Ever Greater Risks to Nuclear Power Plants, From Extreme Weather Events

Ongoing Chernobyl and Fukushima Disasters // Published on Apr 26, 2018

Thirty two years ago the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in the Ukraine melted down.  Huge radiation releases occurred; estimates are 10x higher than Fukushima. Official deaths are ridiculously low (9,000 people). New analysis recently by Russian scientists assesses the death toll range as 1 to 1.5 million people. Fukushima deaths: 200,000 people within 10 years and 400,000 people within 50 years.
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Assessing the Ever Greater Risks of Extreme Weather Events to Nuclear Power Plants // Published on Apr 24, 2018

Abrupt climate change disruption to global heat flow in the atmosphere and oceans is amping up extreme weather events, increasing risks to nuclear power plants.  Heat waves and droughts dry up rivers making the water too hot to cool reactors.  Rising sea level and larger storms will flood coastal reactors; eg. powerful hurricanes in 2017 posed a huge threat to Florida reactors, not to mention tsunamis on top of higher sea levels (Japan).

Ref:  Consequences of reactor failures, using Chernobyl and Fukushima as examples are analyzed [1].   Chernobyl: Consequences of the Catastrophe for People and the Environment, Volume 1181 (Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences) 1st Edition [2], Chernobyl Contamination: An Overview, Vassily B. Nesterenko Alexey V. Yablokov–First published: 30 November 2009 [3].
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[1] Pr A.Yablokov and Pr C.Busby on Fukushima victim estimations, link to video.  ‘Alexey Yablokov and Chris Busby participated in the International Radioactivity Risk Kongress in Berlin 6-8.03.2011  [editor, dk:  link to download, not facsimile].   Alexey Yablokov´s with colleges V. B. Nesterenko and A. V. Nesterenko estimation of 1,5 million early deaths in the after Chernobyl period until 2004.  Yablokov mentions even his college Khudoley, V.V. from N. N. Petrov’ Research Institute of Oncology, Center of Independent Environmental Expertise, Russian Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg, Russia.

‘Yablokov urges to establish rad-monitoring of foods and water, mentioning even marine life forms. He offers the sufficient experience from Chernobyl in areas of Bio Technologies. In the very end of this sequence he even points out the crucial need of independent civil systems for measurement of radiation as industry and state constantly conceal the data, being trapped in the current systems. Yablokov strikes that data based on the ICRP estimation of dose are unscientific and incorrect, leaving governments with unreliable risk estimation models. He even informs that the radioactive milk could be reprocessed to be safe again, as there are BioTechnolgies developed for that.’  Article continues with link.

[2] ‘This volume, written by leading authorities from Eastern Europe, outlines the history of the health and environmental consequences of the Chernobyl disaster. Although there has been much discussion concerning the impacts of nuclear accidents, and Chernobyl in particular, never before has there been a comprehensive presentation of all the available information concerning the health and environmental effects of the low dose radioactive contaminants that were emitted from the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant.

‘The official discussions emanating from the IAEA and associated UN agencies (e.g. the Chernobyl Forum reports) have largely downplayed or ignored many of the findings reported in the Eastern European scientific literature and as a consequence these reports have erred on the side of negative findings simply because much of what was known was not included in their assessments. This new book provides a complete and extensive summary of all known research, including that published in Russian and Ukrainian, and provides new insights to the likely long term health and environmental consequences of nuclear accidents.

[3] Chernobyl Contamination: An Overview, link to abstract.
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About paulbeckwith

Well known climate science educator; Part-time Geography professor (climatology, oceanography, environmental issues), University of Ottawa. Physicist. Engineer. Master's Degree in Science in Laser Optics, Bachelors of Engineering, in Engineering Physics. Won Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario gold medal. Also interested in investment and start-ups in climate solutions, renewable energy and energy efficiency. Avid chess player, and likes restoring old homes. Married with children.
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1 Response to Ever Greater Risks to Nuclear Power Plants, From Extreme Weather Events

  1. Mats Lundälv says:

    Hi Paul,
    Thanks for your untiring educational contributions! Concerning the risks of nuclear power in the age of climate breakdown I stumbled across the following informative Youtube lecture about the issues since just after the Fukushima disaster: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-lX_Gw_akY
    Cheers, / Mats


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