This test showed the world that we had new technology that could be extremely dangerous for our enemies. The Soviets tested their first nuclear bomb four years later in 1949 (“Nuclear Warfare”). The Arms race continued and soon the weapons started to become much more deadly than anyone could have every predicted. “From 1951-1965 the U.S. averaged producing 2,108 nuclear weapons a year,” (Lindley). On May 12, 1951 the first Thermonuclear Hydrogen bomb, or H-bomb, was tested in the United States; this bomb was so much stronger than the atomic bomb that research stopped soon after its invention (SV;SV).
I am not sure if my findings are accurate but by source tells me that today there are a total of 432 nuclear power plants and the amount keeps on lowering everyday. Most of the US and Europe power plants have been shut down completely. The Asian power plant has kept its production going, and it is predicted that Asia might become the biggest energy producer of the world. Nuclear waste has sometimes been called the Achilles' heel of the nuclear power industry; much of the controversy over nuclear power concentrates on the lack of a disposal system for the radioactive spent fuel that must be regularly removed from operating reactors. Under the Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982 and 1987 amendments, the Dep... ... middle of paper ... ...ick.
Introduction Since the deployment of nuclear weapons in Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan, the world has been threatened by nuclear weapons. Although there has not been a nuclear accident, the risk of having one is not impossible. Presently the world has enough nuclear warheads to wipe out all civilization. As technology advanced, more sophisticated and deadly nuclear weapons were built. More countries have nuclear capabilities than there were 50 years ago.
If the fuel supply in a nuclear fusion reaction is stopped, the totally reaction stops. In a fission reaction, the reactor is loaded with enough fuel for several years, making it extremely unsafe when compared to its nuclear cousin. Fusion power is one of the most promising up and coming energy sources. However, there are many aspects of this reaction that makes it seemingly impossible to reproduce here on Earth. When compared to many other energy sources, it seems perfect.
The use of nuclear energy will provide sufficient energy to power economies without the need to cause global warming. In a study taken by the World’s Nuclear Industry Association, discovered that only 18% of American, 31% Russian, 16% Chinese, and 17% British citizens knew what nuclear energy was (World Nuclear Association). Sadly, how can we find a solution to an epidemic as global warming when the vast population of the most dominant countries in the world has absolutely no clue what the cure is? In the simplest explanation, nuclear energy is when power plants split uranium atoms in a process called fission. The fission process generates heat, which is then transferred into electricity.
Though nuclear energy has the efficiency and effectiveness to help eliminate our needs for coal and natural gases, it is still too dangerous of an energy form to be using. It has proven to be dangerous through its multiple failures and meltdowns since the Three Mile Island incident. In under thirty five years, three major accidents occurred that will take years to clean up. Chernobyl is still in the clean-up phase even though it occurred in 1986. This clean up phase is only the decommissioning of the plant entirely, not the time it will take for the radiation to hit a level where it will be safe to inhabit the land again.
You would never think it would happen that a plant would blow up either, because they got the best trained workers there. But you’re wrong. Millions of people had to suffer from the greatest nuclear accident, Chernobyl. The nuclear explosion of Chernobyl was without a doubt the world’s greatest nuclear accident. It happened on Saturday April 26, 1986.
Even though there was no where near the number of casualties as that of Chernobyl, the environmental damage here is much worse. So nuclear power plants do have a huge pro list, but accidents do happen, and there is no real way to protect yourself if they do. With over four hundred and thirty worldwide, what would happen if some group were to attack just a few of them? It would cause enough radiation to enter the atmosphere to cause widespread radiation poisoning, killing
This steam is used to move turbines, which coincidently in America its one hundred and four reactors are able to output enough steam to power one fifth of its homes. Since the 1970’s nuclear power plants have been producing radioactive waste, however the United States government has played no part in the handling of nuclear waste, other than ensuring guidelines are followed through government instated workers. This waste has added to 60,000 tons that is spread out through out the 104 reactors and placed deep within the ground. Although nuclear power is cleaner an... ... middle of paper ... ...n be easily handled. While there are harmful waste from nuclear reactions it is currently the cleanest means of obtaining energy from a source that is four hundred times more common than gold.
The development of the Atomic bomb was impressive because it was an accumulation of decades of physics and chemistry. Before anyone ever thought or expressed ideas about mass production of atomic bombs, scientific groundwork had to be established. Forty years prior to the making of the Atomic bomb scientists were developing ideas that would later become the ba... ... middle of paper ... ...crifice personal profits for the common goal of ending the war without knowing if the project would even work is also what makes this so extraordinary. It is for all these reasons that the development of The Atomic bomb is the single most remarkable scientific development in history. References: Printed Materials 1.