At Ensia, we seek to shine a light on environmental news from around the world in a way that inspires and informs the search for solutions. Though times are troubling, we are hopeful that the future can be brighter if we learn from the past and from each other. In that spirit, we have compiled a list of our top 10 most-read stories in 2019, all of which share important ideas worth reflecting on again. Nuclear power has benefits as a low-carbon source of electricity, but it is undeniable that there are also a number of drawbacks. Primary among them is the radioactive waste it produces. In this feature, environmental journalist John Vidal brings to light recent updates in this area, including experimental ventures of entrepreneur Liz Mueller and her startup Deep Isolation, which aims to use fracking deep-drilling technology to store stockpiled canisters of nuclear waste. Other options explored range from reducing radiotoxicity via lasers to shooting waste into space. Despite the brainpower behind nuclear, there is still little consensus on how waste can and should be disposed of.
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