Renewable energy won’t be enough

Some of the world’s top climate scientists say wind and solar energy won’t be enough to head off extreme global warming,and they’re asking environmentalists to support the development of safer nuclear power as one way to cut fossil fuel pollution.

Renewable energy sources cannot scale up fast enough” to deliver the amount of cheap and reliable power the world needs, and “with the planet warming and carbon dioxide emissions rising faster than ever, we cannot afford to turn away from any technology” that has the potential to reduce greenhouse gases.

The vast majority of climate scientists say they’re now virtually certain that pollution from fossil fuels has increased global temperatures over the last 60 years. They say emissions need to be sharply reduced to prevent more extreme damage in the future.

The U.S. is No. 2 in carbon emissions (China is No. 1)

Risk of catastrophe is only one drawback of nuclear power. Waste storage and security of nuclear material are also important issues.

The better path is to clean up our power plants and invest in efficiency and renewable energy

Source:
http://m.phys.org/_news302712218.html

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