The Daily Populous

Tuesday October 12nd, 2021 morning edition

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A group of ten EU countries, led by France, have asked the European Commission to recognise nuclear power as a low-carbon energy source that should be part of the bloc's decades-long transition towards climate neutrality.

Tapping into Europe's ongoing energy crunch, the countries make the case for nuclear energy as a "key affordable, stable and independent energy source" that could protect EU consumers from being "exposed to the volatility of prices".

"The rise of energy prices have also shown how important is it to reduce our energy dependence on third countries as fast as possible," says the letter, as seen by Euronews.

This great dependency has been credited as one of the main factors behind the rise in energy prices.

But when Brussels introduced the taxonomy back in April, one sector was conspicuous by absence: nuclear energy.

Despite the urgency to combat climate change, member states are still unable to reach a consensus on whether nuclear constitutes a green or dirty energy source.

On the other side, France, which obtains over 70% of its electricity from nuclear stations, is fighting to label nuclear as sustainable under the taxonomy. »

Robert Reich: American Workers Are on Strike Over 'Low-Wage S*** Jobs'

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American workers are engaged in "the equivalent of a general strike," former Labor Secretary Robert Reich has argued, following unexpectedly low U.S. employment figures.

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"In other words," Reich wrote, "many American workers are now engaged in the equivalent of a general strike.". »

New treatment destroys head and neck cancer tumours in trial

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A new cancer treatment can wipe out tumours in terminally ill head and neck cancer patients, scientists have discovered.

Scientists found the combination of nivolumab and ipilimumab medications led to a reduction in the size of tumours in terminally ill head and neck cancer patients.

Results from other trials of the drug combination have previously suggested similar benefits for terminally ill kidney, skin and bowel cancer patients. »