Magazine article New Internationalist

From This Month's Editor

Magazine article New Internationalist

From This Month's Editor

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Not long ago, you could have boon forgiven for thinking that nuclear technology was on its way out. After major disasters such as Three Mile Island and Chernobyl, officials were sizing up the nails for the industry's coffin. But it would seem that nuclear power wasn't dead - just resting. And in Asia it has been experiencing something of a renaissance.

Now with climate change emerging as a matter for urgent attention, nukes are getting a new look-in in countries which had, until recently, shunned the atom in favour of oil, gas and coal. 'Nuclear is the new black,' remarked my friend Ell in exasperation at pronouncements from some prominent environmentalists who've swallowed the climate-friendly hype coming from the industry.

And hype is just what it is. As anti-nuclear campaigners often say, the industry is all subsidies, no substance. …

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