On the first anniversary of the Japanese tsunami, Rob Lyons asks why some fairly minor damage to one nuclear plant became the story.
It was a turbulent year across the world, yet petty fearmongers still grabbed their share of the headlines.
Germany’s decision to ditch nuclear power should be a wake-up call to all those who favour development.
The way greens tried to play up the accident was far more shocking than ministers’ attempts to ‘play it down’.
Germany’s hysterical decision to shut down all its nuclear power plants exposes the dangers of competitive fearmongering.
Must-reads from the past week
The Italian government has prioritised risk-avoidance and short-term political survival over acute energy needs.
The reaction to events in Japan shows that fear – of climate change or radiation – trumps old solidarities.
Physicist Wade Allison says he wants to alleviate fears about nuclear. Trouble is, his warnings against catastrophic climate change sound just as alarmist as the nuke panic.
Obsessed with the idea of a nuclear meltdown, the doom mongerers are blind to the reality at Fukushima.
The earthquake confirms that a pre‑Enlightenment urge to blame human greed for natural disasters is making a comeback.