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unrestricted consumption of fossil fuels is inducing, via GHG emissions, a global climate change whose foreseeable consequences are daunting. Save The Climate (SLC) seeks to bring a neutral, scientific, Cartesian contribution to the debate. SLC considers that a powerful popular movement is urgently needed that, far from ideological stands, would express the real facts and the consequences that they imply.

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  • Nuclear Power reduced to 50 %:  Less Security, More CO2 (Presentation)

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    A Short Presentation

    The planned decommissioning of 14 reactors by 2035 so as to reduce to 50 % the share of nuclear power has been presented as a necessary diversification, in order to "not put all the eggs in the same basket" and to better secure the country's supply. In truth, the result will be the exact opposite. Indeed, perfectly "dispatchable" production units, i.e. units capable of producing according to demand, will be replaced by wind turbines and photovoltaic panels whose production is contingent on the amount of wind or sun and is in no way related to the demand... Photovoltaic production is nonexistent at night and wind is statistically nonexistent 36 days per year on average; thus, there will be some ten long winter nights, a time of high demand, when the wind + photovoltaic fleet production will be close to zero, regardless of the installed capacity. Result: the certain effect of decommissioning 14 reactors will be to deprive the country of some 10 GW capacity several times each winter! A considerable loss, 6 times larger than the supply security margin on the grid!

  • Fessenheim: the Second Step in a Disastrous Drift

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    Next June 30, the second reactor at the Fessenheim nuclear power plant will be shut down for good. This means an annual continuous production capacity of 6 TWh of decarbonized electricity will be scrapped although it could have continued to generate safe power for many years.

  • Nuclear Excluded from EU Sustainable Finance? An Aberration!

     

    On April 15, 2020 the European Council adopted the "green taxonomy" sustainable finance regulation, the result of a political agreement reached last December with the European Parliament. This text includes only renewable energies; nuclear power is excluded in spite of its being carbon-free. In the perspective of "Save the Climate", the taxonomy as it has been adopted supports a mix of renewable & gas for electricity generation, an environmental and economic aberration.

  • Fessenheim Nuclear Reactor Permanent Shutdown - An Immense Waste for the Climate and for the Country

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                 With its decision to permanently shutdown reactor number 1 at the Fessenheim nuclear power plant, France has chosen to deprive itself of a dispatchable, carbon-free, operational electricity production unit: the reactor had the potential to last another ten years or more; no other carbon-free source of electricity production capable of compensating for this shutdown has been put in place prior to the closure. Yet, the President of the French Republic has stated loud and clear that France aims to be exemplary in the struggle against climate warming...

                Terminating this reactor represents at least a triple penalty for the country.

  • Australia: Has the War Against Climate Change Begun?

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    Australia is on fire, but no one knows how to suppress the wildfires.

    Only abundant rain, in spite of the country's sophisticated technology, is susceptible to end this catastrophe. The time has come for a global call to arms.

     

  • Which Energy Sources to save the climate ?

     At the COP25 held in Madrid in December 2019, Sébastien Richet of GISOC (Global Initiative to Save Our Climate, created by members of Save the Climate) presented a poster in which the results of a scientific study on the element limitation factors till 2050 relative to various carbon-free energy sources are summarized. This study concludes that only nuclear power with reprocessing and Gen-IV reactors, with a complement of hydraulic power and bio-energy based on wood where applicable, can cope with the most demanding scenarios.

     

     

  • In 2020, France Must not Spoil Its Excellent "Climate Assets" pdfclic

     

    Let us hope that, in 2020, France will take all the possible steps to improve its climate performance and will begin a period of emissions reduction with the conversion to electricity of its mobility and its heat production for housing and offices. Let us hope that the country will not surrender to a very costly (see the Court of Auditors report) politically biased temptation to reduce its nuclear based electricity production, at the root of the country's climate excellence.

  • A Political Decision: The Early Shutdown of the Fessenheim Nuclear Power Plant[1]... an Approach à la Gribouille[2]

     

    RTE (the French Electricity Transmission Network Operator), the entity in charge, by delegation of the State, of balancing electricity production to demand for France, has recently published its supply forecast for the next few years.

    In it, we learn that the supply should be enough over the 2019-2020 winter, barring any intense cold spell... But things take a turn for the worse later: during the 2022-2023 winter, the situation requires "careful attention" an understatement in RTE's coded language, meaning there is a high risk of power shortage. Why? Two reasons: the definitive shutdown of the Fessenheim Plant during the first semester of 2020 (after winter), removing 1 800 MW. And, by 2022, the definitive shutdown of 3 000 MW from the five-remaining coal-fired power plants, in compliance with the recently passed energy-climate legislation, whose purpose is, rightfully, to reduce the country's CO2 emissions.

  • EU must include nuclear power in its list of sustainable sources

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    Nuclear power is the single biggest source of low carbon electricity in Europe today and is recognised by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the IEA and other organisations as having an essential role to play in responding to the climate emergency. It is therefore vital that nuclear is included in the EU's new classification system for environmentally sustainable activities which is currently being negotiated in Brussels. The "taxonomy" is supposed to provide clear definitions to fund managers and investors about which products are environmentally sustainable and which are not. For this initiative to serve its purpose, which is to increase the volume of financial capital flowing to sustainable activities, financiers must have confidence that the definition of a sustainable activity is developed with rigour, robustness and in an objective way. However, progress is being blocked by several countries, including Germany, who claim nuclear should be excluded because of their concerns about nuclear waste. This is in spite of clear evidence that nuclear waste does not and will not cause harm to sustainability objectives.   >>>

  •  A James HANSEN Release

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     July 2019 was the hottest month ever in the GISTEMP analysis, i.e., since 1880 when adequate instrumental data became available. July was +0.93°C relative to 1951-1980 or +1.17°C relative to 1880-1920, which is significantly warmer than prior Julys (left figure above). July was the second consecutive month of a monthly record high (right figure).  The real temperature (not anomaly) exceeded that in August 2016, which had been the warmest month.

  • Carbon Neutrality: Yes, but How?

    Carbon neutrality by 2050 is the new, ambitious, objective set by the French Government, instead of the objective that had previously been set, a division by a factor 4 of our CO2 emissions.

    Carbon neutrality is achieved by a country when the amount of CO2 absorbed in this country, either naturally or via human action, entirely compensates the emissions of that country. In its 5th report in 2013-2014, the IPCC anticipated that the global mean surface temperature increase in 2100 could be limited to 2°C provided carbon neutrality at the global scale could be reached before the end of the 21st century. The IPCC SR15 special report published in autumn 2018 stipulates that carbon neutrality will have to be achieved by 2050 if the global temperature increase is to be limited to 1.5 °C.

  
  
  

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