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Why has there not been any discourse within TED on the effects of nuclear energy?

After 50 years of living within the atomic age and two catastrophic accidents most recently Fukushima Daiichi plant.
I am curious to know what is the extent of the radiation spread and what is the outlook for those effected by the radiation have?
How might we be able to learn from these castastrophies as it looks highly likely that most nations will require nuclear power until a cleaner feasible alternative is developed?

  • Oct 3 2011: Matthieu,
    I understand and completely agree with what your saying.
    My understanding of the situation is; after the waters subsided the legacy of the contamination remains for a very long time, and that it has varying degrees of severity based on how far you are from the source and the amount that you are exposed to it.
    With Japan being a relatively small country what are the implications further down the line because it is my understanding that with radiation poisoning a smaller dosage effects the next generation far more than those currently alive at the time.
    As you will realise I am not a nuclear physicist and when I don't know about something one of my first ports of call is TED to get me up to speed on a topic. So I was surprised to be unable to find any talks on the subject, [lots on nuclear disarmament but none on nuclear power]
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    Oct 3 2011: how many conversations would you consider enough? because there are like 5 or so.
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    Oct 3 2011: How many people died from radiation at Fukushima compared to the amount of people who died in the 'once in a lifetime' earthquake/tsunami event that immediately preceded it? Can we really say that Fukushima was anywhere near the disaster Chernobyl was? There are many industrial catastrophes that have claimed many more lives. Let's set the record straight before we start any discussion on the dangers of nuclear energy.