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17.12 The Non-military Dimension of Nuclear Energy

The vast powers of nuclear energy can be channeled for constructive use as well. The UN’s Atomic Energy Commission (1946) was set up to ensure that atomic energy be used for peaceful purposes. In fact, nuclear energy is considered to be a better replacement for non-renewable resources like coal and oil. If properly tapped it could sustain the world’s electricity needs. A few other fields in which nuclear energy is considered important are:

The Medical Field: Radio-isotopes are widely used in medicine. Medical disorders are diagnosed with the aid of radioactive fluid. Syringes and surgical instruments are sterilized by irradiation.

The Industrial Field: Nuclear energy can be used in the fields of mining and metallurgy. Radiation is used to detect hidden defects in machinery.

Development Projects: Nuclear energy can also be used for deepening and diverting rivers and also to blast tunnels in mountains. It is also used to fight insect and plant diseases. Radioisotopes are used to develop seeds with better quality.

Nuclear energy has manifold applications. A world leader has aptly put it:

The use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes can help us to eliminate war for all times to come and establish a new, just and progressive world order, both political and economic.

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17.0 - Introduction
17.1 - The Development of the Cold War
17.2 - The Cold War between 1945 and 1947
17.3 - The Cold War between 1947 and 1953
17.4 - The Cold War between 1953 and 1963
17.5 - The Cold War between 1963 and 1970
17.6 - The period of Detente(1970 - 1980)
17.7 - The Cold War after 1980
17.8 - The meaning of Disarmament
17.9 - Reduction of weapons Nuclear and Conventional
17.10 - Disarmament and the UN
17.11 - The Hazards of Nuclear War
17.12 - The Non-Military Dimension of Nuclear Energy
17.13 - Dates & Events

Chapter 18


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