A New Record…of Pollution
by filip_bec on November 6, 2013 - 10:57pm
A New Record…of Pollution
When there is an issue, you try to solve it. C02 emissions are clearly a problem in today’s society, so why can’t we solve it? “Who cares?” is saying the population, and “too much effort” is saying the governments. Someone needs to act quickly, because the issue is getting bigger and bigger each minute.
The World Meteoroidal Organisation announced Wednesday a new record in 2012 of the volume of greenhouse gas emitted. Isn’t that fantastic? Not really, because it didn’t get smaller, it got even bigger. The problem causing global warming and climate change is dangerously increasing each year. 2012 is worse than 2011, and 2011 was worse than 2010. The pattern is terrifying, and sadly true. On top of that, it becomes even more difficult to reduce the emissions each passing year. If we would stop today any kind of CO2 emission activities, the oceans would still continue to warm and expand over the sea level for at least hundreds of years. This is how bad our situation is. Every action taken will have a direct impact to our future.
Nuclear energy is a controversial subject because of its number of pros and cons. But this was truer in the past then now, because nowadays nuclear reactors are designed differently. For instance, nuclear reactors do no emit any carbon dioxide at all. However, the process of construction and mining of uranium is not emission-free. This is why it is so controversial. For every topic, there will be the pros and the cons, and no clear decision of the winner can be taken. Still, nuclear reactors give a bright future to everyone. Developed countries would reduce their CO2 emissions with nuclear reactors, and developing countries would have a powerful source of electricity. As for its safety and security, the new reactors are designed from mistakes from the past. We should reconsider the statue of nuclear energy, because it could be our source in the future.
There is a strong relation between the two articles. One is the issue, and the other is a potential solution. CO2 emissions are getting bigger every year, as explained in the first article. It is because the source of energy most of the countries use is based on fossil fuel, which emits huge amounts of greenhouse gas. But there is one source of energy that can provide with enough electricity, and is emission-free. It is called nuclear energy! This source could be the next big thing, the toy every country would like to have. The only way to reduce CO2 emissions is to stop producing. And the only way currently know is to use nuclear energy. The relationship is there. The only thing standing between is the money, and the fear of the unkown.
Links to articles
MacFarlane, Allison. “A Panacea for Future Energy Need?” Nuclear Power. 52 (2010): 34-46. Points of View. Web. 6 November 2013.
- This article by Allison MacFarlane from the library database is reliable because the author is the chairman of the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Reuters, Thomson. “Greenhouse gas levels hit new record”. 6 November 2013. CBCNEWS. 6 November 2013
- This article by Thomson Reuters from the CBC News website is reliable because his facts and numbers come from Michel Jarraud, the Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization