“The oldest cave paintings are approx. 30,000 years old, the pyramids approx. 4,500 years old. According to European security standard, radioactive waste must remain isolated from all living organisms for 100,000 years. The US standard is 1,000,000 years.” Nuclear fact, Into Eternity.

Documentaries and articles about nuclear technology and related to the Fukushima Daiichi disaster.

  • U.S. nuclear plants similar to Fukushima spark concerns

    As the United States prepares to build its first new nuclear power reactors in three decades, concerns about an early generation of plants have resurfaced since last year’s disaster in Japan.
    Matt Smith, CNN, February 17, 2012.

  • Documentaries

  • Under Kontrolle
    Under Kontrolle (Under control – An Archaeology of the nuclear power) is a documentary film by German director Volker Sattel on nuclear facilities in Germany. The film are presented for first time at the Berlin Film Festival 2011.
    Volker Sattel, Under Kontrolle, Credofilm in co-production with WDR and ARTE, 2011.

  • Into Eternity
    Into Eternity is a feature documentary film about the building of Onkalo, the world’s first permanent nuclear waste repository on the island of Olkiluoto, Finland.
    Michael Madsen, Into Eternity, Magic Hour Films, 2010.

  • L’inganno (The deceit)
    An Italian documentary on the risks, costs and priorities of the nuclear industry. With an overview of possible alternatives. The deceit, English text – pdf.
    Michele Buono e Piero Riccardi, Report – RAI 3, March 29, 2009.

  • Dechets, le cauchemard du nucleaire
    A feature documentary film about the dark side of nuclear power and its democratic deficit through its weakness: the radioactive waste. The documentary is both journalistic inquiry, as political and scientific (interview with authors).
    Éric Guéret and Laure Noualhat, Dechets, le cauchemard du nucleaire, ARTE, 2009 (in French).

  • Articles and opinions

  • The Fukushima Effect: France Starts to Turn Against Its Much Vaunted Nuclear Industry
    Is France’s long, proud, and at times defiant affection for nuclear energy finally beginning to wane in the aftermath of the Fukushima disaster? While it’s still too early to pronounce France’s nearly four decade love affair with nuclear power finished yet, there are signs the doubts over atomic energy that arose elsewhere following the Fukushima melt-down are forcing reflection in France as well.
    Bruce Crumley, Time Global Spin, Jan 4, 2012.

  • Chernobyl rumors persist 25 years later
    Twenty-five years after the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, the same misconceptions and rumors about the contaminated site and the evacuees linger on.
    Ichiro Matsuo, Asahi Japan Watch, Dec 17, 2011.

  • Security breaches, radiation leaks, disasters; Nothing worries the nuclear industry
    One of the many odd qualities of the nuclear industry is its seemingly boundless optimism: “everything’s going to be just fine, folks.”
    Justin McKeating, Greenpeace, Dec 5, 2011.

  • Nuclear Phase-Out Faces Billion-Euro Lawsuit
    Swedish energy company Vattenfall reportedly plans to sue the German government, seeking massive damages related to Germany’s phase-out of nuclear power. Vattenfall successfully took on the German government once before.
    Der Spiegel International, November 2, 2011.

  • Anti-nuclear at home, but selling it abroad
    The Spain’s government calls itself “anti-nuclear”, and no plant has been constructed for over 20 years. And yet Spain’s nuclear industry, aided by the government, continues to grow, mostly in developing countries.
    Rafael Méndez, El País, September 27, 2011 (translated in English by Presseurop).

  • Scottish nuclear fuel leak ‘will never be completely cleaned up’
    The Scottish Environment Protection Agency has abandoned its aim to remove all traces of contamination from the north coast seabed.
    Rob Edwards, The Guardian, September 21, 2011.

  • Can Business As Usual Continue? Accident Highlights Safety Concerns in France
    Monday’s explosion at the Marcoule nuclear site in France has scared local residents, even if no radiation was released. Authorities may now have declared the incident closed, but the debate about the safety of France’s aging nuclear plants may soon heat up.
    Stefan Simons, Spiegel International, September 13, 2011.

  • IAEA still sees “significant” nuclear energy growth
    The U.N. atomic agency still expects significant growth in the global use of nuclear power over the next two decades, despite a slowdown in the wake of Japan’s Fukushima accident, its head said Monday.
    Reuters, September 12, 2011.

  • Fukushima crisis: Can Japan be at the forefront of an authentic paradigm shift?
    The Fukushima disaster vividly illustrates that the economic development model and underlying risk calculation that supported the nuclear industry are both outdated.
    Mycle Schneide, The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, September 9, 2011.

  • Nuclear waste, an explosive subject
    Romania’s only nuclear power station has been operating here, close to the Black Sea, since 1996. Now the construction of a nearby facility to store radioactive waste has added to the concerns of local people, who are worried about the consequences of a possible nuclear disaster.
    Mirel Bran, Le Monde, September 8, 2011 (translated in English by Presseurop).

  • The human element
    The discussions about the safety of nuclear reactors in the new post-Fukushima world have focused on technical questions, but that is to omit the human element.
    Hugh Gusterson, The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, September 1, 2011.

  • Fukushima and the Doomsday Clock
    When dreadful events occur, reporters, readers, and interested citizens contact the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists asking whether we will move the minute hand of the Doomsday Clock.
    Kennette Benedict, The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, August 11, 2011.

  • Hiroshima 66 years later:Renewed calls to heed victims’ accounts, create nuke-free world
    Hiroshima marked the 66th anniversary of the atomic bombing of the city with a plea for world peace and an urgent call for Japan to review its energy policies.
    Ryuta Kuratomi, Ashi Japan Watch, August 6, 2011.

  • Sellafield Mox nuclear fuel plant to close
    The British mixed-oxide fuel plant will be shut as a consequence of the Fukushima incident, with the loss of about 600 jobs. Most of the production plant was destined to Fukushima Daiichi and Hamaoka nuclear power plants.
    Fiona Harvey, The Guardian, August 3, 2011.

  • Chernobyl’s Lingering Scars
    For the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster, Wired and Harper’s has published articles on the rebirth of animal life in the exclusion zone around the Chernobyl nuclear plant. Joe Nocera on NYT, tells the story of Maria Gawronska, who lived at the time of the accident in northern Poland, and like many others in its region, became ill with thyroid now.
    Joe Nocera, The New York Times, July 11, 2011.

  • America’s Nuclear Spent-Fuel Time Bombs
    Japan’s nuclear disaster should serve as a wake-up call for the United States.
    Robert Alvarez, IPS, June 6, 2011.

  • Japan’s nuclear history in perspective: Eisenhower and atoms for war and peace
    The United States heavily promoted nuclear energy in Japan after World War II, and, despite an initially reluctant public, the industry eventually flourished.
    Peter Kuznick, The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, April 13, 2011.

  • A Survey of the World’s Radioactive No-Go Zones
    Everyone knows about Chernobyl, Three Mile Island and, now, Fukushima. But what about Semipalatinsk, Palomares and Kyshtym? The world is full of nuclear disaster zones.
    Michail Hengstenberg, Gesche Sager and Philine Gebhardt, Der Spiegel International, April 12, 2011.

    • Links

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