued commitment of the NuGen consortium to the Moorside project,” he said.
That cooling effect, 93 watts per square metre in direct sunlight, and more at night, is potent. The team estimates that 20 square metres of their film, placed atop an average American house, would be enough to keep the internal temperature at 20°C on a day when it was 37°C outside.
To regulate the amount of cooling, any practical system involving the film would probably need water pipes to carry heat to it from the building’s interior. Manipulating the flow rate through these pipes as the outside temperature varied would keep the building’s temperature steady. Unlike the cooling system itself, these pumps would need power to operate. But not much of it. Other than that, all the work is done by the huge temperature difference, about 290°C, between the surface of the Earth and that of outer space.
Those waves in that location are probably giving S&S some sleepless nights.
This seems to be the kind of weather they warned of, which could release lots of CH4 from the not so deeps off the Arctic coast of Siberia.
With weather like this is it even likely that anyone would be around to notice? Would the storm dissipate any Methane plumes that might even now be spewing, well before they had been spotted by satellite?
UK assigns climate skeptic to head climate change committee
UKIP to chair assembly climate change committee despite scepticismWales Green Party leader Alice Hooker-Stroud said putting a UKIP politician in charge of a climate change committee was "absolutely ridiculous".
"It makes a complete mockery of Welsh politics and today I am ashamed to be governed by a group that could make this decision," she said.
So managing the decline is the better path perhaps than going all in on BAU.