Nuclear power mapped

Twenty-five years on, the disaster at Chernobyl casts a long shadow over the world's nuclear industry, which has only been compounded by the recent events at Fukushima in Japan. Nuclear power had a rapid rise in the decades after the Second World War, but now shows little of its former momentum; reactor numbers have levelled off in recent years. Use the map and audio commentary below to see how civil nuclear power has spread across the globe, and hear about the challenges it faces.

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Notes on the data and map

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Data in the map above is sourced to the IAEA. The map uses current political boundaries.

Data showing the percentage of electricity that nuclear power contributes to each countries' total electricity production is only available from 1985-2010.

*Under construction only represents countries currently building nuclear power plants that previously had none.

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