Paul Dorfman will present: Nuclear and the Climate Crisis: French Kisses, Russian Dolls and Chinese Whispers Recent reviews of the impact of climate change suggest that, over the next few decades, we will be subject to significant change in human health, welfare and environmental systems. Key to adapting to this change is the transition to a low carbon and resource efficient energy economy, involving major structural changes to the way we work and live. The challenge of achieving this may involve a series of technically and economically viable options, including the expansion of renewable energies in all sectors, rapid growth and modernisation of electricity grids, improvements in energy efficiency, the use of modern technologies to minimise electricity consumption, rapidly enhanced storage technologies, market innovations from supply to service provision, intelligent deployment of limited gas resources, the fundamental re-structuring of the built and transport environments and, some argue, continued reliance on nuclear power. Yet, at the heart of the nuclear issue are differing views on how to apply foresight, precaution and responsibility in the context of the relative economics of nuclear, the uncertain role of nuclear in combating climate change, the possibility of accidents, the consequence of those accidents, and whether there exists a role for nuclear within the swiftly expanding renewable energy evolution.
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