IPCC draft recommends more nuclear power

From the BBC, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) draft report suggests solutions to mitigate climate change, such as capturing and burying emissions from coal-fired power plants, shifting to renewable forms of energy and more use of nuclear power.

The findings of the report will be used by governments and international organisations to map out their own plans for climate change mitigation.

“The IPCC plays an incredibly important role in the political negotiations so people can point and say ‘Look, this is what is going to happen in 50 years, these are the options available for us to take actions’,” said UN Environment Programme spokesman Michael Williams.

The report’s conclusions will play a key role in negotiations on the Kyoto Protocol, which will take place in December on the Indonesian island of Bali.

It will also influence world leaders when they meet face-to-face over climate change at the summit of the group of eight most industrialised nations (G8) in June.

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bw,

I recommend you revisit http://energyfromthorium.com to catch up on the latest advances in the liquid fluoride thorium reactor.

Also, with respect to solving the coal CO2 problem, look at the presentation at
http://rethinkingnuclearpower.googlepages.com/aimhigh

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I am also a supporter of use the tech that we got as best we can. Develop along several lines and especially push ahead with simple modifications to what works.

Nuclear fission works. Fixing some of its problems with thorium would be good. Plus liquid-fluoride thorium reactors coupled with helium gas-turbine power could be made pretty light for space usage.

The emit all we want cause we can clean it up is a risky plan. Similar to eat all you want and then get liposuction. Both could work. But the safer way to go is just eat right and exercise. Liposuction in case the weight still gets out of hand.

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I am obviously very optimistic about technology and using technology to solve problems. However, if we can start doing things now that we know will definitely make things better then we should. There are lot of things that could happen or should happen that might not. It could take time to rollout the clean up tech, it may take longer than we expect for it to arrive, the investments to develop the cleanup tech.

Use the cleanup tech when we get it, too.

So far there seems to be minimal actual investment in clean up tech. Some experiments with carbon sequestering. But not much looks like it will make a dent in the billions of tons of CO2 being produced.

the solar shade ideas could work but there are many challenges to doing it and getting it right looks tricky.

full molecular nanotech could do it too. As we know there are not many people really working to get that.

what specific tech are you expecting and when ?

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The new thorium plan for nuclear power plants sounds good. Meanwhile, solar panels are about to be mass-produced by nanosolar.

But does CO2 emission really matter when we'll have the means to regulate the atmosphere's chemical makeup on demand, in the near future?