Tagged: Nuclear power

Finland’s nuclear waste and the NZ connection - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin Jul 07, 2017

You don’t hear much about Finland being a big user of nuclear power, but the country’s four reactors supply nearly a third of the country’s electricity needs. A fifth reactor is currently being built to boost capacity, as other European countries mothball or proceed to phase out their nuclear facilities due to lingering fears over the safety of nuclear … Read More

We still don’t really know the health hazards of a nuclear accident - Guest Work

Guest Author Mar 17, 2016

Claire Corkhill, University of Sheffield Five years after the nuclear disaster in Fukushima and 30 years after the Chernobyl accident, scientists are still disagreeing about the impact on human health – such as how many people have got cancer as a result and how dangerous the exclusion zones currently are. In Fukushima, residents are forbidden to permanently … Read More

We should probably talk about nuclear power - Guest Work

Guest Author Sep 09, 2014

SciBlogs is running guest posts from some of the Eureka! Sir Paul Callaghan Awards 2014 finalists. In this guest post, University of Auckland student Rachael Wiltshire kicks off a conversation about the future of New Zealand energy. Three years ago, my History class was studying the Vietnam War when a question arose: why would anyone want to implement Communism? … Read More

Nuclear manoeuvres - Ariadne

Robert Hickson Apr 13, 2014

Is the world moving toward a nuclear power renaissance? The following chart from Technology Review shows that while traditional nuclear energy nations are scaling back, others are building nuclear power plants. Japan is moving to reactivate nuclear plants , although the opposition political party wants to phase them out. China in particular is … Read More

What Will Work - Hot Topic

Bryan Walker Jan 24, 2012

Kristin Shrader-Frechette of the University of Notre Dame is rigorous in the presentation of her argument in What Will Work: Fighting Climate Change with Renewable Energy, Not Nuclear Power. In recent times a number of leading environmentalists have concluded nuclear power has to be employed to enable the transition away from fossil fuels. Shrader-Frechette disagrees. [...] … Read More

The God Species - Hot Topic

Bryan Walker Aug 14, 2011

It’s an arresting title, The God Species: How the Planet Can Survive the Age of Humans. For author Mark Lynas the Holocene, the 10,000 year post-ice age era during which human civilisation evolved and flourished, has given way in industrial times to the Anthropocene, an age in which the human population has undergone extraordinary growth, [...] … Read More

Merkel’s rush to renewables - Hot Topic

Bryan Walker May 12, 2011

I’ve become wary of politicians’ commitments to clean energy, having been disappointed by the rapidity with which the rhetoric of leaders like Obama or Rudd loses substance when the political going gets tough. But it was hard not to pay attention to a striking article in Yale Environment 360 this week in which Der Spiegel [...] … Read More

The Great Disruption - Hot Topic

Bryan Walker Mar 29, 2011

Australian Paul Gilding straddles the NGO and corporate worlds. A former international head of Greenpeace, he subsequently moved into consultancy with global corporations and others on the transition to sustainability. Transition can sound a comfortingly gradual process, but that’s far from the case with the transition foreseen in his striking new book The Great Disruption: [...] … Read More

How to shut down a nuclear reactor - A Measure of Science

Shaun Hendy Mar 16, 2011

As Japan deals with the after-effects of its strongest earthquake on record and an even more devastating tsunami, the world’s attention is focussed on the Fukushima nuclear power plant.  The plant houses a number of nuclear reactors, which, despite being shut down during the earthquake, need to be carefully managed to ensure that the nuclear fuel is kept cool.  This … Read More

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