“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.
Matt Smith, CNN, February 17, 2012.
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 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Japan’s nuclear disaster should serve as a wake-up call for the United States.
Robert Alvarez, IPS, June 6, 2011.
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.
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.
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