2017 Public Presentations

From Chernobyl to Fukushima

Now mostly forgotten, the disastrous events at Chernobyl Reactor Number 4 in 1986 had surprisingly little impact on nuclear policy, public health regulations or energy development decisions. In contrast, the catastrophic accident at Fukushima in 2011 has had a worldwide effect on reactor safety rules and on many nations’ plans and policies for the future of nuclear power.  

 

This presentation examined and compared the causes of the Chernobyl and Fukushima accidents, their virtually permanent consequences, and the nuclear safety risks that can and cannot be controlled. With an international emphasis on climate change and global warming, along with a significant risk of nuclear weapons proliferation, there is a troubling friction between safety, economics, utility and the inevitability of the irreconcilable risks of nuclear energy.

Nuclear Tipping Point: Global Consequences of Regional Nuclear War

The world is on the precipice of a new and dangerous nuclear era and is held in a delicate balance that could be shattered by a simple accident, failed diplomacy or an act of terrorism.  The sustained, current proliferation of nuclear weapons has led to the reality of a global nuclear arsenal capable of obliterating all life on planet earth. This now looms as perhaps the most consequential global issue: the nuclear tipping point.

 

This presentation examined how even a limited regional nuclear exchange would result in a global environmental catastrophe that would dwarf Chernobyl and Fukushima. It then assesses the global policy initiatives through which the international community attempts to mitigate the nuclear dangers, including nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament, which remain central to maintaining international peace and security.

 

Seven decades after the dawn of the nuclear age, the world faces a critical challenge: whether to risk tipping the precarious nuclear balance in the direction of global disaster or continue working towards a world free of nuclear dangers.

Basic Principles of Personal Protection in a Radiation Environment

By nuclear war, terrorism, or an accident at a nuclear power plant, the odds increasingly favor that sectors of the population will be exposed to potentially harmful levels of nuclear radiation. To mitigate this threat, concerned citizens must acquire a basic knowledge of radiation and its biological effects.

 

This presentation introduced the audience to the scientific knowledge needed for safety and survival in a nuclear or radiation emergency, including the characteristics of a radioactively contaminated environment, the hazards to health created by this contamination, and some basic principles that must be clearly understood in order to develop a lifesaving response.

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