Despite the controversy over health and safety concerns
(with particular focus on radioactive waste management), development
of nuclear reactor technology has continued unabated over
the last several decades. In fact, the
technology has reached the point where many developing countries
are implementing it on a massive scale.
Pakistan, India, South Africa, South Korea, and the
United States are all developing various kinds of reactors
to supplement ever-growing power needs.
Meanwhile, China outdistances
every other nation in its fevered development. As China's
power demands skyrocket, more than 100 nuclear power plants
are planned in the coming decades (compared to only 30 nuclear
power plants currently on the drawing board in the US.)
future of nuclear - pros and cons
Is it likely that nuclear power will ever become a dominant
form of alternative energy worldwide? Experts say it's not likely, due mainly to the difficulty
of manufacturing the critical parts of a nuclear reactor, with only a few factories in the entire world capable doing so.
Ultimately, nuclear power may play
a significant role in addressing the world's power needs,
but as a supplement form of energy only. In addition to the
cost and difficulty of developing nuclear plants, the related
safety and radioactive
waste management concerns are probably too numerous for
it to ever gain significant dominance.
- Archived PBS Frontline episode with a broad overview of
what has caused public fears in America arising from nuclear
disasters with excerpts from Three Mile Island and Chernobyl
reports, instructional videos, FAQ, related Web resources.
power - An extensive overview from Wikipedia explaining
nuclear power's early origins and development, controversies
and debate on atomic waste management, and the future of the
industry with photos, related references and resources.
Nuclear Matters - Special interest group
promoting the use of nuclear power features related news,
opinion, video reports, and kid-friendly resources including
Top Ten facts and an animated look at the inner workings of
a nuclear power plant.
International - End the nuclear age
- Discussions on the dangers of nuclear power with focus on
radioactive waste management, its contribution to the proliferation
of nuclear weapons materials, and warnings of possible Chernobyl-scale
accidents in the future, including recent news, video reports.