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energyAnti-nuclear policies increased global carbon by 18% and added 9.5 million air pollution deaths

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France uses about 80% nuclear energy for its electricity supply. The US has used about 16-24%. The US was on track to go to 80% nuclear energy but allow this to be derailed with over-regulation. The spike in interest rates …

energyApple helping to get carbon free aluminum process scaled

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Aluminum has been mass produced the same way since 1886, when it was pioneered by Alcoa’s founder, Charles Hall. The process involves applying a strong electrical current to alumina, which removes oxygen. Both Hall’s original experiments and today’s largest smelters …

air pollutionAir pollution deaths at 7 million per year are like unending WW2 scale deaths

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Air pollution levels remain dangerously high in many parts of the world. New data from WHO shows that 9 out of 10 people breathe air containing high levels of pollutants. Updated estimations reveal an alarming death toll of 7 million …

energyJapan slowly restarting nuclear reactors with ongoing financial and environmental costs

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Unit 3 of the Ohi nuclear power plant in Japan’s Fukui Prefecture today resumed commercial operation, Kansai Electric Power Company announced. The reactor is the sixth to be restarted after clearing the country’s revised safety regulations. Following the shutdown of …

energyResearchers believe it will be economical to convert CO2 into various fuels

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Researchers claim they are on the cusp of a CO2-recycling revolution, which would capture CO2 from power plants—and maybe even directly from the atmosphere—and convert it into these fuels at scale, they report today in Joule. The scale-up and the …

climate changeA walls and dams will delay major sea level rise for a few centuries and cost 1000 times less

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Princeton researchers recommend targeted geoengineering to preserve continental ice sheets. “Geoengineering interventions can be targeted at specific negative consequences of climate change, rather than at the entire planet,” postdoctoral research associate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences Michael Wolovick said. The …

climate changeWorld CO2 emissions increased in 2017 and clean energy addition needs to be over 7 times higher to fix by 2050

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Global energy demand grew by 2.1% in 2017, according to IEA preliminary estimates, more than twice the growth rate in 2016. Global energy demand in 2017A reached an estimated 14 050 million tonnes of oil equivalent (Mtoe), compared with 10 …

chinaChina’s anti-pollution war uses 60,000+ soldiers, artillery, and planes for tree planting and rain making

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China has a war against its big air pollution problem. Air pollution in China causes about 1 million deaths each year. These are deaths and health impacts comparable to what China faced in WW2. China is using a massive amount …

climate changeScience is still learning about the variable activity of our Sun over ten thousand years

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Contrary to popular belief, SCIENCE still hasn’t a working theory as to why the Sun is somewhat aperiodically oscillatory. There are lots of theories, but they contradict. None of the theories predict well. There was the still unexplained 200-year long …

astronomyLonger winters are coming in reality and will partially blunt global warming for 50 years

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Reduced sunspot activity has been observed and indicates the sun is heading into a 50 year reduced solar activity similar to what happened in the mid-17th century. Comparison to similar stars indicates the reduced activity will cause 0.25% less UV …