Fire in the Rain

Fire in the Rain : Democratic Consequences of Chernobyl

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The Chernobyl catastrophe has become a key reference point in current debates concerning the future of nuclear energy and, more generally, the protection and contamination of the environment. "Fire in the rain" tells the story of this disaster and of the trail of political reactions, from misinformation to secrecy, that followed the radioactive fallout around Europe. The responses of the governments of Europe varied considerably in terms of their openness and honesty. As news of the catastrophe spread, each government produced its own account of the events, all differing in their degree of secrecy and dissimulation. Gould traces the movement of the fallout and its ecological implications in tandem with the movement of information and misinformation, and assesses the political consequences of both. The result is a record of how those in power reacted to the world's worst ecological disaster.show more

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  • Hardback | 180 pages
  • 138 x 216mm
  • Polity Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Illustrated
  • Illustrated edition
  • 074560787X
  • 9780745607870

Table of contents

Preface - connecting things up; a Ukrainian spring; a scientific and technical excursion; so what happened at Chernobyl?; courage and cowardice; exodus from Wormwood; where do you put it when it won't go away?; how do we measure radiation?; a cloud over Europe; how much radiation is safe?; Eastern Europe - now I know the official explanation I'm still frightened; Western Europe - so why did you say something else yesterday?; Sweden - signals in the noise; Norway - do it and we'll find the money; the Sami - how do we survive; how to make problems disappear - the bureaucratic management of crisis; cost and safety - a very silly way to boil water; atomic energy - dissolving the glue to trust; Aristotle's virtues and inherently safe reactors.show more

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