Finland’s Green Party says humanity must embrace nuclear power

April 17, 2017 by  
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Nuclear energy must be an option as humanity shifts away from fossil fuels , according to a recent article penned by four candidates of Finland’s Green Party , or Green League. The party strictly opposed the controversial fuel source in the past, but these four candidates said we’re running out of time to fight climate change and no longer have the luxury of picking between renewable energy and nuclear power. Humanity should take another look at nuclear power, according to Jakke Mäkelä, Tuomo Liljenbäck, Markus Norrgran, and Heidi Niskanen of the Finnish Greens. They wrote a March 6 blog post, translated by J.M. Korhonen , detailing why Finland should develop nuclear energy. Related: Germany’s massive nuclear fusion reactor is actually working Finland’s temperatures are spiking quicker than any other place in the world due to climate change, according to Forbes contributor James Conca. The country has pledged to end coal use by 2030, but they’re also widely utilizing biomass . The four Greens condemned the government’s burning of wood chips for power since it emits carbon dioxide and will destroy forests . The Greens said renewable energy won’t be able to help us wean completely off fossil fuels yet. They said solar and wind work very well up to a point, but on a large scale require lots of raw materials and land. They pointed to Germany, which shuttered nuclear power plants, but the consequence was renewable energy largely replaced nuclear energy and not fossil fuels. The four Greens said we no longer have the option of choosing between renewables and nuclear. They wrote, “Unless we spend a lot more money in all clean energy sources, we are certain to be doomed.” Korhonen notes their viewpoint is not an official recommendation from the Green Party or of the Viite, the technology and science subgroup of which Mäkelä is vice-chairman and the others are members. It’s simply the opinion of the four candidates, who were up for election in Turku. The Green Party won 12 percent of the total vote in the recent elections, gaining seats and winning the largest share in their history. Via J.M. Korhonen and Forbes Images via Pixabay ( 1 , 2 )

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Man transforms 700-year-old sandstone cave into his luxury dream home

January 18, 2016 by  
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Oil spills will be cleaned up with eco-friendly magnetic wands in the future

January 18, 2016 by  
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In the last 40 years or so there have been 13 major oil spills worldwide. Despite our dependence on oil, we have not yet come up with an effective way of cleaning up after our devastating messes. A physicist at Fermilab , however, has come up with an environmentally-friendly way to sop up oil spills without the use of chemicals, and with the ability to reuse the collected oil. The surprisingly simple answer is to  use magnets . Read the rest of Oil spills will be cleaned up with eco-friendly magnetic wands in the future

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World’s most massive canyon may be hidden beneath Antarctic ice

January 18, 2016 by  
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Researchers from Durham University have discovered what appears to be a massive canyon system beneath Antarctica’s ice. Using satellite data, geologists have mapped out a system over 1,000 kilometers long (621 miles), with sections that run up to 1 kilometer deep (3,280 feet) in the Princess Elizabeth Land region on the eastern side of the continent. For comparison, the Grand Canyon is only about 446 kilometers (277 miles) long. Read the rest of World’s most massive canyon may be hidden beneath Antarctic ice

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Tesla is working on an electric motor that lasts a million miles

November 10, 2015 by  
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Built-in obsolescence is so passé. Tesla is working to develop a new motor that could help people keep their luxury electric cars even longer, without expensive mechanic bills. CEO Elon Musk announced in the most recent investor update that Tesla engineers are working on a new version of its electric drive unit that could have a lifespan of one million miles. Read the rest of Tesla is working on an electric motor that lasts a million miles

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Mercedes-Benz autonomous fuel cell Tokyo Vision concept car is a lounge on wheels

October 30, 2015 by  
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Mercedes-Benz  is giving us its vision of the future with its latest concept vehicles, like the F 015 Luxury in Motion concept . Now the automaker is at it again with the Vision Tokyo concept that has debuted at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show . On the outside, the Vision Tokyo concept looks like a sleek city friendly van, but inside and under the hood it’s packed with technologies and luxuries that will be available in the not too distant future. Or, as Mercedes puts it, it’s an autonomous “automotive lounge for a future generation of megacities.” Read the rest of Mercedes-Benz autonomous fuel cell Tokyo Vision concept car is a lounge on wheels

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Tiffany & Co.’s new CSO on polishing the jewelry supply chain

July 28, 2015 by  
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Anisa Kamadoli Costa, chief sustainability officer of the luxury jeweler, on the next frontiers for tackling the industry’s notoriously unsustainable supply chain.

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Tesla is back in business in New Jersey after Governor Christie lifts sales ban

March 19, 2015 by  
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Tesla is once again able to sell their luxury electric cars from showrooms in New Jersey, following the signing of a bill that allows manufacturers of zero-emissions vehicles to sell directly to customers in the Garden State. Last week, the NJ Senate Commerce Commission passed the measure , allowing the bill to go to vote on the Senate floor, where it passed 30-2. Yesterday, Governor Chris Christie signed the bill. This win is a long-time coming for the electric car maker. Tesla hasn’t released a public statement in response to the bill’s passing, but surely, CEO Elon Musk is thrilled that this impediment has been lifted. Read the rest of Tesla is back in business in New Jersey after Governor Christie lifts sales ban Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: direct sales of electric cars , electric car sales , electric cars , elon musk , gov chris christie , governor chris christie , new jersey , nj tesla sales ban , tesla , tesla direct sales , Tesla sales ban , tesla sales ban lifted

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California is tapping water that rained 20,000 years ago to deal with epic drought

March 19, 2015 by  
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California has been making headlines for the gravity of its prolonged drought . This January was the driest month on record since 1895 and the latest estimates warn that the  Golden State has just one year of water left. If dried-up wells and sinking farmland are not dire enough, how does drinking prehistoric water sound? That’s right, California is so thirsty that it’s drilling down through the eons to tap water that fell on Earth 10,000 to 20,000 years ago. Read the rest of California is tapping water that rained 20,000 years ago to deal with epic drought Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: california drought , Carbon dating , ground water , ice age water , los angeles times , Pleistocene Epoch , prehistoric water , subsidence , us geological survey , water drilling , water issues

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12,000-square-foot 3D-printed mansion pops up in China

January 23, 2015 by  
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China’s newest mansion is not only made from recycled materials, but the sprawling 12,000 square foot home was made with 3D printing ! Developed by Chinese company WinSun , the luxury mansion was 3D printed in layers , using recycled stone and construction waste. In addition to the mansion, WinSun has also 3D printed a five-story apartment building, and 10 affordable homes from recycled materials. Read the rest of 12,000-square-foot 3D-printed mansion pops up in China Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 3d printed apartment building , 3D printed house , 3d printed mansion , 3D printing , 3D-printed apartment , eco design , giant 3d printer , giant printer , green design , mansion , sustainable design , Winsun , WinSun mansion

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