TITLE

A Nuclear Renaissance: The Role of Nuclear Power in Mitigating Climate Change

AUTHOR(S)
Winslow, Anne
PUB. DATE
June 2011
SOURCE
AIP Conference Proceedings;6/28/2011, Vol. 1342 Issue 1, p127
SOURCE TYPE
Conference Proceeding
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The U. N. Framework Convention on Climate Change calls for the stabilization of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions at double the preindustrial atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration to avoid dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system. To achieve this goal, carbon emissions in 2050 must not exceed their current level, despite predictions of a dramatic increase in global electricity demand. The need to reduce GHG emissions and simultaneously provide for additional electricity demand has led to a renewed interest in the expansion of alternatives to fossil fuels-particularly renewable energy and nuclear power. As renewable energy sources are often constrained by the intermittency of natural energy forms, scale-ability concerns, cost and environmental barriers, many governments and even prominent environmentalist turn to nuclear energy as a source of clean, reliable base-load electricity. Described by some as a 'nuclear renaissance', this trend of embracing nuclear power as a tool to mitigate climate change will dramatically influence the feasibility of emerging nuclear programs around the world.
ACCESSION #
61979036

 

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