The lessons to be learnt should be world wide as this impacts nuclear roll out around the world, because when it does happen it should be done with the safest possible systems in place.
An Independent international multidisciplinary task forces should be deployed to Fukushima, and i mean truly independent of the corporate nuclear mongerals who control governments & make vast profits from the nuclear industry. The Fukushima disaster affects us all and the global silence from governments & the media regarding this humanitarian & international crisis speaks volumes on the power of the profiteers of the nuclear industry yealds over international government & media.
This is a problem for engineers, not nuclear physicists. The reactions are well understood. Building facilities capable of withstanding natural disasters is a problem entirely within the scope of modern engineering. If your implication is rather that more should be devoted to research into cleaner nuclear energy (cold fusion for example) then that should be more precisely specified in the motion, and is an argument I can certainly support.
Totally agree Jonathan we need better engineering and we need best practices with the the best of it, for it all to be shared to make the whole place a safer world.
Johnathan, Hoz, these are structural issues, there are many issues facing Fukushima, & indeed rest of Japan & world, as a result that's why a multi disciplinary task force is needed. Nuclear energy has proven time and time again to be a bigger risk than humanity can take , we need to bring an end to nuclear reliance , its not viable nor is it cheap, and the risks are too great, we should be winding down and closeing the nuclear plants & not building more, they are sitting targets as weapons of warfare partic ularly now with weather manipulation, the nuclear era has to end, no more risk from nukes... and We need to be helping all those effected by the Fukushima disaster & on going crisis, i don't know why they haven't cemented it like they did Chernobyl, sure its only a temporary but it strikes me that its got to be better & preferable to the nothing they are doing now while it continues to leak .
June, while Nuclear disasters are large and scary, they are in fact incredibly rare. I would suggest you read this piece (there are others in the same vein from alternative sources if you prefer, although this is well written and reasonably thoroughly referenced) to get an idea of the relative cost in human life of various energy sources.
The point is that while it may have terrifying potential, Nuclear energy remains one of our best options moving forward.
Again I have to agree with Jonathan unless we have wholesale fracking up and down our country nuclear has to be on the table.
I wish it was not so but as far as accidents go there are less nuclear accidents than oil spills. More damage has been done by carbon fuels to the environment than by Nuclear.
Meanwhile www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/jan/31/sellafield-nuclear-site-elevated-levels-radioactivity this is happening closer to home but at least they are on top of it.