The Threat Of Climate Change

1535 Words Dec 4th, 2015 7 Pages
As the threat of climate change continues to grow the world is desperately looking for an alternative source of energy. There are numerous promising replacements, but nuclear energy is by far the most opposed. Despite the fact that Australia has never contained any nuclear power plants, uranium produced energy and mining have been a highly debated topic in the continent for decades due to the concern over safety and economics. If the aim is to reduce the climate impact of electric power generation in Australia, there are less expensive and hazardous ways to attempt it than expanding nuclear power. Although nuclear energy does not produce air pollution, it is a danger to human health, damaging to the environment, exorbitantly expensive and extremely time-consuming, proving that it is not a suitable alternative to coal power for Australia. The negative impacts of nuclear energy to human and environmental health are extreme and well documented. 31% of the world 's proven estimated uranium reserves are held in Australia (Nuclear Energy Agency, 2010). To obtain 1 ton of uranium fuel, about 2600 tons of uranium ore have to be mined, leaving huge sores in nature and radioactively contaminated soils and waters in the vicinities (Mörner 2014) Mining uranium is a highly unsafe process, exposing humans and the environment to radioactive materials. The extraction of uranium ore produces fine particles of uranium and radon gas which the miners breath in. The inhalation of radon and…
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