Do we Need Nuclear Energy to Stop Climate Change?

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    Do we need nuclear energy to stop climate change? More and more voices from science, environmental activists and the press have been saying so in recent years - but this comes as a shock to those who are fighting against nuclear energy and the problems that come with it. So who is right? Well - it is complicated.
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      1. Andrew Tanjung

        @Thạnh Phạm Stupid Boomer doesn't know anything

      2. Thạnh Phạm

        Stupid science Science doesn't know Viruses convert sunlight into oil fields. Viruses appearing for the first time on Earth are extremely sophisticated, viruses know to absorb photons ( sunlight ) to get energy the virus to work, after millions of years the virus developin algae . Algae convert photons turned into an oil field. Sunlight - absorbing algae convert into positrons + and electrons -- Algae uses 928 positrons + that attract 917 electrons -- creating protons + Algae 918 positrons + that attract 918 electrons -- creating neutrons Algae use 6 protons + that attract 8 neutrons attracts 6 electrons -- create carbon ( c55 h72 o5 chlorophyll ) Algae use 1 proton + to attract 1 electron -- generating hidro ( c55 h72 o5 chlorophyll ) Algae reproduce fast like bacteria When dead algae are deposited into sediments, sediments decompose after millions of years in to oil fields

      3. Andrew Tanjung

        @Thạnh Phạm Tch ,I so Lazy to Pay Attention To Boomer

      4. Andrew Tanjung

        @Thạnh Phạm look at yourself first before insulting

      5. Andrew Tanjung

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    2. Jeremy Wong

      1:43 guy plays sekiro too

    3. Comercial CRO

      Short answear: YES. But leftist wont agree with that cause the eminent anihialation os our planet is a very lucrative bussness

    4. vbddfy euuyt


    5. Surya

      I like how india is a part of nuclearly advancing nations and beating the west promisingly

    6. Gene Lyh

      when he said "alektricity" i felt that

      1. vbddfy euuyt

        my project and based it off of facts and evidence from this video (my teacher will never know if i change the words)

    7. Jakub Stępień

      This one has one of the best soundtracks.

    8. Lorenzo silversmiths

      Is it worth to invest billions on nucleare when the isotopes of uranium are so rare?

    9. Kaguyaa

      Incoming "Thorium reactors are the future"

    10. Mya Ava

      Nuclear energy is the way!

    11. 4Berries

      Starting to worry that we're all going to be doom before we can even reach type 1

    12. Charlie Harman

      I’m curious though, would it be possible to create a nuclear reactor that would work under zero gravity, and if that is a possibility, why don’t we just move them to space and figure out a way to convey the energy they produce over massive distances (make it like a space station so that maintenance can be performed) and have some kind of storage module that could contain a large amount of nuclear waste. Then, a way to unload said nuclear waste or launch it at the sun so that it would burn up? I know this has probably been talked about somewhere but still it’s an idea haha.

    13. LinguaeSoundscapes Official

      If only we could achieve Cold Hydrogen Fusion in the next few months xP

    14. yasio bolo


    15. Micah Starner

      It's cause wind and solar suck buttocks.

    16. Epic Boss

      nuclear isnt technically renewable

      1. yasio bolo

        You mean Nuclear ISNT a renewable source?

    17. Alparslan Korkmaz

      Nice video.

    18. t3hb0ss

      D Y S O N

    19. Epic Tunes

      1:45 yo he playing sekiro

    20. Ahmed Taher

      If humanity tries to use nuclear energy and renewable energy together that would be a serious life saving

    21. Gunslung Milo

      while doing a essay on this topic i thought "what if i watch the kurzgesagt video on it and i ended up realizing this is in the same format of a argumentative essay and i just redid my project and based it off of facts and evidence from this video (my teacher will never know if i change the words)

    22. Goofball Mahn

      *Lisa Simpson disliked this*

    23. beastmanmode101

      these vids are the best i love them

    24. rollingdownfalling

      Auf jeden Fall you do, otherwise you guys need to buy energy from France or importing natural gas from Russia via the almost finished Nord Stream 2, and also facing US sanction for dealing with the Russians or as a last resort, you guys will burn brown coal which increases carbon emission. Gruße, Ich komme aus China, jetzt lebe in Australien und Deutsch lernen :)

    25. Justine Bermundo

      im just gonna ask everyone who sees this comment please help earth

    26. BLITZ

      Germany plans to shut down all of its remaining 6 nuclear power plants until 2022. It's a good plan.

    27. Sam's origami world

      this dudes soo cool

    28. Cornelia Edgerton

      0:19 it always is lol

    29. Aditya Jain

      Renewable energy is very inefficient in land use while nuclear is very efficient and this will be a big factor

    30. Myles Wolfe

      If renewables and nuclear is the way to go, what are we supposed to do as individuals to help solve the problem?

    31. Xerox Copy

      You mean Nuclear ISNT a renewable source?

      1. Dommy kun

        nuclear isn't renewable rn

    32. Xerox Copy

      3K+ Hippies who dislike this video would rather burn fossil fuels instead of using nuclear

    33. Xerox Copy


    34. 루나

      !reggin yeH

    35. Swiv


    36. iRUnique

      I am amazed you never, even once, mentioned the most obvious: if we want to save more we need to spend less. this is where your utopian ideology about capitalism comes to an end.

    37. gvoglio

      Could you make a video about solar cycle and climate changes?

    38. iRUnique

      You have constantiated a world in which spending finite resources is, by default, seen as acceptable. A very, very, dangerous precedence.

    39. Emanuel

      Opinion add: How would it be to save energy to cut emissions? Sad this video ignores the nuclear dangers by far

      1. Ferocious Gamer

        There are barley any nuclear dangers with new nuclear power plants. They use nuclear pebbles instead of rods which if everything goes completely wrong the power plant will release barely any radiation. Which the chance of that happening is so so SO low.

      2. Dommy kun

        they have already made a video about nuclear dangers and saving energy is not a solution

    40. David Powell

      I have an idea Just use Solar panels and windmills 😂🤣😅🤣

    41. Scott Cook

      They are going to take our fuel and make us all poor.

    42. Scott Cook

      Nothing is going to stop climate change because it's natural.

      1. Ferocious Gamer

        @Scott Cook Everyone doesn't need to comply

      2. Scott Cook

        @Dommy kun It will take world conquest to get every one to comply.

      3. Dommy kun

        @Scott Cook yeah its natural and everything that is natural is balanced out with the other systems and the life of the planet, but we broke the balance and now the damage that climate change is going to cause is ridiculously high. what we want to do is reduce the damage and bring it back to balance. it is not difficult to understand if you read a basic science book

      4. Scott Cook

        ​@Dommy kun I did not miss any point. Nothing is going to stop climate change because it's natural.

      5. Dommy kun

        I think you missed the point that we don't live in a natural world anymore climate change can be natural but we speed up the process by a lot

    43. Ash Azhari

      i mean diamonds are carbon

    44. Ash Azhari

      three is the best but if you used nuclear then seperate CO2 and make it diamonds from the carbon and O2 from the oxygen

      1. Dommy kun

        that's not how things work

    45. Visidron

      just gonna say this, but the united states navy has been using nuclear reactors on their carriers and subs for over 70 years and we have not had an accident once.

    46. bcvbb hyui


    47. Caoimhe

      Nuclear energy is just too risky we can't afford another spill or accident it's just a matter of time

      1. Caoimhe

        @random name yes? still one big spill and it's all over

      2. random name yes?

        if theyre build good there is little chance it can go wrong

      3. Caoimhe

        @Dommy kun but still there are risk of eathquakes a tsunami damage on Nuclear power plants

      4. Dommy kun

        its not a matter of time and investment in technology is what we need to reduce this risk to the maximum

    48. tran thach

      Solar and wind have no negative effects ? Oh please, Solar farm use Solar panels which reflect sun's energy back, every flying creatures who passes by will die of burning. And wind fields do the same, too. The turbo fans kill thousands of flying creature years by years. There're pros and cons of each type of energy, but if we want to step further, we have to use Nulear Energy. My country tried to build a Nuclear power plant once, but the locals were just too afraid of the consequence of nuclear waste so our government had to stop. As a citizen, i still hope our country can build one in the near future.

      1. bcvbb hyui

        can we get some videos on nuclear breeders and smr's

    49. Peter-Mikhaël Richard

      10:20 This wheel cannot physically go the same direction than the bird walking on it! Aren't thoses real birds and objects? I think we may have been lied to! :O

    50. Genghis Ghost

      people advocating for nuclear power is why gas chambers were invented

    51. Genghis Ghost

      people advocating for nuclear power is why gas chambers were invented

    52. Shaurya Thammaiah

      Can we make a nuclear source machine so that the solars and windturbines help to produce electricity and also charge the nuclear source machine..... So when it's not windy or sunny the nuclear source machine can produce energy???? Can't we do that????

    53. Tomura Shigaraki

      dis dude tought me more than school did

    54. Cody Lundin

      this video is lame!

    55. Tomislav Ricov

      what about solar panel waste? or wind deaths?

    56. asioe kiou

      they make me cry when I see the birds upset or dead

    57. Seth Jordan

      Anyone else depressed after this?

    58. Birby

      We've been polluting earth with greenhouse gases only for like a century or so and the situation already got worse so much, we really need to move on from them really fast, because it will get only worse like really really fast, not in some future like century after, but during our life time in following decade or so And about Russia.. Yea, our country definitely can technically, but it won't practically simply because of corruption For real, 90% of the budget dedicated to build some new nuclear power plant will be wasted by higher up in the government "people" and it won't be finished even in a decade

      1. asioe kiou

        I prepare for the case that C02 emissions will continue rising the next 20 years.

    59. TheGalacticWest

      The funny thing is that nuclear reactors are made of concrete and making concrete is bad for the environment.

    60. Jarod 1999

      People who support nuclear energy forgets the waste it makes.

    61. Xeonophon

      Why dont you show how many birds wind turbines kill each year?

      1. Dommy kun

        maybe bc they are talking about nuclear power and not the dangers of wind turbines?

    62. lincoln siqueira

      Sekiro easter egg

    63. Tyrell

      can we get some videos on nuclear breeders and smr's

    64. Mr. Ickster

      I already had an immense amount of respect for this channel, but that just shot up again when I saw the Sekiro reference at 1:45

    65. nightcrawler

      Wilhelm scream at 5:16

    66. Lightning Boy

      Your videos are amazing and are so cool thank you

    67. Magnus Knudsen

      What about the norwegians? with 96% of power coming from hydro ;D (2017)

    68. stephane Magnin

      Very interesting comparison far away from ideology. But before all that, we need to question our use of energy and then begin by control energy demand. It's not all the solution but just a way to achieve others.

    69. Kylie Schultz


    70. Haziq Fuad

      Nahh why used nuclear energy when adolla burst and amaterasu are clearly a better choice. A small price to pay for salvation😤🤧

    71. GrimSyx

      the new-age Vsauce

    72. Fery-Dev

      *Me waiting for someone here to not agree with that nuclear energy should be researched more*

    73. cherubin7th

      I prepare for the case that C02 emissions will continue rising the next 20 years.

    74. Isaac Wellborn

      What about evaporating ocean water? How do we prevent/deal with it? No one ever mentions that. It's the largest producer of greenhouse gas and makes everything you mentioned in the video very insignificant. It is responsible for 90% of the warming.

      1. Isaac Wellborn

        @Dommy kun My bad, I gotta update that wording up top :/ We want to STOP the evaporation from occurring because the process is responsible for 90% of the earth's warming and produces huge amounts of CO2

      2. Dommy kun

        hmmm to evaporate the ocean water you need to rise the temperature of the planet... climate changes are rising the temperature of te planet... really a hard subject

    75. coconutcore

      Contrarians: “People are stupid! Why do they never try to fix it!? Why is it all getting worse? We need less emissions! We’re in a crisis! The world will never recover if we don’t find a way to slow it and stop it NOW!” Actual people who try and help: “I agree! We could slow it with nuclear energy fo-” Contrarians: “NO! Get rid of them! I want them gone! I heard somewhere on facebook that they’re bad!” Other people: “But...that’ll make it get even worse. You said we can’t afford that.” Contrarians: “People are stupid! Why do they never try to fix it!? Why am I the ONLY ONE trying to think of a solution!? I’m going to browse Tiktok whilst I’m thinking about how great I am for trying to make the world a better place. Any day now I’ll find a solution. Thank GOD I’m here.”

    76. mngx

      Two words: nuclear FUSION

    77. Hamoonist

      Imagine instead of decades of trying to kill nuclear, we would instead let it grow, develop, and improve.

    78. Tomaž Klede

      nuclear is even safer than renewable (hydroelectric power plant kill fishes, wind turbines kill birds and are made of glass fiber, wich in not renewable) the only nuclear problem is the radioactive waste, but we can covert it into new fuel for nuclea power plants). in conclusion: the biggest problem of the nuclear energy is the human fear and disinformation.

    79. イレイナ

      The biggest problem with renewable energy is reliability

    80. Firenzar Frenzy

      Screw the Avengers I want renewable energy gang 6:57

    81. Syarif Badaruđin

      1:36 Tesla!

    82. the animation boi

      Learn from school ❌ learn from this guy ✔️

    83. Mcgee M

      how about instead of nuclear power, we generate electricity using our poop.

    84. MrKangdon

      Wind energy is the greatest embarrassment of our generation

      1. unfunny ironypage

        It's really not tho

      2. Dave a Dan

        Why's that?

    85. Raymund P Jabla

      Godzilla / King fight in a nutshell

    86. Chris Sator

      Evidence-Based Environmentalism! Not Green Fundamentalism!

    87. Wesley de Wit

      big brain moment? 🤔 lets build a huge zaplin and attach it to the ground like a giant kite. have it work like a vaccuum cleaner with some filters and whatnot. see how much shit we get can out of the air. better have CO2 emissions contained than having it float in the air uncontrolled, right? if that's even possible. i dont know. im drunk. nice video

    88. Nickle-Pickle123

      I think we should go nuclear while we find better renewable energy solutions because although nuclear power plants is costlier than renewables, we can get that money back but we cant fix our atmosphere if its damaged enough.

    89. Dr. Pepper

      Fossil Fuel, Coal, and Gas : *kill millions and millions of people every year slowly but surely by Carbon emissions* Nuclear Power : *has 2-4 major incidents in history that was caused by lack of proper management and care while all of it combined doesn't have 1/2 of the kill count carbon emissions do in a year* Renewable : *fairly unreliable, takes more land, while less than fossil fuel and coal still somewhat kills environments*

    90. sven's channel

      Batteries contaminante too. And are made of very finite materials. I would stick with nuclear.

    91. Tom Harding

      One word, "Thorium".

    92. Gabriel Jordan

      As an electrician I approve of this video.

    93. Alvar Lagerlöf

      I'm afraid that too many will take this as a "yes" without understanding that we STILL have no way to handle the waste.

    94. C H

      The most balanced take on Nuclear energy I've seen yet. Great work Kurzgesagt.

    95. Юлиан Кожерков.

      Global warming is a myth so you can burn as much fossil as you want, dont change enything

      1. Neirin Murphy

        @Юлиан Кожерков. proof that it doesn't exist

      2. unfunny ironypage

        @Юлиан Кожерков. Well I mean you were the one who made a claim out of you're ass lol

      3. Юлиан Кожерков.

        @unfunny ironypage right to the insults, as all climate activist, typical

      4. unfunny ironypage

        It does tho lol and will continue to destroy things aslong as people like you are alive lol

    96. John Wick

      You want true renewable energy than nuclear energy is the way to go. Solar and Wind aren't going to cut it but the lefties won't accept it

      1. unfunny ironypage

        What, I know many leftist who support nuclear myself included

    97. mikin lirou

      This dude is teaching me so much science and i nearly started science class

    98. Neo Dong

      f*ck global warming

      1. Neo Dong

        @Remak S indeed

      2. Remak S


    99. Jay Rogue

      1:44 is that Sekiro reference ?

      1. mikin lirou

        its shame tha nuclear power got bad image from,a-bombs and incidents like Chernobyl

    100. bkconn

      I'm confused whether HYDRO falls into RENEWABLES or not. In one graph @3:46, you separated HYDRO from RENEWABLES, but then a moment later, when speaking of RENEWABLES, there were solar panels, wind turbines, and what appeared to be a DAM @5:11

      1. Patrick Brinkworth

        It is a renewable source of energy, making it renewable. It wont go away in 100 years.