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Building a sustainable future

Abstract

Nuclear technology offers unique tools in the quest for sustainable development. Such technology is often the best to gather information and provide solutions that would not otherwise be possible or practical: to diagnose and treat disease, to breed better crops and fight insect pests; to assess new sources of fresh water; and to monitor pollution. While many may only think of energy, nuclear technology has a much larger role to play in human development. Where it can make a difference, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) provides support to 134 Member States for using this technology to solve the important challenges they face. Isotopes, stable and radioactive forms of chemical elements, can be used to 'label' materials under study. Since both stable and radioactive isotopes can be identified and measured using appropriate equipment, labelling is often used in diagnostic medical tests, in studies of underground sources of water, and to trace pollutants, such as heavy metals and pesticides. Stable, non-radioactive, isotopes are used in nutritional studies to trace the metabolism of vitamins and trace minerals in supplements. Other nuclear techniques use radiation which can be focussed into beams and depending on the intensity, can be used to kill cancer cells,  More>>
Authors:
Ford, JoAnne [1] 
  1. ed.
Publication Date:
Jul 01, 2002
Product Type:
Miscellaneous
Report Number:
INIS-XA-530; IAEA-PI-B06E(rev.1)
Resource Relation:
Other Information: PBD: 2002; Related Information: FS seriesno. 2/04/E
Subject:
60 APPLIED LIFE SCIENCES; 99 GENERAL AND MISCELLANEOUS//MATHEMATICS, COMPUTING, AND INFORMATION SCIENCE; AGRICULTURE; ENVIRONMENT; FOOD; IAEA; PUBLIC HEALTH; SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT; TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER; TRAINING; WATER RESOURCES
OSTI ID:
20275671
Research Organizations:
International Atomic Energy Agency, Division of Public Information, Vienna (Austria)
Country of Origin:
IAEA
Language:
English
Other Identifying Numbers:
TRN: XA0202378039406
Availability:
Available from INIS in electronic form; Also available on-line: http://www.iaea.org/worldatom/Periodicals/Factsheets/
Submitting Site:
INIS
Size:
2 pages
Announcement Date:

Citation Formats

Ford, JoAnne. Building a sustainable future. IAEA: N. p., 2002. Web.
Ford, JoAnne. Building a sustainable future. IAEA.
Ford, JoAnne. 2002. "Building a sustainable future." IAEA.
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