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Fusion Energy Breakthrough Presents Opportunities for Clean Energy, Can Protect Human Rights

December 13, 2022

[Image Source: Damien Jemison/Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory via AP, File]

Cited article by Matthew Daly, Michael Phillis, Jennifer McDermott and Maddie Burakoff, AP News

HRRC celebrates the recent success by the researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California. Clean energy presents a significant opportunity to mitigate the existing, and increasing energy issues, and reduce the carbon footprint that is affecting the climate. Climate change poses grave danger to human life (and all living creatures), hindering access to necessary resources such as food and water. As a result, climate change is a threat to human rights.

Article Summary

On December 5th, scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory achieved more energy than required to produce fusion. This is monumental, as the process to create fusion is extremely difficult due to the high heat and pressure that is produced. This is the first time scientists have accomplished a net gain in the energy produced from the reaction, and it opens numerous opportunities for the development of clean energy in the future.

Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm states that the development of fusion ignition is “one of the most impressive scientific feats of the 21st century″. While the full implementation of fusion energy is estimated to be decades away, the success on December 5th is a huge breakthrough in producing carbon-free energy that could replace fossil fuels and weather dependent energy methods.


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