NAIROBI, March 14 (Xinhua) -- Nuclear science is key to promoting environment sustainability, an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) official said on Thursday.
David Osborn, director of environmental laboratories at the IAEA, said in Nairobi that nuclear science is a precise science and therefore improves ability of researchers to find solutions in more timely and exact manner.
He said during the fourth session of the United Nations Environment Assembly underway in Nairobi that the data gotten from modern science techniques is feedback to policy makers to use for decision making.
The IAEA official noted that nuclear science should be used complimentary to conventional science in order to promote environmental sustainable production and consumption systems.
He said that scientists use both naturally occurring radio isotopes as well as manufactured isotopes as tools to understand precise movements of pollutants in the environment.
According to Osborn, adequate knowledge and precaution is however required in order to effectively and safely use nuclear science.
He added that governments and the private sector should allocate more funding for science in order to increase pipeline of new innovations required to enhance environmental sustainability.
IAEA is currently undertaking a number of cooperation projects with African government to help the continent tap nuclear science potential in the areas of research, environmental sustainability, public health, food and agriculture.