Nuclear Portraits: Communities, the Environment, and Public Policy

Edited by Laurel Sefton MacDowell

© 2017

In the twenty-first century, nuclear energy has become a hotly contested issue. In the face of climate change, and the search for alternative forms of energy, nuclear power continues to affect the lives of communities around the world.

In Nuclear Portraits, scholars from Europe, North America, and Asia demonstrate the complexity, controversy, contradictions, and dangers that surround many aspects of the nuclear industry. The resulting local, regional, national, and international concerns that arise, such as the disasters at Chernobyl and Fukushima, call into question the optimism espoused by the nuclear industry. We live in a world with more nuclear nations than ever before and energy policy is central to the mounting global concern about climate change. The innovative essays found in Nuclear Portraits will open your eyes to the realities of nuclear energy, thereby allowing you to decide for yourself whose side you are on.

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In Nuclear Portraits, scholars from Europe, North America, and Asia demonstrate the complexity, controversy, contradictions, and dangers that surround many aspects of the nuclear industry.

Nuclear Portraits: Communities, the Environment, and Public Policy

Edited by Laurel Sefton MacDowell

© 2017

In the twenty-first century, nuclear energy has become a hotly contested issue. In the face of climate change, and the search for alternative forms of energy, nuclear power continues to affect the lives of communities around the world.

In Nuclear Portraits, scholars from Europe, North America, and Asia demonstrate the complexity, controversy, contradictions, and dangers that surround many aspects of the nuclear industry. The resulting local, regional, national, and international concerns that arise, such as the disasters at Chernobyl and Fukushima, call into question the optimism espoused by the nuclear industry. We live in a world with more nuclear nations than ever before and energy policy is central to the mounting global concern about climate change. The innovative essays found in Nuclear Portraits will open your eyes to the realities of nuclear energy, thereby allowing you to decide for yourself whose side you are on.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 320 pages
  • Illustrations: 6
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    "This is a much-need contribution to nuclear history, one that goes beyond technical, economic, and security related assessments of nuclear energy."


    Sonja D. Schmid, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
    Environmental History 24, Jan 2019

    "Nuclear Portraits is an engaging addition to the dialogue on the increasingly complex impact of nuclear affairs, dominated by the relationship between risk and perception. In an age of "fake news" and "alternative facts," such clarion calls are valuable and necessary."


    Jason S. Ridler
    The Canadian Historical Review Vol 99:2:June 2018

    "Nuclear Portraits is a novel and valuable volume that will assist scholars, policymakers, and the public in coming to grips with the extraordinary set of nuclear challenges. The material is important and there is no easy fix here, but the contributors have done their job of presenting us with studies that inform, illuminate, and compel."


    Bryan C. Taylor, Department of Communication, University of Colorado-Boulder
  • Author Information

    Laurel Sefton MacDowell is professor emerita in the Department of History at the University of Toronto. Her prior work on environmental history has been recognized by the Ontario Historical Society and the Canadian Historical Association.

  • Table of contents

    Introduction

    Chapter 1. Tuomas Räsänen, ‘Keep it Secret: The Environmental Effects of Nuclear Armament in the Soviet Union and the United States’

    Chapter 2. Fred Waage, ‘The Face of the Earth, the Shadow of the Bomb: Nuclear War and the First International Environmental Conference, "Man’s Role in Changing the Face of the Earth," Princeton NJ, 1955’

    Chapter 3. Davide Orsini, ‘Experts at Risk: Military Secrets and Italian Radioecology around the U.S. Navy Nuclear Installation of La Maddalena’

    Chapter 4. Andrew Ramey, ‘The Calvert Cliffs Campaign, 1967-1971: Protecting the Public’s Right to Knowledge’

    Chapter 5. Susanne Bauer, Karena Kalmbach, Tatiana Kasperski, ‘From Pripyat to Paris, from Grassroots Memories to Globalized Knowledge Production: The Politics of Chernobyl Fallout’

    Chapter 6. James W. Feldman, ‘Permanence, Justice, and Nuclear Waste at Prairie Island’

    Chapter 7. Michael Greenberg, Henry Mayer, Charles Powers and David Kosson, ‘Nuclear Waste Management and Nuclear Power: A Tale of Two Essential United States Department of Energy Sites in Idaho and New Mexico’

    Chapter 8. Marissa Zappora Bell and David Eljiah Bell, ‘Port Hope Burning: The Trail of Eldorado, the Uranium Medical Research Centre, and Community Tension over Scientific Uncertainty’

    Chapter 9. Paul Jobin, ‘Nuclear « Gypsies »  in Fukushima Before and After 3/11’

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