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close this bookDiversity, Globalization, and the Ways of Nature (IDRC, 1995, 234 p.)
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Nuclear power

Nuclear power as a source of energy was developed in the 1950s and 1960s. The first nuclear power plant was built in 1954; by the end of the decade, there were six; 20 years later, there were several hundred. Nuclear energy became a pillar in the energy strategies of many developed countries. However, it took two accidents (Three Mile Island and Chernobyl) to raise widespread awareness of the risks and initiate a reassessment of the use of nuclear power. There is growing opposition from communities and municipalities to the installation of new nuclear power plants in their proximity. Few reactors have been built in recent years and the future role of nuclear power is in doubt.