How Many People Did Nuclear Energy Kill? Nuclear Death Toll
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Nuclear energy creates an uneasy feeling of danger for many people: ancient and dangerous minerals are concentrated to awaken seemingly unnatural powers, creating toxic elements that, if they escape, can and have killed people in horrible ways. How many people has nuclear energy killed and how?

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      omg 900000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000 of nuclear death correct not kurzgesagt

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      Thạnh Phạm

      Stupid science Science doesn't know The greater the mass, the stronger the magnetic field. The mass of Jupiter is 1321 times the mass of Earth, so Jupiter ' s magnetic field is 20 times stronger than the Earth ' s , hence the Sun and Jupiter suck 181 kilograms of Earth hydrogen per minute, so the Sun and Jupiter are toxic hydrogen, hence the atmosphere of the Earth is pure

    • Pete

      Can you make a video about how radiation affects the body? And information like that, amazing videos btw ❤️❤️

    • GreyNade

      Video on " How to get our suns energy" ??

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    duong pham

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  • Ladislaus

    Do not be ridiculous. Fukushima is worse than Chernobyl. Japan's response has been the worst, and it still is. Hundreds of people died from eating radioactive food alone.

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    chinedum onuoha

    have you guys noticed that when Kurzgesagt talks about something in the video,the monkey in the intro is either holding it or doing somthing simmilar to the topic

  • Николай Смирнов
    Николай Смирнов

    How about we develop this topic further? After all, there is a solution to the problem of nuclear waste! Fast Neutron Reactors. For example, in Russia, we are building a new experimental fast-neutron nuclear plant, the first in the world with a lead coolant! The previous fast neutron reactors were with a Sodium coolant. This is a big step forward towards a closed nuclear cycle!


    Do a video about how radiation kills you🤓

  • Lilith Hernandez
    Lilith Hernandez

    Fossil fuels stands out.

  • urbanws1234

    Scrap all energy sources and let’s go back to the dark ages!

  • Jaydon Ruble
    Jaydon Ruble

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  • M4tanker

    why is has there been 5 nuclear accidents right on top of my city and i have never heard of it I feel like i should have none about them

  • AestheticSloth

    Death isn't a bad thing, sustainable large scale energy is preferred to green tech ponzi schemes

  • BluJay6430

    I saw the Doofenshmirtz Evil Incorporated building at 4:24 !

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    zcoo MUSICS

    That monkey at the start always showing the thing that we’re investigating in an video is crazy

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    Anton Stoffberg

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  • John C. Newman
    John C. Newman

    Hey, you included deaths from construction in renewables - I figure you're on top of things, but wanted to double check, did you do the same with nuclear?

  • Ninja Cat
    Ninja Cat

    Well but chernobyl kinda made the accident better because if it was bigger europe would be inhabitable for like 50 years

  • Brave Sir Robin
    Brave Sir Robin

    Would love a video about nuclear waste

  • WitcherTym 1
    WitcherTym 1

    Dzięki że tłumaczysz film napisami po Polsku

  • Leonard Lörvall
    Leonard Lörvall

    I'd definitely like a video on nuclear waste!

  • Bokoblin

    2:33 Notice the triforce on his hat, nothing really important but I just thought it was a cool detail.

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  • Aunt bill
    Aunt bill

    Ya Turkey


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      Yiğithan Kılınç

      Eklendi 😄

  • Melias Magnor
    Melias Magnor

    6:20 my new metal band logo

  • Twitch_StarLord_

    Like why didnt they just shift to renewables "for immediate energy requirement" ? And expand it insanely using the shutdown of reactors as an opportunity. Thatd have been the best solution instead of going from nuclear to coal smh. That jus made it worse..

  • Sebastián Escudero Hoyos
    Sebastián Escudero Hoyos

    We are afraid of something we gave a false "preview", instead of discovering the truth.

  • Guillermo

    why there isn´t spanish subtitles? Same in others videos.

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    rkl7 l7rr7

    Not your video are translated but it ok.

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    Nilanka Mallikaratchy

    The best video for learning people and children 😀😀😀

  • Root Sharp
    Root Sharp

    How did you decide nuclear energy become a thing in 1951? What about marie curie? What about world's first nuclear reactor? Why 1951?

  • Peter Rocc
    Peter Rocc

    I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. (Luke 13:5) Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. (Isaiah 55:7) When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. (Mark 2:17)

  • Dalliene Jessop
    Dalliene Jessop

    Is this animated in 3D? There were certain moments where it looked like it was

  • Sergio

    Go nuclear.

  • Tuấn Lê
    Tuấn Lê

    love all people and all animal,Release the animals so they can live and thrive,Do a little more charity. Just study, just work, focus on economic development in all industries, disease prevention and treatment for everyone.Donate money, food for people in need, No abortion, Live in accordance with the law, do not drink alcohol, do not use stimulants, plant many trees, grow many food crops, grow many crops.Paying filial piety to parents, paying filial piety to ancestors, going to pagodas to worship Buddha, praying to God and Buddha for protection.Propagating Buddhism to share with everyone.Worshiping all Buddha, bodhisattvas, and holy gods,Worshiping Heaven, earth.

    • Aadhya Ivaturi
      Aadhya Ivaturi

      I saw you in another vid, wth is your problem

  • Hamakei

    "Saving millions of lives is something we can all agree on."'d think.

    • Raul Alan Del Angel Flores
      Raul Alan Del Angel Flores

      we can, we may not as for me i wouldnt mind if the world ended tomorrow, today, in a second, i just don't have a care

  • Zeviticus

    Where are you getting 30 people killed in Chernobyl? PBS? I don't see any reference, so I shut the video off and disregarded anything you had to say.

    • SalSauce

      @Zeviticus Clearly you haven't since it gave a source where they got the 30 people killed from. And there was a reference, in the bottom left corner.

    • Zeviticus

      @SalSauce I did. That's why I asked. Think about it before you make these comments.

    • SalSauce

      They usually have a sources document in the description. Check there before you make these comments.



  • Peter l
    Peter l

    Sponsored by the nuclear energy lobby. Really I mean fossil fuel is worse for sure, but still WHY are you so much promoting nuclear energy in all your videos? Yes, you also tell about the bad sides of it but the overall result is "yes, we should have moore of it". No. no. no, sorry. We don't need more nuclear waste and the risks that will follow us for hundreds of thousands of years.

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    تاج راسي


  • creamcheeseboi

    Easter egg: at 0:22 the monkey is holding uranium(?)

    • creamcheeseboi

      @PandaBoiPlayz oh, this is just the first time I've realized it 😅

    • PandaBoiPlayz

      in this type of intro the monkey is always holding something video related

  • Orion055 II-II
    Orion055 II-II

    Think u could do a video showing what it would be like in hiroshima and nagasaki during the nukes

    • SalSauce

      @Orion055 II-II it would be literally the exact same thing but the power of the blast would be different

    • Orion055 II-II
      Orion055 II-II

      @Yiğithan Kılınç i know but i wanna see what it was like there specifically

    • Yiğithan Kılınç
      Yiğithan Kılınç

      They already did that "What If We Nuke a City"

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    Sanjit Kadam


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  • McChungles

    4:24 Doofinshmirtz Evil Incorporateeeddd!

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    kot policyjny


  • TylerIsADumb

    There are actually nuclear reactors being developed that are fueled by nuclear waste, so that "permanent waste storage" may only be temporary.

  • Lonk

    The more I learn the more my head hurts from how stupid people are

  • OB

    Why there are no Hebrew subtitles

    • SalSauce

      Because they can’t make subtitles for hundreds of languages

  • SeagreenSpiral

    This needs to played to world leaders

  • StickDK

    A dedicated video on the waste chain would be interesting.

  • Cherry Ma
    Cherry Ma


  • Aryan Sinha
    Aryan Sinha

    Even the death animation looks cool💀

  • 中喉

    I want to force Koreans to watch it.

  • Mohammad Hosein Mollaei
    Mohammad Hosein Mollaei

    so the HBO show about Chernobyl was bullshit?

  • masterpython

    Compair the number of miner and rig worker deaths to all radiation deaths. I bet even during WWII nuclear was safer.

  • Sherman Firefly
    Sherman Firefly

    This surely did not age well

  • otaku_zueiru

    Alguem mais é brasileiro aqui? Kk

  • C. Patel
    C. Patel

    Please do a video on, If and how WW3 will affect the world? During and after.

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    Diane Reid

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  • Juan

    Unfortunately dying is not the only thing that happens in desasters. In Chernobyl and Fukushima hundreds of thousands had to be ecacuated and lost their home. Also how much territory are you willing to loose in an accident? If a Chernobyl size desaster happend in Slovenia this would mean a territory loss of about 13% of the country. The Ukraine is relatively big, but not all countries can afford to loose 2600km².

    • Redtooth 75
      Redtooth 75

      Chernobyl was causes by inherently unsafe and outdated reactor design and a lack of following safety protocols. It also did not have lasting damage in a very large area. Fukishima had no fallout and zero territory loss. The reactor is still there, people literally live around it. Nobody lost their home because Fukishima. They lost their homes because of the tsunami.

  • The brainpower of 17 worms
    The brainpower of 17 worms

    currently thinking: once space travel becomes like a casual, much less dangerous thing, we could probably use more nuclear energy because we could just launch the waste into space. or not. i'm not an expert.

  • cris rer
    cris rer

    Unless renewables are more reliable, have a better energy coefficent, and can be stored and released again easily, we do need nuclear energy. I think most anti-nuclear people think that tge technology is still stuck in the 70's and thus are afraid that accidents will happen quick and that waste output is huge. But modern thorium reactors are much safer, cleaner (less waste) and even more efficient than the old reactors. So yeah, we need nuclear AND renewables.

  • Ai co
    Ai co

    Are you f... kidding me????

  • Kristo Mefisto
    Kristo Mefisto

    I love how fragments from videos "Is to late to stop climate change? Well, it's compliated", "How many people has nuclear energy killed? Nuclear death toll" and their soundtracks are referring itself and are combinated in this video.

  • 천수현

    I'll kill for a kurzesagt special with a extra dose of chunky information and roughly 6 times the length & fun !, Ohhhhhhhhhhhh! LOL

  • Sam D26
    Sam D26

    Why don’t we build a teleportation machine and put our nuclear waste in the past?

  • Visum

    Anyone noticed Doofenshmirtz's building at 4:24?

  • Jonathan So
    Jonathan So


  • SKid

    Who would think that Germany, the country that’s supposed to be leading other European countries to a better path, is so degenerate and backwards thinking that they shut down most of their nuclear plants

    • SKid

      @Juan they still chose the bigger threat and loss of human lives over a long period of time compared to low chance of immediate danger from nuclear power plants

    • Juan

      I think what happened is, people looked at the 60km diameter evacuation zone around Chernobyl, put a circle with the same size around german power plants, realized that Germany is smaller than Ukraine but has twice the population and noped out after realizing that any desaster would cause trillions of Euros in damage and would mean millions of displaced people.

  • Roblox King Man
    Roblox King Man

    My mom (42) and my sister (20) were shocked 3:56

  • Roblox King Man
    Roblox King Man

    Oh my gosh. That was terrible starting at video point 3:56


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  • Ratanak Kin
    Ratanak Kin

    Wow it’s too many deaf

  • Wazza

    These videos help me fall asleep.

  • Ксавие Киллэр
    Ксавие Киллэр

    Ozone is actually very crucial to the Earth, yet it's somewhat dangerous to Humans.

  • ajrawlings1981

    This is cool

  • flo medel
    flo medel

    imagine in the next few decades or so we start fully accepting and using nuclear energy and thus we become a level 1 civilization...

  • d a
    d a

    No, many people who would like nuclear to expand don't want it to be just a stepping stone to a total renewables domination, they want nuclear to be the solution. There's no feasible energy storage option for renewable, push towards 100% renewable fantasy just solidifies natural gas burning and it's the No.1 distraction to the true solution that is nuclear. Screw you.

    • Dylan_Not_Dillion :/
      Dylan_Not_Dillion :/

      @Ben Blanco In the near future we will build energy storage systems to hold renewables, so your reasoning is kinda bullshit.

    • Ben Blanco
      Ben Blanco

      What’s the problem with renewables?

    • d a
      d a

      @i No, I want the world to focus on and commit to 80%+ nuclear solution to climate change. Which is the only feasible option.

    • i

      And due to that, you stop nuclear, indirectly support nonrenewables ?

  • Dr. Pepper
    Dr. Pepper

    The reason people fear Nuclear is because of it's big but very rare accidents When a large toll of people happen in a short period of time, people are afraid it will happen again When a REALLY REALLY Large toll happen in a long period of time, people won't fear it too much because the media won't talk about a lackluster news story like that I guess you could say Carbon emissions are Silent but very very deadly killers

  • JL Buena
    JL Buena

    4:24 Did anyone else notice?

    • Sam D26
      Sam D26

      Notice what

  • Peter Zavragin Вариант. D-17
    Peter Zavragin Вариант. D-17

    *I Would Take Deadly Anomalies VS. High Pollution.*

  • J B
    J B

    I agree mostly, but there are significant consequences beyond human deaths when it comes to nuclear accidents or the mere presence of nuclear waste. They couldn't explore it in this video. I'm not worried about nuclear power as much as how it's managed by humans (and would have to be for thousands of years). You want to know how dangerous it can be and how little we learn about quality care, research Ukraine's *current* nuclear power plants.

  • Cendrake

    Please, please, please, make that video about nuclear waste!

    • Sam D26
      Sam D26

      @Cendrake but that video isn’t about nuclear waste

    • Cendrake

      @XxBritishGamerxX Where is it? You mean "Do we need nuclear energy to stop climate change"? If so, then I'm kinda disappointed, because it's not anywhere even near in-depth about the topic "nuclear waste" as I would've hoped. It's hardly about nuclear waste at all. I was hoping to see a video containing information specifically about the waste, the so-called "eternal mortgage" that allegedly means "hundreds of millions of years pure death!!!!111", you know? To counter all those misconceptions and irrational fears. Some information about what it actually consists of. Maybe informing the public that most of it is in fact not waste at all and can be reused and that e.g. just a tiny tiny percentage is highly radioactive and that most of it loses it's radiotoxicity rather fast. Maybe a comparison to the amount of "normal" chemical toxic waste (arsenic etc.) of which we produce thousandfold times more each year than radioactive waste in millenia, and which will actually be toxic for all eternity, for even longer than our sun lives. Maybe some facts like that a single coal-fired power plant emits more radioactivity than all nuclear power plants combined. Or that the coal-fired power plants in the USA alone release more radioactivity annually than the reactor accident at Three Mile Island did. That it's actually way, waaaaay "greener" to risk having a reactor accident every now and then, than to keep using that darned coal. And that compared to coal and all the other chemical toxic waste we produce, nuclear waste is actually a non-problem. I was hoping for a video that actually puts nuclear waste into perspective.

    • XxBritishGamerxX

      He already created it

  • Eric K
    Eric K

    If there were large enough tax incentives or so that EVERY home had solar roof panels and a small wind generator and back up storage batteries all connected to the grid, we’d be so far ahead of the game. Every community would be its own power plant. I have solar panels but need the backup storage batteries. They are expensive!!

  • Eric K
    Eric K

    When I was a kid in the 80s in Southern California, your lungs would hurt after playing outside all day in the summer. I thought that was normal for all kids. With smog regulations it’s obviously better, but I’m in my late 40s now and I wonder how many of us so cal kids have gotten lung cancer or will get it. Can’t believe I breathed in all that crappy air for so many years. Disgusting.

  • Priyanshu Janrao
    Priyanshu Janrao

    4:25 doofenshmirtz building

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  • Floffy

    Hmm so... if we stopped using fossil fuels and wanted to switch over to renewable energy, we could use nuclear energy as a temporary substitute until renewable energy developed enough to meet humanity's requirements... and even then nuclear energy won't be as harmful as fossil fuels, while still meeting most energy requirements. Sorry, why can't scientists run the world already?

    • Sam D26
      Sam D26

      @XxBritishGamerxX yeah shyness is ruining the world. If people weren’t shy we would have the cure to cancer and immortality

    • XxBritishGamerxX

      Because they don’t like public speaking

  • Danielixs Kubik
    Danielixs Kubik

    0:21 monkey have uranium!

  • Tking407

    When are we gonna talk about the amount of damage China is responsible for, not only on their people but on the entire world...covid

    • Sam D26
      Sam D26

      Yeah I can’t believe China invented COVID-19

  • Jahseh Recardo
    Jahseh Recardo

    This video is genuinely one of the factors that accelerate the move away from fossil fuels.

  • J Mace
    J Mace

    Now do deaths from nuclear fusion AKA the Sun.

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  • Rafael Riera
    Rafael Riera

    Fossil Fuels: Hydro I can explain-! Hydro: You have killed hundreds of thousands of people?! I have only killed less than 50.000 Renewable: Less than 50.000?! We barely have killed anyone in all of our history! Nuclear: _You guys are killing people and not saving them?_