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Posted: 28 Mar 11 10:31
Noticed this in the most e-mailed section of the BBC news site. Offers a different perspective to the usual approach the media likes to take.

Interestingly I never saw it posted anywhere predominantly when it was first published...

Viewpoint: We should stop running away from radiation

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Posted: 28 Mar 11 11:00
Very interesting. Thanks for posting Mark!

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Posted: 28 Mar 11 15:01
I had an x-ray last week does that count?

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Posted: 28 Mar 11 20:20
I saw a horizon programme a few years ago that said that mice who lived around Chernobyl had not been as badly affected as everyone said they should have been.

There were few genetic mutations and their lifespans hadn't been curtailed.



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Posted: 28 Mar 11 22:18
Well, it said in the Economist that nuclear power is one of the most efficient and safest forms of energy production.

I like nuclear power. Did you know that Britain has 8 reactors, and 16 more in planning? That won't happen because of those loser anti-nuke protesters.

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Posted: 29 Mar 11 07:46
What isn't mentioned in the article is that BECAUSE people are so panicked by radiation* that the people who build them make them vastly safer than they strictly need to be. For this reason, modern reactors are safer, cleaner and more efficient. Even the antique Fukashima reactor was only beaten by the wave being 1.5 metres higher than it was designed to cope with. I'm taller than that.

There is still more they can do.

For a start, they can stop with the uranium. We don't have an awful lot of uranium. At projected usage rates, there's probably about 50 years left. Uranium is a pain. Thorium is the way to go. Far safer. Doesn't blow up as easily (molton salt is used instead of water for cooling, so no hydrogen to go BOOM!), just as unstable and perfect for nuclear reactors, plus it doesn't need to be near the coast. The only reason it's not used is that it doesn't produce plutonium when fissioned, and that's not good for the bomb making industry. Governments pay for power stations, and they want a lucrative side line.

True that.

Chile have missed a trick. The Aticama desert is perfect for storing nuclear by products until we find a use for them. No rain ground water you see. We could store it above ground for easy access.

Iain

*Radiation IS pretty nasty, but aircraft crew get exposed to higher levels than people who work at/live near reactors.

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