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Juice industry in damage control after health star rating changed to rank lower than diet cola


Fruit growers and processors say they are crushed by a decision to cut the health star rating (HSR) for 100-per-cent no-added-sugar juices from five stars to as low as two stars.

The decision came down to a vote at the Australian and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation, a group made up of state and territory ministers as part of its ongoing response to the five-year HSR review.

Food is rated from half-a-star to five stars depending on how its healthy and risk nutrients compare but the system has come in for criticism.

The Federal Government’s aim in developing the ratings is to give shoppers an easy way to identify better choices of packaged and processed foods, something Agriculture Minister David Littleproud asserts is undermined by this decision.

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Last chance to improve the HSR

The forum’s July communique revealed Mr Littleproud’s initial push — to see 100-per-cent fresh fruit and vegetable juice with no added sugar receive an automatic HSR score of five stars — not supported and the review recommendations were maintained.

The Minister’s last chance to improve the rating was Friday’s meeting, when he put forward a proposal aiming for an automatic four HSR, a rating he said was supported by the Commonwealth and the farm industry.

“This was it, this was my second crack at it. I had a go in July and got rolled and then rolled again,” Mr Littleproud said.

“It would appear that our bureaucrats are working off some other scientific sheet that what reality is.”

Some juice processors will remove the rating from their packaging.(ABC Rural: Jessica Schremmer)

Orange industry outrage

Citrus Australia chief executive Nathan Hancock said he was disappointed with the decision.

“Being told that diet soda is better for them than a juice product, we think, is confusing.

“Ministers across the country were given the opportunity to review the information that we provided them on the health benefits of natural juices, and unfortunately states like Queensland let us down.”

Mr Hancock said the forum had overlooked the nutritional benefits of drinking juices that cannot be gained from a manufactured product with artificial sweetener.

“The message that they’ve been giving us is that they want people to drink more water, because it’s better for hydration, and they want to take sugar out of the diet,” he said.

“Because diet soft drinks have artificial sugars, it elevates them above juices which have natural sugars.”

Casualty of the war on sugar

Mr Hancock said the campaign against sugar was painting every type of sugar in a bad light.

“The desire to stamp sugar out of the consumers’ diet has been misconstrued and taken off in a different direction,” he said.

“There’s so many other products consumers are eating these days, unwittingly eating sugar — it’s added sugar, it’s not naturally in the product.”

A handful of oranges grown in South Australia's Riverland citrus region.
Growers and producers are worried to see more fruit waste due to a hit to consumer demand for juice.(ABC Rural: Tom Nancarrow)

Mr Hancock said although he was not sure in reality how many people used the HSR when selecting products, it was bound to have a knock-on effect.

“The other effect is that producers will stop using the HSR system on their products.

“They don’t have any faith in it, they don’t trust it — it’s sending a poor message to the consumer and I think we’ll see businesses stop using it.”

Producers remove rating

Major juice processors like Nippy’s in South Australia are disappointed in the outcome and fear the new downgraded rating will have a significant impact on the industry.

A man standing in under a orange tree.
Mr Knispel says calling it a health star rating with a narrow focus on sugar is misleading.(Supplied: Nippy’s Fruit Juices)

Jeff Knispel, joint managing director of Nippy’s group of companies, said the decision to rate Diet Coke higher than fresh juice was counterintuitive.

He believed a health star rating implied a full package of health benefits.

“If you are so insistent on the sugar focus, why don’t you call it a sugar star rating, because to call it a health star rating is bordering on deceptive.”

A man standing behind a juice production line.
Nippy’s will remove the health star rating from its packaging.(Supplied: Nippy’s Fruit Juices)

Nippy’s companies in South Australia alone produce about 12.5 million litres of juice per year.

Mr Knispel said they now decided to remove the health star rating from their packaging to limit the negative impact on their products.

“As a company, we don’t want to promote a negative message with anything we do with our packaging, so we will remove the logo.

“It’s not good news for us, but we will just deal with it as best as we can.”

Citrus SA chair Mark Doecke said the group feared it could be faced with less fresh fruit sales, impacting growers and processors.

Citrus grower Mark Doecke checks his oranges
Mark Doecke is concerned about the flow-on effects for fruit growers and processors.(ABC News: Isabel Dayman)

Risking food waste

Granite Belt Growers Association vice president Nathan Boronio said it certainly made him question the relevance of the HSR.

“I can’t understand why they would want to encourage people to move away from fresh fruit juice.”

He said he feared the worst outcome would see people shying away from fruit juice, reducing demand and resulting in fruit being wasted.

Applethorpe farmer Nathan Boronio standing under a greenhouse filled with strawberries.
This year Applethorpe farmer Nathan Boronio is excited about his apple and strawberry season ahead thanks to rain.(ABC Rural: Lydia Burton)

Mr Hancock shares those fears and said he was worried about what would happen if juice was widely thought of as unhealthy.

“As an industry we can’t afford to have that happen.

“There’s a lot of pressure on growers to look at what variety of crop they grow — we might start to see this isn’t a viable industry for them into the future, and we may see less and less orange juice produced in Australia.”



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Eye on the Israeli High-Tech Industry Updates (Nov 20 – Nov 27) – Jewish Business News


SavorEat Scores More Than $13 Million in First-Ever Food Tech IPO On Israeli Exchange
SavorEat boasts that it is all about creating the perfect plant-based products. The funds brought in give SavorEat a $51 million valuation.
(Jewish Business News 27 Nov 2020)

Israel’s INSIGHTEC Gets Britain’s NHS to Fund Its Ultrasound Tech
INSIGHTEC works on MR-guided focused ultrasound to treat Essential Tremor patients.
(Jewish Business News 27 Nov 2020)

Abu Dhabi’s Mubadala seeks Israeli partners on technology investment​
Abu Dhabi state investor Mubadala plans to identify potential fund partners in Israel and find high-growth technology firms in which to co-invest, as the United Arab Emirates and Israel seek to boost commercial ties after normalizing relations.
(Reuters 26 Nov 2020)

Google to Connect Israel and Saudi Arabia with Fiber-Optic Network
While Israel failed to reach an agreement for the establishment of diplomatic ties with Saudi Arabia, the two nations may still soon be connected at least by communications cables.
(Jewish Business News 25 Nov 2020)

Food-tech co SavorEat raises NIS 42.6m in TASE IPO
The Israeli company produces meat alternatives from an innovative plant based formula, a smart robot for 3D printing, and roasting using advanced cooking methods.
(Globes 25 Nov 2020)

AppsFlyer Hits $2 Billion Valuation With Investment from Salesforce
The company sells mobile analytics software that weighs the effectiveness of ad campaigns.
(Jewish Business News 24 Nov 2020)

Unicorn Hippo Insurance Raises A Fresh $350M
Insurtech unicorn Hippo closed a $350 million round to help it expand into more of the U.S.
(crunchbase news 24 Nov 2020)

Ibex Investors closes $100m Israel startup fund
The fund will invest in early stage and growth companies in cybersecurity, enterprise software and other sectors.
(Globes 24 Nov 2020)

6 Israeli Innovations Feature On TIME Magazine’s 100 Best Inventions Of 2020
TIME magazine has listed five Israeli-made innovations among its annual list of 100 Best Inventions of 2020 that are “changing how we live.” In 2019, the magazine featured nine Israeli innovations.
( NoCamels 24 Nov 2020)

Chinese consortium invests $106 million in Israeli 3D imaging semiconductor company Inuitive
Inuitive has developed technology that optimizes consumer experiences and enhances competitive advantages in the areas of robots, drones, augmented reality, and virtual reality.
(CTECH 23 Nov 2020)

Japan’s NTT Data, Sompo seek Israeli startup collaborations
The two Japanese companies are seeking startups in quantum cryptography, secure computation, IoT sensor devices,and video content analytics.
(Globes 23 Nov 2020)

Israel named by Mastercard as the best country for women entrepreneurs
Mastercard Index of Women Entrepreneurs for 2020 highlighted Israel’s success in institutional backing for SMEs and its goal of doubling the number of female entrepreneurs within two years.
(CTECH 23 Nov 2020)

aMoon and Roche to cooperate on digital health
The Israeli venture capital fund and the pharmaceutical giant will invest in nine early stage startups.
(Globes 22 Nov 2020)

Israeli E-Commerce Startup Forter Reaches $1.25 Billion Valuation
Forter, which specializes in e-commerce fraud prevention outperforming fellow Startup Nation company Cato which reached a $1 billion valuation earlier in the week.
(Jewish Business News 21 Nov 2020)

Israel and UAE: The Momentum Keeps On Growing
Maniv Mobility’s investment is the first by an Israeli venture fund in a UAE-based tech start-up since the normalization of relations.
( Lee Saunders & AYR 19 Nov 2020)

Abu Dhabi Global Market signs fintech agreement with Israel Securities Authority
The agreement provides a framework for information sharing, and will facilitate the movement of startups and transfer of knowledge and talent.
(Gulf Business 19 Nov 2020)



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Hijabi Model Steps Down From The Fashion Industry

Halima Aden

Today’s fashion industry has been very inclusive in terms of body types, colours and race. But for Somali-American Muslim model Halima Aden, she felt disrespected in a way despite the inclusivity principle.

She decided to take a step back from fashion after years of wearing various non-hijab head coverings in photo-shoots.

In a detailed Instagram story, Aden wrote this week that she was not rushing back to the fashion industry, giving gratitude to her mother’s pleas “to open her eyes.” “My mom asked me to quit modelling a LONG time ago. I wish I wasn’t so defensive,” the 23-year-old wrote.

She added “thanks to COVID and the breakaway from the industry I have finally realized where I went wrong on my hijab journey.”

Aden was famous for becoming the first-hijab wearing model on the runways of Milan and New York and has appeared on numerous magazine covers and in print campaigns. She was also the first model to wear a hijab and burkini in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue.

This Kenya-born beauty moved to the United States with her family when she was seven years old and was the first Muslim homecoming queen at her high school in Minnesota, the first Somali student senator at her college and the first hijab-wearing woman in the Miss USA Minnesota pageant.

On the said IG post, Aden detailed where she felt the religious covering, the hijab, had been respected. For instance, in a campaign for Rihanna’s Fenty beauty line, yet soon after it had gone astray.

“I was just so desperate back then for any ‘representation’, that I lost touch with who I was,” she wrote on one post. On another, wearing a crystal-encrusted headscarf, she said: “I should have walked off the set because clearly, the stylist didn’t have a hijab-wearing woman in mind.”

She was reminded of the time her head had been wrapped in jeans in a campaign for denim brand America Eagle and another where she was portrayed as the subject of the famous Vermeer painting, Girl With a Pearl Earring, where she was wearing a head covering but not a hijab.

She admits she wanted to politely decline.

In addition, she cited an instance where the shape of her hijab was adjusted so a necklace she was wearing could be seen. She said her acceptance of situations that showed a lack of respect for her beliefs was due to a mixture of rebellion and naivety.

She concluded with a note that being daring in the fashion industry defeats the purpose of being a hijabi, and now she is still clinging to her principles.

Pakistan’s Movie Industry is Being Remade – The Diplomat


The Pakistani film and drama industry has seen a massive change in the twenty-first century, despite being overshadowed by Bollywood, lousy scriptwriting, censorship, a lack of technology, and screen failures. Despite these shortcomings, young Pakistani actors have not only transformed the movie industry via their on-screen performances; in turn, the industry has also shaped how Pakistani society views the ills of the nation.

A significant change happened with the release of a controversial film, “Verna,” in 2017. Mahira Khan played the main protagonist, a rape survivor. The Center Board of Film Censors initially blocked the film’s release, citing its objectionable content, but later lifted the ban. Mahira Khan applauded the decision and dedicated the movie to Pakistan’s women and rape victims. Interestingly, the film’s release also coincided with the rise of the #MeToo movement in Pakistan.

“Verna” has challenged the Pakistani movie industry to focus on proper scripts that carry messages of social transformation, rather than simply churning out senseless big budget films.

Previously, Pakistani movies were more focused on catering to local viewers, but for the past few years, the movie industry has started trying to compete with its international counterparts. A new generation of actors has been the catalyst for this transformation; Pakistani movies and television series are now watched internationally on various platforms. Brilliant performances by young actors have forced filmmakers to contemplate making better films and not just rely on young actors’ performance. The ideas and tools for filmmaking in Pakistan are now not typically as “Eastern” as they once used to be; filmmakers and actors have been inspired by Hollywood and other regional film industries – and they have even gone one step further and challenged the nation’s controversial blasphemy law.

Before 2007, the story of almost every Pakistani movie would revolve around a rowdy young man and his affairs. The affairs would very commonly be limited to a tussle with an evil villain and romance with a damsel in distress. A famous actor of this era was Sultan Rahi. A movie that can very proficiently give a picture of this style is “Maula Jutt.” These sorts of films showed what people of that era wanted to see: a concoction of action, romance, and tragedy.

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The actor Shaan Shahid has been an active part of the old as well as  the new era. His movie “Majajan” presents him as a village hotshot with a story that includes most of the typical elements. Shahid is also a part of several movies of the modern era, such as with “Khuda Ke Liye,” “Waar,” and “Yalghaar.” None of these films fit the old script patterns, and include very different types of stories.

The young breed of Pakistani actors includes Ahad Raza Mir, Shehroz Sabzwari, Osman Khalid Butt, Bilal Khan, Ch Moazzam Ishaq, Feroze Khan, and Shahzad Sheikh, to name a few. All of them have made their presence felt in recent Pakistani films and drama serials. Television series made in Pakistan have always had multiple ideas and concepts. A distinct feature of the country’s film and television industry is that actors participate in both, unlike in other movie industries. There’s a belief in the Pakistani film industry that prominent TV stars can also work in films.

The emerging new trends are visible in Pakistan’s film industry. Pakistani filmmakers are trying to make movies that can live up to international standards of cinema. Partly as a result, many actors from Pakistan have worked for directors beyond the country’s borders, including  Indian director Rahul Dholakia and Michael Winterbottom from England. The actors are trying to bring home what they can get from their international acting experiences. This has made its impact felt on local productions.

Since 2007, films have seemed relatively new, perhaps even “experimental,” to Pakistani audiences, but this has not stopped people from taking more interest in them.  More Pakistanis now watch more movies than ever before. Films are released throughout the year and especially on public and national holidays. People of all ages are keen to go to a movie theater to watch as many Pakistani movies as they would see other, international, releases.

One problem with the film industry in Pakistan is scriptwriting. Ch Moazzam Ishaq, an aspiring actor and filmmaker says, “Our movie industry often disregards the importance of a good script and actors, and that reflects in the movies later. Most of our filmmakers still struggle with the movie’s plot and the decision to choose the perfect actor, and in the end, the audience leaves the movie hall confused and dissatisfied.”

In the past, films such as the 2015 rom-com “Halla Gulla,” despite being hits at the box office, are marred by terrible scriptwriting, lousy acting, and terrible character development.

These reasons also make it difficult for new actors who have no previous experience to get decent movie roles. However, young Pakistani actors have found ways to work in the film and television industry despite the various obstacles. Small roles in television programs, which often have better scripts, are seen as a gateway to fame and films. The industry lures young Pakistani actors who seek to emulate their peers who have gone on to become highly influential public figures. This hope keeps young aspiring Pakistani actors moving forward.

Arun Budhathoki is a Nepalese journalist, poet, and writer. He tweets at @arunbudhathoki



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Sunak urged to scrap corporation tax to British industry post pandemic


Rishi Sunak is facing calls to scrap corporation tax and overhaul “largely toothless” foreign takeover rules in an attempt to boost British industry through Brexit and the pandemic.

The Independent Business Network, which has positioned itself as an alternative lobby group to established players such as the British Chambers of Commerce, also said that the pound should be “maintained at a competitive exchange rate”.

The chancellor’s spending review tomorrow provided a platform for “greater co-ordination and focus” around expanding the UK’s trade with the world, it said.

Business leaders who endorsed Brexit in 2016, including John Longworth, a former director-general of the British Chambers of Commerce, and John Mills, who founded JML, established the IBN to seize on the opportunities they believe could be created by leaving the European Union.

It called corporation tax a “disproportionate administrative burden” for companies, and added: “Without corporation tax, businesses will have more cash on their balance sheets, which can be deployed more effectively through greater investment in improving productivity, higher wages, lower consumer prices and higher dividends.”

Its recommendations also include ensuring that sterling remains a “competitive currency”; a move that it said would “help address the productivity crisis, while delivering a resurgent manufacturing base by allowing British industries to compete on the international stage”.

The Brexit vote caused the pound to fall from $1.49 against the dollar. It recovered to $1.43 in the spring of 2018, but now stands at almost $1.33.

The IBN said scrutiny of foreign takeovers was insufficient and it is proposing an “economic health test” to consider the long-term economic benefits of such deals.





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Alibaba CEO says China’s internet policies need to evolve to help industry


November 23, 2020

WUZHEN, China (Reuters) – Chinese internet companies have moved to the forefront of the industry with the help of government policies, but regulations need to evolve with the times to help the industry manage problems and its development, Alibaba Group’s CEO said.

Daniel Zhang made the comments at the World Internet Conference on Monday.

(Reporting by Yingzhi Yang and Josh Horwitz in Wuzhen, writing by Brenda Goh; Editing by Himani Sarkar)





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Tips for Improving Business Writing Skills in the Fitness Industry


Writing, like networking and sales, is a business skill that many people find intimidating and tough to master. While writing may fall outside your wheelhouse and feel uncomfortable at first, few things affect the first impression you make on a potential customer—for better or worse—more than the written word. A few simple strategies can help you improve this vital business skill. 

You may think that writing isn’t an important element of being a health coach or exercise professional but, even if you don’t write blogs or maintain a robust website, you likely communicate with potential and current clients or participants via social media posts, emails and texts each and every day.  

You can probably recall situations when you were considering using a product or service but were turned off by the unprofessionalism of a poorly written email or a website riddled with typos, misspellings or confusing instruction. Perhaps the opposite is also true: Have you ever been unsure about a purchase until you visited a website or read through social media posts and came away impressed enough to buy?  

You want to be sure you’re on the right side of that equation, and the key is to always maintain professionalism. 

Here are a few tips that will help improve your business writing: 

  • Remember the value of good writing. Be mindful of the fact that every time you communicate with a potential or current client, you have the opportunity to establish your professionalism and make a good impression. This holds true whether you’re talking face to face, texting to confirm an appointment or posting a motivational tip on social media. A good businessperson never squanders an opportunity to connect. 
  • Think first. Be sure to think through what you want to say before writing it down. It’s generally obvious when something is written in a stream-of-consciousness manner; these communications tend to confuse, meander or miss the point entirely. 
  • Be direct. If you’re asking a question or confirming an appointment, state this clearly in the first sentence. Respect your customers’ time by getting right to the point. 
  • Avoid slang, jargon and abbreviations. Casual writing is perfectly fine in a group text among a circle of friends but should be avoided when you are representing yourself or your business. Proper grammar, spelling and punctuation are foundational elements of good writing. 
  • Be courteous and respectful. Always say please and thank you, and use a professional closing, such as “Best regards,” or “Sincerely.” If you’re attempting to sell your services, you may want to close an email with something more engaging and action-oriented, like “Thanks in advance” or “I look forward to hearing from you.” 
  • Proofread before hitting “send.” Always re-read what you write before sending it to a client or participant before posting it online. This will help you avoid simple and potentially embarrassing mistakes.  
  • Hire some help if you need it. Hiring a professional writer to develop your website or post a weekly blog that will educate your clients or drive potential sales may be a worthwhile investment. You can also hire services to post social media updates or edit email templates that you can use repeatedly. Remember, you may not be able to manage every aspect of your business, so offloading tasks that fall outside your current skill set can save you a lot of time that you could be spending more wisely.



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Risk of bankruptcy looms larger over Finnish service industry, shows survey


UP TO A FIFTH OF COMPANIES in the Finnish service industry estimate that they are at risk of going bankrupt in the next three months if the circumstances remain unchanged, reports Service Sector Employers (Palta).

The percentage of service providers at risk of bankruptcy has almost doubled from the 11 per cent measured by the employer organisation in August.

Lauri Vuori, the chief economist at Palta, on Tuesday revealed that the risk of bankruptcy is the highest for small and medium enterprises, especially in administrative and support services such as travel agencies and publishing in the communication and information industry. In the logistics and transport sector, in turn, the risk is high especially for companies specialising in passenger road and water transport.

Pessimism, the survey found, is relatively prevalent in the service industry, with 15 per cent of the respondents viewing their businesses will never recover to the levels that preceded the pandemic-induced crisis. An increasing number of businesses will see their budding recovery slow down or unravel toward the end of the year.

“It seems that the vaccine news from last week has not had a significant impact on companies’ estimates of their outlook for the rest of the year. Depending on the availability of the vaccine, the crisis will continue at companies for months,” said Vuori.

“News of the vaccine did, however, brighten the outlook for next year a bit.”

Palta reported that the share of companies that expect their operations return to normal at the beginning of next year increased following the news, whereas that of companies that did not expect to rebound until the end of next year decreased.

Pfizer and BioNTech reported on Monday, 9 November, that their vaccine was more than 90-per-cent effective at protecting people against the new coronavirus in first analysis and caused no serious safety concerns. Palta collected roughly a half of the responses before and half after the announcement.

The 160 service-sector executives survey represent companies that employ nearly 25,000 people.

Aleksi Teivainen – HT



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Chain reaction – Britain’s nuclear industry faces a do-or-die moment | Britain


THE VILLAGE of Sizewell, on the east coast of England, has hosted nuclear power stations since 1966. The first is closed. The second, Sizewell B, started feeding power into the grid in 1995. The government is considering whether to back the construction of a third. It would be a replica of the Hinkley C plant that is under construction in Somerset, the first new nuclear power station built in Britain in 25 years. Sizewell C, if it is built, will be the second. The decision is crucial for the future of Britain’s nuclear industry.

Climate change has made the politics of nuclear power even more complex than it used to be. Public concerns about radiation and the disruption caused by construction must now be balanced against the capability of nuclear power to generate large amounts of electricity without the emission of carbon dioxide, which warms the atmosphere.

Unlike the two fast-growing mainstays of zero-carbon electricity generation, wind and solar power, nuclear power’s output is stable, and does not fluctuate with the weather. This makes it valuable to any country attempting to decarbonise. Most of the mathematical models which stay within the confines of the Paris Agreement, which aims to constrain the temperature increase on the planet to less than 2°C, have nuclear power playing a significant role.

Yet the West is abysmal at building new nuclear power stations. Olkiluoto 3, in Finland, is running 12 years behind schedule. Flamanville 3, which is being built in France, is about ten years behind and €10bn ($12bn) over budget. Both use European Pressure Reactors (EPR) from a French company, Areva, which is owned by the French state utility Electricité de France (EDF). Hinkley C and Sizewell C are also being built by EDF. Each contains two EPRs.

Critics of large nuclear-power stations cite EDF’s overruns as reasons why Britain should pull back from its nuclear ambitions. Instead, some say, Britain should focus on offshore wind turbines, diverting the money it will take to build plants like Sizewell C. In just the past few years, the proportion of electricity generated by wind has jumped dramatically (see chart).

Since Hinkley C is under construction, Sizewell C is the project around which the current debate is playing out. EDF argues that the situation in Britain is different to that in Finland and France, and that its British reactors stand to benefit from cost reductions as it builds more copies of the same design in a way that its European reactors have not. This summer Julia Pyke, an EDF director, said that the second EPR to be used in Hinkley C has had 45% more steel installed than the first unit over the same timeframe, and that the reactor’s cooling components had been installed 50% faster. Sizewell C would benefit from the same dynamic, as well as lower regulatory costs, since the Office for Nuclear Regulation has approved its progenitor.

Even if Boris Johnson announces his support for Sizewell C, additional barriers remain. EDF won’t complete the government’s planning process until 2022 at the earliest. Its approval will also take time. A method of financing the plant’s construction must still be worked out and private investors found.

The risk of overruns is considerable, but the risks of failing to decarbonise are much greater. If Sizewell C does not go ahead, Britain will lose any hope of reducing the cost of nuclear power, and thereby the realistic option of including it in the grid. Its existing nuclear fleet is scheduled for decommissing within the decade. Wind power is cheap and getting cheaper; nuclear power is yet to start moving in the right direction. But it may; and given the danger of global warming, there is an argument for keeping the nuclear option open.

This article appeared in the Britain section of the print edition under the headline “Chain reaction”

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