Nuclear Power And Its Effects On Humans Essay

1122 Words Jan 12th, 2016 5 Pages
There are 104 commercial nuclear power plants in the United States producing a whopping 806.2 TW/h (terawatts per hour) of electricity, or in other words, about 20 % of the entire electricity generation. There is no doubt that the potential of nuclear energy is huge, but there are also downsides, such as disasters, misuse, cost, and effects on nature and its inhabitants.
The radioactive waste can possess a threat to the environment and is dangerous for humans. We all remember the Chernobyl accident, where the harmful effects of nuclear radiation on humans can even be witnessed today. Estimates conclude that somewhere between 15,000 and 30,000 people lost their lives in the Chernobyl aftermath and more than 2.5 million Ukrainians are still struggling with health problems related to nuclear waste (Maelum). A few years ago, on March 11, 2011, a major nuclear crisis happened again in Japan. While the casualties were not as high as with the Chernobyl accident, the environmental effects were disastrous. History shows that we can never really protect us 100% against these disasters. Accidents do happen.
Radiation is known to cause cancer in humans. Cancer, as you know, is deadly, more often than not. Radiation can also cause other adverse health effects, including genetic defects in the children of exposed parents or mental retardation in the children of mothers exposed during pregnancy. Current evidence suggests that any exposure to radiation poses some risk, however, risks at…

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