By Christopher Hubbard
The catalyst for this examine was once the Fukushima-Daiichi significant nuclear coincidence of eleven March 2011. during this occasion, a critical earthquake and15 metre tsunami triggered severe harm and kit mess ups at Japan's Fukushima 1 Nuclear strength Plant that have been judged through the foreign Atomic strength employer to be both as severe because the Soviet Chernobyl nuclear catastrophe of 1986. opposed to a historical past of nuclear hesitancy and reassessment, the chance of together with or aside from nuclear strength in a low-carbon twenty-first century international is now more and more serious. it truly is during this rising situation and context that this ebook offers a whole suite of historic, modern and projected info. Its use of complementary and comparative country-based case reports offers plentiful chance for constructing strongly illustrative research of coverage effectiveness in diversified polities and markets. during this method, it combines transparent, entire and conscientiously science-based facts, research and interpretation of information, all resulting in conclusions and coverage strategies. in addition, it builds an realizing of the complexities and lots of demanding situations posed through the nuclear strength choice.
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Individuals, civil organisations of myriad character and agendas, as well as national governments, mass communications media, international organisations such as the International Atomic Energy Agency and nuclear industry representative bodies (for example, the World Nuclear Association) combine in complex ways to influence and guide the future direction of the world’s national nuclear energy industries. The enormous breadth, depth and sheer quantum of available online data and other information relevant to all aspects of the world’s 31 extant national nuclear power industries , whether national, regional or global and spanning a plethora of origins, are both a blessing and a curse for those seeking a fundamental understanding of the implications of nuclear energy amid rapid nuclear policy change and transformation.
OECD 2012. Environmental Outlook to 2050: The Consequences of Inaction [Online: Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development Publishing]. 1787/9789264122246-en [accessed: 3 January 2013]. 32 Fukushima and Beyond WNA 2013. New WNA Report on Life Cycle Emissions from Energy Generation [Online: World Nuclear Association. html [accessed: 1 January 2013]. Chapter 3 The Socio-Political Significance of Nuclear Power On its widest scale, the socio-political significance of nuclear power is most easily understood in the context of public recognition and acceptance of new and innovative technologies.
The levels for fossil fuels are, without room for reasonable doubt, at least one order of magnitude greater than those for renewable energy sources, hydroelectric generation, and nuclear energy. At the top of the scale of significant current sources lies lignite (or brown coal) with emissions of around 1,069 tonnes of CO2 emitted per GWh of electricity generated. Natural gas, the lowest emitter of the major fossil sources, stands at some 500 tonnes of carbon dioxide, while nuclear power sits alongside all major renewable sources (solar, biomass and wind) and hydroelectric sources, all of which emit less than 100 tonnes CO2.