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nuclear waste

(Encyclopedia) nuclear waste: see radioactive waste.

radioactive waste

(Encyclopedia) radioactive waste, material containing the unusable radioactive byproducts of the scientific, military, and industrial applications of nuclear energy. Since its radioactivity presents…

sanitary science

(Encyclopedia) sanitary science, principles of health preservation, embracing hygiene, on an individual level, and public health, on a communal level. Those who specialize in sanitary science are…

Brunswick

(Encyclopedia) Brunswick. 1 City (1990 pop. 16,433), seat of Glynn co., SE Ga., on St. Simon's Sound near the Atlantic coast; laid out 1771–72, inc. 1856. It is a port of entry with numerous…

The World's Worst Pollution Problems, 2008

In 2006 and 2007, Blacksmith Institute and Green Cross Switzerland released lists of the "World's Worst Polluted Places." For 2008, they have updated their methodology to focus on…

June 2000 Disasters

June 4, Sumatra, Indonesia: An earthquake measuring 7.9 on the Richter scale struck late in the day, resulting in the deaths of at least 120 people. The quake, which was centered beneath the…

Nuclear and Chemical Accidents

Though nuclear power is a good source of energy and is generally not a threat, there have been instances when security measures have failed. Nuclear meltdowns can cause dangerous radiation to escape…

nuclear reactor

(Encyclopedia) nuclear reactor, device for producing controlled release of nuclear energy. Reactors can be used for research or for power production. A research reactor is designed to produce various…

solid waste

(Encyclopedia) solid waste, discarded materials other than fluids. In the United States in 1996, nearly 210 million tons—about 4.3 lb. (2 kg) per person daily (up from 2.7 lb./1.2 kg in 1960)—were…