UN supports nuclear power

23 March 2001

The UN has come out in favour of nuclear power as a means of reducing the causes of global warming.

In its third report of the year, released after a conference in Ghana, the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concluded that “the use and lifetime extension of nuclear plants” should be a part of the energy mix in reducing the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere. The report also states that economic benefits could actually exceed the costs of implementing technologies to cut emissions.

The Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has announced that the climate change talks suspended in November 2000 are to resume in Bonn from 16-17 July 2000. The convention’s chairman Jon Prank said: “It is essential that we maintain political momentum so that all key players are committed to taking early action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.” Officials at the resumed talks will have the benefit of the latest five-year scientific and technical assessment from the IPCC.

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