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How Was Nuclear Energy Discovered?

  • Published: April 26th, 2010

Nuclear power results from radiation, which was discovered around 1900. It took several decades after that for scientists to understand how to harness its energy - for power and for weapons.

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Where in the World Is Nuclear Power?

  • Published: April 25th, 2010

Over 400 nuclear reactors are operating today in the world in 30 different countries.

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What Are the Benefits and Risks of Nuclear Power?

  • Published: April 25th, 2010

Nuclear power emits much lower greenhouse gas emissions than electricity from coal but there is risk of a reactor accident, unresolved issues with radioactive waste disposal, and weapons.

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How Do We Get Electricity from Nuclear Energy?

  • Published: April 25th, 2010

The energy released from the nucleus of an atom – nuclear energy – is harnessed today by heating water to make steam. The steam turns a turbine that drives a generator to make electricity.

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Has Global Warming Stopped?

  • Published: February 12th, 2010

Global warming has slowed a little over the past decade or so, but nobody with a clue about climate change thinks this means the problem has gone away

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Taking the Carbon Out of Coal

  • Published: December 26th, 2009

Carbon capture and sequestration or CCS is a technology that can remove carbon dioxide emitted by a power plant and store it underground. Climate Central visits the site of a proposed coal plant in Linden, NJ to find out how it is done.

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What Is The Difference Between Global Warming and Climate Change?

  • Published: December 7th, 2009

The phrases "global warming" and "climate change" are technically different, but the way most people use them - including lots of climate scientists - they mean pretty much the same thing.

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How Do We Know It Is Not a Natural Cycle?

  • Published: November 6th, 2009

When scientists look at climate variations in the past, they don't see anything like today's warming.