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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  • Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell
    Kurzgesagt – In a NutshellVor 25 Tage

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  • Salt


    Vor 49 Minuten

    Yeah I hate the negative rap nuclear energy gets

  • Andrew Tanjung

    Andrew Tanjung

    Vor 7 Tage

    @Thạnh Phạm Stupid Boomer doesn't know anything

  • Thạnh Phạm

    Thạnh Phạm

    Vor 7 Tage

    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

  • Andrew Tanjung

    Andrew Tanjung

    Vor 7 Tage

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

  • Andrew Tanjung

    Andrew Tanjung

    Vor 7 Tage

    @Thạnh Phạm look at yourself first before insulting

  • ethans drawings
    ethans drawingsVor Stunde

    2:06 magnemite magnemite magnemite

  • sehhi vooty
    sehhi vootyVor 2 Stunden

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

  • Dark Gaming
    Dark GamingVor 3 Stunden

    Was it me or there was magnemite in this vid😁😁

  • zan
    zanVor 3 Stunden

    Please evolve the Magnemites

  • sehhi vooty

    sehhi vooty

    Vor 2 Stunden

    i see all but why did not mention the nuclear power plant's real negative effect, for example, nuclear waste

  • AugmentedGravity
    AugmentedGravityVor 3 Stunden

    Can't we just get fusion / thorium reactors and stop taling about this forever.

  • farid elfadani
    farid elfadaniVor 6 Stunden

    Thank you

  • Blemendale
    BlemendaleVor 7 Stunden

    Could use thorium

  • speedmstr65
    speedmstr65Vor 7 Stunden

    Anyone going to comment about the Magnemites that appear at 2:07?

  • Abm infinity
    Abm infinityVor 9 Stunden

    Lütfen Türkçe altyazı koyun

  • Денис Дементьев
    Денис ДементьевVor 10 Stunden

    Bullshit demagogic video.

  • Jason Brown
    Jason BrownVor 11 Stunden

    I agree we should be moving away from fossil fuels and trying to use electricity more but not because of climate change, I still say that the climate change thing is mostly a hoax and that's coming from a guy who has a solar powered home

  • Big G
    Big GVor 12 Stunden

    Stop climate change? Which season will we be stuck with? Fall is cool!

  • Superduperchris
    SuperduperchrisVor 15 Stunden

    On earth? Probably nuclear energy could help but maybe become less popular in the far future A idea I have is that when we get to places like Mars, we could maybe use it there? It could be a place where coal and other sources of energy can be contained and used. If CO2 makes the world hotter, why not try that on Mars? would make the freezing wasteland hotter? Nuclear waste could also be stored there, as well as power plants being used there. That way in case of accidents, deaths can be a bit more minimalized and away from cities and places where mass death can occur? This is just a idea. feel free to criticize or give other ideas to me

  • Vile •
    Vile •Vor 15 Stunden

    No we need solar. But it’s “too expensive”

  • Gage McMahon
    Gage McMahonVor 15 Stunden

    Sekiro on the tv when the bird plugged it in good shit y’all have good taste

  • Gacheru Mburu
    Gacheru MburuVor 17 Stunden


  • ceerw buty
    ceerw butyVor 19 Stunden

    popularizer like you so thanks you !! ♥️♥️♥️

  • Squidward on a Chair

    Squidward on a Chair

    Vor 14 Stunden


  • Diego Joaquin Hinrichsen
    Diego Joaquin HinrichsenVor 19 Stunden

    Buying Uranium ETF right now...

  • Ogün Uzun
    Ogün UzunVor 20 Stunden

    i see all but why did not mention the nuclear power plant's real negative effect, for example, nuclear waste

  • Ogün Uzun

    Ogün Uzun

    Vor 17 Stunden

    @ceerw buty likewise

  • ceerw buty

    ceerw buty

    Vor 19 Stunden

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

  • Sorcha Mackay
    Sorcha MackayVor 21 Stunde


  • Nina a
    Nina aVor 23 Stunden

    Don't mind me, just sacrificing my comment to the algorithm.

  • Tsuboi "Klein" Ryoutarou
    Tsuboi "Klein" RyoutarouVor 23 Stunden

    But what isn’t said is that there is clean coal, which is what most nations burn other than China.

  • Kashio
    KashioVor Tag

    The Taiwan government should take a look at this video. We've disabled our nuclear power plants and depending our energy on renewable and burning more and more coal.

  • stefan parkes
    stefan parkesVor Tag

    But climate change isn't real.. we all know the climate isn't constant, well the smart ones that can think for themselves do anyway

  • Squidward on a Chair

    Squidward on a Chair

    Vor 14 Stunden


  • Kadir Garip

    Kadir Garip

    Vor Tag


  • Elian
    ElianVor Tag

    4 nuclear reactors are closing in Belgium because politicians don't understand them and the people are scared of them ... Pls help.

  • Eduardo Perez
    Eduardo PerezVor Tag

    5:20. this makes me sad for some reason.he was just peacfully cooking and the power is out and hes sad and im sad to

  • Eduardo Perez
    Eduardo PerezVor Tag

    2:07 pokemon working in the backround the magnet ones

  • Squidward on a Chair

    Squidward on a Chair

    Vor 14 Stunden


  • Jeremy Wong
    Jeremy WongVor Tag

    1:43 guy plays sekiro too

  • Comercial CRO
    Comercial CROVor Tag

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

  • vbddfy euuyt
    vbddfy euuytVor Tag


  • Surya
    SuryaVor Tag

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

  • jayzenstyle


    Vor 23 Stunden

    I won't be surprised if India in the future will become a nuclear superpower due to their breakthroughs in reactor and waste containment technology. Along with china and russia.

  • Gene Lyh
    Gene LyhVor Tag

    when he said "alektricity" i felt that

  • vbddfy euuyt

    vbddfy euuyt

    Vor Tag

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

  • Jakub Stępień
    Jakub StępieńVor Tag

    This one has one of the best soundtracks.

  • Lorenzo silversmiths
    Lorenzo silversmithsVor Tag

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

  • Kaguyaa
    KaguyaaVor 2 Tage

    Incoming "Thorium reactors are the future"

  • Mya Ava
    Mya AvaVor 2 Tage

    Nuclear energy is the way!

  • 4Berries
    4BerriesVor 2 Tage

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

  • Charlie Harman
    Charlie HarmanVor 2 Tage

    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.

  • Linguae
    LinguaeVor 2 Tage

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

  • yasio bolo
    yasio boloVor 2 Tage


  • Micah Starner
    Micah StarnerVor 2 Tage

    It's cause wind and solar suck buttocks.

  • Epic Boss
    Epic BossVor 2 Tage

    nuclear isnt technically renewable

  • Epic Boss

    Epic Boss

    Vor 20 Stunden

    @yasio bolo thorium reactors would be easier to get fuel since thorium is about 3x more common than uranium

  • yasio bolo

    yasio bolo

    Vor 2 Tage

    You mean Nuclear ISNT a renewable source?

  • Alparslan Korkmaz
    Alparslan KorkmazVor 2 Tage

    Nice video.

  • t3hb0ss
    t3hb0ssVor 2 Tage

    D Y S O N

  • Emanuele Franco
    Emanuele FrancoVor 2 Tage

    1:45 yo he playing sekiro

  • Ahmed Taher
    Ahmed TaherVor 2 Tage

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

  • Gunslung Milo
    Gunslung MiloVor 2 Tage

    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)

  • Goofball Mahn
    Goofball MahnVor 2 Tage

    *Lisa Simpson disliked this*

  • beastmanmode101
    beastmanmode101Vor 2 Tage

    these vids are the best i love them

  • rollingdownfalling
    rollingdownfallingVor 2 Tage

    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 :)

  • Justine Bermundo
    Justine BermundoVor 2 Tage

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

    BLITZVor 3 Tage

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

  • Sam's origami world
    Sam's origami worldVor 3 Tage

    this dudes soo cool

  • Cornelia Edgerton
    Cornelia EdgertonVor 3 Tage

    0:19 it always is lol

  • Aditya Jain
    Aditya JainVor 3 Tage

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

  • Myles Wolfe
    Myles WolfeVor 3 Tage

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

  • Xerox Copy
    Xerox CopyVor 3 Tage

    You mean Nuclear ISNT a renewable source?

  • Dommy kun

    Dommy kun

    Vor 2 Tage

    nuclear isn't renewable rn

  • Xerox Copy
    Xerox CopyVor 3 Tage

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

  • Xerox Copy
    Xerox CopyVor 3 Tage


  • 루나
    루나Vor 3 Tage

    !reggin yeH

  • Swiv
    SwivVor 3 Tage


  • iRUnique
    iRUniqueVor 3 Tage

    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.

  • Nick


    Vor 15 Stunden

    When you get into funding new things you also get into the politics of how a nation should be spending its money, and I don’t think they want to spark political discourse in the comments. It is a science channel after all, not a political one!

  • gvoglio
    gvoglioVor 3 Tage

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

  • iRUnique
    iRUniqueVor 3 Tage

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

  • Emanuel
    EmanuelVor 3 Tage

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

  • Ferocious Gamer

    Ferocious Gamer

    Vor Tag

    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.

  • Dommy kun

    Dommy kun

    Vor 2 Tage

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

  • David Powell
    David PowellVor 3 Tage

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

  • Scott Cook
    Scott CookVor 3 Tage

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

  • Scott Cook
    Scott CookVor 3 Tage

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

  • Scott Cook

    Scott Cook

    Vor Tag

    @Ferocious Gamer hmm

  • Ferocious Gamer

    Ferocious Gamer

    Vor Tag

    @Scott Cook Everyone doesn't need to comply

  • Scott Cook

    Scott Cook

    Vor 2 Tage

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

  • Dommy kun

    Dommy kun

    Vor 2 Tage

    @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

  • Scott Cook

    Scott Cook

    Vor 2 Tage

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

  • Ash Azhari
    Ash AzhariVor 3 Tage

    i mean diamonds are carbon

  • Ash Azhari
    Ash AzhariVor 3 Tage

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

  • Dommy kun

    Dommy kun

    Vor 2 Tage

    that's not how things work

  • Visidron
    VisidronVor 3 Tage

    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.

  • bcvbb hyui
    bcvbb hyuiVor 3 Tage


  • Caoimhe
    CaoimheVor 3 Tage

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

  • Caoimhe


    Vor 2 Tage

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

  • random name yes?

    random name yes?

    Vor 2 Tage

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

  • Caoimhe


    Vor 2 Tage

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

  • Dommy kun

    Dommy kun

    Vor 2 Tage

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

  • tran thach
    tran thachVor 3 Tage

    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.

  • bcvbb hyui

    bcvbb hyui

    Vor 3 Tage

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

  • Peter-Mikhaël Richard
    Peter-Mikhaël RichardVor 3 Tage

    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

  • Genghis Ghost
    Genghis GhostVor 3 Tage

    people advocating for nuclear power is why gas chambers were invented

  • Genghis Ghost
    Genghis GhostVor 3 Tage

    people advocating for nuclear power is why gas chambers were invented

  • Shaurya Thammaiah
    Shaurya ThammaiahVor 3 Tage

    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????

  • Tomura Shigaraki
    Tomura ShigarakiVor 3 Tage

    dis dude tought me more than school did

  • Cody Lundin
    Cody LundinVor 3 Tage

    this video is lame!

  • Tomislav Ricov
    Tomislav RicovVor 4 Tage

    what about solar panel waste? or wind deaths?

  • asioe kiou
    asioe kiouVor 4 Tage

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

  • Seth Jordan
    Seth JordanVor 4 Tage

    Anyone else depressed after this?

  • Birby
    BirbyVor 4 Tage

    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

  • asioe kiou

    asioe kiou

    Vor 4 Tage

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

  • TheGalacticWest
    TheGalacticWestVor 4 Tage

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

  • yvrelna


    Vor 16 Stunden

    The funny thing is that building wind turbines requires hundreds of tonnes of steel and concrete. And gasp, steel and concrete were both very energy and carbon intensive to make, they require much more of these than nuclear plant of the same level of energy capacity.

  • Jarod 1999
    Jarod 1999Vor 4 Tage

    People who support nuclear energy forgets the waste it makes.

  • Xeonophon
    XeonophonVor 4 Tage

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

  • Dommy kun

    Dommy kun

    Vor 2 Tage

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

  • lincoln siqueira
    lincoln siqueiraVor 4 Tage

    Sekiro easter egg

  • Tyrell
    TyrellVor 4 Tage

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

  • Mr. Ickster
    Mr. IcksterVor 4 Tage

    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

  • nightcrawler
    nightcrawlerVor 4 Tage

    Wilhelm scream at 5:16

  • Lightning Boy
    Lightning BoyVor 4 Tage

    Your videos are amazing and are so cool thank you

  • Magnus Knudsen
    Magnus KnudsenVor 4 Tage

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

  • stephane Magnin
    stephane MagninVor 4 Tage

    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.

  • Kylie Schultz
    Kylie SchultzVor 4 Tage


  • Haziq Fuad
    Haziq FuadVor 4 Tage

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

  • GrimSyx
    GrimSyxVor 4 Tage

    the new-age Vsauce

  • Fery-Dev
    Fery-DevVor 4 Tage

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

  • cherubin7th
    cherubin7thVor 4 Tage

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