Category Archives: Nuclear energy & weapons

All things nuclear, but mostly nuclear power.

Graphic of the Week: How to reduce emissions fast enough?

According to most estimates, we really are running out of time for the required CO2 emission reductions. Even if we were to achieve peak emissions by 2016, we’d still need global emission reduction rates of around 3% per year – … Continue reading

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Graphic of the week: The great “80% of world’s energy could be generated from renewables” fallacy

Is a future without fossil fuels and without nuclear truly feasible? In 2011, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation, or SRREN. The report sought to determine the … Continue reading

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Graphic of the week: Comparing land use of wind and nuclear energy

Nuclear energy is often claimed to be environmentally harmful technology, especially when contrasted with renewables such as wind power. However, these claims are rarely accompanied by proper sources. This may be because comparisons using actual science do not really support … Continue reading

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“Graph” of the Week: What happens if nuclear waste repository leaks?

Lately, I’ve been spending some time reading through reports on nuclear waste management. What is striking is how conservative the calculations seem to be; for example, the report by Posiva (the Finnish company responsible for the world’s first civilian nuclear … Continue reading

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“Graph” of the Week: Fukushima tritium leak in context

The “massive” tritium leak to sea from Fukushima since 2011 equals the tritium content of about 22 to 44 self-luminescent EXIT signs. More info about exit signs here: http://www.dep.state.pa.us/brp/radiation_control_division/tritium.htm

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Mark Lynas’ “Nuclear 2.0:” The case for a Grand Alliance of Low Carbon

As a PhD researcher and an environmentalist who is deeply concerned about the utter lack of progress in reducing CO2 emissions, it has been dismaying to follow how the mainstream environmental movement has been spending money and energy in fighting … Continue reading

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AKME nuclear reactor coming soon to a city near you!

Russian nuclear regulator has licensed AKME-Engineering to build nuclear power plants. Hilarity aside, the proposed lead-bismuth cooled SVBR-100 reactor looks quite promising. For one thing, it can use its uranium fuel much more efficiently than current reactor types, and leaves … Continue reading

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Electricity generation statistics: this time with five countries :)

The previous post had a simple graph showing electricity generation in four sample countries. Two of the countries had chosen to embrace nuclear energy, while two are known as the champions of renewable energy (wind, solar, biomass, and wave power). … Continue reading

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Shares of electricity generation in four countries

Shares of electricity generating technologies in four sample countries. “Fossils” include coal, oil, gas and peat. “Clean” includes renewables (inc. hydro) and nuclear. Data from World Bank/IEA statistics. Might want to see this as well: Total electricity generated, kWh   … Continue reading

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Of nuclear weapons, nuclear threats, and nuclear-free world

Being old enough to dimly remember something about the late 1980s, I’ve always been fascinated by the history of the Cold War. I’ve been researching one aspect in particular: the development, deployment and (so far, with two noted exceptions) the non-use … Continue reading

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