Nuclear Energy

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On this assignment we are going to research all energy sources and their drawbacks, we are also going to explore on some the negative ramifications that even the clean hydropower have, additionally we are going to weigh those against the possible consequences of developing nuclear power, a controversial alternative to fossil fuels. We will discuss the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster as well as the 20th century Chernobyl nuclear meltdown in drawing conclusions about risk versus reward of nuclear energy use. As we all can see all energy sources have drawbacks even the clean hydropower, some of the advantages of clean hydropower energy are as follow: Nuclear power generation does emit relatively low amounts of carbon dioxide (CO2). The emissions of Greenhouse gases and therefore the contribution of nuclear power plants to global warming is therefore relatively little. Now the drawbacks like any other nuclear power comes with it too. The problem of radioactive waste is still an unsolved one. However, the waste from nuclear energy is extremely dangerous and it has to be carefully looked after for several thousand years .A small probability of failure will always last. The consequences of an accident would be absolutely devastating both for human being as for the nature. The more nuclear power plants are built, the higher is the probability of a disastrous failure somewhere in the world. Nuclear power plants as well as nuclear waste could be preferred targets for terrorist attacks. Nevertheless, our textbooks showed us and most of us remember that terrible event in Japan. The March 2011 earthquake and tsunami that triggered a catastrophe at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear complex has reignited debates over the role and safety ... ... middle of paper ... ...p onto an already unspeakable tragedy. The explosions and the threat of a radiation leak are troubling, and Japanese engineers and scientists are doing everything humanly possible to contain the situation. (Turk & Bensel, 2011) Additionally, we also learned about the Chernobyl an accident that occurred on April 26, 1986, at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in the Ukrainian SSR resulting in the release of large quantities of radioactive contamination into the atmosphere. (Turk & Bensel, 2011) References Mycio, M. (2005). Wormwood Forest : A Natural History of Chernobyl. Retrieved Sept 19, 2011, from Ashford University Library: http://site.ebrary.com/lib/ashford/docDetail.action?docID=10089247&p00=chernobyl%20nuclear Turk, J., & Bensel, T. (2011). Contemporary Environmental Issues. (K. Purcell, Ed.) San Diego, California: Bridgepoint Education, Inc.

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