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Nuclear 2.0: Why A Green Future Needs Nuclear Power (Kindle Single)

Nuclear 2.0: Why A Green Future Needs Nuclear Power (Kindle Single) [Kindle Edition]

Mark Lynas
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Amazon customers' praise for the Nuclear 2.0 Kindle Single: "For someone new to the subject, this is probably the best and most concise overview of the debate and what actual science shows" "This treatise should be read by everyone who claims to want to save our planet" "Mark Lynas makes a compelling case"

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Everything you thought you knew about nuclear power is wrong. This is just as well, according to Mark Lynas in Nuclear 2.0, because nuclear energy is essential to avoid catastrophic global warming. Using the latest world energy statistics Lynas shows that with wind and solar still at only about 1 percent of global primary energy, asking renewables to deliver all the world’s power is “dangerously delusional”. Moreover, there is no possibility of using less energy, he reminds us, when the developing world is fast extricating itself from poverty and adding the equivalent of a new Brazil to global electricity consumption each year. The anti-nuclear movement of the 1970s and 80s succeeded only in making the world more dependent on fossil fuels, he shows: its history is “not lit by sunshine, but shrouded in coal smoke”. Instead of making the same mistake again, all those who want to see a low-carbon future need to join forces, he insists, concluding the book with an ambitious proposal for an Apollo Program-style combined investment in wind, solar and nuclear power.

Mark Lynas is an environmental writer and campaigner. His previous books have drawn attention to the perils of global warming, and he was Climate Advisor to the President of the Maldives from 2009-2011. He is a Visiting Research Associate at Oxford University’s School of Geography and the Environment, and a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Emerging Technologies. He recently featured in the movie documentary Pandora’s Promise, which inspired the writing of this book.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 235 KB
  • Print Length: 71 pages
  • Publisher: Mark Lynas (9 July 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DUV3N6E
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #24,960 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By Vixy
Format:Kindle Edition
Providing clean, affordable, reliable electricity for 9billion people in a zero carbon world is one of the great challenges of the 21st century. The truth is that it will be nigh on impossible to meet rising demand for electricity and avoid dangerous climate change without nuclear energy in the mix.

This 30 page mini-book is an exceptionally readable and straightforward contribution to the debate about our energy future. It helps promote understanding of the huge potential of nuclear power to supply clean, reliable, abundant electricity in a low carbon world.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Power generation diversity is the key 13 July 2014
By John
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In the '70,s, I worked in the nuclear industry ( Harwell, Windscale, now Sellafield). At that time, Britain had produced over 50% of all world domestic electricity ever produced using nuclear power. We were at the cutting edge of nuclear plant design.
In the late 1970's, there was a great inquiry and debate whether Britain should get rid of nuclear power altogether, argued mostly by the Eco's, middle class intellectuals and ex-hippy types routing for wind power and renewables. The Nuclear industry in Britain went into a 40 year decline.
Global warming was on the side lines then. Now that it has become centre stage and people have realised that nuclear power, despite it's limitations, has a zero Carbon footprint. There are arguments to "Go- Nuclear" again by, I suspect, the same sort of people who argued against it in the 70's! ( i.e. Eco's, middle class intellectuals and ex-hippy types).
The difference is now, Britain will have to buy the Nuclear power stations from the Chinese, and worse, the French. Also, we will have to pay a much enhanced guaranteed price for each Kilowatt produced by these power stations for the next 30 years.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By SarahR
Format:Kindle Edition
After teasing a friend who works in the nuclear industry with any number of stereotypes I was persuaded to read this short and brilliant book that combats several misconceptions that surround nuclear power.

Although slightly put off by the authors extravagant climate change scenarios his case for nuclear power is rather compelling.

He explains issues surrounding waste, radiation and discusses in detail the cause and effects of the accidents at Fukuhisma, Chernobyl and Three Mile Island. Whilst not downplaying them, he argues that the impacts of these tragic events are not as bad as certainly I had initially thought.

The author is clearly extremely passionate about nuclear and while it is important to take material such as this with a pinch of salt - the argument is extremely convincing and this is well worth a read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nuclear - safe and clean, who knew? 24 July 2013
By Lewis
Format:Kindle Edition
Nuclear 2.0 is brilliantly written and provides a compelling case for the global expansion of nuclear power.

Lynas helps to break several of the taboos surrounding the industry including waste and in particular radiation, discussing reality and the public's misunderstanding of the concept, attacking persistent scaremongering from the media and green activists.

Lynas's accounts of the three major nuclear station accidents - Three Mile Island, Chernobyl and in particular Fukushima are excellent. He outlines the causation and consequences of the accident in detailed but understandable fashion (for someone with no prior understanding of how a power station functions).

Although I am slightly skeptical about some of the optimistic figures the author outlines in his conclusion for the worlds nuclear power potential - to steal a phrase from the book "let's dare to dream a little".
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars About time 17 Aug 2013
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It grieves me that now an environmentalist is writing in these terms. For quite a lot of my professional life I have been berated about the subject of nuclear power. I have always believed it to be an essential part of the package
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Mark Lynas deftly explains, as a committed environmentalist, that decades of anti-nuclear campaigning by environmental ingenues have led to a world dominated by coal burning plants. Global warming is more far worse than would have been the case had they and their naive organisations never existed. At last some real politic truth on this subject so crucial to mankind's future. If this is the only book you read this year it will be to the benefit of the human race - his 'all of the above' strategy for decarbonising the world's electricity generation is possibly the only credible plan for us to follow that does not resulting in catastrophic climate shift. As I write this comment, the South-western USA is tinder dry and the fire front has reached the Yosemite National park - just an outlier of what is to come should we not adopt the suggested strategy contained in this work.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars informative 12 Aug 2013
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A well researched argument with a lot that is worthy of consideration. Not enough discussion of the long term economic cost of nuclear fission for my taste but otherwise an excellent read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The World Tomorrow 31 July 2013
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While I am not entirely convinced by his early assertions about climate change I found this a most thought-provoking book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting look at the nuclear option
A considered and informed look at the carbon question and nuclear power as means of tackling rising CO2 emissions for the next 20+ years.
Published 5 days ago by Michael Tyrer
4.0 out of 5 stars Well researched and thought provoking.
Mark makes a good point as to how our future energy needs have become misaligned with the rush to build renewables. Read more
Published 10 days ago by KJ Lyons
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
i dont agree with his reasoning
Published 1 month ago by Fintan S.
5.0 out of 5 stars If you are passionate about averting climate change read this book!
Mark Lynas was an anti-nuclear campaigner who had not examined the facts about nuclear power until at a conference he realized that it is the major source of carbon dioxide free... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mr. J. Preedy
5.0 out of 5 stars research trumps emotion
Should be required reading for all New Age activists.I cannot believe how defenceless even the most intelligent people are when their emotions are prioritised. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
More people should read this book. Our children's future is at stake.
Published 1 month ago by Mr G. O. Morris
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
some good and provocative arguments are put forward.
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Published 2 months ago by bettybell
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read!
Good book about an important topic. I used to be very anti-nuclear, but discovered that my views were based on fear and misinformation. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Lugus Luna
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