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A Farewell to Residual Risk? A Legal Perspective on the Risks of Nuclear Power after Fukushima

Following the Fukushima disaster, the German government proposed a “delayed acceleration” of nuclear phase out, with the final shutdown scheduled for 2022. Can we therefore talk about a “reaction” to the Japanese reactor meltdown if the final exit won’t happen for a whole decade? Shouldn’t the exit be immediate if people, environment, and economy are all out on a limb? Is this really the farewell to residual nuclear risk?

The Lessons of Chernobyl and Fukushima: An Ethical Evaluation

A secure energy supply is not solely a technological or economic matter but a political and ethical question. This is especially true for nuclear energy, which opens up a Pandora’s box of questions related to long-term investments, path dependencies, and different kinds of risks. Thus, the problem of energy supply cannot be solved by the free market alone; it requires ethical reflection and public dialogue. After Chernobyl and Fukushima, there is a pressing need for a reassessment of the potentials and risks of our energy supplies.

Europe after Fukushima: German Perspectives on the Future of Nuclear Power

About this issue

One year after the reactor meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, this volume of RCC Perspectives takes stock of its impact and possible legacy in Europe as part of the Rachel Carson Center’s research focus on natural disasters and cultures of risk.