World “cannot afford nuclear climate solution”

Nuclear power would need to be developed at an unattainable global rate of four new power plants a month if it were to help combat climate change, a UK-based think-tank said on Wednesday.

Nuclear power also poses a serious threat to world security because of nuclear weapons proliferation, the Oxford Research Group said in its report "Too Hot To Handle – The future of civil nuclear power".

The report comes a week after the World Energy Council said nuclear power must be a significant part of the energy mix required to beat global warming and guarantee energy security.

"A world-wide nuclear renaissance is beyond the capacity of the nuclear industry to deliver and would stretch to breaking point the capacity of the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) to monitor and safeguard civil nuclear power," the Oxford Research Group report said.

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