06/04/2015 Final Exams II
06/15/2014 End of Year Activity – Lab Clean-Up
06/08/2014 Final Exams – End of Year Preparation
O6/01/2014 High School Lab Activity –Tie Dyeing
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“Swiss voters have backed government plans to replace the power from ageing nuclear reactors with renewable energy.
A total of 58.2 per cent of voters supported the phaseout of nuclear energy in a binding referendum on Sunday. Under the Swiss system of direct democracy, voters have the final say on major policy issues.
The plan will provide billions of pounds in subsidies for renewable energy, ban the construction of nuclear plants and decommission the country’s five existing ones, which produce about a third of the country’s electricity.
The first nuclear power plant is earmarked for closure in 2019. …
The move echoes efforts across Europe to reduce dependence on nuclear energy and has been in the making following Japan’s Fukushima disaster in 2011. Germany has announced it will close all nuclear plants by 2022 and Austria banned it decades ago.
The Swiss government wants to boost hydraulic power as well as solar, wind, geothermal and biomass. ”
This site contains a map useful in showing nuclear power plants in Sweden.
In comparison to other countries, Switzerland is quite small.“Switzerland is 41,285 square kilometers or 15,940 square miles.That’s about 3 times the size of Los Angeles County (12,308 square kilometers)”http://www.travelersdigest.com/7381-how-big-is-switzerland-in-comparison-to-the-united-states-uk-germany-china-japan/
“The Swiss initiative mirrors efforts elsewhere in Europe to reduce dependence on nuclear power, partly sparked by Japan's Fukushima disaster in 2011.
Germany aims to phase out nuclear power by 2022, while Austria banned it decades ago.”
“Solar and wind now account for less than 5 percent of Switzerland’s energy output, compared with 60 percent for hydro and 35 percent for nuclear. Under the new law, power from solar, wind, biomass and geothermal sources would rise to at least 11,400 gigawatt hours by 2035, from the current 2,831 gigawatt hours.”
“The country’s largest political party, the populist Swiss People’s Party (SVP), opposed the plan while smaller parties, like the Greens, joined together to supported it. Only 42.3 percent of eligible voters cast a ballot in the referendum.
SVP claims the energy shift will cost around $205 billion, will threaten Switzerland’s energy supply and could “disfigure” the country’s pristine natural landscape with more wind turbines and solar panels.
The right-wing party SVP claims phasing out nuclear power will cost the average household an additional $3,300 a year. SVP claimed the government was running an ‘official propaganda’ campaign ‘in favour of this dangerous energy shift.’
The Greens argued eliminating aging nuclear power would help the wind and solar energy industries.”
For your reference, previous posts about Nuclear power issues include:
2/11/2015 Introduction to Nuclear Chemistry
02/18/2015 Nuclear Chemistry – Part II (Fission,
Fusion & Half-Life)
08/06/2015 Post-Fukushima Restarts
10/30/2015 Current Event – Radioactive Waste
10/22/2015 The Future of Nuclear Fusion
02/20/2016 Nuclear Waste and Lake Huron
03/26/2016 Nuclear Waste Storage
07/31/2016 Cost of Nuclear Shutdown in Germany
08/07/2016 Debate about Nuclear Power
11/18/2016 Chernobyl New Safe Confinement
05/26/2017 Radioactive Truffles?
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