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Is the future nuclear? Battle of Ideas debate with Andy Stirling
22nd October 2016 @ 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm
Frobisher Auditorium 1
Battle of Ideas, Barbican Centre, London
STEPS co-director Prof Andy Stirling (SPRU) will debate the role of nuclear power in the future of energy, at a debate hosted by the Battle of Ideas, the flagship festival run by the Institute of Ideas in London. The event is open to Battle of Ideas ticket holders.
Also on the panel are Malcolm Grimston, Joe Kaplinsky, Prof Gerry Thomas and Martin Wright, and the chair is Rob Lyons.
From the Battle of Ideas website:
“In an age when climate change has become a defining issue for governments, nuclear power might be expected to be enjoying a new golden age. Nuclear is low-carbon, unlike coal and gas, and doesn’t suffer from the unpredictability and intermittency of wind and solar. Apart from one disastrous incident at Chernobyl in 1986, nuclear has proven to be remarkably safe. Even the accident at the ageing Fukushima plant in 2011, caused by an unprecedented tsunami and exacerbated by an unfortunate plant design, caused no deaths from radiation exposure. Yet that golden age of nuclear still seems elusive.”