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Nuclear 2.0: Why A Green Future Needs Nuclear Power

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Everything you thought you knew about nuclear power is wrong. This is just as well, according to Mark Lynas in Nuclear 2.0, because nuclear energy is essential to avoid catastrophic global warming. Using the latest world energy statistics Lynas shows that with wind and solar still at only about 1 percent of global primary energy, asking renewables to deliver all the world’ ...more
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Published 2013
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Apr 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Oh boy....they say you should never talk politics or religion in company if you want to avoid a fight. Well, if you add global warming and the environment to that list then the fight can go nuclear.
And that's why Mark Lynas has written this book. As a former anti-nuclear campaigner he tries to defuse the issue and allow a relatively calm debate about the contribution nuclear power generation can make to protecting the future of the globe. By now, 99.9% of people reading this will have come down
Jurij Fedorov
Nov 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
The only downside to this book is the fact that it is only 80 pages - short. But even for someone like me who knows a lot about nuclear power it was a great read. Mark Lynas is such a great and informative writer that I am going to read all of his books. I like writers who stick to facts and statistics, and Mark Lynas does just that.
Chris Murray
Nov 25, 2013 rated it did not like it
Mark Lynas, in "Nuclear 2.0", commits the same errors he ascribes to the anti-nuclear movement, except that where anti-nuclear activists allegedly exaggerate, Mark Lynas relentlessly minimises.

Lynas quotes UNSCEAR and others in an effort at scientific respectability, but the quotes are often selective and misleading. For example, re Chernobyl, UNSCEAR is correctly quoted as offering reassurance to individuals that the personal risks are low, but there is no mention whatever that UNSCEAR also cle
Jun 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
An important message: we need nuclear power to avoid the worst consequences of climate change. Nuclear and renewables should not compete with each other, but collaborate to drive out coal. Nuclear is safe, clean, and possible.

This book is a good, well argued, reminder for those who already agree and hopefully an eye opener for those who don't (yet).
Aug 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Nuclear 2.0 : Why A Green Future Needs Nuclear Power (2013) by Mark Lynas is a short bool where Lynas describes his conversion to supporting nuclear power and describes the strengths of nuclear. Lynas is an environmental activist and journalist who has written for New Statesman, The Guardian and The Observer among others.

In Nuclear 2.0 Lynas describes how there is no plausible route to reducing global C02 emissions that doesn’t use nuclear. He points out that renewables are unreliable and that p
Aug 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well written and concise tale of the author's mindset at he made a pivot on the issue of nuclear energy. To be clear he is still against the use of nuclear weapons, but what better way to dispose of warheads than down blending them into fuel for civilian electrical grids?

This might not be considered an in depth book, but it covers a variety of issues and has 15 pages of notes which allows the reader to thoroughly follow-up on any chapter which might pique their interest. There are a very few ite
Sep 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Short and simple. Good info and makes a strong nuclear case, but not much of a book.
Aug 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Nuclear 2.0: Why a Green Future Needs Nuclear Power by Mark Lynas

“Nuclear 2.0" makes the compelling case that in order to resolve the global warming crisis; nuclear power must complement other low-carbon power sources. Environmentalist, Mark Lynas provides the readers with a succinct, accessible book that makes the strong case for nuclear power. Time and scientific evidence has converted the author from the anti-nuclear camp to a pro-renewable and pro-nuclear outlook. This stimulating 71-page in
Andrew Garvey
Aug 22, 2015 rated it liked it
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Formerly an anti-nuclear campaigner and writer, Lynas lays out the reasons for his conversion to the (very sensible) view that nuclear power is absolutely vital, along with a massive increase in use of renewables, to what looks like an increasingly hopeless aim of saving the planet from being cooked by carbon.

Making his case in short, fully referenced chapters, this little book is fascinating. On finishing it, I was more certain than ever that the world's media-fed fear of nuclear energy is disa
Majed Mulla
Jul 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
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يستعرض قد ايش الخوف من الطاقة النووية غير منطقي او ما يستاهل الخوف الهائل دا ولا الحملات المكثفة ضدها. يجيب عدد الوفيات و عدد الناس الي اتعرضو للإشعاعات النووية و قد ايش تأثيرها و كم عدد الي اتاثرو و جاهم سرطان او فقر دم. في اكبر حادثتين في عالم الطاقة النووية. تشيرنوبيل في الاتحاد السوفيتي و فوكوشيما في اليابان. حتتفاجاء بالبروباقاندا الي مساويها الاعلا
Jul 16, 2013 rated it liked it
While this book is a thought provoking and compelling argument for the use of nuclear power to reduce carbon emissions, I feel that the author damages his case somewhat by minimising the risks of past nuclear accidents. Particularly with the recent revelations about leaks from the Fukushima plant I feel this damages the book's credibility. The argument is surely not that nuclear power is risk free, but that it causes significantly less environmental damage than burning fossil fuel does and there ...more
Aug 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Here are your choices, world: (1) the extreme effects of global warming, (2) crushing third world poverty, or (3) a renewable+nuclear future. Every alternative has its plusses and minuses, but the minuses of (1) and (2) are so large and destabilizing, it is scary to contemplate.

People in Africa, Asia, and Latin America are not "noble savages." People in the developed world are going to want more and more power. What choice is left? The main drawback to (3) is not the potential for terrorism or t
Tim Lemke
Jul 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
A concise and unemotional explanation of how nuclear power should play a bigger role in fighting global warming. The writer uses data to back up nearly all of his arguments (most of that data I plan to cross-reference, as there are some surprising conclusions.) But this is a great examination about an oft-overlooked aspect of the climate change equation.
Alan Hughes
Oct 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: politics, science
An interesting read. Short but informative. The chapter on nuclear waste was particularly useful as was the information on the two recent disasters (Chernobyl and Fukushima). A useful antidote to much misinformation.
Brandon Finn
Apr 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Really liked this book, although very short.
Compelling case for nuclear energy
August Killjoy
Apr 09, 2016 rated it liked it
I find this book a gross oversimplification of a complex issue. It does contain some solid arguments, but flounders as a cohesive piece.
Mohamad Saleh
Nov 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book sums up everything I've been telling people for years, it doesn't tackle natural pollutants but that's fine
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