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In the news: Coal and gas are far more harmful than nuclear power

October 29, 2013

By Pushker Kharecha and James Hansen,
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Human-caused climate change and air pollution remain major global-scale problems and are both due mostly to fossil fuel burning. Mitigation efforts for both of these problems should be undertaken concurrently in order to maximize effectiveness. Such efforts can be accomplished largely with currently available low-carbon and carbon-free alternative energy sources like nuclear power and renewables, as well as energy efficiency improvements.

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