Policy ForumNUCLEAR POWER

A Nuclear Solution to Climate Change?

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Science  19 May 2000:
Vol. 288, Issue 5469, pp. 1177-1178
DOI: 10.1126/science.288.5469.1177

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Mitigation of the climate change problem will require a transformation of world energy supply, in which fossil fuels are largely replaced by energy sources that do not emit CO. Presently, nuclear power provides over 6% of the world's commercial energy, but there are barriers to its significant expansion over the next 50 years. Here we discuss these barriers and argue that none of them are insurmountable.