A fifth of the UK's energy comes from nuclear but opposition to the power source persists. Environmentalists say the best argument against nuclear energy are Fukushima and Chernobyl . They say whilst the risks of accidents are tiny, the impact if something goes wrong can be devastating – and the fall-out over what to do with millions of tonnes of water used to cool the power station at Fukushima illustrates that global public confidence in nuclear energy still needs repair. There are always going to be bigger safety concerns about nuclear energy compared to say wind or solar. That coupled mainly with cost issues means environmental groups like Greenpeace are opposed to the building of new nuclear power stations. Advertisement Nuclear energy is expensive, largely due to the safety systems needed, while the cost of renewables like solar fall year on year. The world is being urged to turn its back on fossil fuels like coal and favour low carbon solutions to tackle climate change. More from Fukushima Fukushima: Japan to release more than one million tonnes of radioactive water into sea Japan tsunami: Ceremony held to remember deaths and devastation caused by huge quake 10 years ago Fukushima nuclear… Read full this story
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