Risksof Nuclear Energy
Asthe world`s economy expands, the need to meet the energy demandsamidst fluctuating energy prices has influenced the acceptability ofincreased use of nuclear energy. The advocates for the use of thisenergy acknowledge it for being cheap and promoting security in theenergy supply of a country. Nevertheless, Nuclear energy has negativeimpacts on people and the environment. In an analysis of theFukushima nuclear accident waste, proliferation, terrorism andaccidents are major perils of nuclear energy (Eddy & Sase, 2015).This paper intends to reveal that nuclear energy is not safe.
Nuclearenergy emits radiation that consists of sub-atomic particles. Thesubatomic particles penetrate in the human body where they damage thebiological cells initiating cancer. The power plants that producenuclear energy have triggered concerns for the production of numerousand dangerous carcinogenic elements such as Iodine13.Such emissionsare absorbed by water bodies and plants contaminating food for humanconsumption (Eddy & Sase, 2015).
Inthe production of nuclear energy, the nuclear power plants utilizewater from lakes and rivers for cooling. The water is then releasedback at extremely high temperatures inclusive of impurities. Thisresults to water pollution and disrupts the life of sea creatures andplants in general. Waste from nuclear plants ends in the groundresulting up on contamination of the environment (Eddy & Sase,2015).
Thereis an inextricable link between nuclear energy and nuclear weapons.Nuclear energy enables proliferation among states. It leads to warand turmoil as states battle each other in attempts to prove theirmight. The energy also becomes an attraction to terrorists who see itas an opportunity of attack to cause profound harm to their targetnation (Eddy & Sase, 2015).
Inconclusion, nuclear accidents are catastrophic. The Fukushima nuclearaccident led to a catastrophic release of radiological hazards intothe eco-system. They pose adverse environmental and health impactsfor a long duration after taking place. They result to radiationsicknesses and combating such accidents is extremely costly.Indisputably, nuclear energy is not safe despite its continued use inmany countries.
Eddy,C., & Sase, E. (2015). Implications of the Fukushima nucleardisaster: Man-made Hazards, Vulnerability factors and risks toenvironmental health. Journalof environmental health, 78(1):26-32.