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Effects of Global Warming on Humans – From 2015 IPCC SYR Data

Not only posing significant risks for Earth’s natural systems, the effects of global warming on humans and human systems have only recently begun receiving the expanded attention they critically require. From hazardous effects causing potential loss of life, injury, or other negative health impacts, to the potential exposure of social, economic, and infrastructure assets to […]

June 30th

Climate Change-Induced Collapse of Civilization by 2040 Reports UK Foreign Office

Releasing this exclusive freely in the public interest, best-selling author Dr. Nafeez Ahmed is offering a unique view of the critically significant impact that climate change is having on our lives, our livelihoods, and even our likelihood of survival on this planet. Dr Nafeez Ahmed is an international security scholar and investigative journalist, currently serving as a […]

June 25th

In Spain, Solar Energy Storage is Worse Than Nuclear Spillage

Storing solar energy in a battery in Spain is more criminal than spilling radioactive waste. That’s the implied message written between the lines of a recently drafted law poised for fast-track approval by the government of Spain. Proposed fines for residential and SME use of solar energy self-consumption will be as high as €60 million […]

June 18th

Our Epic Future: Which Energy Future Will You Choose?

The recent drop in gas prices in the US, while a boon to consumers, is no indication of the viability or longevity of fossil fuels, and continuing to bet on coal, even so-called “clean coal,” or on seemingly-abundant natural gas, isn’t a good move for anyone except the coal power industry. With all that we […]

March 6th

Drone Captures Fukushima Desolation Amid Cherry Blossoms

Cherry blossoms in the foreground of Mount Fuji (image: ladyadventurer.co.uk) So far, at least, the famed blossoming cherry trees of Japan don’t discriminate geographically. This time of year, they grace even the surroundings of nuclear power generators shaken by earthquake, tsunami, and meltdowns three years ago. Otherwise, though, the Fukushima landscape remains desolate. Despite widespread […]

May 14th

Review: The Long Shadow Of Chernobyl

Though we try to keep a very positive focus here, PlanetSave isn’t just a blog about the wonders of the natural world and the glory of Mankind’s inventions. It also offers knowledge and a caution about our failures as individuals and as a species. We’ve all made mistakes before, big and small. By acknowledging anthropogenic […]

March 20th

All 3 Fukushima ALPS Nuclide Scrubbers Shut Down Tuesday

Construction of the Advanced Liquid Processing System at TEPCO’s ruined Fukushima nuclear power complex (photo: TEPCO, via mainichi.jp). Still dealing with the aftermath of the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake, subsequent tsunami, and three meltdowns at its Fukushima I nuclear power complex, Tokyo Electric Power Company had more bad news yesterday about its Fukushima ALPS cleanup efforts. […]

March 19th

Two Contrasting Views Of Our Energy Future

The issue of where we will get our energy from in the coming decades is becoming ever more urgent. CO2 is accumulating in the atmosphere at alarming rates, and the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change recently stated that the majority of known reserves of fossil fuels will need to be left in the ground if we […]

March 18th

Canada Water Tests Positive For Fukushima Cesium-134

Bad news from the annual American Geophysical Union’s Ocean Sciences Meeting in Honolulu. Researchers there announced today that radioactive isotopes from the Fukushima nuclear disaster, when three reactors melted down after the March 11, 2011, Tohoku earthquake and subsequent mega-tsunami, have finally reached the West Coast. John Smith, a research scientist at Canada’s Bedford Institute […]

February 25th

Academic, Government Researchers Watch Coastal Kelp For Fukushima Contaminants

A diver in California’s kelp forest. A new study will explore possible radioactive contamination from the 2011 Fukushima meltdowns (Wikimedia Commons/Ed Bierman). Biology professor Steven L. Manley of California State University, Long Beach, and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s Head of Applied Nuclear Physics Kai Vetter have set up monitoring off the state’s coast throughout […]

January 16th

"Return To Fukushima" Airs This Week

It’s not too late to catch America Tonight‘s exclusive four-part series, Return to Fukushima. The television special delves into real-world impacts of the nuclear disaster, industry and government efforts to mitigate the damage done, and how any ongoing fallout could affect the safety of Americans. Last night’s installment dealt with the ghost towns the Japanese […]

January 7th

TEPCO Begins Relocating Fuel At Fukushima Unit 4

NHK World reports the beginning of Fukushima Reactor Unit 4 fuel rod transfer. (Screenshot of NHK broadcast, video released by TEPCO.) The ticklish operations involved in decommissioning Tokyo Electric’s ruined nuclear power plant at Fukushima began on Monday. Workers at the plant began removing unused nuclear fuel from the fourth-floor storage pool at the damaged […]

November 19th

How Clean Is Your Electricity? Ask The EPA

If you’ve ever wondered about the composition of the electricity delivered to your home (most of us have no clue), there’s one quick and easy way to find out. The EPA’s ‘Power Profiler’ tool has apparently been around for at least 2 years, but I only discovered it recently. Although the data used to generate […]

October 30th

Nuclear Plant In California May Close

The San Onofre nuclear plant has been shut down for over a year, and may stay that way permanently. The reason for the current closure is a problem with new steam generators. They experienced some kind of rapid degradation which compromised the plant’s safety. The plant is operated by Edison International, the parent company of […]

May 1st

Opera Of Power Plants (Video)

Here’s one of my favorite videos ever. It’s an ad for ECOtricity, which is a clean energy utility company in the UK. Check it out and share it: http://youtu.be/FLlczvGNVvU (Those are coal and nuclear power plant towers coming down in the video.) Thanks to NewEnergyNews for sharing it recently and bringing it back onto my […]

March 17th

A Huge Purchase You Make Without Thinking

  Generally speaking, we compare products when shopping. We look for the cheapest, greenest, most socially responsible options we can find. It’s quite common for us to do this when it comes to food, clothing, electronics, and even cars. However, there’s one huge expense we pay for regularly without even thinking (or hardly thinking), and […]

November 26th

Endorsement For Obama (Obama's Clean Energy, Energy Efficiency, Clean Transportation, Green Jobs, & Climate Change Successes)

  I’ve been on the “there’s hardly any difference between Republicans and Democrats” line. I’ve campaigned for people on that line. But that simply isn’t the story today. There are now HUGE differences between Democrats and Republicans (the most backwards group of politicians I’m aware of in U.S. history), and that includes some huge differences […]

November 5th

Brits Love Renewable Energy, Hate Fossil Fuels, Divided on Fracking

A new survey conducted by UK pollsters YouGov has shown that support for renewable energy remains consistently strong in Britain whilst support for fossil fuels continues to decline. However, the same survey shows that there is division over whether large scale fracking in the north of England should go ahead, and most people continue to […]

October 29th

Japan's Last Nuclear Power Plant Shut Down

  The last nuclear reactor in Japan was shut down today. The last of 50 nuclear reactors, this will be the first time in 40 years that Japan doesn’t generate any electricity with nuclear power. Last year on March 11, an earthquake and tsunami caused meltdowns at the Fukushima Dai-ichi power plants, causing enormous human, […]

May 5th

Cheap Solar Energy Threatening Fossil Fuel & Nuclear Lobby in Germany

  Yep, times have changed. Aggressive renewable energy (especially solar) policies have made rooftop solar power more competitive than fossil fuels or nuclear energy in Germany. And that has the fossil fuel and nuclear industry pulling all the strings they can to try to kill this democratized electricity revolution in Deutschland. [repostus hash=515137636ca1caa273dbc6674e6767bf title=German%20Solar%3A%20Mission%20Too%20Well%20Accomplished%2C%20from%20Perspective%20of%20Fossil%2FNuclear%20Lobby%20(Reader%20Comment) host=Clean%20Technica […]

March 26th

Green News of the Day

Top clean, green energy news of the day; global warming news of the day; and a bit more: Clean, Green Energy Clean Energy Standard Act of 2012 Introduced How Wind Turbines Work GE Doubled Global Solar Power Investments in Last Year New Solar & Wind Power Projects (Largest Wind Power Project in Washington, Largest PV […]

March 1st

Green News of the Day (VIDEO)

Some top green news from around from the past day or so: Global Warming   Heartland associate taught ‘biased’ climate course at Ottawa university  An associate of the Heartland Institute, the thinktank devoted to discrediting climate change, taught a course at a top Canadian university that contained more than 140 false, biased and misleading claims about […]

February 29th

Activism News of the Day (VIDEO)

Top green & animal activism news of the day from around: Lucy Lawless & Greenpeace Activists Arrested Lucy Lawless (XENA) and 6 other Greenpeace activists were arrested yesterday for climbing a Shell oil rig headed to the Arctic. Greenpeace Activists Climb Mt Fuji to Call for Nuclear-Free Japan Greenpeace activists elsewhere, meanwhile, were preparing yesterday […]

February 28th

Cliff Stearns Exposes GOP Energy Agenda (Woops.)

  David Roberts of Grist has done a great job helping House Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-FL) expose some of his party’s (rather odd) ideologies and, in particular, energy agenda.   In the post below (reposted from Grist) exposes the (ok, not so hidden) fact that the GOP is not opposed to government supporting/subsidizing industry or playing […]

February 24th

Official Meme of 2011: Meltdown (Cartoon)

  Via DailyKos, here’s the “official meme of 2011“: Seems spot on to me. We certainly covered the Japan nuclear meltdowns, Arctic ice cap meltdown, and multiple (Republican-driven) Congressional meltdowns repeatedly here on Planetsave. Though, decided that the Charlie Sheen and other meltdowns were outside our jurisdiction, somewhat thankfully. What will 2012 bring?

January 3rd

Green (& Not So Green) News of the Year (2011 Top 10 List)

  2011 was a big year for the environment, in some good ways and some bad ways. Here’s a quick run-down of the top 10 stories of the year, in my opinion: 1. Tremendously high levels of carbon emissions continue to warm Earth. Despite efforts to switch to clean energy, increase energy efficiency, and use more […]

December 28th