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Last night on Facebook I was talking about the radiation levels in Japan. It’s bad or the problem is we are not sure if the measurements when things get ugly.
If Fukushima shows us anything, “carry on as before” is the most dangerous path of all. We have a problem people! This is our energy challenge. Ya know. Climate Change, global warning, tsunami, what the heck here!
Yet, as Atlantic reporter Zeynep Tufekci explains that would we really know if it is safe for nuclear power?
A couple of years ago, I wrote a story about how the lack of data about radiation levels inside and outside the Three Mile Island reactor contributed to the panic around the meltdown. Yesterday, we ran a mother’s account of the trouble she had securing accurate radioactivity measurements from the Italian government during the Chernobyl situation. Back when I wrote the Three Mile Island story, I hoped that better monitoring technology might change that situation for future nuclear disasters.
But as it turns out, there have been similar problems during the Fukushima nuclear disaster. One of the key problems has been that people aren’t sure whether to trust the official measurements, no matter how many of them there are.
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