The future is not nuclear, but not without nuclear

Nuclear energy is frightening, but we might just need it for a sustainable future

Nuclear power plants and their electricity generation in the World, 1970–2019, data: World Nuclear Association
blue circles are plants appearing in the year when their building have started (size indicates capacity), the heatmap shows how these plants are actually generating electricity — from transparent yellow meaning less production and more pronounced red meaning high, concentrated production, data: World Nuclear Association
Source: Global Nuclear Database of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, here
Deaths related to fossil fuel energy production and nuclear incidents, sources: OECD, Greenpeace, UNSCEAR, WHO (Chernobyl), WHO (Fukushima)

This place is not a place of honor… no highly esteemed deed is commemorated here… nothing valued is here.
What is here was dangerous and repulsive to us. This message is a warning about danger.
The danger is in a particular location… it increases towards a center… the center of danger is here… of a particular size and shape, and below us.
The danger is still present, in your time, as it was in ours.

— part of the long-time nuclear waste warning message proposed to warn future generations about nuclear waste disposal sites

Change in energy consumption by fuel type in the IPCC scenarios — energy scenarios that aim to limit climate change to 1.5 C increase by 2100, nuclear (5th from left) is increasing, but its increase is significantly less compared to renewables (e.g.: solar), source: IPCC AR5 report, page 131 (Ch 2), here
source: REN21 Renewables 2017 report, page 162, here
New constructions since 2010, data: World Nuclear Association
blue circles are plants appearing in the year when their building have started (size indicates capacity), the heatmap shows how these plants are actually generating electricity — from transparent yellow meaning less production and more pronounced red meaning high, concentrated production, data: World Nuclear Association

economist @ Cambridge Econometrics. views expressed are my own.

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