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Atoms and ashes : a global history of nuclear disasters  Cover Image Book Book

Atoms and ashes : a global history of nuclear disasters / Serhii Plokhy.

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  • ISBN: 1324021047
  • ISBN: 9781324021049
  • ISBN: 9781324021049
  • ISBN: 1324021047
  • Physical Description: pages cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : W.W. Norton & Company, 2022.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
White ashes : Bikini Atoll -- Northern lights : Kyshtym -- A very English fire : Windscale -- Atoms for peace : Three Mile Island -- The star of apocalypse : Chernobyl -- Nuclear Tsunami : Fukushima.
Summary, etc.:
"A chilling account of seventy years of nuclear catastrophes, by the author of the "definitive" (Economist) Cold War history, Nuclear Folly. Nuclear energy was embraced across the globe at the height of the nuclear industry in the 1960s and 1970s; today, there are 440 nuclear reactors operating throughout the world, with nuclear power providing 10 percent of world electricity. Yet as the world seeks to reduce carbon emissions to combat climate change, the question arises: Just how safe is nuclear energy? Atoms and Ashes recounts the dramatic history of nuclear accidents that have dogged the industry in its military and civil incarnations since the 1950s. Through the stories of six terrifying major incidents-Bikini Atoll, Kyshtym, Windscale, Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, and Fukushima-Cold War expert Serhii Plokhy explores the risks of nuclear power, both for military and peaceful purposes, while offering a vivid account of how individuals and governments make decisions under extraordinary circumstances. Atoms and Ashes provides a crucial perspective on the most dangerous nuclear disasters of the past, in order to safeguard our future"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject: Nuclear accidents > History.
Nuclear weapons > Testing > History.
Nuclear engineering > History.
Nuclear engineering > Government policy > History.

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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Norfolk Library 621.4835 PLO (Text) 36058010300073 Adult New Nonfiction Checked out 07/11/2022

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