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

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"A passionate appeal to environmentalists to embrace all the tools available that can tackle climate change. This book deserves to be read." -- David MacKay FRS, Chief Scientific Advisor to the UK Department of Energy & Climate Change

About the Author

Mark Lynas is an environmental writer and campaigner whose previous books have drawn attention to the perils of global warming. He is Vice-Chair of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Emerging Technologies, a Visiting Research Associate at Oxford University's School of Geography and the Environment, and was Climate Advisor to the President of the Maldives from 2009 to 2011. 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: 2430 KB
  • Print Length: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Mark Lynas (9 July 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DUV3N6E
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 59 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #181,429 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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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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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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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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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As a physics student currently completing my physics degree I have a solid understanding of nuclear theory and a good understanding of the nuclear industry and technology. However I still gained a lot from this book and it gave me an even better appreciation of why nuclear energy needs to be a large part of our energy production.

The book is laid out very well and introduces topics before elaborating and finishing with some brilliant conclusions. At only 98 pages of actual book I finished it in two days and then also watched the film 'Pandora's Promise' - which this book follows very closely - because it is mentioned in the book.

If you are going to read this book you need to do so with an open mind and a desire to understand the energy crisis and environmental costs of all of our energy production decisions. You really will get a lot from it and I think it is a must read for most of the public, we're in a nuclear renaissance and I for one would love to see us keep it up and build more new build plants. The more advanced we make our plants, the safer they will be!
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