Archive for the ‘Climate Change’ Category

March 17, 2014 | 4:34 pm

Earth Day 2014: #Atoms4Earth Contest

Guest post by Suzy Baker, Nuclear Literacy Project

Clean Air Saves LivesTo celebrate Earth Day, the Nuclear Literacy Project is excited to introduce a nuclear themed meme-making competition. We are inviting individuals, groups, clubs, organizations and corporations to create and submit homemade Internet memes inspired by the intersections of nuclear energy, the environment and social justice.

We will collect all of the memes shared under the hashtag #Atoms4Earth. The memes will be judged based on the quality of the image and message, as well as viral reach on the web. Each week a different guest judge will choose their favorite meme and the winner will be announced on the Nuclear Literacy Project blog ( The winners will each receive a prize courtesy of AREVA (thanks AREVA, y’all are awesome!). Prizes will be super cool atomic inspired artwork or wearables. The grand prizewinner will be announced on Earth Day (4/22/2014).

We urge participants to create inspiring, humorous and educational memes. Environmentally and human focused imagery and messaging are also appropriate for the Earth Day meme theme. When the memes are placed online, they should be linked to the science that supports the message and the creators should be acknowledged- along with the hash tag #Atoms4Earth, so we can easily find your work!

More on Internet Memes

“What exactly is an Internet meme?” you may be wondering …

An Internet meme is a simple image paired with a simple message, designed for travel on the web. A single meme can quickly reach thousands upon thousands of individuals through social media. Memes are also often linked to an article or study that supports their message.

Please only use open source imagery or imagery that you have permission to use. There are hosts of tools for free online. You can use one of our images to get started.

SO! In short, here’s what to do:

1)     Find a great image. Create a cool message. Make your meme!

2)     Tweet it to us under the hashtag #Atoms4Earth, or post to our Facebook page, along with your name and affiliation, if you are representing a group or company.

3)     Share your meme with all of your friends on social media & we will too!

4)     Wait for the following Tuesday to find out if you’ve won the weekly prize! Winners will be announced on Twitter and Facebook.

5)     Check back in on Earth Day to see if you’ve won the grand prize

Good Luck and Happy (almost) Earth Day!!

March 14, 2014 | 10:08 am

NGNP Alliance and NC2I Discuss Commercialization of AREVA’s Gen-IV HTGR

AREVA HTGR Information KitThe output of next-generation nuclear reactors can do much more than just generate electricity. In partnership with the U.S.-based NGNP Alliance, the international organization NC2I is considering an AREVA-designed Gen-IV prismatic core, modular high-temperature gas-cooled reactor (HTGR) concept as a powerful, low-emissions energy source for industrial steam processes.

The European Union has a commitment to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and a major element of that commitment is the Sustainable Nuclear Energy Technology Platform (SNETP) program considering three nuclear energy applications, including the “Nuclear Cogeneration Industrial Initiative.”  This initiative explores GHG reductions in areas other than electricity generation, such as industrial process heat, district heating, and desalination.

The NC2I selected the HTGR as its preferred approach because of the concept reactor’s high temperature process heat capability and its intrinsic safe operating processes, allowing collocation with industrial facilities.

As stated in the news release announcing the selection,

“[They] met last week to discuss collaboration opportunities to development and commercialize a Generation IV, intrinsically safe nuclear high temperature gas-cooled reactor (HTGR) technology that can be used for cogeneration of process heat and electricity, displacing other fossil fuels and the greenhouse gases they cause.”

By sharing technical progress through this collaboration, we may be able to reach these industrial and environmental goals more economically.

Along with other leading global companies, AREVA is an active member of the NGNP Alliance and NC2I.

Read the NGNP Alliance release: International Industry Organizations Meet to Collaborate on Intrinsically Safe Nuclear Reactor Technology

November 7, 2013 | 4:15 pm

Watch “Pandora’s Promise” Tonight on CNN

By Jarret Adams, VP of Communications, AREVA Resources

PandorasPromiseCubeWhat would happen if everything you knew about nuclear energy was wrong? This is the question raised by environmentalists interviewed in the blockbuster documentary hit Pandora’s Promise, which airs tonight on CNN at 9 p.m. eastern time (8 p.m. central time).

The groundbreaking film by Academy Award-nominated director Robert Stone follows the path of several leading environmentalists as their research convinces them to shift from opposing to supporting nuclear energy. In the film, environmentalists Stuart Brand, Gwyneth Cravens, Mark Lynas, Michael Shellenberger, and other experts discuss the important role that nuclear energy plays in combating climate change.

Stone has been making the talk show rounds in advance of tonight’s broadcast premiere, debating Robert Kennedy Jr. on the Piers Morgan show and also Van Jones from the program “Crossfire.” There is even a good conversation with Stone in the Huffington Post. There are also good discussions under way at NEI’s Nuclear Notes and CNA’s TalkNuclear.

As the world leader in nuclear energy, it’s no surprise that AREVA’s technologies and facilities figure prominently in the film. In the summer of 2011, Stone and cinematographer Howard Shack filmed the Chalon-St. Marcel equipment fabrication facility, La Hague fuel recycling plant, the Flamanville EPR™ reactor construction site, and other locations in France.

Even if you are skeptical about nuclear energy, you owe it to yourself to consider this film’s point of view. According to the Sundance Film Festival where the film debuted in January: “Whatever your stance, Stone’s compelling film opens Pandora’s Box and promises to change the conversation for years to come.”

October 4, 2013 | 5:36 pm

Pandora’s Promise Screening Draws Wide Audience in Saskatoon

By Jarret Adams, VP Communications, AREVA Resources Canada

Pandora's Promise

Following a successful debut at the Sundance Film Festival and screenings across the United States and in larger Canadian centers, Pandora’s Promise premiered in Saskatoon at the Roxy Theatre on Oct. 1. Showing to a near-full capacity crowd, the documentary provided a compelling conversation about nuclear power, climate change and how we can responsibly power our world. After the film, a panel debated the merits of nuclear energy in Canada and internationally.

The documentary, by Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Robert Stone, tells the intensely personal stories of environmentalists, including Stewart Brand, Gwyneth Cravens, Mark Lynas and Michael Shellenberger, and energy experts who have undergone a radical conversion from being fiercely anti to strongly pro-nuclear energy, risking their careers and reputations in the process.

The film also considers the critical role that nuclear energy can play in helping fight climate change, because, it bears mention once more, that nuclear power plants generate electricity without producing greenhouse gases.

The panel after the film featured two nuclear supporters Heather Kleb, president of the Canadian Nuclear Association (CNA); and Ron Oberth, president of the Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries (OCI); and two antinuclear activists, Jim Harding, author and retired University of Regina professor; and David Gary, author and boardmember of Clean Green Saskatchewan.

In her opening remarks, the CNA’s Kleb explained Canada’s nuclear energy sector has “over 40 years of safe operations. No member of the public has ever been harmed by activities at one of our facilities. We are actually known around the world for our safety record.”

“We produce virtually no greenhouse gases and therefore do not contribute to the production of smog, or climate change,” Kleb said. “We produce power around the clock – we reliably provide 24/7 baseload power.
OCI’s Oberth cited the success of nuclear energy in Ontario. “Because nuclear energy produces more than 50 percent of Ontario’s electricity, per capita emissions are 80 grams/kilowatt-hour, which is among the lowest of any area in the developed world,” Oberth said.

Many AREVA and Cameco employees as well as many other Saskatoon area residents attended the Oct.1 event; another screening at the Roxy Theatre is scheduled for Oct. 10 at 7 pm.

Scott Larson of the Saskatoon StarPhoenix recently spoke with director Robert Stone and published a transcript of their discussion.

We encourage you to go see the movie, and join in the clean air energy discussion.

April 23, 2012 | 11:38 am

Washington Post Questions “Phasing Out Nuclear”

The Washington Post Editorial Board asks a great question today:

CAN THE WORLD fight global warming without nuclear power?

The article then notes that, “One major industrialized country — Germany — is determined to find out, and another — Japan — is debating whether to try. Both illustrate how hard it would be.”  And the majority of the article is about the facts of this choice.

read more…

December 6, 2011 | 11:50 am

“Carbon Emissions Show Biggest Jump Ever Recorded”

Bad News:

“Global emissions of carbon dioxide from fossil-fuel burning jumped by the largest amount on record last year, upending the notion that the brief decline during the recession might persist through the recovery….Emissions rose 5.9 percent in 2010, according to an analysis released Sunday by the Global Carbon Project, an international collaboration of scientists tracking the numbers. Scientists with the group said the increase, a half-billion extra tons of carbon pumped into the air, was almost certainly the largest absolute jump in any year since the Industrial Revolution, and the largest percentage increase since 2003.”

There was some hope before that one of the few positive side effects of the global recession would be a trend of less of these pollutants. But our continuing fossil-fuel-based energy choices – coal, natural gas, etc – pumped a half-billion extra tons of carbon into our skies in 2010. This is not the path for sustainable development or clean energy implementation—achieving those goals requires a substantial increase in clean, reliable, low-carbon nuclear energy.

November 10, 2011 | 1:00 pm

New Name in Climate Change and Energy

There’s a new name championing the cause for climate change solutions, aptly named: The Center for Climate and Energy Solutions. At first glance, such a promissory name could easily be dismissed as audacious brand marketing, but the “C2ES” (as they call themselves) is the fresh face and successor of the highly respected Pew Center on Global Climate Change.

As a new member of the C2ES Business Environmental Leadership council, AREVA continues its partnership with C2ES in its mission to address climate change and deliver innovative clean energy solutions. As C2ES states on its website,

“Now more than ever, we need committed voices with the expertise to cut through complexity and craft innovative solutions; the independence to separate fact from fiction; and the credibility to work with all sides to build common ground.”

We wholeheartedly agree, and welcome The Center for Climate and Energy Solutions’ ongoing, experienced advocacy and leadership.

July 29, 2011 | 4:07 am

“Germany’s Grand Energy Experiment”

Author, professor and blogger Barry Brook runs the numbers on “Germany’s Grand Energy Experiment” on his blog today. After a detailed look at the math, he concludes:

Germany will have to initiative a range of aggressive measures, focused on energy efficiency, smart metering, car taxation, renewable energy heating systems, etc. etc. This was to make up a ‘gap’ compared to 2009 policies of 70 – 90 million tonnes (Mt) of CO2-e. The gap is now much larger…

The current reality in Germany is that subsidized coal-fired electricity (with the funds generated by the trade in CO2 emissions certificates – yes, turn up the irony dial) will be ‘filling the gap‘ (interesting euphemism) left by the nuclear phaseout. We’re talking here of upwards of 20 GWe of new fossil fuel power plants to be built in Germany over the next decade…

You can read the whole article here.

July 5, 2011 | 10:54 am

“My Concerns were right, My Solutions Were Wrong”

Another great article, this time written by author and environmental activist Mark Lynas. He describes the current discussion over nuclear power choices in the UK and offers his view:

Atomic energy, while far from perfect, is an essential option to combat two looming problems: climate change, caused by man-made carbon emissions, and a growing ‘energy gap’ by which Britain generates far less electricity than it needs, sending fuel bills soaring….Because while Greens may be right about climate change, they stick their heads in the sand when it comes to one of the strongest solutions we have to this crisis — nuclear power…

A report from the Government’s Climate Change Committee last week outlined aims to get 40 per cent of our electricity from nuclear by 2030, producing an equivalent proportion of energy from renewable sources, such as wind and solar power.

But for this to happen and for Britain to have any chance of meeting its ambitious carbon-reduction targets, Green groups need to stop scare- mongering about atomic power and blocking plans for nuclear plants….

And he offers a glimpse at how his own thinking had evolved:

It has taken me a long time to reach this conclusion. I used to passionately oppose not only nuclear power but GM crops. I once even threw a pie in the face of a Danish scientist who dared to question the orthodox environmental line. So what changed?

Through research, I found that much of what I believed about environmental issues had little, if any, basis in science. Put simply, though my concerns were right, my solutions were wrong….

Our environment and energy problems are solvable — but can be tackled effectively only with pragmatism, rather than ideological wishful thinking. And the litmus test for that may well be the issue of nuclear power.

It’s an excellent article, do read the whole thing and share it.

April 25, 2011 | 5:27 pm

Jacques Besnainou Speaks at Climate One Event

Watch Jacques Besnainou (video) speak at a recent Climate One event in California. It makes for an interesting discussion on nuclear energy.