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It is generally acknowledged, although in some quarters very reluctantly, that civilian nuclear power has a substantial part to play in reaching the global ambition of carbon neutrality, or net-zero emissions, by 2050.

The year 2050 is the point, so the forecasts tell us, beyond which climate disruption — already showing its ugly face in current heat waves, floods and fires around the world — turns into an all-out calamity as global temperatures rise to intolerable levels, unless greenhouse gas emissions are somehow curbed. The decarbonization of power supplies is central to this task and a strong nuclear contribution is vital to ensuring that end.

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