Category: Environment

Next stop, hydrogen-powered trains

As old diesel trains are phased out of rail networks around the world, the UK is about to test a new type of engine that could help to decarbonise railways – hydrogen-powered trains By Allison Hirschlag From the platform it looked like any other… Continue Reading “Next stop, hydrogen-powered trains”

Nuclear energy report shows progress is two steps forward, one step back

By Robin Bromby – May 20, 2020 Uranium mining hopefuls are fond of tables showing how many reactors are operating around the world and — even more exciting — how many are in construction, being planned or being thought about. The picture from the… Continue Reading “Nuclear energy report shows progress is two steps forward, one step back”

Climate explained: why we need to focus on increased consumption as much as population growth

Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz Almost every threat to modern humanity… Continue Reading “Climate explained: why we need to focus on increased consumption as much as population growth”

Tomorrow’s nuclear reactors: small but beautiful

Pebble-bed reactors and small modular reactors round out the list of favorites by Jonathan Tennenbaum February 6, 2020 This is the sixth and final installment in a series. To read from the beginning find part 1 here, part 2 here, part 3 here a, part 4… Continue Reading “Tomorrow’s nuclear reactors: small but beautiful”

Molten salt and traveling wave nuclear reactors

Two advanced nuclear power reactor designs that can solve a multitude of problems by Jonathan Tennenbaum February 4, 2020 This is part 5 of a series.To read from the beginning find part 1 here, part 2 here, part 3 here and part 4 here. The Molten… Continue Reading “Molten salt and traveling wave nuclear reactors”

We need to switch to new nuclear reactor types

Advanced designs in various development stages promise to remedy the drawbacks of conventional nuclear energy by Jonathan Tennenbaum February 2, 2020 This is part 4 of a series. To read from the beginning find part 1 here, part 2 here and part 3 here.… Continue Reading “We need to switch to new nuclear reactor types”

Nuclear energy to the rescue: France got it right

Environmentalists’ anti-nuclear crusade bears responsibility for our dependence on coal and gas power plants by Jonathan Tennenbaum January 30, 2020 This is part 3 in a series. Click here to read part 1 and here to read part 2. Nuclear energy – which today… Continue Reading “Nuclear energy to the rescue: France got it right”

Germany’s overdose of renewable energy

Anti-nuclear hysteria is destroying the environment by Jonathan Tennenbaum January 28, 2020 This is part 2 in a series. Click here to read part 1. Germany now generates over 35% of its yearly electricity consumption from wind and solar sources. Over 30 000 wind… Continue Reading “Germany’s overdose of renewable energy”

Oceana Science Advisor Dr. Boris Worm explains how we can restore the world’s oceans by 2050

BY EMILY PETSKO APRIL 30, 2020 e can rebuild marine life and restore much of the world’s oceans in just 30 years if we take action to protect species and ecosystems at risk. A team of marine scientists from 10 countries reached this conclusion after… Continue Reading “Oceana Science Advisor Dr. Boris Worm explains how we can restore the world’s oceans by 2050”

Don’t like CO2? Advanced nuclear power is the answer

Renewable wind, solar, hydro and bio-fuels cannot fill the gap by Jonathan Tennenbaum January 26, 2020 So you don’t like CO2? What you need to know, then, is that there’s no alternative to advanced nuclear power. Concern about the climate effects of man-caused CO2… Continue Reading “Don’t like CO2? Advanced nuclear power is the answer”