Interview with Zofia Baumann, Postdoctoral Investigator at School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences Stony Brook University, KALW’s ‘Your Call’, July 8, 2012:
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Zofia Baumann, Stony Brook University: From my perspective, as a person, not even a scientist, I just find this astonishing how this is an example of the interconnectedness of the world. We have to always keep this in mind when people are becoming active in certain behaviors which carry a lot risks with it — this is an example, people wanting to derive energy from nuclear power, from uranium. And yes, the accident, that basically resulted in contamination of both radioactive material, as well as debris from the tsunami and the earthquake — it’s carried all over the ocean. So this goes to prove in one part of the world has absolute consequences in the rest of the world.
At 50:15 in
Baumann: We are also learning about the stupidity of people who are placing such dangerous facilities such as the nuclear power plants right on the fault line. Therefore, I think people need to become a little bit more responsible because as we learned from our science is that the consequences are tremendous and that the radioactivity […] it’s carried all over the place and it’s absolutely incorporated into the sea life which is harmed itself by it, but also it causes risks to human health — and I think we all care about that. I think the lesson for humans is to be more responsible and plan in longer terms and try to assess science when making policies and decisions. That really, really needs to be improved.
Compare this with another Stony Brook University scientist:
Published: January 27th, 2014 at 11:14 pm ET
- Nuclear Expert: Plutonium in water leaking into ocean is “the most dangerous thing” at Fukushima, it can be carried around world and end up on a beach or in fish — Researcher: Plutonium contamination “a serious threat to environment and human health” (AUDIO) December 9, 2013
- UN: “Fukushima nuclear disaster poses no IMMEDIATE health risks” — Unknown if increase in thyroid cancer is due to radioactivity June 1, 2013
- Jiji: No solution seen for Fukushima’s radioactive water — Kyodo: Toxic ocean leakage to go on into 2020s — Experts: “High potential for marine life and human health effects through ingestion over generations” December 16, 2013
- New report estimates 278 trillion Bq of plutonium released from Fukushima reactors — Over 200 times higher than amount reported by Tepco — “Highly radiotoxic when incorporated into human body” as it decays August 5, 2014
- NPR: Melted reactor cores’ radioactivity being carried out to sea — Expert warns saltwater will flow into Fukushima plant if ice wall is installed; “Even if it works, it might not be a good thing… can have ‘unintended consequences’” (AUDIO) September 8, 2013