When sensors in Europe first picked up the radiation from the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, nobody could have predicted that the accident would help bring about the fall of the Soviet Union.
Thirty years after the worst nuclear disaster in history, a wide area around the destroyed Chernobyl reactor remains uninhabitable. The following video shows what happens when the power we can summon turns on us.
The celebrations of Japan’s decision to turn off its last nuclear reactor may have been premature. Few have noticed this development: a key uranium deal with Kazakhstan, the world’s largest current supplier of nuclear fuel. Japan’s “nuclear recess” could prove a short one.
For the first time in 30 years, the United States has just okayed new nuclear reactors. Though this comes with the still unfolding Fukushima disaster as a backdrop, we’re being told everything is under control. It is—damage control.