Rachel Appel is an environmentalist with a realistic perspective on what is capable of change and what is not. Having lived abroad in a few different countries, her experiences and studies have given her an extensive view on the world. She understands that nothing is perfect nor ever will be, however, she always tries to share her thoughts on topics that matter most to her and continues to search for the truth amongst the most controversial issues.
Nuclear Crisis: Fukushima and the Uncertain Future
This case study is intended to shed light on the nuclear crisis that Japan is currently facing today despite there being little evidence available concerning the recent tragedy. Part I will explain nuclear energy – what it does, how it works, and what the advantages and disadvantages of such a technology are. While nuclear energy has the potential to improve our vulnerable climate and help mitigate the emissions of greenhouse gases, the slightest mistake can also result in irreversible devastation. Furthermore, Part II will discuss how the nuclear power plant meltdown at Fukushima may just be a small glimpse at future events to come. The nuclear power plant at Fukushima, which began melting down after an earthquake and tsunami in Japan 2011, continues to spill radioactive waste into the Pacific Ocean today and initially caused a massive radioactive plume that spread across the entire world’s atmosphere. By discussing certain events of this disaster that bare similarities to the disaster of Chernobyl in 1986, and also focusing on specific health issues and human rights violations, this information will highlight many factors that make this nuclear crisis in Japan worse than some ‘experts’ and government officials are claiming it to be.
Keywords: Nuclear Crisis; Fukushima; Japan Radiation; 2011 Tsunami