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What to do with nuclear waste?

Finding a site to store nuclear waste is becoming a prominent issue in today’s world, which is evident through the 35-year environmental dispute in Germany concerning the salt mine in the city of Gorleben. According to Gero Rueter, the storage site must be equipped to hold the nuclear waste for one million years. It is prohibited to dump the waste into salt oceans or lakes; doing so can be hazardous. Rueter explains how costly it can be to store nuclear waste, which could be avoided if countries worldwide found alternatives to nuclear energy. Europe’s bordering oceans have large amounts of nuclear waste at their base, which highlights the uncertainty of how much harm and damage nuclear waste can cause.

Rueter, Gero. “What to do with nuclear waste?” Deutsche Welle. 28 June 2013. Web. November 2013. <http://www.dw.de/what-to-do-with-nuclear-waste/a-16755844>.

 

Who Owns This Land? In Greece, Who Knows?

The economic crises that recently devastated Greece has brought to light the problems concerning the country’s land registration system, which deals with matters regarding land ownership and possession along with other rights that are officially recorded. This delicate and tumultuous setting discourages foreign investors to look towards Greece. In addition to causing a lot of unrest and violence, land disputes are capable of inflicting widespread financial woes.

Daley, Suzanne. “Who Owns This Land? In Greece, Who Knows?” The New York Times. 26 May 2013. Web. November 2013. <http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/27/world/europe/greeces-tangled-land-ownership-is-a-hurdle-in-recovery.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0>.

 

Hidden Impacts: How Europe’s resource overconsumption promotes global land conflicts (Pgs. 14-21)

Friends of the Earth Europe published a report about the major implications Europe’s resource consumption has had on the world. The report argues that the rate at which Europe is consuming global resources, the world will continue to witness dangerous repercussions. For instance, one alarming statistic is that Europe is importing over “six times more virtual agricultural land than it is exporting.” This has a direct effect on developing countries and the emergence of land disputes. This form of overconsumption of foreign resources is not only inflicting problems to the land, but also the people living there. Other negative results of overconsumption are “climate change, biodiversity loss, and negative social impacts like land-grabbing.” Along with several other environmental issues, land-grabbing is explored in this report. The author explains how poor land recognition laws around the world can lead to mass land-grabbing without any compensation in many cases.

Friends of the Earth Europe. “Hidden Impacts: How Europe’s resource overconsumption promotes global land conflicts.” 7 March 2013. Pgs. 14-21. Web. November 2013. <http://www.foeeurope.org/sites/default/files/publications/foee_report_-_hidden_impacts_-_070313.pdf>.

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