We haven’t done one of these in a while but we return this week with some links related to climate change, nuclear power, oceans, and plastic. (It’s all connected.)

Jellyfish or nuclear explosion?

Here, fresh from the Internet:

Jellyfish are apparently causing problems at power plants, especially nuclear power plants, when they get caught in the water intake systems like so much floating plastic. Gershwin asks, that “a mucosy little jellyfish, barely bigger than a chicken egg, with no brain, no backbone, and no eyes, could cripple three national economies and wipe out an entire ecosystem”?  From an article on Stung! On Jellyfish Blooms and the Future of the Oceanby Lisa-ann Gershwin, with a foreword by Sylvia Earle, University of Chicago Press.

Remember Boyan Slat, the 19-year old whose idea to rid the world’s oceans of plastic went viral? 

Now there is a new idea that may be better: Beach cleanup. “Yes, humans have managed to create a problem on a degree of scale that’s nearly incomprehensible and so overwhelming we’re predisposed to like ideas like Slat’s because it has the appearance of near divine simplicity.

We’ve been writing a lot about the proposed nuclear power plant for Pyhäjoki, a rural Finnish town. Good news this week-the Finnish government has put off making a decision on whether or not to build the plant until next year. 

Also, Case Pyhäjoki related: the camp was featured in a Finnish magazine: Voima. If you can read Finnish, here is the link.

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