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Science, Social Studies, Economics, Engineering

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  • Videos, 4 minutes, 41 seconds, CC, Subtitles

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Nuclear Power Was Supposed to Solve Climate Change...What Happened?

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  • This engaging PBS video discusses the benefits and drawbacks of nuclear power. 
  • It presents different perspectives on the topic, allowing space for students to draw their own conclusions. 
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  • The video includes images, text, music, and graphics to engage students and ensure understanding.

Additional Prerequisites

  • There is an advertisement included in the video. Video content concludes at 4 minutes, 0 seconds.
  • Students would benefit from understanding renewable and nonrenewable resources and their impacts on the environment. The course Clean Energy would be useful for students without prior knowledge.


Scientist Notes
This video spotlights the contribution of nuclear energy to achieving a carbon-free world. However, government regulations and policies make scaling up of nuclear energy impossible; many nuclear plants are currently undergoing decommissioning and no tangible replacement is done except going back to fossil fuels which appear to be cheaper. This is not appropriate if we want to achieve SDG 7 and a net zero by 2030 and 2050 respectively. This resource is factual and recommended for teaching.

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