We’ve Achieved Nuclear Fusion Ignition. Are There Environmental Concerns?

The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has announced a momentous breakthrough in nuclear fusion – on December 5, experimenters at the National Ignition Facility were able to produce “more energy from [their] self-sustaining fusion reaction than they put in to create the reaction.”

This is possibly the most significant breakthrough in the history of energy research.

National Geographic reports that this “major step towards fusion power” has the potential to transform nuclear energy in the long term. As opposed to chemical reactions like gasoline combustion, “nuclear reactions pack roughly a million times more punch than chemical reactions do.” The future implications are truly staggering, and could forever change the way we consume energy.

But this development is not without valid concerns. Rasmus Winther, Professor of Humanities at UC Santa Cruz, explains potential environmental concerns through the lens of Jevon’s Paradox.

Winther’s Thoughts:

“There’s a lot of excitement about the nuclear fusion breakthrough at the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory, and it is exciting. I’d like to make a comment from the point of view of our environmental economics and from the point of view of Jevon’s Paradox, which basically says, and you can look it up, that with technological progress, increasing the efficiency with which resources, including resources such as energy, is used or made, that rather than the use of that resource declining, it actually increases.

And that’s my fear. My fear here is that with this massively new technology, over time, human energy demand will absolutely explode and cause absolutely increasing consumption of rate with a massive environmental impact.”

Follow us on social media for the latest updates in B2B!


Healthcare Cyberattacks
Healthcare Cyberattacks Grew in 2022
February 3, 2023

Concerning data from cybersecurity firm Check Point indicates an increase in cyberattacks on healthcare organizations by 74% in 2022 from the previous year. Healthcare is currently the third most attacked global industry (1,463 attacks per week) behind government/military (1,661 attacks per week) and education/research (2,314 attacks per week.) And in the United States, Healthcare […]

Read More
CES 2023 crowd attendance
Top Trends at CES 2023 from Bosch, John Deere, and More
February 3, 2023

Top notch technology and top notch attendance secured CES 2023 its gold medal; to put it simply, this year’s CES was a huge success. The world’s largest and most prominent consumer electronics and technology exhibition, CES served its usual role as a testing ground for ground-breaking innovations across multiple verticals. From 5G to Web3, and […]

Read More
ACA health plans
Insurance Companies Should Weight the Growth Potential With Risks When Considering Offering ACA Plans
February 3, 2023

The 2023 open enrollment for ACA health plans saw a 13% increase over 2022. Melanie Musson, an insurance expert with USInsuranceAgents.com, says, “Insurance providers have an opportunity to enter or expand in this growing market, but they should practice caution.” The 2023 Open Enrollment Period (OEP) for Affordable Care Act (ACA) Marketplace health insurance plans […]

Read More