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Commemorating Chernobyl, Reassessing Nuclear Energy

It’s a perfect storm of nuclear anxiety: the ongoing nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant, in Japan; the 32nd anniversary of Three Mile Island, in the U.S; and the 25th anniversary of Chernobyl, in Ukraine, happening nearly all at once. With nuclear power in the mix of technologies that could help limit the magnitude of climate change, it’s natural to wonder whether this carbon-free energy source is worth the risks. The stories, graphics and videos that follow offer some surprising answers.

Feature articles:

Chernobyl, 25 Years Later: It’s Not Over Yet: By Mike Lemonick

My Chernobyl: Reflecting on Scenes from a Disaster Zone: By Shari Bell


Interactive Graphic: Small Modular Reactors: Safer and Cheaper?

Graphic: Small Modular Reactors: How Do They Measure Up?

Video: M.V. Ramana on Safety at Nuclear Power Plants

Video: M.V. Ramana on Nuclear Power in India and China

Interactive Map: All the World's Nuclear Reactors

Slideshow: My Chernobyl

Video: Frank von Hippel on Nuclear Energy and Weapons Proliferation