2 results for month: 07/2010


Energy cheaper than from coal

When economic well-being measured by the gross domestic product exceeds a threshold, birthrate drops sharply. Global warming now threatens irreversible climate damage, ending glacial water flows needed to sustain food production for hundreds of millions of people, and shrinking the polar cold water regions of the ocean where algae start the ocean food chain. Atmospheric CO2 dissolving into the ocean acidifies it, killing corals and stressing ocean life. Demand for biofuels increases destruction of CO2 absorbing forests and jungles. Burning coal for power is the largest source of atmospheric CO2, which drives global warming. Airborne coal soot ...

Welcome American Scientist readers

The July/August 2010 issue of American Scientist magazine has a ten-page article, Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactors, by Robert Hargraves and Ralph Moir. The article ends with a link to this web site, so welcome to you and other newbies. This redesigned site is rich with information; here's a guide for those with inquiring minds. Start at the very top of the page at the eight links in lower case separated by bars. Click on "about" for a short introduction to thorium, the research history, and a graphic representation of the liquid fluoride thorium reactor, LFTR. Click "msrp" to read the summary of the molten salt research program at the Oak Ridge ...