Coalition of the Confused

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Commonwealth refugees swilling chardonnay while awaiting the Zombie Apocalypse.

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The debate on Climate Change   General Confusion

Started 7/18/17 by Jenifer (Zarknorph); 68924 views.
BerrySteph

From: BerrySteph

Aug-22

Jenifer (Zarknorph) said: I absolutely agree that nuclear power is the way to go in the future. ... Australia is lousy with uranium, but it has such a stigma attached to it. That whole big bomb thing, I guess.

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/crux/2016/03/23/nuclear-fusion-reactor-research/

The Joint European Torus tokamak generator, as seen from the inside. (Credit: EUROfusion)

I'd like to be pro-nuclear - but it seems to be impossible to make it acceptably clean. Any handling of fission material inevitably brings about quite wide-spread contamination.

Now, fusion would be totally different - almost entirely clean. But we seem to be unable to get there. If CERN had succeeded, or looked like it was succeeding, there'd be no Brexit.

Why Nuclear Fusion Is Always 30 Years Away

March 23, 2016 11:50 am 

Nuclear fusion has long been considered the “holy grail” of energy research. It represents a nearly limitless source of energy that is clean, safe and self-sustaining. Ever since its existence was first theorized in the 1920s by English physicist Arthur Eddington, nuclear fusion has captured the imaginations of scientists and science-fiction writers alike.

... a big payoff requires an equally large investment, and for decades we have wrestled with the problem of energizing and holding on to the hydrogen fuel as it reaches temperatures in excess of 150 million degrees Fahrenheit. To date, the most successful fusion experiments have succeeded in heating plasma to over 900 million degrees Fahrenheit, and held onto a plasma for three and a half minutes, although not at the same time, and with different reactors.

The most recent advancements have come from Germany, where the Wendelstein 7-X reactor recently came online with a successful test run reaching almost 180 million degrees, and China, where the EAST reactorsustained a fusion plasma for 102 seconds, although at lower temperatures.

Still, even with these steps forward, researchers have said for decades that we’re still 30 years away from a working fusion reactor. Even as scientists take steps toward their holy grail, it becomes ever more clear that we don’t even yet know what we don’t know.

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From: Jenifer (Zarknorph)

Aug-24

The simple truth about Australia is that we have a hell of a lot of uninhabited desert to safely store the nuclear waste.

No fault lines or tsunamis to worry about in the red centre.  Just make sure the hole is deep an insulated.

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Aug-24

I think everyone knows where he can shove his apology.


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BerrySteph

From: BerrySteph

Sep-9

Jenifer (Zarknorph) said:

The European summer heatwaves caused close to 1,500 deaths in France, the country's health minister said.

I'm immensely concerned about climate change and prepared to believe the very worst possibilities. eg all the methane come out of the Arctic.

And from the depths of the oceans - explosive gas-outs creating rolling fire-balls that completely destroy cities along the Eastern seaboard.

Not London though.

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Sep-11

Then you're not going to like this story!


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