Fear of Nuclear Power

October 24, 2013

From The New York Times:

It has been more than two and a half years since the Fukushima nuclear disaster began to unfold, and still the world watches events closely, fearfully. The drumbeat of danger seems never ending: Earlier this month, to take just one example, international news reports spread word that six workers at the plant had been accidentally doused with radioactive water.

Yet leading health scientists say the radiation from Fukushima has been relatively harmless, which is similar to results found after studying the health effects of Chernobyl. With all that evidence, why does our fear of all things nuclear persist? And what peril does that fear itself pose for society?

Read the full article, “Fear vs. Radiation: The Mismatch” by David Ropeik (The New York Times, October 21, 2013).

Ropeik teaches Critical Thinking about Environmental and Public Health Issues this spring.