James Conca, Geochemist, Contributor to Forbes, Consultant to industry and government on energy issues: Hurricane Harvey made land fall in Texas this week and the flooding was historic. What is shaping up to be the most costly natural disaster in American history, the storm has left refineries shut down, interrupted wind and solar generation, caused a constant worry about gas explosions, and caused a chain of events that led to explosions and fires at the Arkema chemical plant that is only the beginning. But the Texas nuclear power plants have been running smoothly. Anyone who knows anything about nuclear was not surprised. Nuclear is the only energy source immune to all extreme weather events – by design.
Subarna and Praja Maharjan live in the outskirts of Kathmandu, Nepal. They raised two children of their own. For years, they have taken in eight to ten orphans at a time and given them a wonderful family life, shelter, food, and good schooling. They are an excellent example of people who are doing a lot more than just taking care of themselves. In 2015 a terrible earthquake in Nepal destroyed much of Kathmandu, including their home. Please consider sending support to this outstanding family.
Kelvin Kemm, South Africa: Advances in physics in fields such as quantum mechanics, which is linked to nuclear processes, have compounded matters for the public. A consequence is that the public is now really ‘spooked’ when it comes to the topic of nuclear power. A real ‘fear factor’ looms over the mere word ‘nuclear.’ Newspapers love this, and really push imagery like; ‘nuclear leak’ or ‘radiation exposure.’
Bruno Comby. Le total de la radioactivité rejetée dans l'océan pacifique depuis mai 2011 par l'accident de FUKUSHIMA (environ 1000 Curies) représente la radioactivité naturelle de 3 km3 d'eau de mer.