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Do we need nuclear power for sustainable energy production?
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,
most fish and plants communities.
Any steam-turbine power plant releases waste heat from its condenser. The problem isn't unique to nuclear; this includes
any thermal power station
--fossil fuels, (hypothetical) fusion, geothermal, and solar thermal. There are various ways to dissipate the waste heat, some of which might be less environmentally damaging.
The residual heat from the process could be used for