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Nuclear use to rise despite Fukushima, says IAEA

18 March 2012

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has said global use of nuclear energy could increase by as much as 100% in the next two decades on the back of growth in Asia, despite a slump in the construction of new reactors after the Fukushima disaster, Reuters has reported. The UN agency said that a somewhat slower capacity expansion than previously forecast is likely after the world's worst nuclear accident in a quarter of a century. However, it said that "significant growth in the use of nuclear energy worldwide is still anticipated - between 35 per cent and 100% by 2030 - although the Agency projections for 2030 are 7-8% lower than projections made in 2010."

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