Sunday, April 24, 2011

Staying on top of Fukushima

With the Fukushima nuclear issue, there is so much information, often conflicting, that it's easy to waste a lot of time following sources, reading articles, watching videos, and coming away none the wiser for it.

I think it may be helpful to have a mental filtering mechanism, whereby we focus on what it is we want to know, and constantly ask ourselves if those particular questions are being addressed.  In my case, at the moment these are the main things I want to know and constantly stay on top of.
  1. What is the status of the repair at this time?  In other words, where are we?
  2. What exactly are the repair crew doing right now, and to what end?  In other words, where are we heading?
  3. What are the radiation levels around the reactors, in and near the evacuation zone, and in Tokyo?
  4. Where is radioactive material and water being disposed, and what effect that is having?
  5. What are the elements in the disposed material?  (Iodine, cesium, strontium, etc.)
  6. How are food products and drinking water, anywhere in Japan, being affected?
  7. How much radiation are certain at-risk groups being exposed to (e.g. school children in Fukushima Prefecture, the repair crew at the reactors, evacuees, etc.)?
This may seem like a pretty mundane list (like, "duh, those things go without saying").  However, given the short attention spans of modern people (including myself) it may be helpful to have it written down and periodically refocused upon.

Also, I may be missing some key aspects here.  Will update if and when I recall them!

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