In the wake of Japan’s nuclear crisis, the World Health Organization (WHO) issued fresh guidelines on how to minimize exposure to radiation that can cause cancers, especially in children and young adults. (Reuters)
From the redoubtable Steven Goddard: More Than 500 Atmospheric Nuclear Tests Between 1945 and 1963
See anything interesting about the temperature record while atmospheric testing was going on?
(Steven Goddard, RealScience)
Low concentrations of radioactive particles from Japan’s disaster-hit nuclear power plant have been heading eastwards and are expected to reach North America in days, a Swedish official said on Thursday.
In Washington, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) said radioactivity would disperse over the long distance and it did not expect any harmful amounts to reach the country. (Reuters)
Moonbat is more afraid of… plant food: Japan nuclear crisis should not carry weight in atomic energy debate
Nuclear power remains far safer than coal. The awful events in Fukushima must not spook governments considering atomic energy (George Moonbat, Guardian)
Marita Noon has a more ration take: Dangerous Fallout From Japan’s Nuclear Panic
With news of Japan’s once-in-300-year earthquake and resulting tsunami, Secretary Clinton announced “We just had our Air Force assets in Japan transport some really important coolant to one of the nuclear plants.” Rep. Ed Markey (D., MA) has warned of “another Chernobyl,” saying “the same thing could happen here.” Amidst the chaos, the media has been reporting on the next “big fear” and CNN has shown their ignorance by presenting schematics of pressurized water reactors, when the Japanese reactors areboiling water reactors.
Because the concept of nuclear power is foreign to most of us, panic is easily created. Senator Lieberman, a long-time nuclear supporter, now wants to “put the brakes on” nuclear power plant construction in the US. Those who really understand nuclear energy usually have advanced degrees in physics. Words like reactors, meltdown, core damage, neutrons, half-life and radioactive, make us susceptible to Hollywood-like, worst-case scenarios. (Energy Tribune)
While the Germans are for and agin it, or something: Merkel Under Pressure Following Moratorium
On Monday, Angela Merkel pulled the plug — at least for the next three months — on her own government’s policy to extend the lifespan of nuclear power plants. The move has angered many in her conservative party, who have defended nuclear power for decades. Questions persist about the legality of her move. (Spiegel)