Negative Effects Of Nuclear Energy On The Environment

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All energy resources impact the environment, both in a negative and positive manner. Many of the environmental complications the world is fronting today is a result of Fossil fuel. Fossil fuel is currently the primary source of energy in the world. We as humans use fossil fuels in our everyday lives, these include transportation, habitation, electronics and industrial activities, but these resources have been maltreated hence it is said that we are the most polluting species on earth. Fossil fuels such as coal, oil and gas produce CO2. Coal releases toxic mercury into communities, destroying the environment, this is mainly because of its high carbon content, coal releases more CO2 than any other fossil fuel when it burns and it is the largest contributor to greenhouse gas …show more content…
Some of the positive influences of nuclear power include the ability to produce clean energy, produces higher quantities of energy, low operating cost and it is in fact safer than coal. Nuclear energy produces electricity without greenhouse gas emissions. It produces electricity without pollution, unlike fossil fuels, which produce CO2 as it is the major cause of greenhouse gases in the earth’s ozone layer. Fundamentally, if uranium were to be mined and transported in an efficient manner, nuclear power would be “carbon-zero”.
Additional positive fundamentals of adopting nuclear energy are the fact that it produces higher quantities of energy and is far more efficient, the quantity of energy released from uranium per gram is much more than that of fossil fuels such as oil or coal. Nuclear power is approximately 8,000 times more efficient that the primary source of energy today. Despite there being a lesser quantity of uranium resources in the world compared to fossil fuel resources, the potential amount of energy produced is still greater to that to coal or

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