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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
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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%
Austria 1 <1%
Australia 1 <1%
Malaysia 1 <1%
Portugal 1 <1%
Finland 1 <1%
Taiwan 1 <1%
Other 5 1%
Unknown 448 95%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 111 24%
Student > Master 88 19%
Student > Ph. D. Student 64 14%
Researcher 51 11%
Professor 17 4%
Other 59 13%
Unknown 81 17%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Engineering 90 19%
Environmental Science 58 12%
Chemistry 40 8%
Physics and Astronomy 24 5%
Social Sciences 19 4%
Other 127 27%
Unknown 113 24%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 1286. 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 08 August 2022.
All research outputs
#7,617
of 21,753,060 outputs
Outputs from Environmental Science & Technology
#12
of 18,125 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#28
of 175,567 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Environmental Science & Technology
#1
of 226 outputs
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