Nuclear's second wind (Issue 382)
September 2005
Issue: 
382

With growing consensus about the dangers posed by climate change and the need to curb our emissions of greenhouse gases, an increasingly vocal assortment of environmental, scientific, government and industry evangelists are preaching the gospel of nuclear salvation. Almost 20 years on from the Chernobyl disaster, the nuclear industry now appears to be recovering from the fallout of negative public opinion and is increasingly being seen as a ‘green’ solution to the world’s intensifying energy demands. This issue of the *NI* seeks to unpack the arguments supporting a renewed interest in nuclear power and some of the enduring impacts of our quest to harness the power of the atom.

Included in this issue

A feeling of helplessness

A feeling of helplessness

Kashmiri poet Murtaza Shibli works on the London Underground, where he thought he was safe from bombings and destruction – until...

Carol Kaminju

A boy carrying firewood home, captured by Kenyan photographer Carol Kaminju.

Action

Action

No nukes is good nukes; find out how.

Renew yourself

Renew yourself

Think renewables are no match for nuclear? Think again.

Green & Black

Alex Kelly and Carla Deane find Aboriginal Australians leading the fight against the nuclear industry.

Chernobyl: a fever of forgetting

As we approach the 20-year anniversary of the world's worst nuclear accident at Chernobyl, Magnum photographer Paul Fusco meets...

Fusion illusion

Proponents of new fusion technology promise it will deliver clean and limitless power to the masses. Peter Montague is having a...

Toxic time bomb

Toxic time bomb

Tonnes of poorly contained radioactive waste threatens to become an ecological disaster in Central Asia. Gulnura Toralieva...

Cancer rates near nuclear stations – blight or ‘blip’?

Cancer rates near nuclear stations – blight or ‘blip’?

Recent scientific research suggests that higher cancer rates near nuclear power stations are a direct result of higher radiation...

Minority report

Minority report

Science is often heavily biased towards nuclear technology. Alice Cutler speaks to Dr Ian Fairlie about the impacts of government...

Liquid sunshine

Liquid sunshine

Paul-E Comeau looks back at some of the cultural impacts of the 'Atomic Age'.

Nuclear is the new black

Nuclear is the new black

Nuclear is becoming cool again, thanks to concerns over global warming. Adam Ma'anit thinks it's all just a lot of hot air.

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