From Conservation Magazine:
The discussion surrounding the future of our energy supply tends to focus on carbon emissions. This is logical and probably the right way to look at things, given that climate change caused by those carbon emissions is the backdrop for virtually every other environmental (and geopolitical, and health, and economic, and so on) issue we will confront in the coming decades.
A new paper, though, examined the potential future energy sources based on their effects on biodiversity. “For the least direct harm to biodiversity, the best energy options are those that use the least amount of land and fresh water, minimize pollution, restrict habitat fragmentation, and have a low risk of accidents that have large and lasting regional impacts on natural areas,” wrote authors Barry Brook and Corey Bradshaw, both of the University of Adelaide in Australia. Based on reviews of varying scenarios of energy usage in the future, they found that nuclear power is among the best possible options.
Nuclear, depending on who you ask, is either lying dead by the side of the road as an option or is set to explode. Thanks in large part to a spate of nuclear reactor plans in China, the world’s total capacity will certainly expand, but the pace will slow as countries like Germany begin to phase out the power source in the wake of the Fukushima disaster. So why does nuclear do so well from a biodiversity perspective?
Learn more here: http://conservationmagazine.org/2014/12/is-nuclear-power-key-to-biodiversity/
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