Fukushima: Impacts and Implications

Elliott, David (2012). Fukushima: Impacts and Implications. Pivot. Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan.

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Abstract

The Fukushima nuclear disaster in March 2011 had massive impacts on Japan and led Japan, and many other countries, to change their energy policies. Some adopted nuclear phase-out plans, focusing instead on renewable energy - led by Germany- thus joining Austria, Denmark, Ireland and other anti-nuclear EU countries. Even heavily nuclear-reliant France began to consider a phase out, while some developing countries in the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific area rethought their nuclear plans.

This book reviews what happened at Fukushima and its global impacts. It looks in detail at public and governmental reactions as the scale of the disaster became clear, and at the social, environmental, economic, technological and political implications in Japan and worldwide. It asks whether, despite continued government backing for nuclear in the UK, China, India, Russia and the USA, growing opposition to nuclear power around the world means the end for the global nuclear renaissance.

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