Scientists: nuclear energy - the only escape from a climate catastrophe
To reduce greenhouse gas emissions and protect the planet from global warming, many countries are trying to move to renewable energy sources. To do this, they build solar and wind farms, which occupy a huge area of land. Scientists believe that these sources are not able to prevent a climate catastrophe as quickly as required - carbon concentration will decrease too slowly. Thus, the best replacement for solar and wind energy is considered to be nuclear, and talking about it, both the scientist and well-known personalities like Bill Gates.
In early January, a political scientist Joshua Goldstein and Energy Staffan Qvist published an essay in which reminded of the terrible predictions of many climatologists: the tipping point in the climate come about 30 years later. Scientists believe that even if all countries take the example of Germany and introduce more sources of renewable energy, the world will need more than 150 years to normalize the state of the planet. The researchers also noted that for the construction of wind farms and solar power plants need a large area of land.
The world needs a secure source of electricity that can be rapidly increased to enormous proportions and provide round the clock power supply, regardless of weather conditions - and all this without increasing the total surface area intended for the production of electricity.
Goldstein & Quist believes that nuclear energy meets all these requirements. In their opinion, erroneous fear caused by the Chernobyl disaster, greatly hindered the development of nuclear power. They stressed that the explosion of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant - the only such a disaster in the last 60 years, which claimed far fewer lives than other industrial accidents. they also believe that nuclear power produces little waste so that they can be placed in a jar of soda.
For active use of nuclear energy in favor even the head of Microsoft Bill Gates. In its order in 2019, he ordered an agreement with the US government to increase the use of nuclear energy. In August 2018 he announced his intention to build a miniature nuclear reactors TerraPower, but the government has not given him to do so for security reasons.
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