No Easy Answer to Environmental Sustainability

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FREAK WEATHER PATTERNS, environmental disasters and climate-modelling predictions – these are constant reminders of the global urgency to address climate change. Economically, considerations for environmental impact are necessary as there is increasing recognition that traditional carbon-based fuels are limited and essentially require nations to prepare for policies that incorporate carbon monitoring and trading systems.

For a long time, optimists in the climate change debate have leveraged on the promise of nuclear technology for “clean energy” to reduce dependency on carbon fuels and minimise carbon emissions. However, the recently extended list of famous nuclear disasters that now includes Three Mile Island (1979), Chernobyl (1986) and Fukushima (2011) once again highlights the major risks involved for any nation embracing nuclear technology.


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