We are living strange times. Climate change forces us to reduce the role of the fossil fuels which, together with increasing need for electricity, have turned people’s attention towards nuclear energy. It is, in principle, sustainable and carbon-free. But this is not the whole truth.
How will journalists deal with the problems and risks of nuclear power plants? What have they learned from history and what will they consider worth reporting to decision makers?
Thursday’s panel invites us to listen to problems and pitfalls of nuclear reporting in several countries, including Japan and India. We will have a look at two nuclear power plant stories: Fukushima in Japan and Olkiluoto in Finland.
I also expect to hear a few words about other options; solar and wind power, among other truly sustainable and renewable sources of energy, are true alternatives to fossil fuels. And alternatives are something that we need: fossil fuels still provide 80 per cent of the world’s energy.