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Nuclear Energy/Nuclear Waste

Nuclear Energy/Nuclear Waste

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Item Number:
SM N6627
30 min.
Closed Caption:
Schlessinger Media
Grade Level:
5 - 12
Nuclear energy currently supplies about one-fifth of the world's power. This program begins by explaining the parts of the atom and how scientists use fusion with uranium atoms to create energy. The use of the atomic bomb at the end of World War II and the accidents at the nuclear power plants at Three Mile Island in 1979 and in Chernobyl in 1986 are also examined. The Earth at Risk Scholars learn how a power plant works and how we dispose of nuclear wastes, as well as the different types of background radiation to which humans are exposed. Robert Kaita, a plasma physicist, discusses his fusion research and how the lab re-creates the conditions of the sun to understand nuclear energy. Alternative sources of energy like hydropower, wind, solar and geothermal sources are also considered. Part of The Earth at Risk Environmental Video Series that examines the threats facing Earth and the environment.

Only available in the US.

Series Name:
    Earth at Risk Environmental Video Series, The

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