What do you think about thorium as a new fuel for the powerplants? Since it’s alot more common and alot more secure to use thorium as fuel. This is because when you create uranium-235 out of the thorium and then cleaves the core it creates alot less heavy substances that has a long half-life that is the reason for the massive amount of time that the nuclear waste has to be stored. Since you can use every little atom you don’t need as much thorium as uranium when thorium is used as a fuel. (Facts from a swedish science-paper).
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I believe nuclear energy can be a viable and safe source of energy. Most nuclear reactors these days are generation I reactors that are dangerous and produce much to much waste not to mention the energy lost in our terrible electrical grid. Generation II reactors will be safer and better and can be placed closer to cities so all the power can be used.
Eat less meat to prevent climate disaster, study warns…
Fertilisers used in growing feed crops for cattle produce the most potent of the greenhouse gases causing climate change
A study published in Environmental Research Letters warns that drastic changes in food production and at the dinner table are needed by 2050 in order to prevent catastrophic global warming.
It’s arguably the most difficult challenge in dealing with climate change: how to reduce emissions from food production while still producing enough to feed a global population projected to reach 9 billion by the middle of this century.
More on the impact of food prodction on climate change below…
Great Barrier Reef ‘not so great’:
“So the question is: why has coral cover continued to decline when the Great Barrier Reaf is being managed with a management regime often recognised as ‘the best managed coral reef system in the world’, based on a strong science-for-management ethic?”
In a nut shell, the stressors which are known to be most responsible for the loss of coral cover and general ‘reef health’ were terrestrial pollution including the link to outbreaks of crown of thorns starfish, fishing impacts and climate change.
And effective action on climate change has yet to begin either nationally or globally.
The fight to save the Amazon just enlisted a global sports superstar, Ricardo Kaká. The current Real Madrid striker and Brazilian national starter has joined Greenpeace to support zero deforestation of the Amazon.
While soccer still has a way to go in the USA, there isn’t a kid in the world (outside the USA) who doesn’t know who Kaká is. Let’s hope Kaká’s star power makes our future generations understand that Amazon deforestation must not be tolerated.
BP Oil Spill Devastated Seafloor Coral:
Since sea bed coral lies some 4,000 feet (1,200 meters) below the surface, it is not usually harmed by spills from oil tankers, according to lead study author Helen White, an assistant professor of chemistry at Haverford College in Pennsylvania.
“We would not expect deep-water corals to be impacted by a typical oil spill, but the sheer magnitude of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and its release at depth make it very different from a tanker running aground and spilling its contents,” she said.
“Because of the unprecedented nature of the spill, we have learned that its impacts are more far reaching than those arising from smaller spills that occur on the surface.”
‘Unprecedented’ heat in US, 7,000 records set or tied:
Since March 12, more than 7,000 high temperature records have been equalled or exceeded, Cullen said, citing figures from the US National Climatic Data Center.
The date of first leafing - the day when buds burst open - has moved forward from March 20, where it was during the 30-year period from 1951 to 1980, to March 17, where it has been for the period from 1981 to 2010.
This early wake-up call for plants and animals can have disastrous health consequences, especially for children, said Dr. Aaron Bernstein of the Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard Medical School. Pollen counts are breaking records around the US, Bernstein said, noting that allergies cost the US economy between $6bn and $12bn annually.
Why are trees are turning blue in Seattle and Vancouver?
It’s a socially-driven art project started by Australian artist Konstantin Dimopoulos who uses a water-based pigment to turn the trees “ultramarine blue.”
The goal: To inspire awareness about global deforestation. Take a look at what the project looked like in Vancouver.
This is still local news. But look for this social art project to gain momentum at a national level. It’s beautiful and deserves our attention!!!
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