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Climate change: Is nuclear power the answer?

Climate change: Is nuclear power the answer?

Science
Nuclear is good for the environment. Nuclear is bad for the environment. Both statements are true.Why is it good? Nuclear power is planned to be a key part of the UK's energy mix.The key benefit is that it helps keep the lights on while producing hardly any of the CO2 emissions that are heating the climate.CO2 emissions come from traditional ways of creating electricity such as burning gas and coal. And the government is expected to have halted emissions almost completely by 2050, to help curb damage to the climate.Why is it bad for the environment?Because major nuclear accidents are few and far between, but when they happen they create panic. Take the Fukushima explosions in 2011, which released radioactive material into the surrounding air in Japan. Or ...
Bell, Electric Power Systems partner on hybrid-electric aircraft engines

Bell, Electric Power Systems partner on hybrid-electric aircraft engines

Business
Nov. 5 (UPI) -- Bell Helicopter on Monday announced an agreement with Electric Power Systems to develop energy storage systems for Bell vertical takeoff and landing aircraft. "This relationship aligns with our vision as well as Bell's vision to advance electric aircraft for commercial and military aviation applications," Nathan Millecam, CEO of EPS, said in a press release. "Our Energy Storage System leverages advanced active battery management technology that enables our battery module to improve life, reduce cost, and meet stringent FAA safety requirements around cell containment in thermal runaway at a very light weight," Millecam added. Bell is also partnering with Safran for development of hybrid engines for VTOL aircraft, as well as fully electric engines, and Garmin for work on nav...
Sulfur regulations on coal power plants could improve air quality, study says

Sulfur regulations on coal power plants could improve air quality, study says

Science
Oct. 29 (UPI) -- Texas residents who live downwind of a coal plant still face harmful health outcomes, according to Rice University. That's largely because those plants remain uncleaned. Researchers at Rice say that while air quality in Texas has improved with attention paid to ozone, the state's residents would benefit even more from requirements on sulfur. Cleaning up or replacing coal-fired power plants that lack sulfur pollution controls could help Texans breathe cleaner, healthier air, according to a study by researchers at Rice University published this month in the Journal of the Air and Waste Management Association. That's because many of those plants remain uncleaned. "Texas has more unscrubbed coal plants than anywhere in the country and it's causing a substantial amount of air ...
Leicester City star Ben Chilwell signs long-term deal to keep him at the King Power Stadium

Leicester City star Ben Chilwell signs long-term deal to keep him at the King Power Stadium

Sports
DONE DEAL The Foxes defender made his England debut last month and follows Harry Maguire in signing a new deal Ben Chilwell has signed a new long-term deal with Leicester City to cap a remarkable start to the season. A month after agreeing fresh terms with Harry Maguire, Leicester have secured 21-year-old left-back Chilwell, who came through the ranks at the King Power Stadium. Chilwell has committed his future to Leicester Chilwell made his England debut last month and his first starts followed in last week’s goalless Nations League draw with Croatia and the 3-2 win in Spain. The left-back joined Leicester’s academy aged 12 and said he was excited to extend his association with the Foxes until June 2024. “Leicester’s ...