In the years immediately after the Second World War, the answer to the energy problems of developed western countries appeared to be provided by nuclear power. Since then, however, there have been setbacks, delays and difficulties, with ...
considerable controversy about the manner and need for its application. This book charts the technical development of nuclear power and the growing politicisation of debate about its efficacy. It stresses the need to compare all aspects of power systems in order to derive the best strategies now in order to provide satisfactory power supplies in the future. The early chapters sketch out the background of possible power systems concentrating on three groups - nuclear, coal-fired, and the developing' systems of nuclear fusion and renewables'. Systems such as solar heating and energy conservation, which have only minor effects on the total requirement, are also briefly covered. Special attention is paid to the flows of key isotopes in the various possible nuclear cycles, and to the disposal of nuclear waste. Dr Burton outlines the health hazards which may result from power systems, and those to human health, flora, fauna and artefacts. He describes the various organisations engaged in the development of power systems, and those opposed to them, and analyses their relationship with the media. In conclusion he summarises the technical and political factors and proposes an overall power arrangement which offers a balance between these elements. Essential reading for those working in the nuclear power business, Nuclear Power, Pollution and Politics will also be of great interest to planners at a local level, and to students of economics, politics, geography and environmental studies.
Number of pages: 320
Date of publication: 04/01/1990
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