One of the “challenges of the Anthropocene” I will point to on May 5 is our “technological incompetence.”
By that, I don’t mean we lack the skills and engineering capabilities. What I mean is I am concerned that increasingly powerful and far-reaching abilities spring full grown into an amoral framework. We are getting smart faster than we are getting wise. What we CAN do brings tools on the scene when we do not have a well-grounded sense of how we OUGHT to use them in a sustainable way. Case in point:
I’ve set up a google news alert and a twitter search for Fukushima #4. It may be where the Anthropocene takes a nose-dive.
I can’t imagine that most have probably gotten word of this. We only get news here at the house via the web and public radio, so can only guess that warnings this dire have not been issued from the highly-couffed talking heads of the major networks.
This is not a test. This is for real. All of our most alarming fiction could not have prepared us for the possible scenario resulting from the fate of Fukushima Reactor #4.
At its best, it is going to be a problem for decades. At its moderate worst, there could be some 40 million Japanese refugees very soon. At its very possible worst, it could be a blow humanity will not endure.
You can read as much or as little as you care to. Personally, even if powerless, I prefer to know.
U.S. Senator Says Fukushima Daiichi’s Unit 4 Could Spew More Radiation Than March 11 Accident – Japan Real Time – WSJ
Fukushima Reactor 4; Life Extinction Event If It Collapses | A Green Road Blog – Where Heart Shift Happens
Former Japan Ambassador Warns Gov’t Committee: “A global catastrophe like we have never before experienced” if No. 4 collapses – Common Spent Fuel Pool with 6,375 fuel rods in jeopardy – “Would affect us all for centuries”