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Meltdown: The Nuclear Disaster in Japan and Our Energy Future

by Dr. Fred Bortz

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Websites as listed in Meltdown!, page 61

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
IAEA on Facebook
The IAEA is an agency of the United Nations that gathers information about nuclear weapons and nuclear power. Immediately after the Fukushima meltdowns, it established a Web page with reports and updates.

The Japan Times webpage for Tohoku earthquake news
The Japan Times is an English language newspaper with balanced news coverage and a variety of opinions in its editorials and letters to the editor.

Meltdown! pages at "Dr. Fred's Place"
The author's Web page for this book includes links for news and updates from Fukushima.

New York Times Website Special Section, "Japan -- Earthquake, Tsunami and Nuclear Crisis (2011)"
The New York Times is generally regarded as one of the leading newspapers of record in the United States. Its website includes special sections like this one that collect articles on major topics and are particularly valuable for researching a major event like the Fukushima disaster.

Related reports, books, and television programs that appeared after Meltdown! went to press

"Nuclear Aftershocks", Frontline, WGBH Boston and Public Broadcasting, originally aired on January 17, 2012. (Program description: FRONTLINE travels to three continents to explore the debate about nuclear power: Is it safe? What are the alternatives? And could a Fukushima-style disaster happen in the U.S.?)

"Inside Japan's Nuclear Meltdown", Frontline, WGBH Boston and Public Broadcasting, originally aired on February 28, 2012. (Program description: An unprecedented account of the crisis inside the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex.)
[Comment by Dr. Fred Bortz, author of Meltdown!, after viewing this documentary: Though the problems were technological, they would not have happened with proper regulation. The program notes that the government and power company were made aware in 2009 that their protective walls were not high enough for a large tsunami but had not begun to address it. Furthermore, the documentary describes a worst-case scenario that would have made Fukushima several times worse than Chernobyl; but it was not clear how likely that scenario was. It seemed that the government was prepared to take quite desperate measures to prevent it. All of this should be considered in the context of the open-ended approach of the earlier Frontline documentary (linked above), the questions raised in the closing chapter of Meltdown!, and the downloadable Lerner eSource Meltdown! classroom activity. (See right side of the link for eSource materials.)]

"U. S. Nuclear Power Safety One Year After Fukushima," a report by the Union of Concerned Scientists, an organization that describes itself as "Citizens and Scientists for Environmental Solutions." This link is a summary, from which you can download a more detailed report. To quote the summary: "The Fukushima disaster did not directly affect the United States, but it has cast a long shadow over U.S. nuclear energy policy. A year later, are the lessons of Fukushima making U.S. nuclear power safer? This is the question that U.S. Nuclear Power Safety One Year After Fukushima seeks to answer."

Readers of Meltdown! who want to keep up to date on global warming may want to follow the ongoing Global Warming For Young Minds blog by British author of children's science books Flemming Bermann.

See also Meltdown! Links and Updates for other useful articles and links.

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