An environmentalist For Nuclear energy
THE ATOMIC PARADOX
CHAPTER 1: Nuclear energy: it's cleaner than you think.
CHAPTER 2: A well-designed nuclear power plant has little effect on the environment.
CHAPTER 3: The risk of accident is reduced by strict quality and safety standards.
CHAPTER 4: Safe management of nuclear waste.
CHAPTER 5: A nuclear power station is not an atomic bomb.
CHAPTER 6: Managing the planet's energy as best we can.
CHAPTER 7: The economic and strategic advantages of nuclear energy.
CHAPTER 8: The real enviromental issues lie elsewhere: starvation, malnutrition, political unrest in third world countries, drugs, alcohol and cigarette addictions, destruction of tropical forests, chemical pollution of the environment, urban wastes, overpopulation
CHAPTER 9: The example of France, the world's leader in nuclear energy.
CHAPTER 10: Nuclear fusion: an almost unlimited supply of clean energy for the future?
CHAPTER 11: No to nuclear war: for an end to nuclear weapons and the spectre of nuclear war.
CHAPTER 12: The environmentally friendly solution to transportation problems: electric vehicles.
CHAPTER 13: Modern, efficient, and intelligent environmental program: pro-nuclear green movements for tomorrow.
CHAPTER 14: Errors to avoid.
CHAPTER 15: For better information - and against disinformation.
IN FAVOR OF
BETTER PUBLIC INFORMATION
ON NUCLEAR ENERGY
Principal dates in the history of nuclear power. What is an atom? The principle of nuclear fission. The principle of nuclear fusion. What is radioactivity? What is radiation? How we can protect ourselves from radioactivity and radiation. Different types of radiation. The difference between irradiation and radioactive contamination. The natural disintegration of uranium 235 to lead. The natural disintegration of uranium 238 to lead. Units of measurement of radioactivity and irradiation. How do we measure radioactivity? Permitted and lethal doses of irradiation. The effects of intense irradiation on the human body. Authorized limits for human irradiation. A few examples of received doses. Natural radioactivity is considerably different from region to region. Average natural irradiation by region in France. The Chernobyl accident. International Nuclear Event Scale (INES) - classification of nuclear accidents and incidents. Irradiation resulting from the Chernobyl accident. The medical use of radiation. Doses of radiation delivered during some medical radioisotopic examinations. Comparison of the effect of nuclear arms, of nuclear medicine and of the nuclear power industry. How a nuclear power plant operates. Diagram of a PWR nuclear power unit. Nuclear fuel. Reprocessing spent nuclear fuel. How to prevent accidents in a modern nuclear power plant. Three successive confinement barriers isolate nuclear fuel from the environment. Countries possessing nuclear arms and the problem of their proliferation. The half-life of some radioactive substances. The irradiation of food products. Authorized food irradiation table. What to do in case of a nearby nuclear accident war (or atomic bomb explosion).
LET'S BUILD A BETTER WORLD NOW.
Some useful addresses - Abbreviations - Bibliography.
About the Author - Acknowledgments - Other publications by Bruno Comby
Association of Environmentalists for Nuclear Energy.