Corwen wrote:oaklight wrote:Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could utilize those recourses that we now use for defense, toward something more pleasant?
Lets start now.
oaklight wrote:What would you guys recommend?
every nuclear reactor in the country will go critical after a couple of weeks
Gates spent a significant portion of his speech highlighting nuclear technology that would turn spent uranium -- the 99 percent of uranium rods that aren't burned in current nuclear power plants -- into electricity. That technology could power the world indefinitely; spent uranium supplies in the U.S. alone could power the country for 100 years, he said.
A "traveling wave reactor" would burn uranium waste slowly, meaning a 60-year supply could be added to a reactor at once and then not touched for decades, he said.
In Madban and other villages on the proposed site of the plant, local people refuse to believe that land officially acquired last month has suddenly ceased to be theirs.
Milind Desai, a local medical practitioner, says: "There is not even a hypothetical possibility of us leaving the village. We know the plant is not coming here."
Campaigner Mr Gavhankar owned 150 acres of land until last month.
The government acquired his land - along with land belonging to 2,400 other farmers - in four villages.
On it, the Nuclear Power Corporation of India is to start work on the project next year - along with Areva.
The Exclusion Zone around the Chernobyl nuclear power station is reportedly a haven for wildlife. As humans were evacuated from the area just over 23 years ago, existing animal populations multiplied and rare species not seen for centuries have returned or have been reintroduced, for example lynx, wild boar, wolf, Eurasian brown bear, European bison, Przewalski's horse, and eagle owl. Birds even nest inside the cracked concrete sarcophagus shielding in the shattered remains of reactor number 4. The Exclusion Zone is so lush with wildlife and greenery that in 2007 the Ukrainian government designated it a wildlife sanctuary, "Chernobyl Special"; and at 488.7 km2 it is one of the largest wildlife sanctuaries in Europe.
According to a 2005 U.N. report, wildlife has returned despite radiation levels that are presently 10 to 100 times higher than normal background radiation. Although they were significantly higher soon after the accident, the levels have fallen because of radioactive decay.
Some researchers claim that by halting the destruction of habitat, the Chernobyl disaster helped wildlife flourish. Biologist Robert J. Baker of Texas Tech University was one of the first to report that Chernobyl had become a wildlife haven and that many rodents he has studied at Chernobyl since the early 1990s have shown remarkable tolerance for elevated radiation levels.
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