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Hope123
Posted: Friday, December 28, 2018 9:52:12 PM

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Latest Climate Change News. Welcome to add any you see to update periodically. In fact, please do.

https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2017/6/1/15724164/9-questions-climate-change-too-embarrassed-to-ask


1. Good news. Even Businesses!!! are calling upon governments to do their part in Climate Change mitigation.

http://www.climatechangenews.com/2018/12/20/big-businesses-calling-governments-raise-climate-ambition/ http://www.climatechangenews.com


3. Glaciers - not so good news.

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-glaciers-in-western-canada-retreating-at-unprecedented-pace-because-of/

"The louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons." Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
Hope123
Posted: Saturday, December 29, 2018 4:01:05 PM

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I mentioned in another thread that Donald has been constantly deregulating everything meant to protect people. They also affect the environment.

Here are just two of them.

1. Chemical company DowDuPont donated $1,000,000 to Trump's inauguration.

2. Trump's administration re-allowed the use of DuPont's pesticide, chlorpyrifos.

3. Chlorpyrifos is from the same family as *sarin nerve gas*

https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/trump-reverses-insecticide-ban-dow-chemicals/

Called Dursban, Diazinon, Lorsban

https://www.metro.us/body-and-mind/health/chlorpyrifos-neurotoxin-senators-banned-insecticides

As far as I can tell it has restrictions and very limited use in Canada if at all in 2018.

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https://news.yahoo.com/trump-epa-says-limits-mercury-emissions-coal-plants-173623938.html

This is one source of mercury pollution that causes toxic metal poisoning - a topic dear to my heart.



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Hope123
Posted: Sunday, December 30, 2018 4:21:25 PM

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https://www.gatesnotes.com/About-Bill-Gates/Year-in-Review-2018?WT.mc_id=12_29_2018_21_YIR2018_BG-EM_&WT.tsrc=BGEM#disqus

Latest on Energy by Bill Gates
Global emissions of greenhouse gases went up in 2018. For me, that just reinforces the fact that the only way to prevent the worst climate-change scenarios is to get some breakthroughs in clean energy.
Some people think we have all the tools we need, and that driving down the cost of renewables like solar and wind solves the problem. I am glad to see solar and wind getting cheaper and we should be deploying them wherever it makes sense.
But solar and wind are intermittent sources of energy, and we are unlikely to have super-cheap batteries anytime soon that would allow us to store sufficient energy for when the sun isn’t shining or the wind isn’t blowing. Besides, electricity accounts for only 25% of all emissions. We need to solve the other 75% too.
This year Breakthrough Energy Ventures, the clean-energy investment fund I’m involved with, announced the first companies we’re putting money into. You can see the list at http://www.b-t.energy/ventures/our-investment-portfolio/. We are looking at all the major drivers of climate change. The companies we chose are run by brilliant people and show a lot of promise for taking innovative clean-energy ideas out of the lab and getting them to market.
Next year I will speak out more about how the U.S. needs to regain its leading role in nuclear power research. (This is unrelated to my work with the foundation.)
Nuclear is ideal for dealing with climate change, because it is the only carbon-free, scalable energy source that’s available 24 hours a day. The problems with today’s reactors, such as the risk of accidents, can be solved through innovation.
The United States is uniquely suited to create these advances with its world-class scientists, entrepreneurs, and investment capital.

Unfortunately, America is no longer the global leader on nuclear energy that it was 50 years ago. To regain this position, it will need to commit new funding, update regulations, and show investors that it’s serious.
There are several promising ideas in advanced nuclear that should be explored if we get over these obstacles. TerraPower, the company I started 10 years ago, uses an approach called a traveling wave reactor that is safe, prevents proliferation, and produces very little waste. We had hoped to build a pilot project in China, but recent policy changes here in the U.S. have made that unlikely. We may be able to build it in the United States if the funding and regulatory changes that I mentioned earlier happen.
The world needs to be working on lots of solutions to stop climate change. Advanced nuclear is one, and I hope to persuade U.S. leaders to get into the game.



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progpen
Posted: Monday, December 31, 2018 4:44:15 AM

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It is unfortunate that he is so pro nuke. The pro nuke arguments tend to gloss over the incredible damage that waste containment and storage is already doing to the country and rarely address any solutions except to say, "it will be fixed someday". We need to find a solution for the existing nuclear waste before we decide to generate even more.

Edit: Not that I don't trust Gates, but once this gets into the free market, that can function, for the most part, on waste uranium, will become might function a little bit on waste uranium simply because waste uranium will be more expensive to process.

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Hope123
Posted: Monday, December 31, 2018 10:36:13 AM

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Proggy, I didn't know the US has not sorted the problem of nuclear waste yet. Nuclear energy to Canadians seems like a sensible solution when waste problems are addressed.

In spite of rigorous assessment that a storage site near Lake Huron was safe, the US got involved. I don't know the current status.

https://www.greatlakesnow.org/2018/05/a-nuclear-waste-dump-a-mile-from-lake-huron/


Canada has been a leader in nuclear research technology.

I vaguely remember visiting the Bruce nuclear reactor power plant during a northern Ontario auto trip on our honeymoon - 56 years ago.

The second link explains how Canada deals with waste and the program set up in 2002 to do so. Radioactive waste produced in Canada is managed safely in specially designed facilities.

We have a new Conservative provincial government which may change the plans that were being evolved re electricity in Ontario by the previous government.

"About 15% of Canada's electricity comes from nuclear power, with 19 reactors mostly in Ontario providing 13.5 GWe of power capacity.
Canada had plans to expand its nuclear capacity over the next decade by building two more new reactors, but these have been deferred.
For many years Canada has been a leader in nuclear research and technology, exporting reactor systems developed in Canada as well as a high proportion of the world supply of radioisotopes used in medical diagnosis and cancer therapy."


http://www.world-nuclear.org/information-library/nuclear-fuel-cycle/nuclear-wastes/radioactive-waste-management.aspx

http://www.world-nuclear.org/information-library/country-profiles/countries-a-f/canada-nuclear-power.aspx

Myth busters about nuclear energy.

http://nuclearsafety.gc.ca/eng/resources/mythbusters/index.cfm


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will
Posted: Wednesday, January 2, 2019 9:10:22 AM
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Nuclear is often touted as being CO2 free, but an issue frequently overlooked by proponents of nuclear power is the unsustainable amounts of greenhouse gases produced in the process of mining and milling uranium. http://www.energyscience.org.au/FS02%20CO2%20Emissions.pdf

I notice the section on mining in Hope123's myth busters link doesn’t even address the issue.

Cradle to grave, CO2 emissions from nuclear are slightly less than coal and on a par with gas. Nuclear is a degree worse than both for other harmful gases. All are unsustainable if we are to limit and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in line with the IPCC recommendations.

The silver bullet, or elephant in the room, is energy reduction. This politically sensitive, but readily achievable, route is never likely to be at the top of Bill Gates’ Christmas list, but the reality is never more obvious than at this time of year when our landfill sites are already filling up with the useless crap produced specifically to fuel our consumer driven festivities. Bah-humbug! Whistle


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Posted: Wednesday, January 2, 2019 10:11:57 AM
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However, I'm with Australia all the way in their outrage at the proposal that American waste be dumped in Australia. Doubly outrageous as Australia does not produce any radioactive waste classified as high-level.

Memories of the Bush Administration's refusal to abide by Australian safety standards with an airy "We'll sort that out later" remain in the National consciousness.
Hope123
Posted: Wednesday, January 2, 2019 1:24:01 PM

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So if fossil fuels are out, nuclear is out and not much better anyhow, and solar power has problems, do we go back to the "dark age"? Not willing to do that.

What is the least "bad"? Can we find solutions to the nuclear waste problem even with NIMBY?

No country should have to accept the waste of others against their will and without abiding by safety standards. What was the outcome of the Australia/Us conflict, Rom?

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will
Posted: Thursday, January 3, 2019 10:51:28 AM
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There’s no need to return to the “dark ages”… someone’s hyperbole has been rubbing off on you. Speak to the hand Whistle

The latest IPCC report contains a framework for a global sustainable energy supply. I’m not personally qualified to say how credible it is, but it probably represents the widest scope of expertise. Obviously different countries will have different agendas, and there will be competition from certain vested interests – nuclear industry claims that nuclear reactors are CO2 free is not strictly speaking wrong, but it does put a positive spin on the bigger picture.

An analogy of this apparently insurmountable reliance on carbon intensive energy is the situation with plastics. Hippy types have been warning about plastics in the environment for decades, in the last 5 years, with the wider public – and the political and economical motivation that follows – behind the cause, it’s suddenly become apparent how much of what we thought was essential is just waste, or easily replaced by a superior option.

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Hope123
Posted: Thursday, January 3, 2019 9:01:12 PM

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I guess I should have added the tongue-in-cheek emoji to my 'dark ages' reference.

In the other "Reality" thread I just posted and mentioned that I had skimmed a bit through the "Mitigation" part of the IPCC paper but do not have any expertise at all to understand all the complicated variables in the world that have to be taken into consideration. But they did emphasize getting to the goal with sustainability.

As for plastic, my GI MD turned Clinical Ecologist warned me about using plastic for food storage in 1976. I use glass wherever possible and some plastic bags in the freezer. Plastic should never be used when hot and plastic water bottles should not be reused. Mainstream medicine just discovered that plastic can leach and be toxic - what - about ten years ago now or so when they talked about BPA and classified the kinds of plastic.

We have had a reverse osmosis system under the sink since 1976 when I first got really sick and I carry my water wherever I go in an old club soda glass bottle that can be washed and reused.

Taking washable grocery bags to the store etc is one of the superior options you alluded to and there are lots more. We have to stop fouling our own nest.


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Posted: Friday, January 4, 2019 4:36:52 AM

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Romany, no other country in the world should have to deal with US waste of any kind whatsoever. Just because I don't think Gate's idea will work in the US, doesn't mean it can't work elsewhere. Oversight, regulation, and accountability are required and unfortunately, they don't exist in abundance in the US at the moment. The use of waste fuel has been a holy grail of nuclear power for some time and I remember a few years back writing about a system devised in France here on this forum (I think). I thought it was an excellent idea and still think so.

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Posted: Friday, January 4, 2019 7:35:07 AM

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will wrote:
This politically sensitive, but readily achievable, route is never likely to be at the top of Bill Gates’ Christmas list, but the reality is never more obvious than at this time of year when our landfill sites are already filling up with the useless crap produced specifically to fuel our consumer driven festivities. Bah-humbug! Whistle


We keep seeing articles about plastic-eating bacteria but have not heard of anything plausible yet. The biodegradable and compostable plastic is out there, but I've heard that the biodegradable bit just means it breaks down really tiny but doesn't actually biodegrade (American marketing at its best).

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will
Posted: Friday, January 4, 2019 3:39:20 PM
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No need for an emoji, Hope123, I fully got you.

progpen wrote:
The use of waste fuel has been a holy grail of nuclear power for some time and I remember a few years back writing about a system devised in France here on this forum (I think).

The real holy grail of nuclear power generation is fusion. There was news at the beginning of last year that the substantial advantages of fusion power may be a working reality in as little as 15 years. I don’t know how realistic this timescale is, or if the announcement had anything to do with boosting investor confidence after Trump’s announcement to cut it’s commitment to an international project with the same aims.

I recently spoke to someone who works at the JET facility in Oxfordshire who estimates 30 years before a fusion is adding power to the grid… depending on what effect Brexit has Brick wall


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progpen
Posted: Sunday, January 13, 2019 9:01:48 AM

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will wrote:
No need for an emoji, Hope123, I fully got you.

progpen wrote:
The use of waste fuel has been a holy grail of nuclear power for some time and I remember a few years back writing about a system devised in France here on this forum (I think).

The real holy grail of nuclear power generation is fusion. There was news at the beginning of last year that the substantial advantages of fusion power may be a working reality in as little as 15 years. I don’t know how realistic this timescale is, or if the announcement had anything to do with boosting investor confidence after Trump’s announcement to cut it’s commitment to an international project with the same aims.

I recently spoke to someone who works at the JET facility in Oxfordshire who estimates 30 years before a fusion is adding power to the grid… depending on what effect Brexit has Brick wall


I read an article about the MIT fusion project (published in November) that gave a timeline of 2025 for a couple of megawatts, so I don't know if that is the same project you were talking about. Since it is a partnership with a private business, I hope the budget cuts don't hit as hard.

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Hope123
Posted: Sunday, January 13, 2019 10:02:17 AM

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There are no timelines in this article published yesterday but they have had breakthroughs in testing for safety and now in stability. We can hope they get more breakthroughs that can speed it up sooner than thirty years.

https://www.siliconrepublic.com/machines/nuclear-fusion-major-breakthrough-stability

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Hope123
Posted: Wednesday, January 16, 2019 10:14:28 AM

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Donald is more than "wall nuts". Here's another "brilliant" idea he has to save money. More news on threatening the environment re nuclear waste by the US president.

https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-trump-nuke-radioactive-waste-20181210-story.html

I actually feel sorry for American people who don't support him and especially those who live near waste disposal plants. His plan is to reclassify nukes as "non-harmful".

Every time he decides to save money on the backs of the people to pay for the tax grab of the wealthy, it actually costs more in the long run and does harm to the public. Ask the farmers who have not committed suicide yet who are turning against him because of his tariffs and trade war with China, and now no socialistic subsidy cheques during the shutdown. And those who are losing jobs at GM and other companies, and those federal workers who are at food lines when they haven't been paid because of his temper tantrum. Even the economy is now being threatened. When personal pocketbooks get hit they will finally see that he really is for himself, not them. Something they were warned about before the election.

Supporters wanted change and shakeup. They must love the chaos.

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Posted: Friday, February 15, 2019 1:41:16 AM

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Hope123 wrote:
When personal pocketbooks get hit they will finally see that he really is for himself, not them. Something they were warned about before the election.


I do not see this happening. Those people are not able to assign any blame or responsibility on him for what he does because they already have not one, but many scapegoats. They see themselves as belonging to his tribe and that makes them powerful and better than people who don't support him.


Hope123 wrote:
Supporters wanted change and shakeup. They must love the chaos.


The Anarchists and far/alt right extremists have been waiting for this for decades. They have talked about nothing else. Watch the US disintegrate and then be ready to rebuild the country in their image. This is not a new plan or a secret plan.

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