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It's time to reconsider the new nuclear option

Facing up to our climate challenge may require a fresh generation of nuclear power. Luckily, advances are on the horizon.
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11 Jul 2019 6 Mins Read 0 comment
A central confinement vessel of a prototype fusion reactor built by TAE Technologies; courtesy of TAE Technologies via Facebook
A central confinement vessel of a prototype fusion reactor built by TAE Technologies; courtesy of TAE Technologies via Facebook
By Leigh Phillips BP might not be the first source you go to for environmental news, but its annual energy review is highly regarded by climate watchers. And its 2018 message was stark: despite the angst over global warming, coal was responsible for 38% of the world's power in 2017--precisely the same level as when the first global climate treaty
lining up behind nuclear, but convincing skeptical voters is something else. A photograph taken in 2016 shows the central confinement vessel of a prototype fusion reactor built by Tri Alpha Energy (now TAE Technologies). ( Leigh Phillips is a science writer based in British Columbia, Canada.) ( Copyright 2019 Technology Review, Inc.Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC)
By Leigh Phillips BP might not be the first source you go to for environmental news, but its annual energy review is highly regarded by climate watchers. And its 2018 message was stark: despite the angst over global warming, coal was responsible for 38% of the world's power in 2017--precisely the same level as when the first global climate treaty lining up behind nuclear, but convincing skeptical voters is something else. A photograph taken in 2016 shows the central confinement vessel of a prototype fusion reactor built by Tri Alpha Energy (now TAE Technologies). ( Leigh Phillips is a science writer based in British Columbia, Canada.) ( Copyright 2019 Technology Review, Inc.Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC)

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