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    To all those anti-nuclear power protestors --- here is the result

    Japan now plans to build as many as 22 new coal-burning power plants
    It is one unintended consequence of the Fukushima nuclear disaster almost a decade ago, which forced Japan to all but close its nuclear power program. Japan now plans to build as many as 22 new coal-burning power plants — one of the dirtiest sources of electricity — at 17 different sites in the next five years, just at a time when the world needs to slash carbon dioxide emissions to fight global warming.

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    Oh boy ... Socks may be right after all

    A failure to get to grips with climate change and associated problems, from ecosystem collapse to worsening water and food shortages, is the most severe and probable threat facing humanity, more than 200 scientists have warned.

    The risks will also likely feed on each other - as intensifying heat and drought spur more wildfires and forest loss, for example - "in ways that might cascade to create a global systemic crisis", they said in a report.

    The situation could become "potentially uncontrollable in the future if we don't act very soon", said Owen Gaffney, an author of the report and a sustainability analyst with the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research.
    http://news.trust.org/item/20200207175812-v7duh/



    Full report here https://drive.google.com/file/d/1frt...xH1tRnpXb/view

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    Page 11 is worth a look, even if you look at nothing else.

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    KiwiTT wrote:
    To all those anti-nuclear power protestors --- here is the result

    Japan now plans to build as many as 22 new coal-burning power plants
    Nuclear is a dangerous answer though.

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    s0cks wrote:
    Nuclear is a dangerous answer though.
    Is it?

    Anyone compared the number of Nuclear Plant accident deaths to Coal pollution deaths? Yep

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    KiwiTT wrote:
    Is it?

    Anyone compared the number of Nuclear Plant accident deaths to Coal pollution deaths? Yep
    Well yeah, compared to coal. But wind and solar is best. Nuclear might not have killed many humans, but it causes untold environmental damage when it goes wrong. And the waste is still a big issue.

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    Problem with wind and solar, is that it is dependent on weather and we know how unpredictable that is. It requires massive amounts of energy storage systems to level out the variability. e.g. Tesla battery farms (which have limited lifespans and need to replaced regularly)

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    not to mention there have been massive leaps in new nuclear tech which is much safer now. Fukushima was built in the late 60s.

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    Vulcan wrote:
    not to mention there have been massive leaps in new nuclear tech which is much safer now. Fukushima was built in the late 60s.
    And apparently Fukushima could never melt through to the ground water, but it did. And an RBMK couldn't explode, but it did. Point is, shit goes wrong, intended or not. Nuclear is ridiculously bad when it fails. We don't need it, we just want it, because we are addicted to copious amounts of energy. To implement, globally, as the dominant source of energy? Risky as heck if you ask me.

    On another note, the new mock Aussie government ad cracks me up:


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    "targeted actions to adapt to the impacts of climate change"

    https://www.europeandatajournalism.e...-now-in-Europe