Keywords: nuclear crisis, nuclear energy, nuclear threat, nuclear proliferation, nuclear power, sustainable development, sustainability
Global nuclear crisis
We are living in a world rife with many types of crises. The most prominent and urgent crisis involves the Earth's ecology. Environmental crises involving ozone depletion, global warming, toxic and radioactive wastes, air pollution, industrial accidents, etc., are affecting communities around the world. This paper examines changes in crisis management theory and practice. In the past two decades, much progress has been made in our understanding of industrial and environmental crises. However, our understanding remains highly fragmented and selective. We need to integrate diverse findings and cumulatively build on past knowledge. To do this, the concept of sustainable development provides a unifying motif. Some research questions that deserve urgent attention are identified in this paper.