Fukushima Fixation – The Media Focus on Radiation Risk in Tsunami-Stricken Japan
© Lexxion Verlagsgesellschaft mbH (6/2011)
Twenty five years on from Chernobyl, the tragic events in Japan of March 2011 seem to reaffirm the risk society’ perspective which the 1986 nuclear accident in the former Soviet Union did so much to popularise. It was amidst widespread predictions of mass harm – projected both across Europe and into the future – that German sociologist Ulrich Beck’s book of the same name found such a receptive audience. Beck wrote of a new era defined by the greater risk posed by ‘manufactured’, technological risk than natural, ‘external’ ones.

Effects of multiple stressors exposures on plant populations
© Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (6/2009)
The results of long-term field studies in the Bryansk region of Russia affected by the Chernobyl accident, and in the Semipalatinsk Test Site, Kazakhstan are discussed. Findings obtained clearly indicate that chronic low dose exposure appears to be an ecological factor creating preconditions for possible changes in the genetic structure of a population. Plant populations growing in areas with relatively low levels of pollution are characterized by the increased level of both cytogenetic disturbances and genetic diversity. Under conditions of chronic exposure in pine tree populations were developed seed descendants with significantly lower reproductive ability than in the reference population.

Impact of nuclear energy objects on lake environment: Lake Druksiai case
© Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (6/2009)
The impact of a nuclear power plant on the environment consists basically of the thermal load,radioactive and chemical waste produced during its operation. Lake Druksiai – the cooling basin of the only Nuclear Power Plant in Lithuania (INPP) has been exposed to severe anthropogenic pressures since 1984 when the first unit (out of two) was put into operation.



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