And if we operate with facts, we can clearly see that fossil fuels are far more dangerous when it comes to human lives. In fact, according to World Health Organisations 7 million people die annually from air pollution, to which coal, gas and oil contribute greatly. And interestingly enough, if you would stand next to a nuclear power-plant, you would be exposed to lower levels of radiation compared to the coal ones, thanks to the radiation left in the particles emitted into the air during the burning process. Most strikingly though, according to a new paper
from NASA's Goddard Institute, 1.8 million lives have already been saved by replacing fossil fuel sources with nuclear.
When you think about it - with nuclear energy deaths happen only when something goes wrong. With fossil fuels, deaths happens even when things go right. To make the future brighter for atomic power, there is now new research that would help make meltdowns and explosions not just unlikely, but completely impossible: a startup called Transatomic
is developing a design for the nuclear power-plant where the reactor is not pressurised and even the uranium rods might soon be replaced with so-called fuel pebbles - small ceramic balls with uranium sealed inside, reducing the need for backup generators or water to keep the nuclear waste cool. And speaking of waste, going forward there will be a lot less of it, since we would be able to extract energy from what we would normally "throw away" today.