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Could a nuclear 'binge' solve global warming?

Posted on Tuesday, 11 September, 2012 | Comment icon 38 comments

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Professor Peter Wadhams is concerned that the world hasn't been doing enough to tackle climate change.

With carbon dioxide levels increasing at an alarming rate, Wadhams maintains that politicians haven't done anywhere near enough to address the problem of global warming and that more drastic measures may be needed. One possibility is to pursue an aggressive new roll out of nuclear energy while at the same time exploring the possibilities of geo-engineering projects such as adding aerosols to the upper atmosphere.

"It is very, very depressing that politicians and the public are attuned to the threat of climate change even less than they were 20 years ago," said Wadhams. "CO2 levels are rising at a faster than exponential rate, and yet politicians only want to take utterly trivial steps such as banning plastic bags and building a few windfarms."

"A leading British academic has called for accelerated research into futuristic geo-engineering and a worldwide nuclear power station "binge" to avoid runaway global warming."

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Comment icon #29 Posted by regeneratia on 12 September, 2012, 17:51
If you are keeping on the front edge of the science, it appears that issue has been conquored. Look on eurekalert. I think I found it on as well. We cannot avoid global warming. It is a natural process. It has to do with the evolution of the sun and cosmos. Did you know that another galaxy went right thru our own recently? Look it up. That surely has an effect on our own galaxy. But did this news make mainstream media? Nope. While I reject the mindset that man again is at the center of the universe and harming it, I do agreed on the remedies. We should certainly be doing them, no qu... [More]
Comment icon #30 Posted by Br Cornelius on 12 September, 2012, 18:14
A galactic interaction takes millions of years - it is impossible to attribute the warming of the last 100 years to an event of such long duration. I researched Fusion about 6months ago - in some considerable depth. i cannot imagine that the technical difficulties have been overcome in 6 months since they have been lingering for about 50yrs at this point. The technology is reasonably robust - but it is the transfer from research based fusion to commercial fusion which will take 20-30years to develop. Fusion is demonstrated on a daily basis around the world, but never in a way which produces ... [More]
Comment icon #31 Posted by regeneratia on 12 September, 2012, 18:23
OK, well, I have read that all the other planets are warming as well. Wonder what kind of fossil fuel they are burning. And you are wanting me to find the link for it, because if I did, it would mess with your thinking on this? Technologiy is not at it's apex at the current time. We do indeed affect the system we live in, no doubt about that. I will not challenge you on that. But to think that warming is all our fault is rather abstract thinking and it puts man again in the place of the sun. i have read that the ozone hole is closing. Now I don't go to the GOP talking point sites ... [More]
Comment icon #32 Posted by Br Cornelius on 12 September, 2012, 18:29
The other planets are not all warming, this is factually incorrect. Certain of the planets are warming and certain of the planets are cooling. this is all attributable to their own respective position within their solar orbit and localised climate conditions specific to their seasonal progressions. The ozone hole is closing because we took action to stop pumping CFC's into the atmosphere. No serious scientist claims that current warming is entirely attributable to CO2, there are well recognized cyclic influences playing their part and that is why we have seen a halt to warming over the las... [More]
Comment icon #33 Posted by Hippycrite on 12 September, 2012, 19:09
Yes, whats left of it.
Comment icon #34 Posted by ATO33 on 13 September, 2012, 18:42
No such thing as "global warming". Climate always change no matter what.
Comment icon #35 Posted by Br Cornelius on 13 September, 2012, 19:53
Here is one small critique of Rutans cherry picking of data to conceal the actual trend; That's right, he chose a completely meaningless indice to conceal the obvious trend in the data. Should we trust a man who would do exactly what he accuses others of doing in torturing the data. How many other deception lie hidden in that 93 page monstrocity ? Br Cornelius
Comment icon #36 Posted by regeneratia on 14 September, 2012, 2:07
Wait, maybe there isn't that much of a warming. Public release date: 13-Sep-2012 Arizona State University World’s hottest temperature cools a bit Team of meteorologists overturn a reading from 90 years ago and make Death Valley the holder of the world’s hottest temperature IMAGE: This is a drawing of the Six-Bellini thermometer. Image supplied by Paolo Brenni, President of the Scientific Instrument Commission, and courtesy of Library of the Observatorio Astronomico Di Palermo, Gisuseppe… Click here for more information. TEMPE, Ariz. – If you think this summer wa... [More]
Comment icon #37 Posted by regeneratia on 14 September, 2012, 2:09
commentary to my post. If they have been wrong about this, finding flaws in calculations and interpretations going back to 1922, what else surrounding the global warming issue might need to be adjusted? I hear the man that initially named CO2 as the warming culprit had faulty studies as well.
Comment icon #38 Posted by MiskatonicGrad on 14 September, 2012, 6:29
I really have no problem with climate change it's not like the planet hasn't done it before. are we the cause? maybe a little. it's a big world that has proven before it can take care of itself which scares me because it might decide it doesn't need or want us anymore. But anyway can chaging our habit of using fossil fuels and polluting the enviroment have an effect on reversing the current trend of global warming? these studies you site do show global warming and i'm fine with that but how much have we caused and how much can we effect the trend? If the planet is warming o... [More]

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