Understanding Nuclear Energy

In July 2012 there were 435 commercial nuclear reactors operating in 30 countries in the world with a total capacity of 370,003 MW supplying 13.8% of total global electricity. 62 more reactors were under construction in 13 different countries with 160 more planned. Nevertheless nuclear energy has never been free from controversy. This booklet is an attempt to describe the pros and cons of nuclear and argues that nuclear power should be part of the global energy mix.

Authors: Bill Smith, Steuart Campbell, John Dean, Richard Balmer


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