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Prevented Mortality and Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Historical and Projected Nuclear Power

Overview of attention for article published in Environmental Science & Technology, April 2013
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Title
Prevented Mortality and Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Historical and Projected Nuclear Power
Published in
Environmental Science & Technology, April 2013
DOI 10.1021/es3051197
Pubmed ID
Authors

Pushker A. Kharecha, James E. Hansen

Abstract

In the aftermath of the March 2011 accident at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, the future contribution of nuclear power to the global energy supply has become somewhat uncertain. Because nuclear power is an abundant, low-carbon source of base-load power, it could make a large contribution to mitigation of global climate change and air pollution. Using historical production data, we calculate that global nuclear power has prevented an average of 1.84 million air pollution-related deaths and 64 gigatonnes of CO2-equivalent (GtCO2-eq) greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that would have resulted from fossil fuel burning. On the basis of global projection data that take into account the effects of the Fukushima accident, we find that nuclear power could additionally prevent an average of 420,000-7.04 million deaths and 80-240 GtCO2-eq emissions due to fossil fuels by midcentury, depending on which fuel it replaces. By contrast, we assess that large-scale expansion of unconstrained natural gas use would not mitigate the climate problem and would cause far more deaths than expansion of nuclear power.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 5 1%
United Kingdom 4 <1%
Germany 3 <1%
Finland 1 <1%
Australia 1 <1%
Sweden 1 <1%
Austria 1 <1%
Malaysia 1 <1%
Taiwan 1 <1%
Other 5 1%
Unknown 391 94%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 102 25%
Student > Master 85 21%
Student > Ph. D. Student 60 14%
Researcher 49 12%
Student > Doctoral Student 15 4%
Other 51 12%
Unknown 52 13%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Engineering 82 20%
Environmental Science 58 14%
Chemistry 38 9%
Physics and Astronomy 23 6%
Social Sciences 18 4%
Other 117 28%
Unknown 78 19%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 1162. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 12 April 2021.
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#5,982
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#6
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#32
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#1
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