French presidential candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon on ecology and nuclear energy

Green Blog

He also wants a return to full pensions for everyone from the age of 60, a 20% increase in the minimum wage, a cap on maximum salaries and the nationalisation of big energy companies. You announce a referendum on nuclear power; what is the strategy of the Left Front? Jean-Luc Melenchon: First, get out of carbon energies, which are the source of the greenhouse effect and of the climate bifurcation which will soon run its disastrous course.

Jordan Jumps Forward on Energy Development

Green Prophet

Jordan hits a fork in the energy development road: each route inciting ardent support and dissidence. Environmental activists united in protest for a second time in six months urging public debate over Jordan’s emerging atomic energy program. Over two dozen anti-nuclear activists protested near Prime Minister Awn Khasawneh’s Amman offices last Saturday, in vocal reaction to a government policy statement reaffirming Jordan’s commitment to nuclear development.

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UAE Stands By Its Nuclear Plans

Green Prophet

Despite the Fukushima nuclear power disaster, the energy minister of the United Arab Emirates states that they will stick by their nuclear energy plans. With Jordanians taking to the streets to protest the dangers of developing nuclear power and the recent nuclear accident in France following hot of the heels on the Fukushima disaster , you would think that the Middle East would be seriously re-thinking any nuclear plans.

A critical analysis of future nuclear reactors designs

Green Blog

Once upon a time I used to be a fan of nuclear energy. As far as I saw it, nuclear energy was the silver bullet solution to all of our energy problems and more. Notably the fact that most of the economic figures in support of nuclear power (a couple of typical delusions you’ll find here and here ) come straight out of Hogwarts school of magic, wizardry….and and economics (more realistic appraisals of nuclear economics can be found here and here ).

Jordanian Activist Take To The Streets For A Sustainable Future

Green Prophet

Activist gathered on the streets of Amman today to say ‘No’ to nuclear energy and ‘Yes’ to renewables. Following years of anti-nuclear campaigning and (more recent) c ontroversy surrounding Jordan’s nuclear programme , Greenpeace activists in Jordan are stepping up their protests. We are here to remind the government of the pressing need to reassess the country’s energy policy bearing in mind the threats emanating from a nuclear agenda.”

Dubai Opens 13 MW Solar Plant, The Largest PV Plant in Mideast

Green Prophet

In an attempt to diversify its energy balance, Dubai has just turned on a 13 MW solar energy plant. The oil wealthy nation is an OPEC member, and one of the first to make a bold statement away from oil. It’s the largest of its kind (a PV plant) but not the largest installation in the Middle East in solar energy. Dubai’s Solar Park is expected to eventually cover 40 square kilometers and produce 1,000MW of green energy for the national grid.

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Greenpeace Assesses Jordan’s Energy Future Without Nuclear Option

Green Prophet

Greenpeace Jordan recently launched its first report specific to the Arab World entitled Jordan’s Energy Future (pdf link) to a packed audience of environmentalists, activists and political stakeholders in Amman. The report demonstrates Jordan’s potential to achieve full energy independence through renewable sources whilst campaigning against kingdom ambitions to develop nuclear energy. Image of anti-nuclear protestor via Greenpeace Jordan facebook page.

Iran’s Energy Minister Looks to Green Energy After Sanctions

Green Prophet

While the government’s failure to act could be disastrous for Iranian nationals, one potential upside is that the Energy Minister has recently admitted the importance of beefing up the country’s renewable energy sector. According to Reuters, Iran is the world’s fifth largest oil producer and the second largest gas holder, so it’s no surprise that the nation has been beset by what some refer to as a natural resource curse.

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Solar-Rich Saudis Running after Nukes

Green Prophet

It has no uranium, but lots of solar – yet Saudi Arabia plans to double down on nuclear capacity. As we covered previously , working with China, Saudi Arabia will spend more than $100 billion to build 16 nuclear energy plants within the next few years, as part of ramping up its electric capacity. The rapidly growing nation expects its installed electric capacity to about double by 2030 to 110 GW. The 16 nuclear projects would be financed by the national revenue.

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Jill Stein, Presidential nominee of the Green Party, answered questions on Reddit

Green Blog

The questions asked ranged from space exploration to energy policies and alternative medicine. A user with the name LadyLaFee asked Stein how we can move away from the current two party system: How do you think the Green party will fare this election when the nation has a mentality that they must “choose between the lesser of two evils” and don’t seem to know about anything other than the democratic & republican party?

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Millennials see Keystone as more than just a pipeline

Green Blog

With little representation in Congress, where the average age is 60, they are looking to civil disobedience as a strategy to create the political will to address this threat. This will happen not only in our nation''s capitol but on the streets of major cities across the nation. The fight over Keystone is really about a generational shift in our energy paradigm and how we will survive the 21st century.

Geothermal Energy Pros and Cons

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Heat that is a great source of thermal energy. Geothermal energy is energy contained beneath Earth’s crust. A connection of the words ‘geo’ and ‘thermal’ simply refer to the origin of this energy, where ‘geo’ stands for earth and ‘thermal’ for heat. What is geothermal energy? Geothermal energy comes in the form of heat produced within the Earth. How is geothermal energy produced? Keep on reading to learn about pros and cons of geothermal energy.

Nuclear power loses its luster in a sustainable energy future

Green (Living) Review

Fukushima incident has sustainability experts rethink place nuclear in the low-carbon energy future By Michael Smith (Veshengro) In the wake and aftermath of the Fukushima incident and fallout, in more than one sense of the word, a majority of sustainability experts around the world now say that nuclear power is not at all essential to a low-carbon energy future. a think tank and strategy consultancy.

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Environmental Education for Sustainable Life

The Green Changemakers

Unsustainable lifestyle and energy consumption have adverse impact on the environment. In order to meet the high energy demand, countries have switched over to other choices like nuclear energy. But, cases such as the Chernobyl disaster in the former USSR or the most recent case of Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant in Northern Japan have generated a worldwide debate on safety of these technologies.

Towards a Sustainable Energy Future

The Green Changemakers

Sustainable energy future My presentation for the ERM Alumni Conference on Energy and Natural Resources Policy, Brandenburg Technical University of Cottbus, Germany, 6-10.10.2008 Abstract: The world of fossil fuel – based economy is eventually coming into crisis as these fuels go exhausted. Introduction Every living-thing needs energy to maintain their lives on Earth. Everything needs energy to do their works. But ‘Is nuclear the answer?’ [6],

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10 Big, Really Hard Things We Can Do to Save the Planet

The Green Changemakers

The EDN calls for action and civic engagement toward renewable energy, sustainable consumption and green jobs … and nods to the approaching COP15. ELIMINATE NUCLEAR WEAPONS Czech crowds cheered for U.S. President Barack Obama's recent announcement that America must lead the charge to eliminate nuclear weapons worldwide. But no matter which nation or alliance takes the helm, reducing the threat of weapons of mass destruction is a critical part of sustainability.

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The concept of “Living Well” - a Bolivian viewpoint

The Green Changemakers

Zapotec saying, Oaxaca, Mexico [link] We suffer the severe effects of climate change, of the energy, food and financial crises. Development depends on an ever-increasing use of energy, primarily oil. But capitalism does not care about life, and the two development models, the capitalist and the socialist, need rapid economic growth, causing a dissipation of energy and an insatiable use of fossil fuels to boost growth.

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Nuclear Power is NOT the Solution to Our Global Warming Woes

The Green Changemakers

Fortunately, the Rocky Mountain Institute , one of the leading voices worldwide on energy efficiency and our energy economy, has published a study that addresses this very issue. Some of the key findings: Long term, nuclear offers the most expensive way to generate power. even industry-sponsored research suggests that nuclear power is likely to be the most expensive source of electricity we have over the long run. There are many reasons not to like nuclear power.

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