Category Archives: Energy crisis

U6 Planet Oil – essential viewing!

Iain Stewart visits places that gave birth to the earth’s oil riches, discovers the people who fought over its control, and explores how the need for oil is changing the planet.


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U6 – How much water is needed for us to generate power in different ways?


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U6 Nuclear Debate – Tuesday 30 September

The motion for our debate on Tuesday…..’Nuclear power will provide energy security for developed nations in the future’.

General information –

Nuclear energy mapped by BBC

Discovery channel 10 pros and cons of nuclear

A TED nuclear debate video – essential viewing!!

Pro nuclear energy – Alex and Jason

Advantages of nuclear power 

UK nuclear power past and present

Nuclear in UK

Hinckley Point C reactor in UK

Nuclear plants “do not increase child cancer risk” BBC

Anti nuclear energy – Areti

The disadvantages of nuclear power

Health concerns over nuclear

The battle of Chernobyl, Ukraine (documentary)


Greenpeace video on Chernobyl

Three Mile Island accident USA

Seconds from disaster – Fukushima(documentary)

Geofile Japan

Japan halts nuclear (BBC) recent

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U6 – Ukraine crisis – Russia halts gas supplies to Ukraine

16 June 2014

Ukraine says Russia has cut off all gas supplies, in a major escalation of a dispute between the two nations.

“Gas supplies to Ukraine have been reduced to zero,” Ukrainian Energy Minister Yuri Prodan said.

Russia’s state-owned gas giant Gazprom said Ukraine had to pay upfront for its gas supplies, after Kiev failed to settle its huge debt.

Gazprom had asked Ukraine’s state gas firm Naftogaz to pay $1.95bn (£1.15bn) of the $4.5bn it said it was owed.

It said it would continue to supply gas to Europe, although Gazprom chief Alexei Miller warned there now were “significant” risks for gas transit to the EU via Ukraine.

Ukraine has enough reserves to last until December, according to Naftogaz.

Later, the White House urged Moscow to resume talks with Ukraine, saying an EU proposal that Kiev pay $1bn on Monday and the rest in instalments was a “reasonable compromise”.

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U6 – Arctic oil now being exploited by Gazprom

After months of delays, Russian state-owned oil and gas companyGazprom has announced that the first ever shipment of oil from offshoreArctic waters has begun the journey to Europe.

 This is the oil from the rig that the Arctic 30 went to jail for peacefully protesting against. It has been logistically challenging. Extracting even small amounts of oil in extreme Arctic conditions has taken them longer, and cost them more, than the company had planned.

 But Gazprom has done it and claims first place in the race to exploit the melting Arctic sea ice for more of the fossil fuels that caused the melting in the first place. It is a defining moment for Vladimir Putin‘s Russia, heralded with great fanfare as a new source of power and profit for years to come.

 Thankfully, most of us recognise the madness of celebrating a new source of fossil fuels in the Arctic. And, just as importantly, the last few months have shown us just how important it is that we cut our dependence on fossil fuels from Kremlin-controlled companies.

 The Ukraine crisis has led Europe’s leaders to demand an “energy independence” plan. In June this year, EU leaders will meet to decide their approach.

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U6 and L6 – Solar power in Jordan

A must see documentary for both classes!

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U6th HW for next Tuesday 1/10/13

Please spend the lesson time on Friday and some time at home before Tuesday to do the essays that we have discussed together in class:

1a)  Using the figure, explain why oil exploration in the areas shown could lead to high economic and environmental costs (10)

b)  Assess the relative importance of named players in the global SUPPLY of energy (15)

2a)  Using the figure, suggest reasons for the changes to global electricity generation between 1973-2006 (10)

b)  Using named examples, assess the extent to which energy insecurity might lead to conflicts within and between countries (15)

(In an exam you would have 80 minutes to complete all of these questions above)


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