Thu, Mar 14, 2013: Confronting a Nuclear Age: Choosing Energy Sources and Incentivizing Conservation

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Join us for a free public lecture at 3-5pm on March 14th, 2013 in Room 044 (east end of the building in the basement) at University College, 15 King’s College Circle, Toronto, ON by

Jose Etcheverry , Assoc. Prof. of Environmental Studies, York University

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Choosing Energy Sources and Incentivizing Conservation

Synopsis
The pros and cons of various energy sources. Energy pricing. Wind power and bird population. Harmful effects of high dams. Methane fracking. Health effects of coal use. Underwater turbine as alternative to damming rivers for power. Earthquakes and fracking.

Reading
• Stanford Ovshinsky: Pursuing solar electricity at a cost equal to or lower than that of coal electricity.Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, May2011, Vol. 67 Issue 3, p1-77p; DOI: 10.1177/0096340211406877
IEA (29 May 2012) (PDF). Golden Rules for a Golden Age of Gas. World Energy Outlook Special Report on Unconventional Gas. OECD. pp. 18–27.
• Robert W. Howarth, and Anthony Ingraffea, (15 September 2011). “Should Fracking Stop? Extracting gas from shale increases the availability of this resource, but the health and environmental risks may be too high. Point: Yes, it’s too high risk”. Nature (477): 271–275. DOI:10.1038/477271a.
• Eja Pedersen, Kerstin Persson Waye, “Wind turbine noise, annoyance and self-reported health and well-being in different living environments,” Occup Environ Med 2007;64:480-486 doi:10.1136/oem.2006.031039
• Peter A. Bradford, The nuclear renaissance meets economic reality. Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Nov 2009, Vol. 65 Issue 6, p60-645p
• Len Ackland, Can Germany survive without nuclear power? Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Jul 2009, Vol. 65 Issue 4, p41-5212p, 1

This lecture is part of the series Confronting a Nuclear Age which is co-sponsored by University College Health Studies Programme, Canadian Pugwash Group, Science for Peace and Voice of Women for Peace.

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