IAEA Roundtable Highlights Nuclear Applications for Mitigating and Adapting to Climate Change

24 September 2009: A roundtable convened during the International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA) General Conference received a comprehensive presentation of the Agency's work to help Member States reduce, mitigate and adapt to climate change.

The Roundtable on the “IAEA and Climate Change,” co-sponsored by Canada, China, India, Japan and the United States, was chaired by France. Participants underscored: nuclear applications' role in developing temperature and drought-resistant crop strains, locating fresh water reserves and developing soil conservation tools; nuclear technologies' importance in measuring ocean temperature and acidification, as well as in understanding the drivers of climate change; and nuclear energy's potential to decarbonize energy production. [IAEA news release]