News Compilation: April 2024


April 15, 2024
Small Reactors Don’t Add Up as a Viable Energy Source
Concerned about the impact of nuclear energy on climate change? SPPGA Prof. M.V. Ramana and MPPGA student Sophie Groll’s article in 360 delves into the complexities and challenges of Small Modular Reactors (SMRs).

April 14, 2024
Repurposing Harmful Fisheries Subsidies Could Reduce Poverty
Prof. Rashid Sumaila‘s (SPPGA, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries) co-authored article in Maritime Executive looks at the complex relationship between fishing subsidies, overfishing, and poverty in coastal communities. Learn how redirecting funds could be the key to a more sustainable future.

April 11, 2024
Advancing the Rights of Girls and Women Promotes Justice and is Also Effective Climate Action
Girls are frequently sidelined in climate policy discussions. SPPGA Prof. Grace M. Jaramillo‘s research with MPPGA students emphasizes the critical importance of inclusive action. via The Conversation

April 8, 2024
The Human Right to a Clean, Healthy and Sustainable Ocean
Co-author and Prof. David Boyd (SPPGA, IRES) sheds light on the urgent need for action in protecting our oceans. Learn more about the transformative power of recognizing ocean rights in npj Ocean Sustainability.

April 5, 2024
Former US Officials Push Back on Reprocessing Plans
SPPGA Director Allison Macfarlane urges caution on U.S. plans for a nuclear fuel reprocessing facility. Learn more about the concerns raised and the potential risks involved in the latest report from Energy Intelligence.


April 22, 2024
Chinese Ambassador Ends His Posting in Canada
Learn about the intricate world of international diplomacy with insights from SPPGA Prof. Emeritus Paul Evans. His expert commentary in The Globe and Mail sheds light on the evolving dynamics of Canada-China relations.

April 19, 2024
How Has Public Opinion on Nuclear Weapons Changed Over the Years?
Examine the history and future of nuclear disarmament with SPPGA Prof. M.V. Ramana on CBC Vancouver. Learn about the annual peace march against nuclear weapons in Vancouver during the ’70s and ’80s, and how public opinion continues to shape global efforts for peace.

April 8, 2024
UK Should Consider Wider Range of Nuclear Power Options, Says Top Official
SPPGA Director Allison Macfarlane examines the potential of small modular reactors for sustainable energy. Read her thoughts on the evolving landscape of UK’s nuclear sector in Financial Times.

April 7, 2024
US Nuclear Industry Upbeat on Small Reactors, Despite Setback
The U.S. nuclear energy landscape is shifting. SPPGA Prof. M.V. Ramana weighs in on the challenges and opportunities for small modular reactors. via France 24

April 2, 2024
Land Tenure Lesson From Laos For Forest Carbon Projects (Commentary)
Learn about the importance of capacity-building and just benefit-sharing in forest carbon projects from MPPGA students, Melissa Lo, Simran Kaur, Oluwole Soyinka, Sheng Huan Tang, and Song Fu. via Mongabay