Nuclear Energy Is Defined By The Website

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Nuclear energy is defined by the website ‘’ as the energy within the nucleus of an atom. Atoms are the smallest particles in a material that can be broken down. At the core of each atom there are two types of particles (neutrons and protons) that are held together. Nuclear energy is the energy that holds neutrons and protons together. Nuclear energy can be used to produce electricity. This energy can be released in two ways: nuclear fusion and nuclear fission. In nuclear fusion, energy is released when atoms are combined or fused together to form a larger atom. This is how the sun produces energy. In nuclear fission, atoms are split into smaller atoms, releasing energy. Nuclear power plants can only use nuclear fission to produce electricity. I believe that nuclear power has both positive and negative effects.
Firstly, nuclear energy has a low pollution rate, 10 times less than fossil fuels, as evidenced in Table 1. Magnifying the pollution impact of fossil fuels is that they account for more than 80 per cent of world energy production as shown in Table 2. This is definitely a benefit, as countries seek ways to turn to an energy source that has a low pollution rate. Nuclear energy is the best option for a source that is reliable and has a low pollution impact.

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