There is a lot of thought going into the legacy of Nuclear energy at the moment. We have just had the terrible events that damaged the Fukushima Plant in Japan, and quite by coincidence, it is the 25th Anniversary of the Chernobyl Explosion in the former Soviet Union.
Henry Shukman has written an article entitled “Chernobyl, My Primeval, Teeming, Irradiated Eden” that details a visit he made to rediscover the tragedy and to see what has happened to the site over the last quarter century.
I found it to be a well-written and non-hysterical look at the events of 26th April 1986, looking at how the abandoned town of Pripyat supports a small amount of human and non-human life, as well as looking at the mechanisms and severity levels of different types of raditation.
I would like to recommend that you all read it, and take it into consideration when thinking about whether you consider the nuclear option acceptable for our next generation of energy supply.
Chernobyl, My Primeval, Teeming, Irradiated Eden by Henry Shukman