Nuclear power around the world


Gail Marcus discusses the current social, political and economic factors shaping the development of nuclear power worldwide.

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Gail H. Marcus is an independent consultant on nuclear power technology and policy based in Washington DC, US. For more information check her blog, Nuke Power Talk.

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Marcus, G.H. Nuclear power around the world. Nat Rev Phys 1, 172–173 (2019).

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