Tomorrow, on the 11th of March it is one year since the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan. My photo posted here is showing a national park in Norway, still contaminated with radioactivity from Chernobyl. The nuclear disaster in Ukraine, which occurred on April 26, 1986, is the worst nuclear accident in history. It is estimated that it will be another 150-200 years before the radioactivity in the contaminatedet areas in Norway will be as low as it was before the Chernobyl accident.
Last week scientists from Norway and Belarus visited Japan to share their experiences with the japanese. The norwegian experts and authorities have in all these years tried to lower the effect of radioactivity in different ways. Among many things regulating the meat and milk from livestock who traditionally graze in otherwise unspoilt mountain landscapes during summer. 26 years after Chernobyl there are still sheep and goats that have to be given special feed in the autumn to reduce radioactivity. And the same goes for reindeers in some parts of the country. That is especially the middle part of the country.
Tjohkele, the mountain in the picture above is a sacred mountain for the sami, the indigenous people of northern Scandinavia. It did not help of course when the radioactive clouds arrived here from Ukraine in 1986. It fell on the ground as rain, and was transmitted to the ground, the lakes, the fisk, plants, animals, and people. The sami people who traditionally eats a lot of reindeer meat and mountain fish got a huge problem, which I wrote about in a previous post. There are more information about these effects on sami life in this webpage.
The two pictures above are showing reindeers giving special feed to lower radioactivity, and being measured for radioactivity.
What is disturbing is the big number of nuclear power plants, and the huge amount of plans to build more of them. Today there are some 435 nuclear power reactors operating in 30 countries. Over 60 power reactors are currently being constructed in 14 countries, and the nuclear power production may triple before 2013, according to The World Nuclear Accosiation. The world did not seem to learn anything from Chernobyl, and even the decline in nuclear energy ambitions after Fukushima seems to be gone. Among others USA just approved a construction and operating license for new nuclear power reactors for the first time since 1978.
In Norway we do not have and do not need atomic energy, we have hydro power, and there are efforts to build more wind power. But the effects of nuclear power, and its disasters seems to be global.
There are more photos from reindeer herding in my photo gallery.