Rethinking Nuclear Power

Here is an interesting story by Michael Schellenberger. He explains his transformation from being anti-Nuclear to pro-Nuclear energy generation.

Is nuclear power as dangerous as we’ve been led to believe?

How do the dangers of nuclear energy compare to the dangers of fossil fuel energy? A report in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that some 50,000-100,000 Americans die each year from lung cancer caused by particulate air pollution, the biggest cause of which is coal-burning power plants in the midwest and east. Even taking the maximum predicted death toll from Chernobyl, we would need a Chernobyl-sized accident every three weeks to make nuclear power as deadly as coal and oil already is.
Brian Dunning

Did you know that nuclear power could be one of the biggest, cleanest energy providers?

…we’ve been trying to do solar for a long time and yet we get less than a half of a percent of our electricity globally from solar, about two percent from wind, and the majority of our clean energy comes from nuclear and hydro.

And according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, nuclear produces four times less carbon emissions than solar does. That’s why they recommended in their recent report the more intensive use of renewables, nuclear and carbon capture and storage.

It’s time that those of us who appointed ourselves Earth’s guardians should take a second look at the science & start questioning the impacts of our actions Now that we know that renewables can’t save the planet, are we really going to stand by and let them destroy it?
– Michael Schellenberger –

Climate Change: Scientists Vs Politicians and Media

The QuipperyClimate change is an urgent topic of discussion among politicians, journalists and celebrities… but what do scientists say about climate change? Does the data validate those who say humans are causing the earth to catastrophically warm? Richard Lindzen, an MIT atmospheric physicist and one of the world’s leading climatologists, summarizes the science behind climate change.
– Prager U –

Canada Historical Climate Trends

Canada is the second largest country in the world, with an area of 9,984,670 square km (3,854,082 square miles). Canada has apparently been keeping track of temperatures across the country since 1948. The number of weather stations that track weather, now and in the past, is impossible to determine. Canada’s Weather and Climate website does not make it easy to find that kind of information.

Here are the reports I have been able to find about Climate Trends and Variations in Canada.

Summary of annual mean temperature departure Lineal Trends:

2007: 1.4°C
2008: unavailable
2009: 1.4°C
2010: 1.5°C
2011: unavailable
2012: 1.7°C
2013: 1.6°C
2014: 1.6°C
2015: 1.6°C
2016: 1.7°C
2017: 1.8°C
2018: 1.7°C

Canada 2007

The trend over the period 1948 to 2007 shows a 1.4°C increase when looking at annual temperature departures from the 1951 to 1980 climate normal.

Canada 2009

The blue linear trend line – national annual temperatures warmed by 1.4°C since 1948. Temperature data from more than 330 weather stations were used to compute seasonal and annual departures from normal. A Baseline Average was calculated from 1961-1990 data. The annual mean temperature departure trends for the nation as a whole and for all climatic regions showed confidence levels varying from 90% to 99.9%.

Canada 2010

Annual mean temperature anomalies 1950-2010 as departures from the 1961-1990 average. The red dashed linear trend line indicates national annual temperatures warmed by 1.5°C since 1948. Source: Vincent et al. 2012; Environment Canada 2011.

Canada 2012

The red dashed linear trend line – national annual temperatures  warmed by 1.7°C since 1948.

Canada 2013

The linear trend indicates that annual temperatures averaged across the nation warmed by 1.6°C since 1948.

Global and Canada 2013

Annual mean temperature anomalies and linear trends for the globe, all of Canada, southern Canada (i.e., south of 60°N), and northern Canada (i.e., north of 60°N) over the period 1948–2013 (relative to the 1961–1990 average). Canadian mean temperatures were computed using the CANGRD data set (updated from Zhang et al., 2000), which is based on homogenized temperature data from 338 stations in Canada.

Canada 2014

The linear trend indicates that annual temperatures averaged across the nation warmed by 1.6°C since 1948.

Canada 2015


The linear trend indicates that annual temperatures averaged across the nation warmed by 1.6°C since 1948.

Canada 2016

The linear trend indicates that annual temperatures averaged across the nation warmed by 1.7°C since 1948.

Canada 2017

The linear trend indicates that annual temperatures averaged across the nation warmed by 1.8°C since 1948.

Canada 2018

Winter 2017-2018 – The linear trend indicates that annual temperatures averaged across the nation have warmed by 3.4°C over the past 71 years.

Spring 2018: The linear trend indicates that spring temperatures averaged across the nation have warmed by 1.6°C over the past 71 years.

Summer 2018: The linear trend indicates that summer temperatures averaged across the nation have warmed by 1.5°C over the past 71 years.

Annual 2018: The linear trend indicates that annual temperatures averaged across the nation have warmed by 1.7°C over the past 71 years.

Precipitation to 2016


When averaged across the nation, annual precipitation amounts have tended to be wetter than the 1961-1990 average since the beginning of the 1970s.

Precipitation 2017

Winter precipitation for December 2016, January 2017, and February 2017

Spring precipitation (March-May)

Summer precipitation (June to August)

All of this information is, or was at one time, posted on the Canada Environment and Climate Change website. They state that this information is available for personal or public non-commercial use and may be reproduced, in part or in whole, and by any means, without charge or further permission, unless otherwise specified.