This image has importance because it symbolizes the most horrible Nuclear incident to date. It was a disaster that the Soviet Union tried to hide from its own people. No one really new the real danger until it was too late. When Reactor 4 started to have a Meltdown, the whole area of Chernobyl went into crisis because this was the first time an incident like this had happened. Where a Nuclear Reactor had completely exploded leaving an entire area contaminated. The citizens of Chernobyl were completely unprepared for this event. People died, people were disfigured and even crippled by the Radiation. Certain parts of Chernobyl will not be habitable for another 20-40 years.
In This Scholarly Journal it talks about not only Nuclear power plants but the dangers that can come with it due to the increase in terrorism within the last 20 years. The Author notices that there are obviously some weaknesses to these facilities and that they are not impenetrable forces that no one with the proper motives could access. Pushing the Question is it possible to have Nuclear power without its wide spread over states, countries and even continents. With the increase in Nuclear stations around the world the chance of a terrorist action against these facilities is ever so heightened. The real question would be which, state , or country will be the first to make advancements in making these facilities more safe and secure from terrorist attacks and to create groups that specialize in safety of the industry other than the INPO. More Global awareness is needed to create global safety. Because one Nuclear station getting attacked it all it would take to contaminate and area for 50-90 years
This article talks about how the accident at Three Mile island and how it's meltdown has sent the Nuclear Industry into a decreasing spiral. The author describes the process in which the reactor itself is cooled " The safe shutdown of a nuclear plant relies partly onautomation--an elaborate, sophisticated series of computers, pumps, valves, and mechanical checks and balances--and partly on human oversight." This means that everything has to be working together to successfully cool a reactor. Including human intervention.. This incident caused various Nuclear projects to be canceled or delayed. Over 50 projects had been reported to be canceled due to the meltdown at Three Mile Island.
With the growing number of power plants. The risk of disaster has also risen. A Scholar from Stanford brings about a point that with the growing number of Nuclear Facilities around the world that a higher chance of Terrorism is at hand. With Nuclear Facilities being in almost every country who is to say that if a group of radicals went and raided said facilities that they would be stopped. This brings up a point about security in these Nuclear Power Plants. Are the secure enough for the risk being taken? Or are they as safe as the government would like us to believe.? Sagan said that these programs are still in development and that there are still advancements to be made. There just needs to be a higher push for this.
The Last Americans: Environmental Collapse and the End of Civilization
Rossi Craft's insight:
Muller, Gilbert H., and Jared Diamond. "The Last Americans: Environmental Collapse and the End of Civilization." The McGraw-Hill Reader. 11th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2009. 770-85. Print.
Jared Diamond writes about the Mayan civilization and their downfall. He correlates the fall of their civilization to American Culture. He essentially notes that we as a country, and as a leading member of the world need to be more generous with our resources. He states that the Mayans were one of the most advanced civilizations that this world had ever seen. Then without any warning they died off because of climate changes.. Their fast going lifestyle where it was essentially "plant,grow,burn and repeat" had essentially blow a high majority of their resources rather quick. Noting this fact, Diamond recommends that we waste less resources and try to embrace the environment to the best of our abilities. Because in an instant the same down fall of a thriving civilization could happen to us.
The simple fact is that our electricity needs are growing. Our willingness to have electricity generators dump massive amounts of greenhouse gasses into our atmosphere is not. Electricity production leads the way as the top polluter of the planet—even ahead of car emissions.
This Blog tells about how safe the Nuclear Industry really is. All Nuclear Facilities are under INPO( Institute of Nuclear Power and Operations. This systems allows every Nuclear power plant be as updated as possible. When a Nuclear Facility notices a fault in the system or even a change that could better improve the effieciency of the plant. This information is sent through INPO to every Nuclear facility to make sure that there is no room for error. If there is error it is because oh human error not because of not enough information being shared. Structurally the Nuclear Industry is the most effiecient due to its amount of communication between other power plants.When asked if these Nuclear Power plants were safe the Author of this blog said"Safe. Yep, production of nuclear electricity is the safest way to produce electricity based on all statistics of the past 50 years or more" The Author believes that there is no alternative because nothing is more efficient than it,
This podcast is about the Fukushima incident and how it has affected their market. Brian brings up that there is a huge decrease in potential inverstments. " I cast a shadow over the whole industry". Theses Nuclear advancements are still growing. And that some of these plants have older technology. And that the newer plants are more stable and that there needs to be advancements within the technology. In Fukushima after the Tsunami, the backup diesel generators weren't able to turn on due to the water damage. This caused for a nuclear meltdown because there was no source to cool the reactor when the Tsunami hit. It was destined for failure as soon as the Tsunami hit. In newer plants such as plants in Georgie and in South Carolina, there are better systems to keep these cores cool. There are many post Fukushima upgrades that will go into older Nuclear Plants across the world because there needs to be a system to protect these areas from meltdowns. and to relieve alot of stress from nations with older power plants.
Wildlife in the area surrounding Fukushima is being effected tremendously. Farmers hare having to stop growing and selling their product because they do not want to endanger any civilians who happen to eat their produce. Yuji Hoshino a mushroom farmer had been a mushroom farmer every since he can remember. . Not only had he farmed these mushrooms but so did the whole family. This was what they did to stay afloat in today's world. They took pride in serving mushrooms from the mountains. So much that it had actually became one of their slogans. Everything he had ever known came to a halt when Fukushima No.1 Nuclear Power plant had melted-down due to the Tsunami that stuck East Japan. Yuji saw his whole way of life change because he did not want to continue to sell mushrooms that were contaminated.
PBS News dives straight into Fukushima to talk to important heads of the whole Fukushima operations and to get and understanding as to what has been done as well as what can be done about these issues. Following the Earthquake and Tsunami that hit East Japan. 4 Nuclear Reactors melted down causing radiation to leak into certain areas around Fukushima and even into the Sea. TEPCO is trying to find solutions to keep radiation from escaping the facility but there are too many factors such as fresh ground water that is making its way to the Sea. Creating short term solutions. TEPCO is making containment tanks to hold the contaminated water so that it won't make its way to the Ocean. TEPCO hopes by 2020 that they will be able to retrieve the nuclear substance from the last remaining 3 reactors with help from Robotics.
Blog home › Energy Efficiency ›How nuclear energy works Posted by Katie in Energy Efficiency , General Nuclear energy was once the stuff of futuristic sci-fi novels. Now, it's a seriously promising source of carbon-free energy.
Rossi Craft's insight:
Jackson, Katie. "How Nuclear Energy Works." Business Energy News Tips Advice British Gas Business How Nuclear Energy Works Comments. N.p., 28 May 2013. Web. 08 July 2014. <http://www.britishgas.co.uk/business/blog/how-nuclear-energy-works/>.Nuclear power plants operate on the same principles as fossil fuel plants. The aim is to create energy which can heat up water, turning it into steam. This steam then turns a generator turbine and produces electricity. In a Nuclear power plant instead of using a different fuel source they use a radioactive material that creates instant heat through Nuclear Fission. The upside is that even though the start up cost for a Nuclear Power station is pretty high. The overall cost to maintain it generally isn't that expensive compared to other forms of power stations. Therefore giving citizens and businesses cheap and affordable electricity.
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