6411 Radiation, Public Perception, and Nuclear Superstition: Why Are We Scared of the Atom?

Monday, February 20, 2012: 9:45 AM
Room 118 (VCC West Building)
Paddy Regan , University of Surrey, Guildford, United Kingdom
Analysis of the real dangers generated by the radiation leaks at Fukushima. How the media and politicians consistently exaggerated both the amount of radioactivity being released into the environment and the likelihood of negative health impacts as a result. An explanation, using the historic perspectives of Chernobyl and Three Mile Island, of how perceived radiation risk can have psychological impacts far in excess of those caused by ionising radiation and how this can be avoided in future.
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