Since the Chernobyl disaster in 1986, the nuclear industry has invested heavily in restoring its image (photo: dpa)

Energy: Global trends in nuclear energy

Faced with high energy prices, the need for reliable power and climate change, some countries were beginning to smile favourably on nuclear power. But the Fukushima nuclear disaster changed that view. In her special report, GIS expert Dr Carole Nakhle looks at the arguments for and against this controversial source of energy.

UNTIL just a few months ago, new life was being breathed into the future of nuclear energy. Experts and policy makers around the world were talking about ‘the dash for nuclear’ and ‘a nuclear energy renaissance’. But their upbeat tone changed with the Fukushima accident in Japan in March 2011 following the earthquake and tsunami.

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Dr. Carole Nakhle
Until the Fukushima disaster raised concerns, there can be no doubt that nuclear was on the path to improved public acceptance
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