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Technology has developed rapidly from the invention of cars and telephones, to fancy technological upgrades we have in the 21st century. Digitization has made lives a lot simpler, convenient and easier to access information and connect. Especially with the recent pandemic, the world is rely and enhancing technological upgrades faster than ever, and has become the most essential part of our lives.

Much like technological shifts and importance of digitization, global warming, and climate change are topics that are constantly being brought forth to the public, in politics and others. Different regions have different techniques and ideas to tackle 21st century issues on fossil fuel depletion, CO2 emissions, and global warming. There are 6 main forms of Solar, Wind, Hydro, Geothermal, Biomass, and Nuclear. With France and Germany taking initiatives to reach carbon neutrality by 2050, and States in US committing to go green and reduce carbon dioxide and fossil fuel consumption, clean energy is the heated topic of the 21st century. What are some ways we could do to give people awareness for changes needed in society for the better to clean energy and reduce the detrimental effects of global warming and climate change?

 

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Sad to say many countries have willingly been left behind by the minority of countries which actually give a damn about our environment and our longevity in the wider universe, let alone this little rock/first human experiment on survivability. It will take a major world event of some sort to make people realise in unison, that they must all contribute in order for us to make it on a long term basis. That's my whole theory behind why we cannot get serious, especially us Americans - most of us, myself not included - on quantifiable leaps in efficient energy use and production, ecology, pollution, waste and dumping.

~Rasti

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We could begin by cultivating a commercial hemp crop industry. This remarkable plant has so many benefits it is hard to believe it was never appreciated for its remarkable properties as  "carbon scrubber". 

A single acre of hemp scrubs as much carbon from the atmosphere as twenty acres of trees. It can grow in most soils and requires minimal cultivation.

It has some 1500 commercial uses and is already being used in the automotive industry  for panels and moldings.  It is a crop that is not only eco-friendly, it is eco -restorative.

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The USA’s attitude towards hemp has influenced many others to adopt similar legislation. Part of the USA’s criteria for foreign aid is the dismantling of the receiving country’s drug industry. Seeing as hemp and marijuana are seen as the same by the US government, a hemp industry would deny any country access to valuable foreign aid.

Recently many countries have recognised hemp’s potential and its value as an environmentally responsible crop. More than 30 nations, including England, France, Germany, China and Canada now have a legal hemp industry, and many more are undertaking research in a move towards a change in legislation.

Although hemp has lost out on nearly a century of technology and market development, farmers and businesses are rediscovering its incredible potential across the planet. As hemp research and cultivation resumes, many more uses for it will be discovered.

The search is on for alternatives to pesticide greedy cotton, forest-destroying paper, war-generating and polluting petrochemicals and nutritionally devoid western diets.

Although hemp is only part of the solution, many believe that it is the only known renewable natural resource that can meet nearly all our requirements to move back to a healthier, greener planet.

 

 

https://www.invegrow.com/projects

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On 2/25/2021 at 2:09 AM, VictorMedvil said:

Nuclear power is the future, Nuclear Fusion Reactors(https://www.iter.org/) and Nuclear Fission Reactors(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thorium-based_nuclear_power).

Yes, it would appear that nuclear power is a suitable energy producer, but as with other "limited" resources, eventually by the law of the exponential function, we would run out of raw material, just as we are experiencing today with oil.

Moreover, any radio-active energy production runs a risk of massive disaster, as we already have witnessed several times in various countries.

Apparently Thorium based nuclear plants are the preferred model, but there are drawbacks;

What are the downsides of Thorium

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    • We don’t have as much experience with Th. The nuclear industry is quite conservative, and the biggest problem with Thorium is that we are lacking in operational experience with it. When money is at stake, it’s difficult to get people to change from the norm.

    • Thorium fuel is a bit harder to prepare. Thorium dioxide melts at 550 degrees higher temperatures than traditional Uranium dioxide, so very high temperatures are required to produce high-quality solid fuel. Additionally, Th is quite inert, making it difficult to chemically process. This is irrelevant for fluid-fueled reactors discussed below.

    • Irradiated Thorium is more dangerously radioactive in the short term. The Th-U cycle invariably produces some U-232, which decays to Tl-208, which has a 2.6 MeV gamma ray decay mode. Bi-212 also causes problems. These gamma rays are very hard to shield, requiring more expensive spent fuel handling and/or reprocessing.

    • Thorium doesn’t work as well as U-Pu in a fast reactor. While U-233 an excellent fuel in the thermal spectrum, it is between U-235 and Pu-239 in the fast spectrum. So for reactors that require excellent neutron economy (such as breed-and-burn concepts), Thorium is not ideal.

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    Hype alert   If someone on the internet told you something unbelievable about Thorium, you might want to check out our Thorium Myths page just to double check it.

    https://whatisnuclear.com/thorium.html#

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