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Our World in Data: Nuclear Energy

Nuclear energy will be a key component of efforts to transition away from fossil fuels. This infographic on nuclear energy uses current data and handy visualizations to explore the efficacy, capacity, and safety of nuclear energy generation compared to fossil fuels. Readers can scroll the page linked above for textual and graphical overviews of total nuclear energy production and nuclear as a share of primary energy generation (by year and by country). Further down the page, visitors will find information about the health impacts of nuclear power, including air pollution, greenhouse gas emissions, and accidents. Throughout, creators Hannah Ritchie and Max Roser strive to use well sourced data to overcome decades of anxiety about nuclear energy driven by high-profile incidents and popular culture. All data are available to visualize as charts, maps, and tables, and can be downloaded as images or CSV files. Best of all, the visualizations, data, and even the code are available for distribution and reproduction under a Creative Commons BY license. The Nuclear Energy infographic comes from Our World in Data (previously featured in the 05-11-2018 Scout Report), the "database of databases" dedicated to providing comprehensive, scientifically informed insights into complex questions and topics.
Archived Scout Publication URL
  • https://scout.wisc.edu/report/2021/1119
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Date of Scout Publication
Friday
Date Of Record Creation
November 10th at 3:15pm
Date Of Record Release
November 12th at 11:10am
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