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Renewable energy versus nuclear: dispelling the myths. Dungeness nuclear power station in Kent, UK (photo Simon Ingram, 2014) Don’t believe the spurious claims of nuclear shills constantly putting down renewables, writes Mark Diesendorf, Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies at UNSW Australia.

Renewable energy versus nuclear: dispelling the myths

Clean, safe renewable energy technologies have the potential to supply 100% of the world’s electricity demand – but the first hurdle is to refute the deliberately misleading myths designed to promote the politically powerful but ultimately doomed nuclear industry. Courtesy The Ecologist. Nuclear energy and renewable energy are the principal competitors for low-carbon electricity in many countries.

As renewable energy technologies have grown in volume and investment, and become much cheaper, nuclear proponents and deniers of climate science have become deniers of renewable energy. The strategies and tactics of renewable energy deniers are very similar to those of climate science deniers. New finding may hold key to Gaia hypothesis. (Phys.org) -- Is Earth really a sort of giant living organism as the Gaia hypothesis predicts?

New finding may hold key to Gaia hypothesis

A new discovery made at the University of Maryland may provide a key to answering this question. This key of sulfur could allow scientists to unlock heretofore hidden interactions between ocean organisms, atmosphere, and land -- interactions that might provide evidence supporting this famous theory. Light-driven dinitrogen reduction: Scientists shed new light on global energy, food supply challenge. All living things require nitrogen for survival, but the world depends on only two known processes to break nitrogen's ultra-strong bonds and allow conversion to a form humans, animals and plants can consume.

Light-driven dinitrogen reduction: Scientists shed new light on global energy, food supply challenge

One is a natural, bacterial process on which farmers have relied since the dawn of agriculture. The other is the century-old Haber-Bösch process, which revolutionized fertilizer production and spurred unprecedented growth of the global food supply. Household consumption significant driver of climate, other environmental impacts. You won’t make big cuts in your environmental impact by taking shorter showers or turning out the lights.

Household consumption significant driver of climate, other environmental impacts

The real environmental problem, a new analysis has shown, is embodied in the things you buy. ENVIRONMENTAL FOOTPRINT: The world’s workshop — China — surpassed the United States as the largest emitter of greenhouse gases on Earth in 2007. Stanford: world can go 100% renewable. Reneweconomy.com A new analysis from Stanford University has laid out a roadmap for 139 countries to power their economies with solar, wind, and hydro energy by 2050.

Stanford: world can go 100% renewable

It says the world can reach 80 per cent WWS (wind, water and sunlight) by 2030 and 100 per cent by 2050 with no impact on economic growth. The idea of net zero emissions, or a decarbonised economy, is being openly discussed at the Paris conference, even by Australia, with prime minister Malcolm Turnbull talking (but not yet acting) of a push to zero carbon energy.

For most however, zero carbon means including carbon capture and storage and nuclear, or offsets from forestry, land use and other sequestration. Some, though, are talking of meeting that talking with 100 per cent renewable energy only. 5 foods you shouldn't eat if you care about the environment. The Sierra Club has put together a list of “The 5 Worst Foods for Environmentalists to Eat.”

5 foods you shouldn't eat if you care about the environment

The world’s biggest vertical farm is set to soon open in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Tree roots in the mountains 'acted like a thermostat' for millions of years. Tree roots in the mountains may play an important role in controlling long-term global temperatures.

Tree roots in the mountains 'acted like a thermostat' for millions of years

Researchers have found that temperatures affect the thickness of the leaf litter and organic soil layers, as well as the rate at which the tree roots grow. When the roots reach the rock below the soil, the rock disintegrates, releasing carbon dioxide. Researchers say this process is "acting like the Earth's thermostat. " For the first time, scientists have discovered how tree roots in the mountains may play an important role in controlling long-term global temperatures. Vertical farms sprouting all over the world - tech - 16 January 2014. Your Next Tomato Might Be Grown by Air. Despite the cold outside, inside MIT’s CityFarm bell peppers, eggplants, and tomatoes are ripening for an early February harvest.

Your Next Tomato Might Be Grown by Air

Unlike conventional farming methods, many of CityFarm’s plants are being grown with air. Photo: Aleszu Bajak. The World’s Most Eco-Friendly Car: It’s Made Entirely From HEMP. You would never think that a single plant could solve most of the worlds problems, well it can.

The World’s Most Eco-Friendly Car: It’s Made Entirely From HEMP

Hemp has over 50, 000 uses, why this plant remains illegal is causing confusion among many. Everything from clothes, medicine, fabrics, fuel and more, hemp is definitely a large threat to a variety of corporations that control energy, health and a number of other industries. Many corporations would see a decline in profit if hemp were to be legalized. One in particular this article will focus on is the automobile industry. Plantagon: The Future of Urban Food. Hemp Box Winter Jam 2013. Rural Hub HempBox: la filiera italiana della Canapa 2.0. Ford Hemp Car: l'auto ecologica esisteva già 70 anni fa. L’Entropia delle Nazioni. Earthship Biotecture - Radically Sustainable Buildings. Amburgo: addio alle auto entro 20 anni. Sarà la prima città car-free d'Europa.