Nuclear Power & Climate Change

Nuclear Power & Climate Change

Where is the European Energy Revolution?

Europe is the birth-place of the energy revolution. Except that so far, the revolution has mainly taken place in media headlines and political speeches.

Nuclear Power & Climate Change

Key part of the climate package

Nuclear power is integral in the fight against climate change, where each step to the right direction is necessary.

Nuclear Power & Climate Change

The world urgently needs new nuclear power plants

According to the World Nuclear Association (WNA), a quarter of the world’s electricity needs to be produced by means of nuclear power in 30 years. The additional new nuclear power capacity required to accomplish this would be up to 1,000 gigawatts.

Nuclear Power & Climate Change

Why do we need different sources of electricity?

The demand for electricity varies widely at different times of the day and from one season to the next. It makes sense to use nuclear power to produce base load power that satisfies a steady basic demand. Load-following flexibly adjusts the supply to...

Nuclear Power & Climate Change

Will we run out of Uranium?

To mitigate climate change in a meaningful way, we would need to at least double the current nuclear power capacity in electricity production by 2050. In addition, we would need to decarbonize much of the heat and industrial process heat sectors, where...

Nuclear Power & Climate Change

German Energiewende turned into a dead end

Germany has invested hundreds of billions to promote renewable energy sources. Yet emissions have been dropping slower than thought, because Germany is shutting down nuclear and is therefore depending more on its coal power.

Nuclear Power & Climate Change

Not an optimist but a realist

I try to eradicate ignorance, says Emeritus professor Esko Valtaoja. Valtaoja is annoyed by the fact that the discussion on the production of energy is not based on facts but ideologies.

Nuclear Power & Climate Change

Radiation – a threat or an opportunity?

Radioactivity, or ionizing radiation, is often seen as a central problem and risk of nuclear power. But we humans are, on average, poor at estimating and comparing risks. This is why it’s good to put the health effects of radiation, and especially...

Nuclear Power & Climate Change

Can you have a truly radiant smile? Comparing radiation sources

Radioactivity is everywhere, including us humans. So technically, even our smiling faces spread ionizing radioactivity to the surroundings. Our bodies are radioactive because of radioactive isotopes we get for example from our food and drink. But how...

Nuclear Power & Climate Change

This is how much an average Finn needs energy

Nine cubic meters of coal or a handful of uranium are enough to cover the one-year energy demand of an average Finn. Different fuels store energy in different ways.

Nuclear Power & Climate Change

Stefan Hyttfors: “We make the future”

New technologies are changing the world faster than ever, says respected author and lecturer Stefan Hyttfors. According to him, there is no point in trying to predict change, you need to make it happen yourself.

Nuclear Power & Climate Change

The next 15 years are critical for our future

Climate change has become part of mainstream discourse in Finland. Markku Ollikainen believes that the Finnish Climate Change Panel, which he chairs, has played a role in this. The changes in the public discourse are taking place quickly, but so are the...