Where does nuclear energy fit in the world's energy portfolio? Exploring issues of cost, safety and waste disposal, as well as the influence of politics, is as important as ever. As global demand for energy increases, cost-effective, environmentally-friendly sources of energy are increasingly sought.
This course compares energy sources and their impact on global warming while assessing the role nuclear energy has played and could play in meeting our energy needs.
You Will Learn
Nuclear energy developments across the globe
Outlooks on why the global energy picture must change
Perceptions and realities of nuclear energy safety
Regulations and inspection procedures of reactors
Threats of nuclear weapon proliferation
Burton Richter, Professor in the Physical Sciences, Stanford University