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Thursday, April 21 at 7:30 p.m. GMT:
As the world looks for ways to move away from carbon dioxide-emitting fossil fuels, some countries are increasingly turning to nuclear power to meet their growing energy needs.

Nuclear power has been frowned upon due to major accidents and the creation of radioactive waste that can pose a threat to the environment for thousands of years.

But some environmentalists who see fossil fuels as an even greater environmental threat have now reconsidered their opposition to nuclear power. Proponents argue that the risks and problems associated with the high costs and storage of radioactive waste can be minimized through improved technologies and the construction of smaller reactors.

What role will nuclear energy play in the years to come? China now leads the world in building new nuclear power plants. In South Korea, the United Kingdom and France, the development of nuclear energy is considered a key element in achieving carbon neutrality. For some European countries, renewed interest in nuclear power is also a way to counter rising global energy prices and energy dependence on Russia.

In this episode of The Stream, we will discuss the pros and cons of nuclear power.

In this episode of The Stream, we speak with:
Umar Irfan, @umairfan
Senior Science Journalist, Vox

Kirsty Gogan, @kristygogan
Founder and Managing Director, TerraPraxis

Shaun Burnie
Former Senior Nuclear Specialist, Greenpeace East Asia