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Do we need nuclear power for sustainable energy production?
Nuclear power typically has
less adverse effects
on a countries local environment and its biodiversity than other available power sources.
Renewable energies often harm the environment indirectly.
, an open letter signed by 75 leading conservation scientists called for the environmental community to accept nuclear power as a key part of the global energy mix, not only to reduce greenhouse gas emissions but also to conserve biodiversity.
examining potential future energy sources based on their effects on biodiversity found, based on reviews of varying scenarios of energy usage in the future, that nuclear power is among the best possible options.
The water used to cool nuclear plants warms up, when that water is released to the ecosystem it changes the thermal balance of the river it came from, disrupting most fish and plants communities ref:
Pollutants and toxins
may be released during the mining of uranium. This is not good for local wildlife