Can nuclear help to combat climate change?
Coined as “the defining issue of our time,” climate change is an accelerating global problem with mounting observable effects on the environment.
A growing number of scientists and environmentalists believe that many approaches and solutions are needed, including the use of nuclear energy, to limit the impacts of climate change and reduce our dependency on fossil fuels by 2030.
“Nuclear energy is low-carbon and can be deployed on a large scale at the timescale required, supplying the world with clean, reliable and affordable electricity,” according to the World Nuclear Association.
While the amount of electricity generated by wind, solar and other renewable sources has increased internationally over the past 20 years, fossil fuels produced more electricity in 2017 than ever before.
“Nuclear energy has shown that it has the potential to be the catalyst for delivering sustainable energy transitions.”