Is renewable energy the right way?

Important part of Climate Rules is to develop 21. century skills. Let’s take a look at an example for Critical thinking.

Renewable vs Nuclear

Everybody is probably familiar with the promotion of renewable energy sources like solar panels and wind farms to save the climate. But what about when those technologies destroy the environment? 

At least this is what Time Magazine “Hero of the Environment” and energy expert Michael Shellenberger explains in his provocative TED talk.

Recently published research paper at Nature energy isn’t so persuing. General conclusion tells if countries want to lower emissions as substantially, rapidly and cost-effectively as possible, they should prioritise support for renewables rather than nuclear power. 

Here is the source referencing the paper.

There are other commentary to this research
“It’s important to note that the study looked specifically at data from 1999-2014, so it excludes more recent innovations in nuclear power and renewables,” says David Nield from Science Alert here.

Questions for you

  • What is the energy strategy of your country?
  • Is it the right strategy? Why or why not?
  • Are there any other energy source which can reduce the climate impact?
  • What other energy source you need for the energy mix when you use renewables?

Materials for study

Where does our energy in EU come from?

Check the interactive graph. For the complete energy report, European Green Deal, and more visit A guided tour of energy statistics.

Source: National Geographic

The Right Balance: Mixing Energy Resources

Students investigate how different mixtures of energy resources are used to provide electricity in different parts of the country. They investigate the conversion efficiency and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions for each energy resource and analyze how different mixtures of energy resources affect the overall efficiency and CO2 emissions for a region.

National Geographic