Post-Fukushima nuclear energy demand up but slower, IAEA head says via The Mainichi Daily News

NEW YORK (Kyodo) — Yukiya Amano, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, said Tuesday demand for nuclear energy around the world is on the rise, although the nuclear crisis in Japan triggered by the March earthquake and tsunami has dented growth.

“Despite the accident, the IAEA’s latest projection is that the number of operating nuclear reactors in the world will continue to increase steadily in the coming decades, although less rapidly than was anticipated before the accident,” the agency’s director general said in his report to the 66th U.N. General Assembly.

Most of the growth will occur in countries such as India and China that already have operating nuclear power plants, he said.

At the same time many developing countries still plan to introduce nuclear power due to growing global demand for energy and concerns about climate change as well as about volatile fossil fuel prices and the security of energy supplies.

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