16 Apr '11, 7pm

The planet strikes back: Why we underestimate the Earth and overestimate ourselves

The planet strikes back: Why we underestimate the Earth and overestimate ourselves

In this context, the folly and hubris with which we've treated natural forces comes strongly into focus. Take what's happening at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power complex in northern Japan, where at least four nuclear reactors and their adjoining containment pools for "spent" nuclear fuel remain dangerously out of control. The designers and owners of the plant obviously did not cause the earthquake and tsunami that have created the present peril. This was a result of the planet's natural evolution -- in this case, of the sudden movement of continental plates. But they do bear responsibility for failing to anticipate the potential for catastrophe -- for building a reactor on the site of frequent past tsunamis and assuming that a human-made concrete platform could withstand the worst that nature has to offer. Much has been said about flaws in design at the Fukushima plant...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/climate-change/2011-04-16-planet-str...

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