We've been recognizing Earth Day all day long here on all of our social media platforms, but I wanted to share one image that warmed my heart today like no other. If you pop over to the home page at Reddit, the link that's currently ranked #1 is a story that originally appeared at Scientific American on James Hansen's conclusion that the use of nuclear energy has saved millions of lives all around the world.
For those of you who haven't read the paper from NASA's Godard Institute, here's the nut graph:
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The authors come up with the striking figure of 1.8 million as the number of lives saved by replacing fossil fuel sources with nuclear.Impressive. It's indeed a happy Earth Day.
They also estimate the saving of up to 7 million lives in the next four decades, along with substantial reductions in carbon emissions, were nuclear power to replace fossil fuel usage on a large scale.