NUCLEAR ENERGY MYTH
But despite the enthusiasm for nuclear energy's status as a low-carbon technology, the greenhouse gas emissions of nuclear power are still being debated. While it's understood that an operating nuclear power plant has near-zero carbon emissions (the only outputs are heat and radioactive waste), it's the other steps involved in the provision of nuclear energy that can increase its carbon footprint. Nuclear plants have to be constructed, uranium has to be mined, processed and transported, waste has to be stored, and eventually the plant has to be decommissioned. All these actions produce carbon emissions. . . . .FOR A COMPLETE REPORT ON THE FINDING OF A EUROPEAN STUDY SEPTEMBER 25-2008 . ..PLEASE GO TO WWW.NATURE.COM/CLIMATE.