British debate use of nuclear power

Jan 17, 2006

A disagreement has arisen among British scientists concerning the use of additional nuclear power plants to combat global warming.

Kevin Anderson, a senior research fellow at the Tyndall Center for Climate Change Research, says claims that nuclear power is the only way for Britain to meet demanding greenhouse gas reduction targets are fundamentally wrong, The Guardian reported Tuesday. "That argument is way too simplistic," he said. "We can easily deal with climate change without nuclear power."

His statement followed contradictory positions by renowned scientist James Lovelock and David King, the British government's chief scientific adviser. They maintain a new generation of nuclear power stations is the only realistic way for Britain to meet energy demand, while reducing carbon dioxide pollution.

Existing nuclear power stations now generate about 20 percent of the United Kingdom's electricity and all but one are scheduled to close by 2023, The Guardian said.

Lovelock and King have urged construction of more nuclear power plants since they do not produce the greenhouse gases associated with conventional power stations.

Copyright 2006 by United Press International

Explore further: Italian astronaut brews, sips first fresh espresso in space

Related Stories

Scientists help avert a nuclear medicine meltdown

Jan 09, 2015

University of British Columbia scientists have shown that small cyclotrons – particle accelerators the size of an SUV – can replace hulking nuclear power plants as the country's main source of medical ...

Recommended for you

SpaceX to test 'eject-button' for astronauts

4 hours ago

Private US space transport company SpaceX is to test an eject button for astronauts on Wednesday in the first flight test of the abort system on the Dragon spaceship.

Astronomers unveil the farthest galaxy

6 hours ago

An international team of astronomers led by Yale University and the University of California-Santa Cruz have pushed back the cosmic frontier of galaxy exploration to a time when the universe was only 5% of ...

What animals have been to space?

10 hours ago

When we think of spaceflight, we think astronauts. You're a human, you perceive the Universe with your human-centric attitudes. You… specist.

User comments : 0

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.