This English article is not useful for the Green Perkasa, Chinese-educated chauvinists and opportunist politicians like Lim Guan Eng. But it may useful for others who are willing to open their mind to see things far beyond their eyesight.
Nuclear energy produces no greenhouse gases, but it has many drawbacks. Now a radical new technology based on thorium promises what uranium never delivered: abundant, safe and clean energy – and a way to burn up old radioactive waste.
Credit: Justin Randall
What if we could build a nuclear reactor that offered no possibility of a meltdown, generated its power inexpensively, created no weapons-grade by-products, and burnt up existing high-level waste as well as old nuclear weapon stockpiles? And what if the waste produced by such a reactor was radioactive for a mere few hundred years rather than tens of thousands? It may sound too good to be true, but such a reactor is indeed possible, and a number of teams around the world are now working to make it a reality. What makes this incredible reactor so different is its fuel source: thorium.
Named after Thor, the warlike Norse god of thunder, thorium could ironically prove a potent instrument of peace as well as a tool to soothe the world’s changing climate. With the demand for energy on the increase around the world, and the implications of climate change beginning to strike home, governments are increasingly considering nuclear power as a possible alternative to burning fossil fuels.
But nuclear power comes with its own challenges. Public concerns over the risk of meltdown, disposal of long-lived and highly toxic radioactive waste, the generation of weapons grade by-products, and their corresponding proliferation risks, all can make nuclear power a big vote-loser.
A thorium reactor is different. And, on paper at least, this radical new technology could be the key to unlocking a new generation of clean and safe nuclear power. It could prove the circuit-breaker to the two most intractable problems of the 21st century: our insatiable thirst for energy, and the warming of the world’s climate.
BY THE END OF this century, the average surface temperature across the globe will have risen by at least 1.4˚C, and perhaps as much as 5.8˚C, according to the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
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Energy sources in Malaysia.
China is not only investing in renewable energy like solar, wind, hydro, etc., nuclear power is the main alternative source to fossil fuel.
As of 2012, the People’s Republic of China has 16 nuclear power reactors spread out over 4 separate sites and 26 under construction. China’s National Development and Reform Commission has indicated the intention to raise the percentage of China’s electricity produced by nuclear power from the current 1% to 6% by 2020 (compared to 20% in the USA as of 2008). Source: Wiki http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuclear_power_in_the_People’s_Republic_of_China
Hydro power is the major renewable power in China, but PR and Green Perkasa oppose every dam project in Malaysia.
Go to solar power?
Besides the cloudy and rainy weather will hinder the efficiency of solar system, Malaysia has to buy every single solar panel from the foreign companies.
Go to wind power?
Again, Malaysia has no know-how on wind power generator making.
At the end, both PR and Green Perkasa blame BN government for doing nothing to cut down CO2 emission.
M’sia among the worst global polluters
Jared Pereira and G Lavendran | December 5, 2012
It ranks a dismal 55 out of 61 countries, according to the Climate Change Performance Index.
PETALING JAYA: Malaysia has alarmingly become a more polluted country if the findings of the eighth annual Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI) is anything to go by.
The findings, revealed at the climate talks in Doha recently by Germanwatch and Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe, highlighted performances of the 61 top polluters globally.
No country made it to the top three spots in reaching the goal of keeping global warming below 2 degree Celsius.
Malaysia ranked a disappointing 55th out of 61 countries who were part of the research, scoring 47.53 out of 100.
The total score encapsulates five main categories – emissions levels, development of emissions, renewable energies, efficiency and climate policy respectively.
Malaysia also ranked 14th out of 15 countries in the Index for newly Industrialised Countries and last out of nine countries in the Index for Asian Countries.
The main factor behind Malaysia’s poor rating is due to its rapid industralisation and uncontrolled emmisions of toxic waste products and rampant deforestation.
Deputy secretary general of the Ministry of National Resources and Environment, Abdul Rahim Nik, admitted Malaysia’s emission levels have been steadily increasing since 2000.
Malaysia’s climate policy ratings have stayed the same since the last CCPI in 2012, and it proves that not much emphasis has been given to enforcing its policy statement.
Abdul Rahim said: “Our policy is to ensure climate-resilient developments to fulfil national aspirations for sustainability.”
What is being done wrong?
Malaysia’s climate policy, being part of the 9th Malaysia Plan, has to be given more attention if it is serious in wanting to tackle this issue.
According to the the national policy of climate change, impacts of climate change can undermine development, affect human well-being and threaten the security of natural resources.
Therefore, strategic responses are vital to fortify the nation’s resilience to the impacts of climate change.
Intergrated planning and implementation of strategic thrusts will definitely help improve the nation’s climate policy rankings in the near future.
To curb rising emission levels, the government must act against those who blatantly violate provisions of the policy so as to safeguard the environment and aspire to the standards of the Kyoto Protocol.
The government has to emulate the example of China, which although being one of the largest polluters in the world, is investing heavily in renewable energies to curb pollution.
I arrange the risk to CO2 climate warming from low to high.
1. Green energy
2. Nuclear energy
3. Hydro energy
4. Fossil fuel energy
Sweden with an ambitious goal of phasing out fossil fuel by 2020 has to depend on nuclear energy and hydro power to cut down CO2 emission from fossil fuel burning.
100% dependent on green energy is still a long journey to go and the impending challenge is to stop global warming from CO2 before it’s too late.
Sweden and France are using a mix of alternative energy sources from nuclear, hydro, wind, sun, etc. to cut down CO2 emission. The mix of various sources of energy is only viable solution with the current technology.
The funny thing is Green Perkasa in Malaysia against hydro dams and nuclear plants, but accept fossil fuel burning for their green utopia in Malaysia.
I’m no longer respect the Green Perkasa for their aimless and madness in green struggle, they are a bunch of idiots with no brain to understand fossil fuel burning is going to destroy the earth first than other sources of energy.
BN government cost cutting measure is too late, this simple step should be done ten years ago with billions would be saved.
25 degree Celsius should be used instead of 24C to optimize comfortability, office work performance and cost factors.
I further reduce my electricity bill by using table fan instead of air-cond after relocated my office away from direct sun light, thus my electricity bill was reduced from RM120 to RM80, and to RM50.
“At 77 degrees Fahrenheit, the workers were keyboarding 100 percent of the time with a 10 percent error rate, but at 68 degrees, their keying rate went down to 54 percent of the time with a 25 percent error rate,” Hedge says. “Temperature is certainly a key variable that can impact performance.”
No lower than 24 degrees Celsius at govt offices
PUTRAJAYA: Putrajaya has ordered all government offices to set their air-condition temperature no lower than 24 degrees Celcius.
Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Peter Chin Fah Kui said a new Act would be tabled in Parliament to enable the private sector to follow suit.
He said for now the prime minister has agreed that all government buildings set their temperatures at no lower than 24 degrees unless under certain circumstances such as the hospitals.
The measure will be implemented as soon as the Chief Secretary issues a circular to the government offices, Chin told a press conference after a Green Technology and Climate Change Council meeting chaired by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
He said that in every office, at least 40% of energy consumed goes to air-conditioning.
For every degree dropped in air-conditioning temperature, he said, the government can slash its energy bill by between four and seven per cent.
“And 24 degrees is a comfortable temperature – it’s neither too cold nor too hot. In some countries, like in China, they are required to set their temperatures at 26 degrees, that is too hot,” he said.
I have plugged out my TV set entirely since several months ago after I started to follow Mandarin news in tonton.com.my. It’s estimated I can save RM5-10 per month from TV electricity bill. Besides, saving time on commercial advertisement is another reason I kicked out Malaysia TV dull programs.
No more TV set in my KL home. I believe more people will do so since Malaysia TV stations are suck and act as mouthpieces for BN government.