Poland planning to speed coal plant closures, replace capacity with nuclear and renewables

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Poland wants to speed up phasing out coal and spend billions to build renewable and nuclear power infrastructure to address challenges related to climate change and ensure stable power supplies, the government said on Tuesday.In an update of its energy strategy by 2040, the climate ministry said Poland plans to invest 150 billion zlotys ($40 billion) to build its first nuclear power plants, with 6-9 GW of capacity eventually. The first 1-1.6 GW facility would be up and running by 2033.It also plans to build 8-11 gigawatts (GW) of offshore wind capacity by 2040 with investment estimated at 130 billion zlotys. The development of renewable and nuclear energy facilities will create 300,000 jobs, it said.Poland has been the only European Union state to refuse to pledge climate neutrality by 2050, with the ruling Law and Justice party saying that it needs more time and money to shift its economy from coal to cleaner energy sources. But rising carbon emission costs, the European Union’s ambitious climate policies and the coronavirus outbreak are forcing Warsaw to speed up its energy transformation.In the updated energy strategy, which still needs to be approved by government, the climate ministry said that coal’s share in electricity production will fall to 37%-56% in 2030 and to 11-28% in 2040, depending on the carbon emission costs. In November 2019 Poland had expected the share of coal at 56%-60% in 2030 and at 28% in 2040.Following the announcement, shares in Polish utilities jumped on the view that these companies would benefit from phasing out coal more quickly.[Agnieszka Barteczko]More: Poland to accelerate coal phase-out, spend billions on renewable and nuclear energy Poland planning to speed coal plant closures, replace capacity with nuclear and renewableslast_img read more

Highest-ever HIV diagnoses in gay men

first_img 13 Views   no discussions Share Share The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) attacks the immune systemThe number of gay and bisexual men being diagnosed with HIV in the UK reached an “all-time high” in 2011, according to the Health Protection Agency (HPA).It said there had been a “worrying” trend since 2007, with more and more new cases each year.Nearly half of the 6,280 people diagnosed last year were men who had sex with other men (MSM). Overall, one in 20 MSM are infected with HIV.Of those diagnosed in 2011, nearly two-thirds had not been to a sexual health clinic in the previous three years.The HPA said the figures showed there was “room for improvement” in testing people in at-risk groups.Dr Valerie Delpech, the organisation’s head of HIV surveillance, told the BBC: “Obviously this is a serious illness and it is worrying that we’re still seeing a lot in men who have sex with men and this is a record year.“Transmission in the UK is largely sexual, so safe sex is the best way to prevent yourself getting HIV.”RisingThe total number of people living with HIV in the UK rose to 96,000, up from 91,500 the previous year. The issue is most intense in London.Due to advances in drug treatment, having HIV should not affect life-expectancy. However, the data suggests that one in four people with HIV are completely unaware of the infection, meaning they cannot receive treatment and may still be spreading the virus. The chief executive of the National Aids Trust, Deborah Jack, said: “It is vitally important that gay men test at least once a year for STIs [sexually transmitted infections] and HIV, and every three months if they’re having unprotected sex with new or casual partners. “HIV-negative gay men diagnosed with an STI should really treat it as a ‘wake up call’. You are at serious risk of getting HIV in the near future and need to take steps to prevent that happening – such as consistent condom use and reduction in number of sexual partners.”Sir Nick Partridge, the chief executive at the Terrence Higgins Trust, said: “HIV is an entirely preventable condition, yet each year we see thousands more people across the UK receive this life-changing diagnosis. “Reducing undiagnosed HIV by encouraging those in high-risk groups to test more regularly is one way we can put the brakes on the spread of infection.”By James Gallagher, Health and science reporter, BBC News Tweetcenter_img Sharing is caring! Share HealthLifestyle Highest-ever HIV diagnoses in gay men by: – November 29, 2012last_img read more