Nuclear power, wherever it might be present, is a sure ticking time bomb, sooner or later, whether it is the actual functioning of the plant, or the management of the fuel. Nuclear power allures with its high energy yield- but before we whip ourselves into a frenzy of pursuing it, we must ask ourselves at what cost would we avail this energy, and whether it is worth paying the price.
As more countries shift aggressively to nuclear power despite what traditional and modern wisdom might indicate, the question of nuclear waste and how to deal with it, looms more and more greatly over us by every passing day. Waste from nuclear power plants, either substances contaminated during the nuclear process itself, or the waste product after the fissile substance is exhausted, are dangerous to all life around it, for several centuries or even millennia. And this extreme toxic waste is dealt in probably most careless manner – just by simply brushing it under the carpet!
It is widely believed that there are 15,375 nuclear weapons in possession of 9 countries. The overwhelming majority of nukes is owned by the United States or Russia as each of these two countries have more than 7,000 weapons. Such a number of nuclear weapons which can release their deadly power is quite scary, don’t you think? Sometimes, it is being said that the global nuclear stockpile is so huge that it can destroy the Earth itself. In fact, it is not that bad, the energy hidden in all of our nuclear weapons is equal to 25% of the energy of the big tsunami. But it is where the optimism ends. In the case of a global nuclear conflict, in which superpowers will decide to release their warheads, environmental damage will be so huge that the global apocalypse will be inevitable and the life as we know it today would certainly come to an end.
If humanity survives the rise of artificial intelligence, the ravages of climate change and the threat of nuclear terrorism in the next century, it doesn’t mean we’re home free, according to Stephen Hawking.
The renowned theoretical physicist has gone as far as providing humanity with a deadline for finding another planet to colonize: We have 1,000 years.
The Washington Post, published on November 17, 2016.
Stephen Hawking, the name that requires no introduction, has given a gentle warning to the whole race of humanity that we probably have only 1000 more years left on earth, and setting up new colonies on some other planets in the Solar System is the only thing that could save the race. Hawking’s estimation did not even consider the devastating global climatic challenges and nuclear capabilities of ready to war nations. He believes that we soon are going to encounter our enemies, whom we’re not even close to knowing how to deal with.