According to a study published in the latest issue of the journal Environmental Science and Technology, the use of nuclear power has saved almost 2 million people from developing an air-pollution illness leading to death. In addition, the experts estimated that around 64 billion tons of greenhouse gasses have not been released into the atmosphere.
The authors of the study are convinced that despite the risks associated with safety, nuclear power has the potential to help mitigating climate change while at the same time protect public health.
The study aimed to establish the benefits of nuclear power. The findings indicated that for the period between 1971 and 2009, nuclear has prevented million cases of deaths and illnesses due to air pollution. In addition, the authors predict that in the next 3 to 5 decades, nuclear has the potential to limit emissions of greenhouse gases with up to 240 billion tons.
The study points out that the use of unconstrained natural gas is much more harmful and it should be the lesser preferred option. The main conclusion of the study is that definite major reductions of greenhouse gases in the next few decades are only possible if the importance of nuclear power is maintained.