Harvard University scientist Ali Ahmad has linked an increase in the number of accidents at nuclear power plants to global warming. He shared his findings in the journal Nature Energy.
The researcher analyzed whether climate change over the past three decades is one of the reasons for the increased frequency of accidents at nuclear power plants. As a result, global warming turned out to be dangerous for enterprises. According to Ahmad's calculations, the frequency of failures in the operation of facilities has increased from 0.2 accidents per reactor per year to 1.5 in the last decade.
Ahmad took into account only accidents caused by climate warming, and did not take into account disruptions due to natural disasters, including earthquakes or tsunamis. According to the scientist, the average loss of electricity generated by all nuclear power plants in the world from climate warming will be 0.8-1.4 percent in the medium term (2046-2065) and 1.4-2.4 percent in the long-term (2081-2100) periods.
The link between climate change and the operation of nuclear power plants is being discussed by many experts. Some consider the development of nuclear energy as one of the means to combat global warming. However, unlike other types of power plants, nuclear power plants require much more serious safety requirements. After accidents, they take much longer to resume work due to the need for tests and checks. Researchers are urging to analyze all the risks before betting on nuclear power plants.