The Nuclear Future

A year ago, the world watched in horror as the nuclear power station at Fukushima threatened meltdown.

Popular concern about the safety of nuclear power pressed governments around the world to review their energy policies - the rest of Japan's nuclear power stations have gradually closed for testing over the year, and Germany announced that it would close its nuclear power stations altogether by 2022.

But as the memory of Fukushima has faded, the debate over nuclear power has re-ignited.

Without nuclear, can the world meet its energy needs? Has the industry learned from Fukushima? Can nuclear power ever be safe?

This week One Planet hears from all sides of the debate. At a discussion organised by the University of Birmingham, we speak to leading voices from the nuclear industry, anti-nuclear campaigners, academics and policymakers, all trying to figure out the future for nuclear power.

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18 minutes

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Mon 26 Mar 2012 10:32 GMT

BBC World Service Archive

BBC World Service Archive

This programme was restored as part of the World Service archive project