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Fallout : a journey through the Nuclear Age, from the atom bomb to radioactive waste

Author: Fred Pearce
Publisher: London : Portobello Books, 2018.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Environmental journalist Fred Pearce travels the globe to investigate our complicated seven-decade long relationship with nuclear technology, from the bomb to nuclear accidents to nuclear waste. While concern about climate change has led some environmentalists to embrace renewable energy sources like wind and solar, others have expressed a renewed interest in nuclear power as an alternative source of carbon-neutral
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Fred Pearce
ISBN: 9781846276255 184627625X
OCLC Number: 1042330028
Description: viii, 255 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction: Anthropocene journey --
The destroyer of worlds --
Gold War and hot particles --
Atoms for peace --
Cleaning up --
Conclusion: Making peace in Nagasaki.
Responsibility: Fred Pearce.

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"Environmental journalist Fred Pearce travels the globe to investigate our complicated seven-decade long relationship with nuclear technology, from the bomb to nuclear accidents to nuclear waste. While concern about climate change has led some environmentalists to embrace renewable energy sources like wind and solar, others have expressed a renewed interest in nuclear power as an alternative source of carbon-neutral energy. But can humanity handle the risks involved? In Fallout, Fred Pearce uncovers the environmental and psychological landscapes created since the dropping of the first atomic bomb. Traveling from Nevada to Japan to the UK to secret sites of the old Soviet Union, he explores first the landscapes transformed by uranium and by nuclear accidents--sites both well-known and little known. He then examines in detail the toxic legacies of nuclear technology, the emerging dilemmas over handling its waste, the decommissioning of the great radioactive structures of the nuclear age, and the fearful doublethink over our growing stockpiles of plutonium, the most lethal and ubiquitous product of nuclear technologies. How, Pearce asks, has the nuclear experience has changed us? Is nuclear technology indeed the existential threat it sometimes appears? Should we be burdening future generations with radioactive waste that will be deadly for thousands of years? Fallout is the definitive look at humanity's nuclear adventure, for any reader who craves a clear-headed examination of the tangled relationship between a powerful technology and human politics, foibles, fears, and arrogance"--

Mankind has a seven-decade long relationship with nuclear technology, from the bomb to nuclear accidents to nuclear waste. While concern about climate change has led some environmentalists to embrace renewable energy sources, others have expressed a renewed interest in nuclear power as an alternative source of carbon-neutral energy. But can humanity handle the risks involved? Pearce traveled the globe to uncover the environmental and psychological landscapes created since the dropping of the first atomic bomb. Should we be burdening future generations with radioactive waste that will be deadly for thousands of years? -- adapted from publisher info.

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