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One Year After Fukishima

Abgelegt in energy

On March 11, 2011, the Fukishima Daiichi nuclear power plant was running on emergency generators due to the automatic shut down of the reactors following the earthquake. Compounding the problem, three reactors had already been shut down for routine maintenance. The emergency generators were disabled when the 14 meter tsunami struck the plant, resulting in nuclear meltdowns and explosions that released great quantities of radioactive material into the environment. (more…)




Convention on Climate Change in Durban

Abgelegt in Climate Change

The United Nations is hosting the 17th Conference of the Parties (COP17), which is a convention on climate change, in Durban, South Africa. The Conference of the Parties has met every year since 1995. COP17 began on Nov. 28, 2011 and will end Dec. 9, 2011. Governmental representatives from close to 190 nations will be in attendance. Several nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and international organizations will also be at the convention. (more…)




The Greenhouse Effect

The greenhouse effect is fairly basic science, simple enough in principle to explain in elementary science curriculum. Sunlight passes through the transparent glass of a greenhouse roof. When it reaches an opaque surface, some of the energy is converted to heat which cannot escape as readily. As a result, temperatures increase inside the greenhouse. In the model, atmospheric gasses act like a glass roof and elevate the Earth’s temperature. (more…)