Nuclear energy the end of humanity?

By: Kyler Parkman and Nathan Clark

How nuclear energy is made

Uranium is the basic fuel for creating nuclear energy, nuclear energy is made by the splinting of atoms of different of atoms this process is also known as fission. The heat released creates steam which is used to make energy.

Nuclear waste

Nuclear energy may be a good way to create energy but the effects of nuclear waste that never go away created can be devastating and shouldn't be over looked just to create more energy. Nuclear waste can be corrosive, ignitable, reactive, or toxic. Corrosive waste can burn through metal and skin. It can also give off vapors. Ignitable waste can explode irritate your skin, eyes, and lungs. reactive waste can explode or create harmful vapors when exposed to other chemicals. Toxic waste can cause sickness and death if exposed to humans or other living organisms.

what its composed of and effects of nuclear waste

Nuclear waste is caused by the fission of plutonium and uranium, they then become different elements made up of all rare earth elements metals. A lower levels of radiation you would start to lose your hair, as you're exposed to higher amounts of radiation your brain cells will not reproduce and it will kill nerve cells and can cause seizures and death. Also your thyroid, blood system, heart, gastrointestinal tract, and reproductive tract will be affected which will eventually cause death.

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Use past failures to not make the same mistake

The Chernobyl disaster occurred on April 26, 1986 in Ukraine and the reactor core melted down due to a poor reactor design. It caused the mass evacuation of the town but the people are still plagued with the effects of radiation poising years later. A Large number of children were diagnosed with thyroid cancer due to radioactive iodine intake. Chernobyl is still radioactive to this day and you can't go in with out government clearance. This is just one of the many cases of nuclear melt downs around the world and we should learn from this to keep people in the US safe.

Suprising facts/quotes

  • "Every 18-24 months a power plant must shut down to remove its used uranium fuel, which becomes nuclear waste."
  • "Nuclear Power is used in over 30 countries around the world and its even used to power the mars rover."
  • "some nuclear power plants remove large quantities of water from a lake of river, which could affect fish and other aquatic life."
  • "US power plants produce 2,000 metric tons of radioactive waste every year
  • "There are over 400 nuclear power reactors in use around the world."
  • "Nuclear waste must be stored for thousands of years."