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Meet the Green Nuclear Engineering Graduates who Want to Save the Planet from Climate Change

Guest essay by Eric Worrall According to NPR, since 2001 there has been a surge in young people graduating with nuclear engineering qualifications, who are driven by the desire to convince their fellow greens to embrace the nuclear path to a zero carbon future. As Nuclear Struggles, A New Generation Of Engineers Is Motivated By…

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Study: living near wind turbines is annoying

From the AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF PHYSICS and the “don’t mind the subaudible swooshing, you’ll get used to it” department comes this study that confirms what we already know; living near wind turbines is annoying. Does living near wind turbines negatively impact human health? Some people report sleep disturbances from wind turbines’ audible and subaudible noise; researchers…

U.S. Coal Industry Growth

By Andy May U.S. coal production declined from 2011 through 2016 as it was displaced in U.S. power plants by cheaper and cleaner natural gas. Some of the reduction was also due to the Obama Clean Power Plan regulations. However, the shale gas revolution in the U.S. has not spread to other countries, perhaps due…

Time to Wake the Odd Man of Asia

Guest essay by Viv Forbes Japan has 45 new high-energy, low-emission (HELE) coal-fired power plants on the drawing boards. These will probably burn high quality Australian coal. And despite the tsunami that hit Japan, nuclear power still generates about 20% of Japan’s electricity. Chinese companies have plans to build 700 new coal power plants all…

Bad news for wind power: globally, winds are slowing

Of course, global warming, the universal boogey man, gets the blame Near-surface wind speeds over landmasses across the planet have dropped by as much as 25% since the 1970s, and climate scientists are taking note. Michael Lucy reports. The wind isn’t what it used to be. Scientists say surface wind speeds across the planet have fallen…