Nuclear Energy, Environment and Public Safety: North-South Politics

  • Md. Kamal Uddin
Keywords: Nuclear Energy, Environment, Public Safety

Abstract

While many believe that the biggest problems today are the world’s struggling economies, the increase in terrorist cults, or growing populations, the greatest predicament concerns fossil fuel consumption, the resulting climate change and its repercussions. To change our patterns of fossil fuel consumption, key alternatives include fuel options such as renewable energy sources (e.g., solar or wind energy) and nuclear energy. As discussed in this article, renewable energy sources also have an environmental impact and are inadequate to totally meet the demands of an ever-expanding industrial civilization. Another alternative that many environmentalists are promoting is nuclear energy, which has been cited as the ultimate clean energy. At present, nuclear energy offers hope for an eco-friendly and economically-suitable energy option. This article argues that despite the challenges of public security, nuclear energy is a far better alternative than carbon-based fuels to promote sustainable development and protect against accelerated climate change.

Author Biography

Md. Kamal Uddin

Dr. Md. Kamal Uddin is an associate professor in the department of international relations, University of Chittagong, Bangladesh. He holds a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in political science. He has completed an advanced master’s in international organizations from the University of Zurich, Switzerland. His Ph.D. is in Asian and international studies from City University of Hong Kong. His research interests include global environmental politics, north-south politics in climate change, renewable, and global environmental policy. Email: kamalircu@yahoo.com.

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