"It is still an exciting time for nuclear power,” International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Yukiya Amano said last January at a lecture in Singapore. Four years after the devastating accident at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, what justifies such a view? Several objective reasons do. For many countries, nuclear power remains an important option for … Continue Reading ››
The US may not be good enough at large infrastructure projects to do it wellWe are currently in the midst of protracted interest in a “nuclear renaissance,” including newfound support amongst some environmentalists concerned enough about climate change to bracket fears about nuclear waste and risk and argue for a role for nuclear power. There … Continue Reading ››
|Thanks to a number of factors – natural disasters, the steady flow of increasingly clear and detailed data, and significant new political accords such as the US-China climate consensus from October 2014 – climate change is now very squarely in the public and political debate (The White House, 2014). Many of us, of course, have … Continue Reading ››
The basic principle at the core of most nuclear reactors is simple: pack together enough radioactive material of the right type, and you get a chain reaction in which an atom (let’s say uranium) “splits” into two smaller atoms (i.e. undergoes fission), releasing some heat and also some neutrons (particles at the center of atoms); … Continue Reading ››
Introduction and Overview of LEED In the 21st century, sustainable development, or maintaining the ability to provide for current needs without compromising the ability to meet future needs, is a primary concern (United Nations). In order to achieve sustainable development, the performance of the built environment must be dramatically improved through more effective energy use without … Continue Reading ››
The disconnection between what we know about climate change, and how we relate this to the cultural values of our everyday lives, is a gap that needs addressing if we are to deal with this issue in a meaningful and effective way (Doyle 2011a; Corner, Markowitz and Pidgeon 2014). Climate impacts across the globe are … Continue Reading ››
We are proud to announce our newest feature issue for Spring '15: the Future of Nuclear Energy.
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Industrial policy – government support of the manufacturing sector – has long been lampooned as the archetype of failed state intervention. Yet it has seen resurgence as of late, resurrected as a potential strategy for “green growth.”(1) The idea of promoting specific industrial aims through government strategy is subject to frequent ridicule. In supporting entrepreneurial activity, … Continue Reading ››
Climate change threatens to displace millions of people either across national borders or to new regions of their own country. While scientists cannot predict the exact number, a joint academic, civil society, and UN study concluded that “the scope and scale could vastly exceed anything that has occurred before” (CARE International et al, iv). Extreme … Continue Reading ››
Within the past decade, biofuels have become key research initiatives and investments for many states with implications for agricultural and developmental economics. Recent innovations in both first generation (1G) and second generation (2G) biofuels herald a long-term emphasis on energy sustainability and efficiency. 1G energy crops include corn, grains, and sugar cane while lignocellulosic biofuels … Continue Reading ››
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