Do we Need Nuclear Energy to Stop Climate Change?
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Do we need nuclear energy to stop climate change? More and more voices from science, environmental activists and the press have been saying so in recent years - but this comes as a shock to those who are fighting against nuclear energy and the problems that come with it. So who is right? Well - it is complicated.
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    • Thạnh Phạm
      Thạnh Phạm

      Stupid science Science doesn't know The Sun and Jupiter suck 181 kilograms of Earth's hydrogen per minute , so the Earth atmosphere is pure, the Sun and Jupiter are toxic hydrogen

    • Deerak

      Green Energy Avatars merch when?

    • Salt

      Yeah I hate the negative rap nuclear energy gets

    • Andrew Tanjung
      Andrew Tanjung

      @Thạnh Phạm Stupid Boomer doesn't know anything

    • Thạnh Phạm
      Thạnh Phạm

      Stupid science Science doesn't know Viruses convert sunlight into oil fields. Viruses appearing for the first time on Earth are extremely sophisticated, viruses know to absorb photons ( sunlight ) to get energy the virus to work, after millions of years the virus developin algae . Algae convert photons turned into an oil field. Sunlight - absorbing algae convert into positrons + and electrons -- Algae uses 928 positrons + that attract 917 electrons -- creating protons + Algae 918 positrons + that attract 918 electrons -- creating neutrons Algae use 6 protons + that attract 8 neutrons attracts 6 electrons -- create carbon ( c55 h72 o5 chlorophyll ) Algae use 1 proton + to attract 1 electron -- generating hidro ( c55 h72 o5 chlorophyll ) Algae reproduce fast like bacteria When dead algae are deposited into sediments, sediments decompose after millions of years in to oil fields

  • Artour Babiev
    Artour Babiev

    nah we Asian are cheap we just get electric from sky - Uncle Roger

  • Ariean Troy
    Ariean Troy

    Nuclear is a bad choice.

  • Tyler Nurton
    Tyler Nurton

    Use thorium

  • Hamo rash
    Hamo rash

    I suggest that the nuclear power plant is the best way for this and next century, but we should control it and stop the reasons which blow up Chernobyl and Fukushima, i think we can gather all of the power plants from a land far from humans, like Antarctica or a hole country from south America, and then i think we can make a new robot technology or at least fewer workers to work and control the power plants and so that we get steam and next electricity. In any case of explosion or meltdown, we get fewer picture of disaster than Chernobyl.

    • Ariean Troy
      Ariean Troy

      Problem with nuclear plant is that its waste need to be stored in an extremely safe storage and they would lasted for 27.000 years! We want to save the earth from climate change by polluting the earth's soil?? This is why i think geothermal is the way to go.

  • Bedirhan Acar
    Bedirhan Acar

    Turkish sublities pls


    How do I get my own brid

  • Giorgio Pellegrino
    Giorgio Pellegrino

    Why don't you raise a fund where we can give donations to build some renowable sources of energy extractor to power up your channel's infrastructure?

  • Gijs Roelofs
    Gijs Roelofs


  • seeni gzty
    seeni gzty

    This dude is teaching me so much science and i nearly started science class

  • Pedro Marquez
    Pedro Marquez

    You guys should make a videogame.

  • Leberteich

    What has poisoned the well for nuclear energy is that those who make the profit from selling 'cheap' nuclear electricity while their plants are operating are nowhere to be seen when it comes to cleaning up their toxic long term legacy- that cost is carried by the general taxpayer. Same for fossil fuels, to be fair. What is sorely missing in this contribution is that the large and increasing consumption of energy is not an immutable given. Kurzgesagt bemoans that technologies to reprocess nuclear waste are known, but not fully implemented - but fails to mention that loft insulation, double glazing, heat pumps and white LED lighting also are known, but not fully implemented. The 'opinion part' begins well before he says so.

    • seeni gzty
      seeni gzty

      recyclable parts, And the materials needed for it requires A lot of new mines to be opened in Africa and South America, destroying the habitat we need to protect. And the

  • Peter schell
    Peter schell

    Look up ThorCom videos. They have a possible solution for the price and safety issues, as well as time spent building them.

  • Momrad

    our roof is full of solar panels. And in the summer, it generates too much for us. So, we are basically don't use electricity from other sources. Only in the winter. But we will get back our overgenerated power.

  • RyuHardGore

    nuclear energy is the best!

  • Totally Not A Minecraft Channel
    Totally Not A Minecraft Channel

    9:00: talking seriously about climate change 10:15: immediately diving into an unrelated class on animation

  • 880 -
    880 -

    Most of the human population acts like a drug addict unwilling to quit when it comes to fossil fuels.

  • Brent Katowitz
    Brent Katowitz


  • Lil Rabbit
    Lil Rabbit

    Renewables would be amazing, but storing a large amount of energy is seemingly impossible

  • tegaroh

    Petition to make this channel rule the world

  • spartan3924

    Ok everybody send India aid and ask for info on how to build Nuclear Plants, combine it with your own tech and make super safe energy production

  • Memes n Shet
    Memes n Shet

    The most promising renewable power tech that ive seen so far it's taking advantage of sea currents

    • Ariean Troy
      Ariean Troy

      Or geothermal.

  • bocoy noiu
    bocoy noiu

    Thank you for raising these sorts of issues. I think what you guys do is absolutely amazing. Hope countries around the world are a fan of your videos haha

  • Sivakanthan Nadarajah
    Sivakanthan Nadarajah

    i saw a pokemon easter egg and just today i saw the pokemon on television

  • Broseph Broman
    Broseph Broman

    Your other vids debate this vids topic.

    • Broseph Broman
      Broseph Broman

      @bocoy noiu Couldn't agree with you more

    • bocoy noiu
      bocoy noiu

      Can't we just get fusion / thorium reactors and stop taling about this forever.

  • FkeBld TV
    FkeBld TV


  • The Learning Show
    The Learning Show

    "Wellll it's CoMpLiCaTeD" This line is becoming iconic

  • Martijn Keulen
    Martijn Keulen

    I love your videos. But could you make a video about how renewables are everything but sustainable? Dams disturb natural flow of water. Wind and solar have many not recyclable parts, And the materials needed for it requires A lot of new mines to be opened in Africa and South America, destroying the habitat we need to protect. And the technology for renewables is hitting a plato. Its not the magic solution everybody is pretending it to be. And we're gonna NEED nuclear way more than people like to admit, a specially thorium reactors.

  • royal decree for the church of muskology
    royal decree for the church of muskology

    Modern Nuclear is renewable energy. A 300 life half decay is nothing, we could store that waste in a warehouse waiting for it to stop being radioactive compared to the amount of co2 fossils pump in the air. This is what China understand but the west won't compete because the masses were brainwashed to believe fossil fuels good, nuclear bad and a 10year development cycle means the politician who implements it does not reap the rewards as he will likely be out of office when it comes online.

  • Ezra Firoz
    Ezra Firoz

    people who blindly recommend renewable sources of energy 100% without thinking about the repercussions or the challenges that come with it are the same people who are wannabe vegans, mostly tik tokers and 14-year-old white girls thinking they want fame

    • Elijah Baley
      Elijah Baley

      Be quiet.

  • orcun

    i think all countries will create their own solar farms. they will share power to eachother. this way energy generated from sunny side of the world will give power to dark side of the world. i also think solar power in arctic areas will be used for reducing heat and producing electricity nearby countries. the main problem is weak electrical grid between countries. for example africa and asia has lots of areas for solar farms but political reasons prevent countries to invest these places. germany had to build solar panels but they don't have much sun. but increasing demand on green energy will force oil producers like arab countries to sell desert area for solar farms.

  • Feno Fernando
    Feno Fernando

    I would love to know is there a way to keep them safe so things like before are not gonna happen again? Like, put the nuclear and its waste in a remote place, far away from people, so we can minimize the damage

  • Nivyan

    My personal reasoning for Nuclear over Fossil fuel is actually pretty simple: Nuclear power might be more dangerous, but fewer humans are required to keep it steady - and they're all trained professionals. In contrast, fossil fuels generally require manual labour and *a lot* of frameworks to keep it going. The less humans are involved, and the more controlled it can be - the less accidents happen. The only reason fossil fuel is still here, is "for the jobs". We need to stop being selfish and accept change before the world changes without us.

  • YourBuddyUnit

    I really think the world would benefit from that little game at the end. You play as "The Renewables", fighting the hostile "co2 leviathan" who has 50 turns to consume the earth. 8:52

  • Shayn Hacker
    Shayn Hacker

    Kurzgesagst should make a mobile games with those characters fighting the gas monster at the end.

  • ethans drawings
    ethans drawings

    2:06 magnemite magnemite magnemite

  • sehhi vooty
    sehhi vooty

    my project and based it off of facts and evidence from this video (my teacher will never know if i change the words)

  • Dark Gaming
    Dark Gaming

    Was it me or there was magnemite in this vid😁😁

  • zan

    Please evolve the Magnemites

    • sehhi vooty
      sehhi vooty

      i see all but why did not mention the nuclear power plant's real negative effect, for example, nuclear waste

  • AugmentedGravity

    Can't we just get fusion / thorium reactors and stop taling about this forever.

  • farid elfadani
    farid elfadani

    Thank you

  • Blemendale

    Could use thorium

  • speedmstr65

    Anyone going to comment about the Magnemites that appear at 2:07?

  • Abm infinity
    Abm infinity

    Lütfen Türkçe altyazı koyun

  • Денис Дементьев
    Денис Дементьев

    Bullshit demagogic video.

  • Jason Brown
    Jason Brown

    I agree we should be moving away from fossil fuels and trying to use electricity more but not because of climate change, I still say that the climate change thing is mostly a hoax and that's coming from a guy who has a solar powered home

  • Big G
    Big G

    Stop climate change? Which season will we be stuck with? Fall is cool!

  • Superduperchris

    On earth? Probably nuclear energy could help but maybe become less popular in the far future A idea I have is that when we get to places like Mars, we could maybe use it there? It could be a place where coal and other sources of energy can be contained and used. If CO2 makes the world hotter, why not try that on Mars? would make the freezing wasteland hotter? Nuclear waste could also be stored there, as well as power plants being used there. That way in case of accidents, deaths can be a bit more minimalized and away from cities and places where mass death can occur? This is just a idea. feel free to criticize or give other ideas to me

  • Vile •
    Vile •

    No we need solar. But it’s “too expensive”

  • Gage McMahon
    Gage McMahon

    Sekiro on the tv when the bird plugged it in good shit y’all have good taste

  • Gacheru Mburu
    Gacheru Mburu


  • ceerw buty
    ceerw buty

    popularizer like you so thanks you !! ♥️♥️♥️

    • Squidward on a Chair
      Squidward on a Chair


  • Diego Joaquin Hinrichsen
    Diego Joaquin Hinrichsen

    Buying Uranium ETF right now...

  • Ogün Uzun
    Ogün Uzun

    i see all but why did not mention the nuclear power plant's real negative effect, for example, nuclear waste

    • Ogün Uzun
      Ogün Uzun

      @ceerw buty likewise

    • ceerw buty
      ceerw buty

      Is it worth to invest billions on nucleare when the isotopes of uranium are so rare?

  • Sorcha Mackay
    Sorcha Mackay


  • Nina a
    Nina a

    Don't mind me, just sacrificing my comment to the algorithm.

  • Tsuboi "Klein" Ryoutarou
    Tsuboi "Klein" Ryoutarou

    But what isn’t said is that there is clean coal, which is what most nations burn other than China.

  • Kashio

    The Taiwan government should take a look at this video. We've disabled our nuclear power plants and depending our energy on renewable and burning more and more coal.

  • stefan parkes
    stefan parkes

    But climate change isn't real.. we all know the climate isn't constant, well the smart ones that can think for themselves do anyway

    • Squidward on a Chair
      Squidward on a Chair


    • Kadir Garip
      Kadir Garip


  • Elian

    4 nuclear reactors are closing in Belgium because politicians don't understand them and the people are scared of them ... Pls help.

  • Eduardo Perez
    Eduardo Perez

    5:20. this makes me sad for some reason.he was just peacfully cooking and the power is out and hes sad and im sad to

  • Eduardo Perez
    Eduardo Perez

    2:07 pokemon working in the backround the magnet ones

    • Squidward on a Chair
      Squidward on a Chair


  • Jeremy Wong
    Jeremy Wong

    1:43 guy plays sekiro too

  • Comercial CRO
    Comercial CRO

    Short answear: YES. But leftist wont agree with that cause the eminent anihialation os our planet is a very lucrative bussness

  • vbddfy euuyt
    vbddfy euuyt


  • Surya

    I like how india is a part of nuclearly advancing nations and beating the west promisingly

    • jayzenstyle

      I won't be surprised if India in the future will become a nuclear superpower due to their breakthroughs in reactor and waste containment technology. Along with china and russia.

  • Gene Lyh
    Gene Lyh

    when he said "alektricity" i felt that

    • vbddfy euuyt
      vbddfy euuyt

      my project and based it off of facts and evidence from this video (my teacher will never know if i change the words)

  • Jakub Stępień
    Jakub Stępień

    This one has one of the best soundtracks.

  • Lorenzo silversmiths
    Lorenzo silversmiths

    Is it worth to invest billions on nucleare when the isotopes of uranium are so rare?

  • Kaguyaa

    Incoming "Thorium reactors are the future"

  • Mya Ava
    Mya Ava

    Nuclear energy is the way!

  • 4Berries

    Starting to worry that we're all going to be doom before we can even reach type 1

  • Charlie Harman
    Charlie Harman

    I’m curious though, would it be possible to create a nuclear reactor that would work under zero gravity, and if that is a possibility, why don’t we just move them to space and figure out a way to convey the energy they produce over massive distances (make it like a space station so that maintenance can be performed) and have some kind of storage module that could contain a large amount of nuclear waste. Then, a way to unload said nuclear waste or launch it at the sun so that it would burn up? I know this has probably been talked about somewhere but still it’s an idea haha.

  • Linguae

    If only we could achieve Cold Hydrogen Fusion in the next few months xP

  • yasio bolo
    yasio bolo


  • Micah Starner
    Micah Starner

    It's cause wind and solar suck buttocks.

  • Epic Boss
    Epic Boss

    nuclear isnt technically renewable

    • Epic Boss
      Epic Boss

      @yasio bolo thorium reactors would be easier to get fuel since thorium is about 3x more common than uranium

    • yasio bolo
      yasio bolo

      You mean Nuclear ISNT a renewable source?

  • Alparslan Korkmaz
    Alparslan Korkmaz

    Nice video.

  • t3hb0ss

    D Y S O N

  • Emanuele Franco
    Emanuele Franco

    1:45 yo he playing sekiro

  • Ahmed Taher
    Ahmed Taher

    If humanity tries to use nuclear energy and renewable energy together that would be a serious life saving

  • Gunslung Milo
    Gunslung Milo

    while doing a essay on this topic i thought "what if i watch the kurzgesagt video on it and i ended up realizing this is in the same format of a argumentative essay and i just redid my project and based it off of facts and evidence from this video (my teacher will never know if i change the words)

  • Goofball Mahn
    Goofball Mahn

    *Lisa Simpson disliked this*

  • beastmanmode101

    these vids are the best i love them

  • rollingdownfalling

    Auf jeden Fall you do, otherwise you guys need to buy energy from France or importing natural gas from Russia via the almost finished Nord Stream 2, and also facing US sanction for dealing with the Russians or as a last resort, you guys will burn brown coal which increases carbon emission. Gruße, Ich komme aus China, jetzt lebe in Australien und Deutsch lernen :)

  • Justine Bermundo
    Justine Bermundo

    im just gonna ask everyone who sees this comment please help earth


    Germany plans to shut down all of its remaining 6 nuclear power plants until 2022. It's a good plan.

  • Sam's origami world
    Sam's origami world

    this dudes soo cool

  • Cornelia Edgerton
    Cornelia Edgerton

    0:19 it always is lol

  • Aditya Jain
    Aditya Jain

    Renewable energy is very inefficient in land use while nuclear is very efficient and this will be a big factor

  • Myles Wolfe
    Myles Wolfe

    If renewables and nuclear is the way to go, what are we supposed to do as individuals to help solve the problem?

  • Xerox Copy
    Xerox Copy

    You mean Nuclear ISNT a renewable source?

    • Dommy kun
      Dommy kun

      nuclear isn't renewable rn

  • Xerox Copy
    Xerox Copy

    3K+ Hippies who dislike this video would rather burn fossil fuels instead of using nuclear

  • Xerox Copy
    Xerox Copy


  • 루나

    !reggin yeH

  • Swiv


  • iRUnique

    I am amazed you never, even once, mentioned the most obvious: if we want to save more we need to spend less. this is where your utopian ideology about capitalism comes to an end.

    • Martijn Keulen
      Martijn Keulen

      Socialism sucks. Viva la capitalism

    • Nick

      When you get into funding new things you also get into the politics of how a nation should be spending its money, and I don’t think they want to spark political discourse in the comments. It is a science channel after all, not a political one!

  • gvoglio

    Could you make a video about solar cycle and climate changes?

  • iRUnique

    You have constantiated a world in which spending finite resources is, by default, seen as acceptable. A very, very, dangerous precedence.

  • Emanuel

    Opinion add: How would it be to save energy to cut emissions? Sad this video ignores the nuclear dangers by far

    • Ferocious Gamer
      Ferocious Gamer

      There are barley any nuclear dangers with new nuclear power plants. They use nuclear pebbles instead of rods which if everything goes completely wrong the power plant will release barely any radiation. Which the chance of that happening is so so SO low.

    • Dommy kun
      Dommy kun

      they have already made a video about nuclear dangers and saving energy is not a solution