Halstead comments on New research on effective climate charities - Effective Altruism Forum

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Comment author: Halstead 12 July 2018 03:49:26PM 2 points [-]

Hello, yes wind and solar also both produce waste - old wind turbines and solar panels have to be disposed of. AFAIK, solar involves the handling of hazardous toxic waste to produce the panels - this is why solar has higher death rates per kwh than nuclear, on some studies. Solar and wind are very energy diffuse which means they involve large amounts of hardware; nuclear is energy dense so involves much less land use and waste.

See this paper on wind turbine blade waste - https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0956053X17300491

On your second point, we deal quite easily with nuclear waste with current technology, so I don't think this argument works. It will be even easier to deal with in the future presumably, and there isn't very much of it, in the grand scheme of hazardous waste