Magazine article Geographical

Fission in Fashion

Magazine article Geographical

Fission in Fashion

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Putting together this month's Dossier about the resurgence of the nuclear industry (page 42) has been a fascinating process, as it has made me think anew about nuclear energy.

Nuclear power, along with the associated concerns about waste and safety, was one of the touchstone environmental issues when I was growing up during the 1970s and '80s. But then it seemed to fade from view, apparently without anything really changing in any significant way. The nuclear industry just quietly continued doing what it was doing, generating a reasonably substantial proportion of our electricity.

The issue has suddenly come back to prominence for three reasons: ageing reactors, energy security and climate change. Many of the world's reactors are reaching the end of their use-by dates, and governments around the world are having to think seriously about what they're going to replace them with. The shifting geopolitical landscape, whether it's conflict in the Middle East or changing alliances in Russia and the former Soviet states, has also made governments nervous about relying on foreign energy sources. …

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