Pro-nuclear group of scientists issue open letter to environmentalists

A group of international scientists who in December wrote an academic article on the key nuclear of nuclear energy in biodiversity have issued an “open letter” to environmentalists.

The letter, signed by leading academics from countries including Australia, the United Kingdom, China, France, Switzerland, the U.S., Canada, Singapore, Indonesia, India, South Africa and Turkey, supports an article, written by two university professors, which was published in the journal Conservation Biology.

A link to the letter was posted Jan. 19 on the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) website.

Two scientists from Australia, Barry W. Brook and Corey J.A. Bradshaw, argue that carbon-free nuclear energy must be part of the portfolio to replace fossil fuels.

“Given the historical antagonism towards nuclear energy amongst the environmental community, we accept that this stands as a controversial position,” the authors said.

“However, much as leading climate scientists have recently advocated the development of safe, next-generation nuclear energy systems to combat global climate change (Caldeira et al. 2013), we entreat the conservation and environmental community to weigh up the pros and cons of different energy sources using objective evidence and pragmatic trade-offs, rather than simply relying on idealistic perceptions of what is ‘green,’” according to Brook and Bradshaw.

A link to the article can be found at

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