In the nine years between 2003 and 2012, the world’s total energy consumption doubled. Even with renewables like wind energy and solar power growing at record rates, the percentage of the global energy supply contributed by renewables actually shrank. And that trend doesn’t show any signs of reversing itself soon. That means that, if the world is going to meet the Paris Agreement’s goal of limiting average temperature rise to 2°C, developed nations will have to find other ways to get to net-zero-carbon electricity. To make that happen, most experts believe, nuclear power will almost certainly have to be a part of the mix.
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Volume 61, Issue 6, November-December 2018