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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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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By SarahR
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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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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
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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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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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Eyes wide open 24 July 2013
By OliviaM
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Great book, brilliantly written, opened my eyes to what was the unknown. This should be given out to the wider public to improve the perception of the nuclear industry.
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