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Is Nuclear power a safe and sustainable way forward?

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Introduction

Physics Case Study

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Contents

Introduction............................................................................Page 3

Background information – Nuclear Power

                                              . – What is nuclear power?...........Pages 4 -  5

                                              . – Advantages....................................Page 5

                                              . – Disadvantages...............................Page 6

Evidence – Is Nuclear Power a safe way forward?..............Pages 7-8

Conclusion, answering the question........................................Page 9

Bibliography.........................................................................Page 10

Introduction

    In this physics case study, I am going to be researching on the question, “Is nuclear power a safe way forward?” I will be doing this by researching mostly on the internet for this study and firstly I will start by researching about on nuclear power and explaining how nuclear power works, so that my question can be evaluated fully, knowing what each argument will be talking about. After giving some background information about nuclear power, I will go on to answer the question through researching and looking at different peoples arguments, which will talk about many different sides of nuclear power.

      To ensure that enough suitable information is obtained and be able to conclude and justify, I will have to research on different people’s views on whether they think nuclear power will be safe in the future. Then I will bring all of the points together and conclude the argument, saying which I think is the right argument/side, if any.

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    Here it becomes clearer what happens inside a nuclear power plant, and the process is a lot simpler that you thought. However, simple doesn’t necessarily mean cheap, definitely not in this case, as I will be mentioning in the disadvantages section a little later on.

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Nuclear energy is not just produced directly on plants. When nuclear power is used to power something like a submarine, the reactor runs the engines, with the steam directly powering the engines. In both cases, the reactor requires careful supervision, because runaway nuclear reactions must be stopped as quickly as possible to prevent serious problems. Many nuclear power plants have extensive automated systems which help to identify potential trouble spots, and these systems can also re-route power, turn off parts of the plant, and perform other tasks which make the plant safer and cleaner.

Advantages of Nuclear Power

    Nuclear power plants are more efficient than ever before. New technology has made them more reliable and safer. Nuclear power reduces greenhouse gas emissions. This is a contentious issue. Proponents of nuclear power argue that, as no coal or fossil fuels are burnt, no carbon dioxide is released into the air.

Although the initial cost of building nuclear plants is high, the running costs are relatively low.

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Conclusion

    The risks from western nuclear power plants, in terms of the consequences of an accident or terrorist attack, are minimal compared with other commonly accepted risks. Nuclear power plants are very robust.  We have a horror of dying in an air crash, but not of driving to the airport along far more dangerous roads. We fear radioactive death, but cock an insouciant snook at the risk of dying painfully from the effects of smoking, or obesity, or alcohol. To that degree, our distrust of nuclear energy may be partly irrational. Basically, Nuclear power is a safe method of creating quick, affordable carbon neutral electricity across the world!

Conclusion

To conclude, I think that I can definitely say that Nuclear power is a safe way forward. The number of deaths from nuclear related accidents is nothing in comparison with oil and coal industries, the number of major accidents is only 2, There is next to no CO2 produced, so its also safer for the environment, and if controlled with expert care, no one is at risk of the radioactive waste material. Not only is it safe, but its cheap to run, and produces much more electricity than other purposes, 20% of Britains electricity!

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Bibliography

http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-nuclear-power.htm

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http://wanttoknowit.com/advantages-of-nuclear-power

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/4216302.stm

http://www.world-nuclear.org/info/inf06.html

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Tom Faulkner 10SM

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