On twitter , the show has also reignited an important discussion on nuclear power and its associated hazards. It is necessary to acknowledge that while some risks will always be there, nuclear power is actually safer than ever, and importantly, it could help curb our insatiable appetite for fossil fuels. As of July 2019, 416 nuclear reactors are operating in 34 countries, and they’re producing about 10.3% of the world’s electricity. With pushes towards fossil-free energy, perhaps nuclear power will become more popular, but the global energy landscape is growing increasingly complex. The type of reactor used at the Chernobyl plant is called an RBMK-1000 reactor (it stands for Reaktor Bolshoy Moshchnosti Kanalnyy/High Power Channel-type Reactor).