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One Plus One – Fukushima’s legacy

There have been some slow but positive developments in Fukushima Daiichi today (Saturday 19th March), despite the ongoing seriousness of the situation. Engineers are now on the brink of getting external AC power restored to parts of the site, and water dousing operations on the spent fuel ponds continue, as does cooling by sea water at reactors 1 to 3. I will provide a full update on the situation at the end of today.

Meanwhile, follow the comments in this thread for the real-time updates by commenters.

Below is a 10 minute interview with me that was shown on ABC TV (Australia’s national television broadcaster) during the weekend, on the conversation magazine-style program “One Plus One“. I’m interviewed by Mike Sexton.

Please watch this if you really want to understand where I’m coming from on all of this (including my background and motivations), and for my speculation on what the legacy of Fukushima might be, if rational and logical heads are not kept.

For readers in Australia, you can also watch this on ABC iView.

For other videos on the BraveNewClimate YouTube channel, see here. For my 16 x 5-min audio podcasts (and ongoing), which cover nuclear power and climate change, see here. This one is a good starter: Integral Fast Reactor nuclear power – what is it and why should you care?

By Barry Brook

Barry Brook is an ARC Laureate Fellow and Chair of Environmental Sustainability at the University of Tasmania. He researches global change, ecology and energy.

104 replies on “One Plus One – Fukushima’s legacy”

Thanks very much for providing uptodate information on the nuclear incident in Japan in a manner accessible to those not part of the nuclear fraternity. Great interview by the way. We need more voices like yours to educate the public on the the comparative safety of nuclear power, and it value in addressing climate change.

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