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WASTED: The 100,000 Year Nuclear Hangover

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This Planet is a series of 90-second video stories that draw on the best new videos, awesome graphics, and surprising facts about climate, energy and innovation.

WASTED: The 100,000 Year Nuclear Hangover

Frank Bozzo


Splitting the Atom was supposed to bring us limitless energy. But…

• In 1979, the nuclear reactor at Three Mile Island, Pennsylvania melted down

• In 1986, a reactor in Chernobyl, Ukraine exploded, melted and contaminated much of Europe.

• And in 2011, an earthquake and Tsunami destroyed a nuclear plant in Fukushima, Japan, causing massive contamination that continues today.

There is one thing Nukes do right– they make electricity without burning fuels that cause climate change. So…CAN we go back to the future? Only 3 meltdowns out of thousands of power plants might be considered a success.

But when it comes to nuclear power, any mistake can lead to a catastrophe, poisoning the environment for generations. And there’s another problem: nuclear waste.  Highly contaminated, very dangerous, waste.


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