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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Someone built a tiny wall around Trumps Hollywood Walk of Fame star

July 28, 2016 by  
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Someone finally listened to the passionate “build a wall” chants of Donald Trump supporters, but it’s not exactly what the Republican presidential nominee requested. A tiny, six-inch-tall wall was constructed around the billionaire’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame last week, on the very day his nomination was secured, by a provocative street artist . The artist Plastic Jesus posted a photo to his Instagram account of the sight, saying, “Hollywood sight-seers on the famous walk of fame were confronted with an unusual edition to Trump’s Famous Star.” The teeny, tiny wall is made from concrete and features razor wire, “keep out” signs, and itty bitty American flags. Related: Climate denier Donald Trump’s favorite Florida estate is being swallowed by the sea Along with his plan to build an enormous and expensive wall along the Mexican border – which “ gets 10 feet higher ” when he is confronted with the fact that the Mexican government has no interest in paying for his preposterous proposal – America’s worst nightmare also believes “ there is no drought ” in California and has voiced his intent to withdraw the U.S. from the COP21 climate agreement. During the Republican National Convention last week in Cleveland, Donald Trump officially secured the party’s nomination for president of the United States. Via CNN Images via Instagram ( 1 , 2 )

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New mayor wants to create Italy’s first ‘vegetarian city’

July 21, 2016 by  
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What if your entire city adhered to a vegetarian diet? Recently elected Turin mayor Chiara Appendino pledged that promoting vegetarian diets will be a “priority” for her. But there could be backlash, as Piedmont, the Italian region in which Turin is located, is home to famous meat dishes and meat producers. How might Appendino create a “vegetarian city?” We don’t yet know the strategy details, but many expect Turin to focus on school education and teaching children about nutrition . But there are those who would guard a meat-eating lifestyle in Italy. Last year the World Health Organization classified cured meats as carcinogenic , and Italian meat producers called the label “meat terrorism.” Dishes like brasato al Barolo (wine-braised meat) or vitello tonnato (veal in tuna sauce) have been staples of northern Italy’s cuisine for ” centuries .” Related: Danish council proposes red meat tax to combat climate change Environment councilor Stefania Giannuzzi indicated the administration may be willing to work with meat producers. She told Italian publication Corriere della Sera (translated by The Guardian), “I would not want to create a contrast with the meat industry. We do not want to close the small shops or ruin the people who have worked for years to develop the Piedmontese food and wine heritage.” Many within the Five Star Movement (M5S), the party of which Appendino is part, espouse vegetarian or vegan diets. In the past, M5S founder Beppe Grillo praised the documentary Cowspiracy and supported vegetarian childcare centers on his popular blog. Potential party leader Luigi di Maio had a vegan cake for his 30th birthday. A “vegetarian city” may sound like the hallmark of a progressive party, yet The Guardian noted while M5S promotes clean energy and environmentalism, they’re more ambiguous on other issues such as LGBT rights and migration. The Guardian also described M5S as “eurosceptic,” or anti-European Union. Via The Guardian Images via Pexels and Wikimedia Commons

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The rise of the soil carbon cowboys

August 19, 2015 by  
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Cows, oil, the Tea Party and a true story of regenerating our land while slowing climate change.

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Why it’s time to invest in clean energy in Africa

August 19, 2015 by  
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Private-sector investment in electricity is sitting on the sidelines in Africa. Here’s how we can change that.

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Islands become clean energy trendsetters

August 19, 2015 by  
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From Hawaii to the Canary Islands, a look at how resource-constrained islands are pioneering new forms of low-carbon energy independence.

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Can the Republican Party accidentally save the environment?

June 19, 2015 by  
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You can certainly cause climate change without actually believing in it, but is it possible to save the environment while still denying climate change even exists? A new video by The Guardian suggests that Republican support for solar energy may actually help combat the changes without ever convincing them that climate science is correct. The video points out that “56% of Republicans question climate science” and quotes Jeb Bush saying “It may not be warming.” In contrast, the video also quotes Debbie Dooley, the founding member of the Tea Party, who said “Solar empowers the people.” Read the rest of Can the Republican Party accidentally save the environment? Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “wind power” , Climate Change , climate change deniers , climate change sceptics , keep it in the ground , renewable energy , Republican Party , republicans , solar city , Solar Power , The Guardian

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Mello + Landini unravel ropes into stunning tree-like sculptures

June 19, 2015 by  
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Billionare Vinod Khosla Battles to Block Public Access to Popular California Beach

September 1, 2014 by  
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Surfers have been battling with landowners over access to beaches on America’s West Coast for years, but NBC News reports that the highest profile case of the lot to date involves some hard line action from a surprising adversary – billionaire Democrat supporter, Vinad Khosla. Khosla made his fortune by cofounding Sun Microsystems and then poured his money into green energy ventures as well as the coffers of the Democratic Party . He later bought an 89-acre piece of prime real estate on Martin’s Beach , near Half Moon Bay in Northern California – a popular surfing spot to which the property’s previous owners had allowed access. San Mateo County told Khosla he would have to maintain public access to the beach, a dictate that he went to court over and then lost. After allowing access for two years, Khosla decided to go rogue – locking his gate, and adding security guards along with a sign stating “Beach closed, keep out.” Read the rest of Billionare Vinod Khosla Battles to Block Public Access to Popular California Beach Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: access , bay , beach , billionaire , California , democratic , half , khosla , martins , moon , party , public , supporter , surfers

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Activists Upset Over Festival in China that Involves Eating Dog

June 20, 2014 by  
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A yearly summer solstice festival in China is about to kick off, but one aspect of the festivities has animal rights activists scrambling to put a stop to the party. That’s because, in addition to liquor and celebration, this particular festival also involves eating dog meat as part of a tradition that started in the 1990s. Last year, at least 10,000 dogs were killed for celebratory feasts, and animal lovers across the globe are calling for an end to the practice, particularly since some claim that dogs used in the feasts are abducted from homes or snatched off of the streets. Read the rest of Activists Upset Over Festival in China that Involves Eating Dog Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: animal rights activists , animal rights policy , China animal rights , China dog eating , China dog eating festival , Chinese animal rights , Chinese dog eating , Chinese dog eating festival , dog meat , eating dog , Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region dog , Yulin dog eating festival , Yulin festival , Yulin Summer Solstice Dog Meat Festival

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