No Nukes

Germany to Shutter All Reactors by 2022

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has committed to shutting down all 17 of Germany’s nuclear reactors by 2022. Eight will be permanently switched off by the end of this year, including seven that were disconnected for safety inspections in March.

The country plans to compensate for the closures with a plan to reduce electricity consumption by 10 percent and double the share of renewable energy sources to 35 percent by 2020. A new report from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and the International Institute for Applied System Analysis revealed that Europe’s overall renewable energy capacity rose 30 percent in 2010.

European Union Energy Commissioner Günther Oettinger said that Germany could achieve its goals only if it also invests in better grid infrastructure, storage capacity and forward planning, as well as more renewable energies. Merkel defended the decision, saying, “Our energy system has to be fundamentally changed and can be fundamentally changed. We want the electricity of the future to be safer and at the same time, reliable and economical.”


Edit ModuleShow Tags

More from Natural Awakenings

Migrating Trees

Three-quarters of American tree species have shifted to the West since 1980 due to dryer conditions in the East and changing rainfall patterns.

Plutonium Problem

To safely dispose of 56 million gallons of nuclear waste dating back to the Second World War, the Department of Energy might replace a glass-log encasement plan with a cement option.

Bat Banter

Computer algorithms helped Israeli researchers decode the language of Egyptian fruit bats and discover that bats exchange information about specific problems.

Tuna Turnaround

Levels of toxic mercury in Atlantic Bluefin tuna declined 19 percent between 2004 and 2012, a drop that scientists attribute to a shift from coal to natural gas and renewable energy.

Buzzing RoboBees

Harvard researchers have invented tiny robotic bees that may be able to eventually pollinate the crops that are under threat because of vanishing bee colonies.
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags