Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Disadvantage of nuclear energy

I’m not a big fan of nuclear power as a solution to reducing electricity related greenhouse gas emissions. Although nuclear energy has many benefits, the disadvantages are many. Radiation exposure can be deadly. An example of this would be the world's worst nuclear accident, which occurred in Chernobyl, Ukraine (which at the time was part of the Soviet Union). In April 1986, the cover of a nuclear reactor exploded, releasing deadly radiation into the atmosphere. At least 31 people were killed instantaneously. More than 100,000 people had to be evacuated. In Japan, a 20-kilometer exclusion zone still exists around the damaged Fukushima nuclear reactor complex. It’s a lot of land tied up in a country with so little land available – and perhaps for a long time to come. The Fukushima accident has led to trace amounts of radioactive substances being observed around the world and large amounts of radioactive isotopes have also been released into the Pacific Ocean. I believe best solution to reduce greenhouse gas emissions lie in renewable energy sources such as wind and solar power.



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