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Nuclear Energy: What Should We Do with the Waste?

September 24, 2014 by Rod Adams
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It is about time to declare that the default argument against nuclear energy has now been proven invalid. We know how to effectively store and protect used nuclear fuel. We do it routinely. It is not unusually costly or a burden on future generations.[read more]

An Energy-Related Reason Why U.S. Healthcare Outcomes are Awful

September 12, 2014 by Gail Tverberg
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Energy and Health

Back in January 2013, the US Institute of Medicine published a report called U.S. Health in International Perspective: Shorter Lives, Poorer Health. This poor health outcome for US citizens is in spite of the US spending twice as much as a percentage of GDP on healthcare as other high-income nations.[read more]

Why Radiation is Safe and Why All Nations Should Embrace Nuclear Energy

August 23, 2014 by Rod Adams
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Nuclear Energy, Radiation, and Risk

Dr. Wade Allison has recently published a video on radiation that is aimed at a general audience. It explains why radiation associated with nuclear energy production, medical diagnostics, and medical treatments is generally safe and should not be a cause for excessive concern.[read more]

Climate Change Impacts from the National Climate Assessment: Focus on Effects of Extreme Heat on Human Health

June 18, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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Extreme Weather and Health

Summer is around the corner, and with it comes some welcome warm weather and some not-so-welcome heat waves. After living in Arizona for almost 20 years and now living in Washington, DC, I know what it’s like to go through a long string of uncomfortably hot days.[read more]

Beyond Shellfish, Ocean Acidification is Bad for People

December 7, 2013 by NRDC Switchboard
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There's a predictable arc to many environmental debates. Step 1: Scientists observe a change in the natural world due to human activity. Step 2: A discussion ensues about what this change might mean for the natural world. Step 3: What does this observed change mean for people?[read more]

International Cancer Research Body Declares Soot Pollution a Known Carcinogen

October 19, 2013 by NRDC Switchboard
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A new report from the World Health Organization’s cancer research agency has recently announced the classification of outdoor air pollution and particulate matter as known human carcinogens, after independently reviewing over 1,000 studies on air pollution across five continents.[read more]