Climate Change Vs Nuclear Power

Since Japan’s recent earthquake and tsunami, nuclear power plants appear to be a topic of discussion. According to the Guardian online newspaper, the nuclear industry can ‘offer no guarantee against a repeat of Japan’s disaster’.

Nuclear power currently provides 6% of the world’s energy, there have been ongoing debates about whether this source of energy is sustainable; some people believe nuclear power poses a threat to people and the environment.

At present, Japanese authorities are concerned with the state of the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant and are battling to reduce the risks of radiation. An evacuation zone has been imposed and all residents have been told to stay indoors. These steps could help reduce the risk of radiation on human health.
The Fukushima Daiichi plant was overwhelmed by the tsunami, causing an explosion, leading to radiation disaster. Some say perhaps the early generations of nuclear plant design are to be looked at to prevent damage happening again or should the blame be placed on the strong earthquake? Either way, it would appear trust in nuclear power has certainly decreased with the threat climate change poses.