Nuclear Power & Climate Change
There is no stopping in the fight against climate change. That is why some liberal experts see nuclear energy as an alternative to fossil fuel. Nuclear power plants have become idle over the years due to its underlying threats. The Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster in 2011 and the Chernobyl accident in 1986 still haunt us today. Nevertheless, nuclear energy is still considered cleaner than fossil fuel. Fossil fuels are dirty energy sources. This is so, because fossil fuel releases carbon dioxide into the atmosphere which largely contributes to global warming. On the other hand, nuclear power uses uranium, an already scarce element to power its plant. So, mining it also poses detrimental effects to the environment.
Obviously nuclear energy places serious threats in our environment. We need to understand why it is unsafe. So, we list down below some of the negative impacts of nuclear energy in our environment and society:
There’s no good riddance to a nuclear power plant’s waste. They only stash it away in dry casks. Nuclear waste is very hazardous. So, the absence of a safe place where radioactive waste can be stored poses a big threat to health and safety.
It Emits Radiation
This radiation can damage human body cells and even DNA. Too much of this radiation can grow you a tumor that may lead to cancer. It may also pass genetic mutations on to your children. And the most frightening of all, it can kill immediately.
Can Produce Nuclear Weapons
Nuclear energy is already controversial on its own. It can create an equally controversial byproduct, nuclear weapons. Who wouldn’t be afraid of a nuclear war?