Effects Of Nuclear Power: A Ticking Time Bomb

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Nuclear Power: A Ticking Time Bomb

Nuclear energy is currently one of the major energy sources in the world right now. It is the world’s third most utilized fuel currently, only behind fossil fuels and hydroelectricity (“Nuclear Power Today”). However, it also has the highest disaster potential out of all the energy sources currently in use. This was made evident by the fallout of the triple meltdown at Fukushima Daiichi in Japan (“Nuclear Exodus”). This has led to the resurfacing of arguments and demands of environmental organizations, such as Greenpeace, to stop nuclear power in its entirety.

Greenpeace, “is a non-governmental, independent global campaigning organization that acts to change attitudes and behavior, to protect and conserve
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However, they have resurfaced in the wake of the recent nuclear disaster at Fukushima Daiichi in Japan. As with all such calamities, it was not restricted to just one area of the world. People across the world were affected by it in one way or the other. If not directly, like the people living in Japan, then indirectly due to the fallout to the families and to the businesses. This brings to notice the extent of damage that can occur both on the domestic and economic front. Japan, a global power, was nearly cut down in half because of the incident (“Nuclear Exodus”).

The worst part is not over yet. Hundreds of thousands of lives continue to be affected by the incident, “especially the 160,000 who fled their homes because of radioactive contamination, and continue to live in limbo without fair, just, and timely compensation” (“Fukushima disaster”). The nuclear radiation that leaked has affected tens of thousands of lives, and will continue to do so in the near future too (“Fukushima Fallout”). The exposure to this nuclear radiation has been the direct cause of a lot of deaths, and will continue to result in deaths due
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It affects more lives than what the general public realizes. The people need to be made aware of the shortcomings and dangers of continued nuclear energy use. Some of the shortcomings of nuclear power do not affect us directly, but will definitely be a problem somewhere in the future. For example, nuclear power plants use water (mostly river water) for the cooling of their reactors. This heats up the water, which when released back into the river, leads to increasing the overall temperature of the river water. This causes ecological problems, as there are species of organisms which cannot adapt to this change soon enough and may perish. Little by little, this might lead to the extinction of that particular species from that region. While the result does not directly affect humans, it does shake the ecological balance of the area, which may lead to different problems in the future. This is something that the public needs to realize that we do share the planet with other species

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