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

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

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

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    See how nuclear fission works: (2:14)

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

How Does Nuclear Power Work?

And is it safe?

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Key Facts In This Video

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    Uranium-235 is fissionable, meaning that its nucleus can split apart into smaller atoms, releasing heat and neutrons in the process. (0:26)

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    As of February 2015, France gets more than 70% of its energy from nuclear power plants, whereas the United States gets about 20%. (1:10)

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    Nuclear power plants can operate around the clock (unlike wind turbines), and produce more energy than solar panels. (2:09)

Why Nuclear Is Risky

Three reasons why nuclear is too dangerous to use.

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from Kurzgesagt - In a Nutshell

Why We May Need It Anyway...

Three reasons why nuclear power is essential.

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from Kurzgesagt - In a Nutshell

The Future of Nuclear Energy

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

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