Nuclear Energy Could Save The World...Or Destroy It

As of 2015, there were more than 400 nuclear power plants in operation around the world. Public opinion on the plants is mixed, with some decrying them as dangerous and citing the Chernobyl and Fukushima disasters. Others see them as a promising symbol of a future that runs on clean, efficient energy. Weigh the pros and cons with the videos below.

The History of Nuclear Energy

Nuclear's history, from its promising advent to the disasters of recent memory.

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Key Facts In This Video

  1. In the early 1970s, commercial interest in nuclear power spiked as oil prices skyrocketed. 01:26

  2. See how nuclear fission works: 02:14

  3. In 2015, there are about 439 nuclear reactors in 31 countries, with around 70 new reactors under construction. 03:53

Why Nuclear Is Risky

Three reasons why nuclear is too dangerous to use.

Why We May Need It Anyway...

Three reasons why nuclear power is essential.

The Future of Nuclear Energy

Nuclear might be our future, but we're using technology from the past.

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Written By Curiosity Staff February 11, 2016