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Bertrand Piccard: Renewable champion’s strong message to nuclear protagonists

Bertrand Piccard: Renewable champion’s strong message to nuclear protagonists

Swiss adventurer Bertrand Piccard is much sought after in Davos – not just by those who wish to bask in reflected fame, but also because of insights his unique experiences have brought. Piccard first hit the headlines when beating Richard Branson’s attempt to become the first person to circumnavigate the world in a hot air balloon. He followed that up last year by flying around the world in a solar-only powered airplane. Piccard is a champion for improving the state of the world, focusing his attention on promoting the benefits of renewable energy. In this fascinating discourse, he explains how the cost of wind and solar power has continued to fall and is now at a fraction of what nuclear power would costs. So why does South Africa persist with a potentially bankrupting nuclear build programme? Piccard has a typically forthright answer. Have a listen. – Alec Hogg

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